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Your Questions About Apartments For Cheap In Los Angeles

April 2, 2013

David asks…

How do you find weekly hotels in Los Angeles?

what kind of price range do the weekly hotels usually charge there?

Administrator answers:

We don’t really have any cheap specifically weekly motels from what I’ve seen. You can book some of the cheapy motels for a week and get a small break in cost, but not that much. Usually they are not very nice or safe. You probably can expect to pay close to $40 a night unless it’s super scuzzy. Usually these motels won’t have websites, but you can find their phone #s online, Google: Cheap Motel, Los Angeles.

There are dorm style / shared bathroom hostels that start at about $20 a night, but usually you can’t stay long term, and some are just for international travelers. It might be hard to find space in the summer now. Google: Hostels, Los Angeles

There are Extended Stay America / Homestead Hotels in Arcadia, Glendale and Burbank, they usually start at $80 – $100+ a night. There are also some on the outskirts of LA that might start at about $60.
Extended Stay America http://www.extendedstayamerica.com/

Motel 6 run about $50+ a night depending on location. Http://www.motel6.com

We do have corporate or temporary housing (furnished apartments) that cater to business people who are working out of town for an extended time. Depending on location and season, you can figure from about $90+ a night, maybe a bit less in less desirable locations.

Google these terms: Weekly Motel, Cheap Motel, Coroporate Housing, Temporary Housing, and Short Term Apartments, all with Los Angeles
Oakwood http://www.oakwood.com/

Good luck!

Mary asks…

where is the best area in Los Angeles to move?

where is the best area in Los Angeles to move. that is close to shopping and stuff like that?
thanks
and where are some good apartments??

Administrator answers:

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-ghetto place is about $1,000/$1,200 per month for a studio/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.

The answer to this really lies in the answer to the question, “Where do you work”? It’s not good at all to live in South Bay if you have a job in Pasadena. It’s stupid, in fact. The one thing that grinds people down more than anything here is the traffic. It’s the worst thing about living here. So rather than worrying about “cheap and safe”, your FIRST order of business should be getting a place close to your job. THEN you can worry about safety and price. But, to reiterate, nothing is cheap here.

“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.
In Los Angeles, some nice sections are West LA, Brentwood, Westwood, Marina Del Rey, Playa Del Rey, Los Feliz, Silverlake, and Eagle Rock. Palms and Mar Vista are pretty good, too. In the Valley(part of LA), you have Encino, Tarzana, Studio City, Toluca Lake, Granada Hills, Woodland Hills, Sherman Oaks, West Hills, and Chatsworth. Glendale and Burbank are good places, and are incorporated cities of their own.

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. If you want to see the safety and price factors, go to www.lalife.com. Also, the LA Times did a nice job of outlining all 277 neighborhoods in LA County: http://projects.latimes.com/mapping-la/n… Time to get researching!

James asks…

I’m considering moving to Los Angeles next year upon graduation, what are the decent (not rich) areas?

I’m looking to do a little research on affordable areas. I’m also hoping to live somewhere where the good jobs are in the outskirts (pr jobs). I’ve lived in Atlanta and New Orleans so I know that LA is probably a checkerboard where the good and bad areas are all mixed and I’m used to the traffic.

Administrator answers:

We see this every day in this forum: Everyone wants to move here, and is looking for “cheap/affordable and safe”. However, such a place just doesn’t exist; the two terms are mutually exclusive. 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 a safe area, 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.
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.

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.

Chris asks…

what town near los angeles has the cheapest rent for an appartment. ?

I hav to move to california thiscoming year for college. i will be going to community first than UCLA. I need to know which town near los angeles has the best prices for appartments but is close enough to drive into the city. like no more than an hour drive away from the city.

Administrator answers:

California is one of the most expensive states to live in. The words “Cheap” and “Southern california” are oxymorons. (The mean opposites).

Even a small, dumpy apartment will start at or more that $1100 a month. Transportation is an expense to consider so look close to the community where you will be going to school.

If you go into a roommate situation be certain to get all the living arrangements in WRITING. Who pays what and when. It’s very common for a roommate to move out leaving the other party stuck with a lease they can’t possibly afford. You’ll need WRITEN documentation to win when you have to sue them in court.

Betty asks…

Where are some inexpensive apartments in Los Angeles County?

& Safe obviously.

Administrator answers:

We see this every day in this forum: Everyone wants to move here, and is looking for “cheap/affordable and safe”. However, such a place just doesn’t exist; the two terms are mutually exclusive. 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 a safe area, 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.
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.

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.

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