There are quite a few law firms downtown but there are also many in Orange County. If possible, you should visit and look around for areas that you like. There are many things to take in to consideration when making such a big move.
My ex, also an attorney, made the move from CT to CA. He was surprised at the distance that he had to commute. You can easily get from CT to NYC without a big problem but the same distance here would be very difficult. Again, good luck.
L.A. can finally offer some options for commuting by public transportation. We look forward to your arrival!
Good luck and happy house hunting!
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If you want to live on the Westside I would suggest looking in Culver City which is home to Sony Studio's amongst others. The Metro Light Rail line just opened within the last two months that would take you downtown. Considering your budget you might just find a condo that will suit your needs.
My office is very centrally located, only minutes away from Culver City, Century City, Beverly Hills etc. When you plan to visit Los Angeles, send me an email and I can show you the Westside.
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Los Angeles does not have the public transportation system that New York has(yet). We are hoping that eventually we will. As for the present, you will need a car for reliable transport in Los Angeles.
As far as great neighborhoods are concerned, in your price range you will be looking at a commute, which is why others have suggested the Valley and even further North.
I would very strongly recommend a visit to Los Angeles. Rent a car at the airport and take a drive Downtown...then drive to the Valley(or even Santa Clarita) from there so that you can see for yourself..what these suggestions entail.
IMO your best bet would be to rent for the time being in Mid Wishire or West. toward Westwood area. We have many lovely Westside Neighborhoods and once you have rented for a while, you will know what direction to take.
What a great question. If you want no work and are ok with a townhouse your best bet is somewhere along or close to the Metrolink.I recommend the San Fernando Valley. 2 bed/2bath your best option might be further out in Santa Clarita or Valencia for a small house. Northridge is also a good location at this price point. If you can swing a condo Sherman Oaks, Glendale, Pasadena are also great options.
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