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Old Apr 10th 2019, 7:32 pm
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Hi all, hope you don’t mind me jumping on the thread. The advice above has been really useful for my situation and as there appears to be a lot of South California experts on here, I thought I would reach out.

I have recently accepted an offer at our US business and have applied for an L1 visa - expecting a decision following the RFE response any day now. I am praying this goes through smoothly and if so, I’m expecting to be moving out to Los Angeles in early May. The package is $120k plus performance related bonus, as well as $15k relocation.

I’ll be moving out with my girlfriend (to be wife if visa goes through) who we expect to earn in the region of $40-$60,000 but only once EAD is sorted, so aren’t relying on her salary, certainly not in the early stages.

With the above in mind, I’d appreciate any recommendations in terms of good/realistic areas to live for a couple in our early twenties? The office is located in Downtown LA but we’ve heard it can be a bit dodgy at times, plus we’re not massively into living in major cities and prefer to live away from work.

Thanks in advance!
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….I have recently accepted an offer at our US business …. located in Downtown LA …. we’re not massively into living in major cities …..
Er, you have accepted a position in one of the largest expanses of urban development in the world!
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I'm not in my 20's, and enjoy concerts, clubs, restaurants, beach, cycling, hiking, cultural activities, so I'm not sure where to recommend for someone in their early 20's.

What type of business in downtown LA?

How do you know what salary your pending wife will make? $40K- $60K is pretty low.

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Er, you have accepted a position in one of the largest expanses of urban development in the world!
Haha, I thought someone may say that having read it back. What I meant is that we don’t like living IN the middle of the city but being close enough for work, stuff to do etc. We have previously lived in the middle of Manchester and I could see the office from the window...
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Have a look at the map and the distances involved.
And indicate how many hours you're comfortable commuting.

You're either going to be in the big city or in freeway hell.

https://www.zillow.com/homes/for_sal...zi_u1li7_crid/
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I'm not in my 20's, and enjoy concerts, clubs, restaurants, beach, cycling, hiking, cultural activities, so I'm not sure where to recommend for someone in their early 20's.

What type of business in downtown LA?

How do you know what salary your pending wife will make? $40K- $60K is pretty low.
I noticed this thread was well viewed so assumed it may already have a good audience to get some recommendations. Apologies, I’m new. And it’s a large accounting firm.

My girlfriend has somewhat limited experience having only recently graduated so the estimate is based on applicable job vacancies/glassdoor averages. But like I said, we wouldn’t be banking on that and are under no illusions as to how difficult it may be to get a job.
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What did your girlfriend graduate in?
I know the relevant job areas pretty well.

How did you apply for an L1? And when?
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Fashion Promotion, so a rather saturated market! My L1 was filed by my employer in Feb, RFE received later in Feb and responded to this month. All done under premium processing so response due in the next few days
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Wow..never realized such a degree existed.
Might be a good location for it, peripherally, however I don't think the marketing decisions are made in Downtown.
High end retail positions are probably more likely in the greater LA basin.

Still highway hell though unless you live downtown.

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Hi JerseyRoyal,

I think one of the biggest questions is how much time are you willing to put into commuting? That may give an indication of how far away from downtown you can go.

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Hi JerseyRoyal,

I think one of the biggest questions is how much time are you willing to put into commuting? That may give an indication of how far away from downtown you can go.

Rene

Also how much you want to spend on accommodation...
For example you could live near the beach $$$ and still have a grueling commute.
Or rent an apartment within walking distance $$$.
LA downtown is quite bustling these days. Lots of sidewalk tent cities if you like that sort of local color...
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Hi JerseyRoyal,

I think one of the biggest questions is how much time are you willing to put into commuting? That may give an indication of how far away from downtown you can go.

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Hi Rene

At this stage in my life, commuting doesn’t bother me too much. I’ve recently been on a project for over a year commuting for about 1:30-2 hours each way depending on traffic.

I understand LA traffic can be a different beast but realistically I’d be happy between 30 mins to 1 hour each way.
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Take your ass to Orange County then
Plenty choice for young professionals who don't mind sitting in nose to tail traffic every morning and evening.

You sound like an 'Irvine' type.
Not a bad thing...Fantastic quality of life. Nippy for the best beaches.

Although if you still want the cachet of living in 'LA' you could consider Silver Lake, Burbank, Glendale and the Pasadena area. Those might be more your speed.
Very hot in the summer. Not in a good way.

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….. I understand LA traffic can be a different beast but realistically I’d be happy between 30 mins to 1 hour each way.
From what I hear, so would most people living in the LA area!
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I manage a guy in Los Angeles. He loves the office location... His house. I've heard so many horror stories about traffic.
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