We have decided to look in to either - NoHo/Universal City/Studio City/Toluca Lake - in places close to the metro red line or Northridge/Chatsworth in places close to the Metrolink.
Since we don't plan on living in SoCal for more than 3-3.5 years, we decided to rent for now.
Do any of you deal with properties for rent under $2,200 (but ideally around $1,500) in any of these areas at a reasonable distance to either the metro or the metrolink?
Some other criteria are -
1. in a safe, quiet neighborhood
2. with washer and dryer
3. with parking for 2 cars
4. town home/apartment/condo is fine
5. if possibly, walking distance to train - if not, short drive
We are visiting next week and if you have any properties that fit these criteria, please send me links and I would love to set up a time to visit them.
You should select a single realtor to help you hone in on specifics - selection and execution. I would be happy to help.
There are many neighborhoods, as I mentioned, that could meet your needs. However, are you planning on leasing, or buying. It is a great time for renters to acquire a property and more difficult (depending on your needs) to rent great residences. Please feel free to visit my website to learn more about myselt and my team or contact me with any questions or services that I can asist you with.
I think North Hollywood is so amazing. It has great public transportation, a thriving arts scene, great rents, and is a great compromise for USC and Thousand Oaks. Traffic is not bad and there is plenty of parking. It is also a very central location. I also have much management experience managing lofts and apartments there. I have lived there for many years and love it! Feel free to call me if you have any questions.
Keller Williams Hollywood Hills
Depending on your schedule for getting to Thousand Oaks you might have a better commute living closer in town and traveling against traffic to USC. My husband did the commute from Calabbassas to downtown and it was grueling. If you are thinking of living close to a station your best bet is to park and ride or ride a bike. Heck take a bike to the train so you can pedal to USC or Thousand Oaks from the train. I think Glendale might be a good option. Atwater. Burbank. North Hollywood. Highland Park. North Hollywood traffic is nothing compared to the city. I think smog will be just as bad in TO (Thousand Oaks) as North Hollywood. There are some great apartments in NoHO so as I write this post I am leaning towards North Hollywood as your best option.
Congrats on the engagement too!
The Carrabba Group
Keller WIlliams Hollywood Hills
Studio City or Sherman Oaks should fit what you are asking for, however, a sleeper suggestion would be Toluca Lake... It is charming and has good walking areas... very neighborhoody... Good luck!
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1. reasonable commute for both - train for me and driving for my fiance, or driving for both if relatively hassle free
2. one or two bedroom apartments - ideally under $1,600/month - with in apartment washer/dryer, parking for 2 cars
3. neighborhood/city that is safe and somewhat charming - not just the strip mall like areas
So we are looking in to three different areas -
1. the Northridge/Chatsworth/Woodland Hills area - I hear they satisfy 1 and 2 but not 3
2. the North Hollywood area - not sure how this equates to 2 and 3 but 1 should be satisfied
3. the Culver City/Santa Monica area - I'm guessing 3 will be satisfied but not 1 or 2 as much
Again, any thoughts would be much appreciated! I will certainly check out your websites!