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post #1 of 21 (permalink) Old 11-18-2008, 07:16 PM Thread Starter
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How is L.A.?

So my wonderful employer wants me to go to Los Angeles, specificly West Hollywood. I have been trying to move into the SoCal area but have always had my eye on SD, I know next to nothing about LA.

What I need to know is, how is the lifestyle in LA?
Where is a good place to live, preferably near West Hollywood?
Any places to avoid?

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DT HW SUCKS ASS! - W HW is cool - I LOVE Santa Monica - Venice is TOTALY diff then is use to be - More "cleaned up" and not as freaky as days of yor

I would have to say, if you can swing it from a $$ standpoint, Santa Monica is tits! - You can always go N too up by Studio City or Culver City

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Fly out there and spend a weekend exploring. Rent a car and drive around. It's a cool place but if you have never been there and lived in the midwest your entire life you may not like it. There is a different breed of people out there in my opinion. Some bad, some good. Just because the weather is nice most of the time doesn't mean it's a paradise. But I can tell you that the central coast in between LA and the Bay Area is fucking gorgeous. I've done a lot of work with PG&E out that way. The price of homes and property is retarded though. I was offered a job making really good money out by San Luis Obisbo but I like the midwest, my family and my friends. You move out there and you are a long long way from Chi Town.

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Alot of LA is a hellhole, not like they make it seem in the movies! West Hollywood isn't bad, and as bug said, santa monica is tits if you can afford it (don't plan on finding a decent place under $1M) An area called 'westwood' is also very nice.

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We bought our cat in west Hollywood, just Noth of Universal City Hollywood, and it was very suburban like. But seriously the people, just believe the line about fruits and nuts. All in all, between me and you, I'd take Chicago over L.A. , and it's a toss-up between S.D. and Chi-town. Don't expect to find a true deep dish pizza either. BTW, we may move back to Chi-town in 2011. Not certain though.

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everytime I visit the LA area I hate it even more..maybe hate is a strong word but the people just suck as a general rule. Just plain wierdos

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grass hopper is right about central cali...i lived out there for 2 years when i was in the service and LOVED IT...as far as L.A., i can tell you that when i was there, we would get 3 day weekends and we would spend every one of them in L.A.. we would not be far from the "whiskey"when we got hotels and shit...but its not cheap...i have not been back to cali in prolly almost 15 years...its possable some areas have changed...i have to go with the suggestion with making a FULL WEEKS trip out to there and see for yourself whats the scoop out there...and since S.D. if not too far away, i would go there too and check it out...

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My cousin lives in santa monica and loves it. LA itself is kind of a dump.

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I lived in Burbank, CA for most of a year while working on a project in the 80's, and still have friends there and am out there a few times a year for work.

You will find housing to be much more expensive there than here for what you get. State Income Tax rates are higher, too.

The areas in the basin (the ocean side of the mountains) - LA, Weho, Santa Monica, etc. tends to be either a bit run down, or very pricey and nice. West Hollywood (WeHo) is one of the centers of the "trendy" LA, so it's pricey, crowded, and busy - think like the north lakefront neighborhoods only more so. A little ways away, but still on that side are Los Feliz and Silverlake neighborhoods. Both much more quiet and IMO nicer than the bustle of WeHo. Silverlake is kind of funky trendy, like Edgewater or Rogers Park, and it's not a bad commute to WeHo from there.

On the back side of the mountains is the San Fernando Valley, where there is more of the stuff you'd expect in places like Studio City, Burbank, North Hollywood, and the other parts of "the valley". It has it's good and bad areas as well, and the commute over the hill maybe an issue depending on your work schedule (try to get flexible start/end times to avoid traffic). The valley is a bit cheaper, but gets hotter in the summer, and less rain in the winter.

Then there is the Glendale, Pasadena, and other areas to the east of WeHo. These are nicer, more upper-middle class in nature, and more expensive than say, Burbank.

Like anywhere, the farther you get away from the center of things, the more affordable it is. But commuting in LA makes driving in rush hour here seem like a cakewalk, so that may limit your choices as far as distance.

I agree with the suggestion to go out for a weekend or better yet, for some weekdays, not as a vacation, but looking at it like you would if you lived there. Try a commute. Go to the grocery store. Check out rental and other property.

Before you go, get a map of the area - maybe one of those 50 mile radius maps and study it. If you do move there, you'll need a Thomas guide in every car to find places. It's the equivalent of the Chicago Tribune 7 county atlas that's sold here.

Oh yea, while you are out there, stop by Pinks at LaBrea and Santa Monica for a chilidog. Best time for crowd watching is about 1AM on Sat or Sun morning.

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BTW, we may move back to Chi-town in 2011. Not certain though.
Classic. If you knew how many times I've heard this from people who were born and raised in Norther Illinois that move away to California or Texas it would make your head spin...

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Just live in Malibu!
you will find a bunch of places around the LA area they are not very far from there Studio city and Culver city are not that bad.
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I would move there in a heart beat. I loved it there when I vacationed there. Rented a bike and rode up and down every mountainside I could with my friends. Liek Bug said Venice is cleaned up. I would move to LA way before Nor Cal
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Yeah, I have been everywhere in CA, except LA, I did drive through it once on a wednesday at about 4:30 (rushhour!), it wasn't as bad as people describe. Thanks for the info so far, keep it coming.

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I lived in Burbank, CA for most of a year while working on a project in the 80's, and still have friends there and am out there a few times a year for work.

You will find housing to be much more expensive there than here for what you get. State Income Tax rates are higher, too.

The areas in the basin (the ocean side of the mountains) - LA, Weho, Santa Monica, etc. tends to be either a bit run down, or very pricey and nice. West Hollywood (WeHo) is one of the centers of the "trendy" LA, so it's pricey, crowded, and busy - think like the north lakefront neighborhoods only more so. A little ways away, but still on that side are Los Feliz and Silverlake neighborhoods. Both much more quiet and IMO nicer than the bustle of WeHo. Silverlake is kind of funky trendy, like Edgewater or Rogers Park, and it's not a bad commute to WeHo from there.

On the back side of the mountains is the San Fernando Valley, where there is more of the stuff you'd expect in places like Studio City, Burbank, North Hollywood, and the other parts of "the valley". It has it's good and bad areas as well, and the commute over the hill maybe an issue depending on your work schedule (try to get flexible start/end times to avoid traffic). The valley is a bit cheaper, but gets hotter in the summer, and less rain in the winter.

Then there is the Glendale, Pasadena, and other areas to the east of WeHo. These are nicer, more upper-middle class in nature, and more expensive than say, Burbank.

Like anywhere, the farther you get away from the center of things, the more affordable it is. But commuting in LA makes driving in rush hour here seem like a cakewalk, so that may limit your choices as far as distance.

I agree with the suggestion to go out for a weekend or better yet, for some weekdays, not as a vacation, but looking at it like you would if you lived there. Try a commute. Go to the grocery store. Check out rental and other property.

Before you go, get a map of the area - maybe one of those 50 mile radius maps and study it. If you do move there, you'll need a Thomas guide in every car to find places. It's the equivalent of the Chicago Tribune 7 county atlas that's sold here.

Oh yea, while you are out there, stop by Pinks at LaBrea and Santa Monica for a chilidog. Best time for crowd watching is about 1AM on Sat or Sun morning.
You are right on. Personally, I really liked the Pasadena area because it really has everything you need and you don't have to drive towards LA to find entertainment, etc.

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post #15 of 21 (permalink) Old 11-19-2008, 02:00 PM
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I would move there in a heart beat. I loved it there when I vacationed there. Rented a bike and rode up and down every mountainside I could with my friends. Liek Bug said Venice is cleaned up. I would move to LA way before Nor Cal


A big + 1. It has to be the #1 spot for ridig in the U.S. For me that would be a major deciding factor.
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Never spent enough time to make a real assessment but I hated everytime I was there. Everything is way too spread out and overpopulated. I'm going again next week to visit the GF's parents... yay.

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We bought our cat in west Hollywood, just Noth of Universal City Hollywood, and it was very suburban like. But seriously the people, just believe the line about fruits and nuts. All in all, between me and you, I'd take Chicago over L.A. , and it's a toss-up between S.D. and Chi-town. Don't expect to find a true deep dish pizza either. BTW, we may move back to Chi-town in 2011. Not certain though.
I agree with you there...SD is way, way, way better than LA, there really is a bunch of nuts up there. Everytime I have to drive up to LA for work I laugh at the conversations I overhear and shit I see. North Orange county is all fairly nice and close enough to LA for a commute, but again, the people their live behind a fuckin curtain and have no idea whats going on in the rest of the world, and the majority are pretty snobby and stuck up.

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Classic. If you knew how many times I've heard this from people who were born and raised in Norther Illinois that move away to California or Texas it would make your head spin...
Besides missing deep dish pizza, we really love San Diego but our situation will change in May, 2009 and we have to see if it will work out here after that happens. Trust me, as much as I miss Chicago, more specifically my family in Chicago, there's definitely a lot more opportunities here for all of us. Just wish the housing market was a little better.

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I agree with you there...SD is way, way, way better than LA, there really is a bunch of nuts up there. Everytime I have to drive up to LA for work I laugh at the conversations I overhear and shit I see. North Orange county is all fairly nice and close enough to LA for a commute, but again, the people their live behind a fuckin curtain and have no idea whats going on in the rest of the world, and the majority are pretty snobby and stuck up.
The one thing I noticed about California peeps in general is not only are they oblivious and self centered but they are highly passive aggressive. My motto is if you've got something to say just say it and don't be a baby about it when someone confronts you about it. It's just so damned irritating.

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So I passed on the LA gig, not the right job for me and I doubt the money would be where it should even though we never talked about it. Thanks to everyone for all the input.

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