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April 17, 2013

Donald asks…

Live in Los Angeles, and parents are thinking of moving to Texas, should we do it?

What do you think? From Los Angeles area to moving to somewhere in Texas. Would you do it?

Administrator answers:

I can tell you from personal experience..i moved from LA/San Fernando Valley, CA to Fort Worth TX. And i love both…i love cali cuz thats where im from, lots to do..beaches, great weather…now on the other hand Texas (fort worth) is CHEAP to live, my mom pays 500 a month for a 3 bedroom house. U can get a nice 1 bedroom apartment for 400-500 a month or a 2 bedroom for 650-700. The traffic isnt all that bad, the only time for that is like at 7am-9am and about 4-6pm. People are nice, good schools. Good places to eat. And teh crime isnt too bad. For your parents that will be the best decision they can make…you will be surprised as how many people moved here from cali…i am one of em.. And they all say the same thing..”i was able to get a house here” every adult that i know that made the move loves it here, as for the kids its kind of whatever, u just have to adapt to i 19 and i love both but looking at it from a parents prospective i would make the move…this is a good place to bring a family. Come to the Dallas-Fort Worth area..this is one of the best places to live. Im moving back to cali for school in jan. But im pretty sure i may end up back here when its time for me to buy a house someday.

Carol asks…

are there in live in hotels in pacific palisades?

I am moving to LA-pacific palisades the start of the year but until I find an apartment I’ll need somewhere to live. Are there any live in hotels?

Administrator answers:

I don’t believe there are any in Pacific Palisades, the closest is probably the Brentwood Inn. Http://

Oakwood Gardens are furnished temporary stay apartments. The apts in Santa Monica / Westside LA usually run about $140 – $180 a day. They have cheaper rentals in other areas. Http://

Travelodge Santa Monica / Pico
Embassy Hotel, Santa Monica
Seashore Motel
Pico-Lanai Apts, Santa Monica
Embassy Hotel Apts, Santa Monica

You’ll find less expensive accommodations in other areas of LA. The westside is expensive.

Extended Stay Apartments, Los Angeles, Santa Monica Or Corporate Apartments

Good luck!

Lisa asks…

what area of los angeles is a good place to live?

We want to relocate in the spring, but we will not be able to live in an area that is going to cost an arm and a leg in rent and utilities. But we also want a place that is safe and clean.

Administrator answers:

Curse you, Peelepup, for stealing my punch line! LOL

We see this every day in this forum: Everyone who wants to move here 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 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,, and 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.

One thing that many people just cannot grasp about LA is the sheer immenseness of this area. Around most cities, you have a central city area, some suburbs, and then spaces between cities. Around LA, there is a solid mass of urban, suburban, and commercial property that stretches for about 100 miles in every direction. From the air, you cannot tell where one city ends and another begins. Because of this urban sprawl, there is no line of demarcation where the housing prices drop steeply. 30 years ago, that line was around Corona, southern Orange County, and Simi Valley. Now it’s past Riverside, Palmdale, and western Santa Barbara county.

“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 Also, the LA Times did a nice job of outlining all 277 neighborhoods in LA County: Time to get researching!

Richard asks…

How much monthly allowance would you give your child (college student)?

A couple of notes to take into consideration:
*Located in Los Angeles.
*School covers everything except food.
*Student lives in an apartment instead of a dorm, because it is cheaper.
*Allowance would include grocery, books, laundry, and miscellaneous expenses (fun, emergency, etc.)
*Student was jobless freshman year first semester and received good grades. Held a job second semester and sophomore year first semester, however grades took a hit.
A part-time job. is not an option.
Sorry, more notes to consider:
Allowance will cover $100 monthly phone bill also.

Administrator answers:

Nothing, tell them to go get a part time job in a pub!!

Charles asks…

Im moving to LA and im looking for a safe place to live. anybody know if the zipcode 90036 is okay?

I am looking at a place to stay by wilshire blvd by the hancock park. Im trying to find the safest (im a really small girl that can barely carry like anything) and cheapest area (im also a college student with no money) to live.

Administrator answers:

That area is considered safe, however it is considered expensive. Also note, that many apartments and such in the desirable areas of Los Angeles, often don’t include parking. Some places you have to find street parking which could be dangerous anywhere if you need to park far and walk alone especially at night. Not very convenient either to carry groceries. Unfortunately, the closer you are to the hub where all the jobs are is usually the most expensive to live, apartments can go for over 1000 dollars a month just for bachelor or studio. If you will be going to college you could try posting for rooms to rent with other students. It might be safer, more economical and more fun to live with like minded individuals. LA is a big place, and it’s easy to get lost in the crowd. No place is 100% safe. Traffic is a b**** too!

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