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May 11, 2012

Donald asks…

Is 3rd and Western a safe area in Los Angeles to live?

im trying to move out closer to my college and i found cheap apartments around there and i was wondering if the area is good because me and my girlfriend are thinking about it and im curious if it is safe for her and maybe for me. is there a lot of crime, druggies, gangs, and homeless? thanks for the help
thanks you guys u all had pretty good answers. hahahahha and no we are not korean im chinese and mexican and my girlfriend is just mexican lol we live in a pretty ghetto place right now im just concerned for my girlfriend. THANKS FOR THE HELP!!!

Administrator answers:

Nope, not a real safe area overall. But that whole area, even along 3rd heading west into Hancock Park and Windsor Square has safety issues, and that is an extremely expensive, desirable area. Those problems stretch all the way until you hit Beverly Hills, that’s LA.

There are some very nice looking neighborhoods near Western & 3rd, especially to the west. Staying near 3rd is generally better than much south of it. It all depends on if you and your girlfriend feel OK, if you think you can be aware of your environment, remember to alarm your car, etc. But you’re going to have to live quite a distance out of that area to get *safe*. Drive around the neighborhood in the day and night, speak to people, see how you feel.

Safety info: Click on Safety, and Map

Good luck!

Michael asks…

How does subsidized housing in Los Angeles work (not section 8)?

There are loads of apartments buildings that are owned by private people and they rent these apartments out cheap, so they get credits by the government, so somehow it benefits the owner (no clue how). You need to have children to live there, but the apartments are very nice actually (3 bedroom, pool and only cost like $700 a month; 2 parking spots included). Most people who live there are Hispanics (many illegal) who get hooked up by the Hispanic managers there. The joke is that they don’t even earn that little (you should see the cars they have).

I know other people who got pay the same for a room and have some old used car and barley get by. How does that system in L.A. work? I’m not sure because I don’t live there, but I just see it from people I know.

Administrator answers:

In CA illegal aliens are entitled to free housing, food stamps, welfare checks, free medical care, and recently, free tuition at any university in the state. They are not paying that 700, HUD pays it out of your paycheck.

Sandra asks…

Moving to Los Angeles..?

So i realized i wanna move to L.A . later in life.
my plan is to save up to stay at a hotel there, then go job hunting, and if i get a job, rent an apartment.
eventually buy a house.
But it seems like every apartment in or near L.A is soooo expensive.
like 1000 dollar rents.
Does any one know what type of nice job i could get that would pay at least a few hundred, and a good spot for a cheap apartment rent?
like around 500 dollars maybe?
are there ever any natural disasters there? like hurricanes or floods or anything?

Administrator answers:

For $500 you can live in Fantasyland. Tell them Walt sent you.

Seriously, you really haven’t done any research, have you? SoCal is famous for the occasional earthquake. People mistakenly believe California will fall off into the ocean, but that’s a physical impossibility.

We see this over and over in this section: Everyone hears about the great weather in SoCal, then starts looking for the “cheap, clean, and safe”. 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 clean and safe, 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, and enjoy the weather and pay your rent or mortgage. A single/studio apartment in a decent neighborhood will cost about $900-$1000, a 1BR around $1200, and a 2BR around $1500. Nicer neighborhoods cost more, and if you want to live by the beach, you can almost double those numbers.

“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.

Along the beach: Santa Monica, Redondo Beach, Manhattan Beach, Hermosa Beach, Torrance, Palos Verdes, Rancho PV, Seal Beach (OC), Huntington Beach (OC), Newport Beach (OC), Corona Del Mar (OC), Laguna Beach (OC), Dana Point (OC), Capistrano Beach (OC), San Clemente (OC).

In Orange County aka “The OC”: 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, Ventura

This is not an all-inclusive list, but it’s a start.

Paul asks…

Pitching a tent in Los Angeles?

I’m a college student living in LA. This summer I’ll have about a week where my lease on one apartment ends and I’m not able to move into my new apartment yet. I was wondering if there were any places in LA where I could pitch a tent for a few days? I need to be able to get to my job in Burbank, so it can’t be too far from there, but I’m looking for anywhere that I would able to (public park, cheap campground, etc.). Does anyone have any suggestions? Thanks.

Administrator answers:

The only place you would be able to do it legally is at a campground. Any other place would bring about immediate police response, or would be prohibitively dangerous. Like down by the LA River with all the other drugged out transients who can’t wait to jack your stuff.

Nearest campground, unfortunately, is out in Malibu at Leo Carillo State Park.

According to the Village People, it’s fun to stay at the YMCA. Try calling the Glendale one.

Sierra Springs Village is an RV park next to the RR tracks. They don’t allow tent camping.
All the other listings below don’t apply. For example, they are offices for places with campgrounds in the mountains or along the coast.


Maria asks…

Where do aspiring actors live in Los Angeles? And does CalArts have a good rep?

Please do not come with the “it’s super expensive, you’re a fool for thinking you can make it, shit”. I know it.

But I am not that idiotic.

I have been accepted to CalArts, NYU, and USC to continue with acting (something my parents are not very happy about, but thanks to sholarships I will be able to afford Cal Arts and USC. NYU is just way too expensive and gave me next to nothing in scholarship). So I may not be the next Meryl Streep, but some talent I do have.

Oh! Btw, does anyone know if CalArts has a good rep among agents and directors??

Now I am looking at my options and was wondering what was life after acting college. Also, where do aspiring actors live? I am planning on buying a cheap apartment that is near auditions and stuff. And pay for utilities and stuff by getting a roomate.

Yes! I know it is expensive, but as of now I have $400,000 that I made by investing and stuff (my dad tought me when I was young I have been saving the money to buy a place when I graduate), and I am planning on getting at least $100,000 more in the next four years.

I was also thinking of making Certificate Deposits with what i already have. CD have around a 2.00% interest rate. Which is not much, but it will add up in four years.

Any insights (on CalArts, on life after college, and on neighborhoods + prices)??

And please, reiterating, do not say that it is a foolish dream. I know it is! I just want someone who knows more about these subjects to answer my questions.

Thanks for your time. =)

Administrator answers:

Let me give you a heads up, and school that has arts in the first 2 words is not going to be good.

Go to USC, you will get the best education there and have better instructors.
NYU would also be really good, but USC would be much better

Sharon asks…

Should I move to New York, NY or Los Angeles, CA?

My girlfriend and I have recently decided that we want to move to a large city to experience life a bit differently. We have looked at all of the larger cities but have narrowed them down to those two. We will be attending a community college for two years and then transferring to a University in that area. We have hardly any money saved up for college so tuition will be a factor. I want to be a police officer so I will be pursuing a degree in criminal justice and the salary of the pd will matter as well. We would prefer to live in an area that is safe without having to spend too much of a fortune. We need a reliable public transportation system as well. My girlfriend is also trying some acting and modeling and we need a place where there will be plenty of opportunities for that. We would love a place with diversity and tons of stuff to do. Which is the better match?

Also Where would it be easier to find a job and cheap apartment?

Administrator answers:

I am not sure about Cali because I am a New Yorker, so I’ll tell you that New York is an elegant, beautiful, and diverse place to live in. The New York City police force is one of the best in the country, and by default I am assuming the pay must be great. As an aspiring police officer I really think you’d enjoy it here. The police are like celebrities; tourists stop and take pictures all the time, especially with the officers on horseback. In terms of your girlfriend’s aspirations, there are many opportunities available. She can audition for Broadway shows as well as independent feature films, both of which are excellent ways to get into the industry. Film festivals and galas are a norm here, so she can become known by way of attending these functions. In terms of modeling, well photographers literally are everywhere and all the modeling agencies would be within your reach. Though, as a photographer myself, I will say that there are many models here, so the competition will be stiff. In more general terms, I must let you know that it is pretty expensive to live here but it is a good investment; the opportunities are great and the lifestyle is just enchanting. With that being said it is possible to manage. The cheaper apartments are usually in the Nolita/Bowery area near Chinatown, but don’t be fooled; this area is still pretty nice. Server, runner, receptionist, and other entry-level jobs are readily available as well. Basically, you can manage if you really want to.

I could write a novel, but I will just say that this is the city of lights, the city that never sleeps. It is just freakin AWESOME!!!

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