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Your Questions About Cheapest Apartments In California

November 29, 2012

Joseph asks…

Information on moving to Valencia, California?

I live in NorCal (San Jose), and have lived here my entire life. I am moving out soon and have enough money to move wherever I want, but need information on safe,cheaper, apartments in Valencia CA. Also, what is there thats fun to do in town (18+)

Administrator answers:

Probably no help at all but Six Flags in fun. Buy a season pass and right Tatsu more times than you can count xD

Steven asks…

Best places to live in Southern California?

This is still just a hypothetical scenario, but if all goes well it’ll come true in a year or two.

Picture this. Two friends, fresh out of high school through early graduation, planning on moving down to Southern California for six months to try out the independent lifestyle before deciding on our futures. Where would the best places to live be? A cheap studio or one bedroom apartment would be satisfactory, in an area not too sketchy. We’d prefer it to be just a few to thirty minutes away from either San Diego or LA, but a relatively quiet beach town. We’re just going to community college to finish prerequisites before heading to university so tuition won’t be too bad. What kind of bills (i.e. gas, electricity, water, etc.) should we remember to worry about? How much should we expect for rent and deposits? What areas have got the cheapest apartments? Any more advice from anybody who’s already been through the transition of moving out on your own? Remember, it’s still hypothetical and the plan’s not set in stone, I just really wanted to get some perspective and see if the dream is realistic or not. Thanks.

Administrator answers:

I’d suggest Ocean Beach, Pacific Beach, or Mission Beach in San Diego. Take a look at apartment rentals on apartment.com to get an idea of rent.

Good luck!

Charles asks…

Homes/Flats/Apartments to rent in California for a month…?

Me and my friends are planning to stay in California.

Does anyone know any websites that will show me reasonably cheap homes that we could rent for a month in and around Los Angeles. Thankyou

Administrator answers:

Nothing around LA is ‘reasonably cheap’ – although with the ecconomy someone might rent you something but it will likely not be furnished. Have you considered an extended stay type setting?

Sandra asks…

Where in california is the best place to live?

including:
-Cheap apartments renting that are decent
-city-like
-hot all year round

Administrator answers:

We see this every day in this forum (especially in winter): 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, 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.

Note: Due to the economy, prices are down a bit, to around $900 & $1100 for a studio and 1 BR, respectively.

“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 “hot all year round”, try the Sahara Desert, or Dubai. If you just want to get away from the cold, it’s pretty nice here year-round. Average winter temps are around 60 for the high, 45 for the low. If that’s “hot” to you, so be it. It’s not really cold.

Helen asks…

Is it cheaper to live in a motor home or an apartment in California?

Is it cheaper to live in a motor home or an apartment in California? Which do you think is overall better and why?

Administrator answers:

If you live in an apartment your money is going down the toilet. If you lived in a Motor Home that you owned it would at least be an investment. More and more people are turning to Motor Home Living and are enjoying the freedom of it. It is not for everyone, but then again it all depends on the attitude we choose…

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