Hello potential Renter...This appears to be a pretty safe area. But you need to do your own investigation. Contact the local police department and ask about incidences in the area..You can also go to crimespot.com and put in the address.
I'm not sure exactly what areas you travel to the most frequently, but I have had great experiences with the Metro. The new Expo line has been such a time saver for me as well as a fun way to sight see, attend events and not have to park. http://www.metro.net/projects/exposition/
"The Metro Expo Line connects the Westside by rail to Downtown LA, Hollywood, the South Bay, Long Beach, Pasadena and dozens of points in between. With 10 new stations serving USC, Expo Park, and diverse LA neighborhoods such as Culver City, the Crenshaw District and Downtown LA, the Metro Rail system will expand to 80 stations and over 87 miles of rail to destinations across LA County."... more
Hi Lost, I remember you! I think anywhere along the Metro Red Line should work for you. The MetroLink (from Chatsworth or Northridge) is a bit more expensive and less frequent as I understood it. So that means Studio City or Sherman Oaks should work for you. I live in North Hollywood, and I don't know what smog and congestion they are talking about-- it's not worse than anywhere else in the Valley.
One thing is for sure, the 405 South coming down to UCLA in the morning is a nightmare and the 101 (Ventura Freeway) is classified as the busiest in the world. That would not be a stress-free commute. Later at night it would not be such a problem. The better commute would be against traffic, i.e. South to North. Given that somewhere in the San Fernando Valley, Woodland Hills, Tarzana, Encino might be a compromise as it is more or less half way, but then you deal with the heat in the summer. It also depends on your budget. The Valley is less expensive than the Westside of Los Angeles. It certainly is not the wrong time to buy right now, but no one has a crystal ball as to what prices will be in 3 years. If you are thinking of only staying three years then you might consider renting. You have some tough choices.... more