Los Angeles travel assignment... - page 2

by NurseVirgo 5,649 Views | 25 Comments

I am getting ready to start/ accept an assignment in the Los Angeles area, around Calabasas and looking for housing...Does anyone have any suggestions or tips? Also if there are any other travelers in the L.A. area that would... Read More


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    Quote from mclennan
    My box is not full.

    I shouldn't need to say much more about the Valley being "non-diverse." What more explanation do you need than that?

    Go to CL. Look at LA. Go to rooms for rent/sublets/whatever and look in the SF Valley area. Look on a map, for names of cities nearby. Specify your search and when you see posts that are well written and have pictures of fancy places at fancy addresses (use Google maps street view) follow up and check it out.

    If you're smart enough to be a nurse you should not need direction like this. And if you have traveled before you should also be MUCH more resourceful than this. LA isn't any different from any other American city except, it is BIGGER.
    There is no need to be rude. For your info I traveled between 2006-2009. Things has changed a lot. This is a forum for nurses to help each other out and be resourceful. You are very rude and I never stated that your box was full. If I want to ask something without offending anyone PM is the way to go. I'm sorry for you, you sound ignorant!
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    Quote from bahamagirlrn
    McLennan, thank you for this valuable information. I am very skeptical about renting from someone on Craigslist. I know that there are good people out there who are willing to open their homes to assist renters, but there are evil people doing the same thing also, and it can be hard to know who is who. Will you please elaborate on the Valley being " very, very non-diverse" or you can pm me please. Thank you.
    Craigslist is the new classifieds, no different than a local newspaper but much more efficient. It is pretty much the only game in town. There are darn few people on there that deliberately lure unsuspecting travelers into their home. Good to be safe, but I have rented from property managers on Craigslist. And let me tell you, property managers are a lot more evil than the average private property owner! The last one charged me $150 when I moved out, and the place was in better shape than when I moved in.

    I wondered about the Valley comment too. Originally, the San Fernando Valley was known for its lack of diversity, being almost exclusively middle to lower class whites (and the funny Valley girl accent mocked so much). Now it is a lot more mixed, perhaps predominantly Hispanic even. That may be the lack of diversity McLennan was referring to.
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    Quote from NedRN

    Craigslist is the new classifieds, no different than a local newspaper but much more efficient. It is pretty much the only game in town. There are darn few people on there that deliberately lure unsuspecting travelers into their home. Good to be safe, but I have rented from property managers on Craigslist. And let me tell you, property managers are a lot more evil than the average private property owner! The last one charged me $150 when I moved out, and the place was in better shape than when I moved in.

    I wondered about the Valley comment too. Originally, the San Fernando Valley was known for its lack of diversity, being almost exclusively middle to lower class whites (and the funny Valley girl accent mocked so much). Now it is a lot more mixed, perhaps predominantly Hispanic even. That may be the lack of diversity McLennan was referring to.
    NedRN, thank you very much.
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    I'm not being rude, I'm being realistic.

    I am addressing both you and NurseVirgo. (And I repeat, my PM box is NOT full). I gave a lot of info in my response to help both of you and you still post questions that sound like you're very inexperienced at this.

    There's nothing wrong with inexperience, but anyone - especially a traveling nurse, this day and age - should know how to use Craigslist and Google Maps. And should know what anyone means by the term "non-diverse."

    I basically spelled out, step by step, how to start looking for a decent place on CL (a room rental in an upscale home in the Valley) and you STILL asked for more info about it. Come on. Ask more specific questions, not just a request for "more info."

    I was more supportive and gave more info than anyone else did in response to your questions. Sorry I expect a traveling nurse (from whatever period of time) to know some BASICS. Come on guys, get with the program, everyone uses Craigslist and Google Maps, you shouldn't need to be instructed how. I'm happy to address Los Angeles-specific issues but I'm a little surprised you both act like you need such obvious things explained.
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    [QUOTE="mclennan;7231668"]I'm not being rude, I'm being realistic.

    I am addressing both you and NurseVirgo. (And I repeat, my PM box is NOT full). I gave a lot of info in my response to help both of you and you still post questions that sound like you're very inexperienced at this.

    There's nothing wrong with inexperience, but anyone - especially a traveling nurse, this day and age - should know how to use Craigslist and Google Maps. And should know what anyone means by the term "non-diverse."

    I basically spelled out, step by step, how to start looking for a decent place on CL (a room rental in an upscale home in the Valley) and you STILL asked for more info about it. Come on. Ask more specific questions, not just a request for "more info."

    I was more supportive and gave more info than anyone else did in response to your questions. Sorry I expect a traveling nurse (from whatever period of time) to know some BASICS. Come on guys, get with the program, everyone uses Craigslist and Google Maps, you shouldn't need to be instructed how. I'm happy to address Los Angeles-specific issues but I'm a little surprised you both act like you need such obvious things explained.[/QUOTE
    Last edit by bahamagirlrn on Mar 18, '13
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    Its Monday, take a deep breath, breathe out....relax.
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    When I use Craigslist, I only respond to well-written ads/messages with clear pictures of the apartment/house/room. I also insist on speaking via FaceTime or Skype. Finally, I ask for references and I DO call each person. That has helped me eliminate any potential undesirable roommates.

    As for mclennan's responses, I have to admit that similar thoughts crossed my mind too. Perhaps a private message would have been the best way to respond (or, as I decided for myself, no response at all).
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    Thank you NEDRN for responding in such a respectful manner and not in a demeaning way...This is a forum where nurses should be able to ask other nurses for information/advice/tips no matter the experience or lack thereof without attempts at belittling.
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    Stay off craigslist! I lived in LA for a decade - I first started in Newport Beach, then moved to the Valley (Sherman Oaks, which was the worst ever), then to Mar Vista, then Venice Beach. Venice Beach was the best place to live because the city is absolutely crazy and I needed a place to feel at peace and be able to take my beach cruiser to Yoga, Whole Foods, and then the ocean to chill. Plus, no one ever visited me in the Valley. It was "too far away" or my Westside friends always said they wouldn't be caught dead driving up the canyon. If you live in the valley, you'll only end up with "valley" friends and that's really not hot - since most are not professionals. If you are in the dating scene, most good men will not date a valley girl - maybe sleep with them. Most of the professional men are in Century City/Brentwood area.

    Oh, I also lived in Santa Monica off of Montana - that's the second best place I've ever lived. I had my own 1 bedroom, which was $1250 a month, but I was very lucky. It was tiny - maybe 400 sq ft., but that's all I needed. Everywhere in LA is expensive, yet, there are also great deals. You have to look around.

    Paying $65 bucks a month for Westside Rentals is the best bet - don't do craigslist! Most people try to scam you by making you pay more of the rent if you are looking for a roommate situation - many times, you are paying THEM the deposit (which I have never seen again since I wasn't on the lease, so I didn't have the right to my cash from the landlord unless I hired an expensive lawyer) - and, the roommates in LA are crazy enough, that you don't need a headache by picking up stranger off craigslist. I'm not saying this about everyone, but most craigslist roomate renters are purely opportunistic - and will kick you out for any better opportunity - it's better to find a 2 bedroom yourself, then rent out the other bedroom - just to keep control, if you absolutely need a roommate.

    Living by myself in my own space was the best thing that ever happened to me. I had more freedom, privacy, less drama, and was able to come home and unwind. Roomates steal, snoop, throw parties, and if you are traveling (like I was), you will come back to find that they "rented out your bed" while you were gone for some extra cash. Roommates meet people on match.com and hump them. You will be meeting lots of seedy people in LA, especially the valley. It's scary. Even Beverly Hills has been coined "Compton on Ice". One roommate had a porn operation in his bedroom out of West LA. Another smoked pot every single day. I lived under two porn stars in Sherman Oaks. I had a roommate who wore all my shoes and clothes when I was away at work, while she was collecting welfare. Another roommate walked around NUDE with his junk out. If you can find a small studio for yourself, that's the best way to go...most people in LA aren't as responsible as you - instead, most are opportunists, looking for the easiest way out, while taking advantage of new people in the city. I'd also beware of rooming with a man (like I did who had his junk out). There are scary men everywhere, but LA seemed to have the scariest men I've ever encountered.

    There's these really cute, cheap apartments in North Hollywood (if you don't mind being closer to the fault line) that's a studio situation for around $750 a month. That's really cheap, and if you aren't going to be around that much, it doesn't really matter where you live (I know, I am being a hypocrite here) - but at least you will have a cave you can call your own. Woodland Hills, Tarzana, Encino, Agoura Hills all have affordable places that you should consider looking at.

    I've found the more North in the city you go, the cheaper the rent. (But also scarier too at times such as Van Nuys).

    Ultimately, you have to decide, but I would hate to see an innocent person get sucked up by the city....everyone has their own experiences, so you may find success on Craigslist...but after much heartache, bank-break, and headaches, I say, stay far far away....
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    Has your agency offered to find housing? I've done it both ways- finding my own housing & letting the agency find the housing. It's less stressful to have them help. Especially if you are traveling to an area you're unfamiliar with. I just moved back from California a few months ago. Trying to find temporary, furnished housing can be hard.


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