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Old Feb 23rd 2011, 8:20 pm
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Originally Posted by mmhendrie View Post
funny - our first year out here our bedroom literally overlooked the 405 (those white UCLA apartments eitherside of the freeway around National)
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Based on that info, I'd say there was a 50/50 chance we're living in your old building. The Westside is only about 100 square miles, so it's bound to happen...

(I'll say no more -- husband gets terribly anxious when I start putting our address on the internet!)

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We lived in University Village on the Sawtelle side, I forget the building number, but right next to the freeway wall! We did 1 year there, and then applied for the emergency maintenance jobs you can do as a couple - which we got at the UCLA Venice/Barry complex - a much older building, but our apartment was huge, and with the job came heavily subsidized rent, free utilities, and a small salary - I think we went from about 800sqft at UV to about 1300sqft at Venice/Barry.
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We lived in University Village on the Sawtelle side, I forget the building number, but right next to the freeway wall! We did 1 year there, and then applied for the emergency maintenance jobs you can do as a couple - which we got at the UCLA Venice/Barry complex - a much older building, but our apartment was huge, and with the job came heavily subsidized rent, free utilities, and a small salary - I think we went from about 800sqft at UV to about 1300sqft at Venice/Barry.
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Back in the day [eg 1969] -- it was called "Married Students Housing." A few years back, one of my daughters was in the equivalent in her school in Pasadena as "Graduate Student Housing" -- lovely place but for the woodpeckers that liked the wood siding!
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Old Feb 23rd 2011, 11:34 pm
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Originally Posted by mmhendrie View Post
After getting to grips with the climate changes as you head inland, we've always stayed within 5-6 miles of the ocean - you pretty much get a perfect year round tempurature.
I live in the Los Feliz area which is 20 miles from Santa Monica. It has that climate you talk about. However, drive 2 miles into Burbank and the temperature goes up 15 degrees in Summer -- the end of the Santa Monica Mountains is in the way. Up in the canyons, the temperature can have that swing within a half-mile.

Go up the coast north of Santa Monica/Mar Vista and then go inland a mile and you will get that temperature change.

Moral -- distance and topography will combine.

When I was attending what is now Cal State Northridge, there was a huge climate change [temperature and wind] between Sherman Oaks and Northridge which was something else -- and no intervening hills or mountains. I have not lived in the Valley since 1972.
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I have not lived in the Valley since 1972.
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Originally Posted by mmhendrie View Post
We lived in University Village on the Sawtelle side, I forget the building number, but right next to the freeway wall!
(Aha -- we're on the other side of the freeway. Just a hop, skip and 10 lanes of stationary traffic away!)
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Originally Posted by TimNiceBut View Post
Have a look around Craigslist for listings to get a feel for the asking price. You can't really figure out if a house is in a good area if you're not there and I wouldn't try to get something remotely.

Might also be worth checking with some people who are already there to figure out the cost of utilities (especially electricity, the A/C id going to consume a lot of that) as you might have to adjust your rental budget down.
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Thanks could you recommend any other nice areas to look at ?
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Old Feb 24th 2011, 9:08 am
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Originally Posted by E3only View Post
Culver City is nice and you can definitely rent for 2k a month there. I guess it’s subjective but if I were to move to Culver City, I am sure I could get a 2 bed 2 bath anything from $1750-2300.

Good luck with the move.
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Thanks can you recommend any other areas that I could consider within 5 to 10 miles or so of Culver City .
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Old Feb 24th 2011, 9:12 am
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Originally Posted by mmhendrie View Post
just backing the LA microclimates statement. I'd always assumed, and from prior visits, that LA was hot as hell. We moved into West LA 11yrs ago, and not only did we never use the AC, we didn't even have the heating (gas) turned on. After getting to grips with the climate changes as you head inland, we've always stayed within 5-6 miles of the ocean - you pretty much get a perfect year round tempurature.

Most if not all of Culver City should fall within the range. You might need the AC on for a couple of weeks a year if there's a heat wave, but its not a considerable expensive for the west side. That picture can change radically just a couple of miles further inland, or if you head into the valley to the north etc.

I'm a bit out of date on renting (bought 7yrs ago) but, if a condo is ok, I'd be pretty sure you could get a good comfortable setup for $2k in Culver City. Try searching some online listings (Craigslist perhaps?) and use it in coordination with google maps to get arial shots - me personally, I'd avoid 2-3 blocks of a freeway (noise), 1-2 blocks of a major mall (traffic/noise) - all things you can scout on the maps. Are you going to have any time to do some in-person scouting around out here before you move?

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Thanks for the info what is the rental like in Santa Monica.
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Old Feb 24th 2011, 9:15 am
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Hi Matt
Thanks for the info what is the rental like in Santa Monica.
Yes ! we will have about six weeks as we have company accommodation in Marina Del Rey.I would consider other areas but obviously the schools are important and would like to be close to the ocean and within one hours drive to Hawthorne .
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