Moving to Los Angeles

I recently accepted a job in downtown LA, and will be moving from the Midwest. I am fairly familiar with LA as a whole, but wanted to get an idea of best places to live for my situation. In a perfect world, would love to find a 2br apartment for $2400 or less (if that's possible) and doesn't have a crazy commute. My initial thoughts were Culver City, but not sure how the Expo is these days and if apartments in Culver City have already skyrocketed past that price. Willing to step down to a 1br, but didn't know if there were any spots in LA still that were manageable to either drive or take the Expo into downtown in 35 minutes or less. Would prefer to be west of downtown. Any thoughts are helpful!

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Feb 14, 2017

If you're going to be working long hours, why would you want to deal with that annoying commute and traffic? Just find a place in downtown - your life will be much better. Commuting to downtown from the westside is TERRIBLE.

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Feb 14, 2017

the Expo from culver city to downtown is good, but it is still unpredictable. several times when i was on the trains broke down. If you're trying to drive to downtown from the westside during 8/9, it will take very long and isn't enjoyable. If you'll be working long hours much easier to just get a place in downtown and not deal with the commute.

Feb 14, 2017

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Mar 8, 2018

I find Culver City to be pretty patchy, so you could probably find something in that range. For the areas in Culver you actually want to be in, however, (e.g. near the Culver Hotel) I'd be VERY surprised if you could find a 2br for $2,400. Up and coming area, no doubt.

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Mar 8, 2018

unfortunately I can't help you with the state taxes but that should be easy enough to look up on your own.

You should expect to pay ~$2,400 for a SM studio if you want to live in DTSM. if you are ok living in the 15th-30th streets, you can see that number drop $2,100-$2,300 maaaybe. if you live east of the 10 AND in 15th-30th streets, you can probably find something ~$2,000. I recommend 1. north of wilshire, west of euclid or 2. a little box using Colorado, 15th, Wilshire, and 9th as your boundaries. Best bang for your buck and still right in/just outside DTSM.

Gyms are expensive unless you join a pos gym

if you wanna go to the hot spots drinks are $12-15, if you wanna go to a low key bar, probably $10 but you can get by with a $5-7 beer.

The Expo sucks, don't count on it.

you won't even notice utilities. Maybe $20-40 (depending on if you have central AC, many don't) and $10 for rental insurance.

entertainment is great. Ask around, listen to people's suggestions, but honestly. A lot of people's recommendations are overdone. I like reading about a place, walking by it, seeing it online, and checking it out. so much talent in LA and a lot of no-name hole in the wall spots will really surprise you.

hope that helps.

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Mar 8, 2018

thanks, very helpful.

why does the expo suck? too crowded? too slow?

how much approx is a gym membership?

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Mar 8, 2018

You can check out padmapper.com to give you an idea of the cost of living in Santa Monica. You can get a decent studio from around $1800+.

  • Gyms aren't pad, you can find local gyms, usually ranging from $25+. Some condos will have amenities such as gym and pool, so you might not even need to pay for a gym membership, but if you want a social environment, then opting in for a gym membership would be more ideal since you're moving from a new area.
  • Food spots are pretty nice in Santa Monica area, or Culver City, lots of places. Prices can start from $8-$15, fancier places would be around $20.
  • Cocktails are typically $8-12
  • plenty of entertainment, free or paid. Won't be costly.
  • Utilities - shouldn't be too bad.
  • Leasing a car... if you move to LA, you must have a car. Sure they're doing some improvements on public transportation, but it is no where near as good as New York or any other metropolitan areas.

With a $150k salary, you'll be living comfortably in SM.

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Mar 8, 2018

thanks, very helpful

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Mar 8, 2018

live pretty simple thanks to @IlliniProgrammer's tips

can you link me, please?

Mar 8, 2018

check is user page for topics he posted http://www.wallstreetoasis.com/user/27424 but majority of his advice was from comments i read. Eddie braverman has given some great advice as well

this one from IP was particularly helpful http://www.wallstreetoasis.com/forums/personal-fin...

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Mar 8, 2018

I've been living in LA for a few years and love it. I'm not sure if you want to live in Santa Monica though - it's the most touristy area (ya, think Times Square). The beach is really dirty(compared to all the other awesome ones in LA and OC), and the area is super crowded especially on weekends. Traffic is horrible too. I would recommend something like Brentwood or West Hollywood or Hollywood Hills. If you want something more low key, Marina Del Rey is quite nice (beach access and tons of great restaurants). Most importantly, forget about public transportation in LA unless you wanna hang out with hobos. Get a car, but then you'll start hating the traffic anywhere you go lol.

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Mar 8, 2018

Agree Brentwood is a great option that is convenient to get to both the beach in SM or West Hollywood and also close to the 405 for getting to the airport or traveling down to the South Bay or OC. Palms/Culver City is also a convenient area with access to the Expo line (The only decent public trans option in the city. Everything else is awful) but its not as nice as Brentwood or SM. Downtown Culver City has lots of new great restaurants but not much to do for fun.

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Mar 8, 2018

Venice over SM hands down. Way better scene. SM is younger and more touristy.

Also, Playa is coming up, Palms/Culver off Washington are cheaper up and coming and still near the beach. If you wanna go further south Manhattan/Hermosa/Redondo Beach are great options.

You can find places in any of those ares from 1,500 to 2,500. LA is an interesting dynamic when it comes to rents because there are a lot of diamonds in the rough with landlords that have owned the buildings since the 60s/70s and charge well below market for whatever reason. You just gotta be patient. Best bet is to use Craigslist and when you find something good bring your check and just pay on the spot, good places and especially those under market are really competitive.

State taxes are deducted from your federal, highest bracket is 9.8% I think.

Edit: You said you preferred the beach (which I personally agree with and think is way better) - if that isn't a deal breaker I'd agree with the above the Weho is a decent spot, so many chicks live in Weho its crazy. Bad thing about Weho is you're basically stranded there because its really isolated from the freeways and traffic in and out is horrible. Brentwood is basically SM but cheaper, primarily where just out of college kids live. Cool but if you're going west side I'd stick to Venice/other beach areas I mentioned. Also, the East Side it really cool these days. Way better value, tons of young people and good bars/restaurants. Silver Lake and Echo Park are great spots. Downtown is blowing up too - Arts district would be really fun. East Side is definitely cheaper than the West Side so there is that.

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Mar 8, 2018

Hermosa > SM. Less touristy. Same price, larger space, closer to the beach.

Gym: Equinox - - lower the price to 140s by getting a friend from Deloitte or MS to refer you in.

Mar 8, 2018

This thread makes me so jealous. I would love to live in LA so much.

Mar 8, 2018
Mar 8, 2018

Your taxes will eat up around 35%.
A decent studio in a walkable area of Santa Monica will be $2300+
Need a car....depending if you already have one or lease one or buy one...
Parking at your office may be $100+/month. No idea where you work though.
Decent gyms are $90/month. LA Fitness is shit and half that.
Food is expensive here, don't know where the person above was talking about that is "fancy" and costs $20 per person. Try $40+

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Mar 8, 2018

Lmao "the Valley" is the porn capital of the world so it would make sense that a click specialist from Mumbai such as yourself would move there as @adapt or die suggested

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Mar 8, 2018

But what about the UWS?

Mar 8, 2018

SFV or SGV? People need to know.

Mar 8, 2018

SFV

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Mar 8, 2018

I wouldn't move to LA.. It's become a real shit show and is going down hill real quick.

How is my grammar? Drop me a note with any errors you see!

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Mar 8, 2018

ehhhhh...

don't move there unless you have to, traffic is terrible too.

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Mar 8, 2018

OP, why not check out Bollywood instead?

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Mar 8, 2018

Why the MS? I'm dead serious. Traffic is horrifying.

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