The longer you plan on being there, the better a chance you will be able to negotiate. However, if you are looking in a desirable area, they may just rent to someone who is willing to pay full price. If they are struggling to fill the apartment, you'll have more luck. Good luck!... more
I would say a good "halfway" area would be Sherman Oaks close to Ventura Blvd. There are great shops and restaurants around. It isn't right in the middle, but driving time should be fairly equal for the both of you. If you want to be further west, I would recommend Woodland Hills.