Los Angeles travel assignment...

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    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 like to meet up and explore the area together, let me know. Thanks!
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    Calabasas is a VERY expensive, upscale area, I think unless you have some kind of hookup or housing provided by your agency, you can expect a long commute from somewhere more affordable. I have lived in L.A. for 6 years and work as an RN care manager downtown. PM me if you'd like to talk! If you've never been here I'm more than happy to offer any help I can.
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    Thanks for your response...Yes I had been hearing about it being very expensive area...Just not sure what to do about housing...Whether to find an extended stay hotel or trying a fully furnishes apartment or something? I would appreciate any advice you can give.
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    I'm not sure how to pm...I'm on my phone.
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    I think you need 15 posts before you can PM.

    Craigslist is a great tool while looking for housing. Often you do even better by posting an ad and get access to great housing that the owners are reluctant to advertise but who will respond when they see a good catch. Travelers are very desirable tenants, very different from the pot luck renter crowd out there. They pay more, pay up front, are generally respectful of property, and are gone in a few months (owner is not stuck with a bad tenant). Houseshares will expand your choices tremendously and you may have new friends! Or often in my experience, an absent roommate.
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    Oh ok, thanks!


    Yes someone else mentioned looking at Craiglist. I will try that as well.
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    Be VERY careful with Craigslist. Especially in L.A.

    Never EVER go check out a place alone.

    Ask for references and actually call them. Seriously, ASK for references of former renters or roommates.

    When you do search, have upfront cash, references and all your info ready.

    Remember, living in L.A. means basing your entire life - work, friends, hobbies, EVERYTHING - on traffic. Choose your location carefully and listen to locals who know what's up.

    Likely the best place to find a living situation will be in the "Valley" i.e., San Fernando Valley. Look in places like Van Nuys, Simi Valley, Granada Hills or Chatsworth. MAYBE Sherman Oaks ($$$$) and MAYBE Encino ($$$$). Remember the Valley is HOT, isolated, and very, very non-diverse. It's a lot of strip malls, chain stores and beige development homes.

    If you want to live in L.A. proper, and commute up to Calabasas, live on the West side. Affordable in this area are Mar Vista, Culver City, West Hollywood. And by "affordable" I mean you can score a studio apt. for maybe $1300/mo. That price usually does not include laundry or parking. For that, make it $1500.

    Look for rich people in the Valley renting rooms out in their house! That's probably your best bet.
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    Mclennan, I tried to pm you but I guess your box is full. Thanks for the advice. I would like to know more about trying to rent a room from rich people in the Valley.
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    Quote from mclennan
    Be VERY careful with Craigslist. Especially in L.A.

    Never EVER go check out a place alone.

    Ask for references and actually call them. Seriously, ASK for references of former renters or roommates.

    When you do search, have upfront cash, references and all your info ready.

    Remember, living in L.A. means basing your entire life - work, friends, hobbies, EVERYTHING - on traffic. Choose your location carefully and listen to locals who know what's up.

    Likely the best place to find a living situation will be in the "Valley" i.e., San Fernando Valley. Look in places like Van Nuys, Simi Valley, Granada Hills or Chatsworth. MAYBE Sherman Oaks ($$$$) and MAYBE Encino ($$$$). Remember the Valley is HOT, isolated, and very, very non-diverse. It's a lot of strip malls, chain stores and beige development homes.

    If you want to live in L.A. proper, and commute up to Calabasas, live on the West side. Affordable in this area are Mar Vista, Culver City, West Hollywood. And by "affordable" I mean you can score a studio apt. for maybe $1300/mo. That price usually does not include laundry or parking. For that, make it $1500.

    Look for rich people in the Valley renting rooms out in their house! That's probably your best bet.



    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.
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    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.


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