Another thing you can do is to map out the areas that you are looking at and then drive them several times on different days and times and see what they are like. Weekends and night times usually give a good depiction of what an area is like.
As far as buying and renting, speak with a real estate professional that will be able to give you data on affordable condo's and demographics.
Feel free to contact me directly if I may be of assistance to you. I am a native to Southern California and know it pretty well.
All the best, and good luck!
Kat Becker, Realtor
Prudential California Realty
CA DRE 01338444
Your best bet is to connect with a Los Angeles Realtor who can guide you in your condo purchase. Los Angeles is a "patchwork" of neighborhoods, and the local Agents know it best. Los Angeles is pricey, generally speaking compared to some other areas and naturally the most luxurious properties will be the most expensive!
Good Luck on your purchase!
Keller Williams Realty
#1 Agent KW Westside Realty
I generate an eight page report on individual properties of interest to my clients that gives data on crime, schools, value vs. other areas,walkability, etc, and breaks all of that data down into a property score from 1-100. Then this same score is compared with others in the community and the neighborhood. It gives you a way to compare like properties from different neighborhoods on a more even playing field. All components are charted and broken down for easy understanding.
Would you like to see a sample report? Feel free to contact me.
The Bremner Group at Coldwell Banker
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