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March 19, 2012

Helen asks…

Living arrangements in Los Angeles?

I am planning to go to los angeles for 3 months.. I am wondering what would be the best thing to do for living arrangments?
a cheap bachelors apartment is what I have in mind?
What else can I do that would be cheaper?

Administrator answers:

That’s about the best way to do it. Check out the Oakwood Apartments in Toluca Hills. They do month-to-month short term leases.

Daniel asks…

Overall: Is it cheaper to live in Los Angeles or NYC?

For an international student living in fairly cheap accommodation, and not eating take out, is the cost of living lower in LA or NYC? Taking into account food prices, bills, rent, some social activities but not clubbing or drinking. In an apartment south of Central Park in NYC or Burbank, magnolia park, toluca woods/lake, sherman village, hollywood.

Also if anyone can answer, out of the areas specified (south of central park or the LA areas) which of them are the cheapest?

Administrator answers:

Actually come to think of it, I believe Los Angeles is cheaper.
I read here on yahoo a few months ago about the most expensive US cities to live in and New York was #1

Ruth asks…

How do people make it in Los Angeles on minimum wage!?

The cheapest apartment rent over there is like $1,000+ a month! And let’s say that I moved there and worked 40 hours a week for $8.00 an hour. That would only give me $1280!!! And this $1000 a month for rent does not include the utilities’ expenses. I’m guessing there’s a lot of people out there that share an apartment with 1 or more people?

Administrator answers:

Minimum wage jobs are for children.

If you are an adult with a degree or real skills you will earn more.

Sandra asks…

Cheap apartments in LA?

I’m a high school graduate who would like to move to Los Angeles area to attend a recording arts school. I plan to work full time. Also, the school does not have on-campus housing. So, what I need to know is: how hard is it for a high school graduate to get a job in the Los Angeles area? And, where would I find the cheapest apartments (short of living in a slum)?

Administrator answers:

There are only a few places in the country that are more expensive than LA.

The location of cheap apartments might not be the best neighborhoods to live in. Try looking for a room instead, if you want to save money. The further inland, the less expensive, generally speaking. Try one of the valleys (San Fernando or San Gabriel) for better chances at less expensive living. I would check Craigslist.

Susan asks…

What are some Los Angeles area hotel/motels with CHEAP weekly rates?

I’m looking to get an apartment out in L.A. I have the money saved up and a few apartments I’m set to go look at and put my applications in for. But I’ll need temporary lodging while I deal with all the apartment hunting tasks (unit viewing & inspection, application paper work & fees, background check, lease signing and so on).

The apartment application process might take a while so I am looking for hotel/motel that has low weekly rates of $300 a week or less . So far online I’ve come pretty close by finding a few rooms (from popular hotel/motel chains) that were discounted down to $50 a night which means $350 a week. Do you know of any little local places (that might not have web sites online) with lower rates?
When it come to hotels/motels, there is a trade off with good deals in Los Angeles. With a low price comes either a bad area, or if it’s a good area it’s far from metro L.A. (like far north in the Valley). So in asking this question I was just trying to see if there were any cheap rooms in areas that are both nice and local.

But, yes, Obviousman, I do realize how much of a steal $50-$55 a night is in a place like L.A. and will stick with it if this and other searches don’t turn up anything better.

Administrator answers:

I don’t think you realize what you’re asking for. If you found a place in a safer area for $50 per night, TAKE IT. The going rate is $100 per night, as I’m sure you found out in your research. Even at $50 per week, I’ll bet it’s not in a great area.

If people don’t advertise on the web, it means they only want “local” business, which means hookers, drug dealers, and parolees. You don’t want any of that.

Since you’re coming, why not just do what everybody else does? Stay at the Oakwood Apartments in Toluca Hills. It’s right by the studios, and they rent by the week, month, etc. That’s where all the people stay during audition season.

Michael asks…

What is the cheapest, safest neighborhood of Los Angeles CA? I’m a 21-y-o female from NC looking to relocate

i really just want change. I’ve lived in North Carolina my whole life, and frankly, I’m sick of it. I thought maybe after I graduate from college I could go find a cheap apartment somewhere I’ve never been, and just experience what life is like there for a year or so. I don’t require much, just that the neighborhood is decently safe, cheap enough for a pretty limited income, that public transportation is within a reasonable distance should I need it (does LA have a subway system?!) and there is a grocery and/or drugstore nearby. Nothing is set in stone, I’m still scoping out what I’d like to do when I graduate, but I thought I’d see what kind of answers/advice I get on here! thanks so much!
Ps-I suppose I should add- I’m not necessarily only looking for LA-if you know of another town nearby that might be something I should consider, please let me know…I’m not that picky. I don’t even know where to start.
a few more details–since you asked :-) An apartment would probably have to be less than $1200 based off my current income, preferably less than $1000, if at all possible. I’m not opposed to having a roommate to share the cost if it gets too high. I’m an art/art history major, and I know LA has a TON of amazing galleries, museums, etc etc…so I would hope to be able to work at one of those. I do have experience working in a gallery. I would have a car, but prefer to use it as little as possible–are there any neighborhoods where one can easily walk from home to the store? Where I live now everything is so spread out, and I’m tired of having to drive 15 minutes to get a loaf of bread. Again, I’m really just scoping it out out of curiosity–to see if there might be a place for me there. Thanks again for your help! I know y’all get these questions all the time, but LA is so notorious for so many different things, it is hard, as an outsider, to figure out what to expect :

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.

Steven asks…

cheap apartments/condos in/near LA?

need help finding the best prices for apartments or condos in and around los angeles. moving from the east coast so looking for some help. thanks.

Administrator answers:

Try craigslist.com .

Lord, I LOVE that site.

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