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Your Questions About Apartments For Cheap In Los Angeles

December 20, 2012

Sharon asks…

How much is typical rent in the LA/hollywood area?

i need to know how much apartment rent is in the los angeles and hollywood california area im lookin for the cheapest thing available for the time being until i make more money

Administrator answers:

Cheapest about $750 for studio, or shared apt or house for $450.

Thomas asks…

where can i find cheap furniture in los angeles?

im moving to a new apartment and i need furniture any good places in los angeles?

Administrator answers:

Lazy Boy, Levitz, Living Spaces, Wickes.

Helen asks…

I’m considering moving to the Los Angeles area, which area or surrounding city should I avoid?

I want to move down south and would love to live in Los Angeles or near it, although I know nothing about it besides the traffic is terrible. I would have to find a job and apartment before I even moved there, & I am a 23 year old female student, and hoping to spend between $500-800 on rent.. Or honestly the cheaper the better! But I know in these circumstances I cant be picky. Help? Any suggestions?

Administrator answers:

Dear Berry:

Avoid South Central, Compton, Watts Area!

Focus on fairly good areas like:
*Pasadena, Alhambra, Arcadia, *Glendale or *Burbank.
It’s somewhat affordable, but NOT for $500-$800,
unless you find a nice roomie from the rental boards
at some colleges.

Bev Hills, West Hollywood & Santa Monica have very
HIGH Rents, usually. But the area is very nice.

Good Luck on your move.

Steven asks…

What are the nice middle class areas to live around Los Angeles?

I am looking to move to Los Angeles and I’m looking for a decent neighborhood to move into; affordable for a single person who makes about $40-45K. Minimal crime, great neighbors, no litter, decent sense of community. I know I sound like a nut, but I’m coming from New York City.

Administrator answers:

It’s all about supply and demand: If it’s in SoCal, then it’s not going to be cheap to begin with. If it’s clean and safe, then it’s more expensive. If you need good schools, add a couple hundred bucks a month on top of it.

If you want to live here and enjoy the weather, then you have to pay for it. You put up with the smog and the traffic, enjoy the weather and pay your rent or mortgage. My advice is to start checking out craigslist, rent.com, and apartments.com if you are looking to rent. You’ll quickly see that the minimum rent for a non-war zone is about $1,000-$1,200 per month for a studio or 1BR. Really nice areas (like the West LA area) easily run $3,000 or more. Want to live near the beach? Expect to pay a premium.

“LA” is such a big place, there are so many neighborhoods/cities where you can live. Of course, even within a city or neighborhood, there are safer sections and less-safe sections. Within each of the areas below, you’ll find neighborhoods that meet your criteria.

In Los Angeles, some nice sections are West LA, Brentwood, Westwood, Marina Del Rey, Playa Del Rey, Los Feliz, Silverlake, Eagle Rock, Encino, Tarzana, Studio City, Toluca Lake, Granada Hills, Woodland Hills, Sherman Oaks, West Hills, Chatsworth. Burbank and Glendale are also nice cities.

To the east: South Pasadena, parts of Pasadena, Altadena, Arcadia, Monrovia, Glendora, San Dimas, Laverne, Azusa, Rancho Cucamonga.

Along the beach: Santa Monica, Marina Del Rey, Playa Del Rey, Redondo Beach, Manhattan Beach, Hermosa Beach, Torrance, Palos Verdes, Rancho PV.

In Orange County aka “The OC”: Seal Beach , Huntington Beach , Newport Beach , Corona Del Mar , Laguna Beach , Dana Point , Capistrano Beach , San Clemente , Brea, Yorba Linda, Orange, Tustin, Irvine, Laguna Hills, Rancho Santa Margarita, Lake Forest

To the west: Agoura, Calabasas, Thousand Oaks, Westlake Village, Simi Valley, Moorpark.

This is not an all-inclusive list, but it’s a start.

John asks…

names of places near Los Angeles, that is comfortable and reasonable priced to live?

Two friends of mine and I are planning on moving to California in like 4 or so months, and i was wondering if there is any city/town around Los Angeles that is comfortable living and reasonable priced? and please i know your thinking i have no idea because im from Maine, and you can be right to a point but i know it will be expensive i understand that but i believe all 3 of us want it bad enough to be there. so whatever advice anyone can give me about places to live, or jobs i would appreciate it.

Administrator answers:

First be prepared for sticker shock when it comes to rents. Rents average $1200-$3000 a month for ‘decent’ apartments. Anything less than $1200 a month will be in the worst, most crime-ridden neighborhoods in town. Sure, rents are cheaper right next to the freeways. So is the noise and the crime.
Look into North Torrance, North Redondo Beach, North Long Beach, and all of Orange County. There are jobs all over the place for qualified applicants, but be prepared to commute 30 miles both ways at 30 mph average speed. The freeways are just as bad as everyone claims them to be. Get used to much faster traffic and near misses in your car every day. Get used to so many more cars on the road. Get used to worse drivers on the road.
There are pockets of peace, if you know where to find them.
Some apartments in Rancho PalosVerdes cost a couple more hundred per month but the scenery, the quiet, and the more often than not decent neighbors make up for it. Torrance is very much a family city, with rents comparable to Palos Verdes and Redondo Beach but has lots of parks and great local shopping.
Avoid West Los Angeles, Santa Monica, and Venice unless you really are bringing in the big bucks.
Good luck to you.

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