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
They are not close. LAX is on the Westside and the Amtrak is downtown. It would take about 45 minutes by car with little traffic. I'm not sure what public transportation is available. A taxi would cost quite a bit. San Diego is a 2 hour drive. The train is quite inexpensive there and back and nice to take in the scenery. I would call your hotel and ask them about transportation to Amtrak. Enjoy your trip.... more
hi howard. i grew up in los angeles. lived right in the city, probably 10 minutes from beverly hills. while i only visit there once a month these days, when i lived there a few years ago the commute to beverly hills was always a pain (except in off hours). it's not easily accessed by any freeway so during rush hour it's troublesome. i imagine heading in from the pasadena direction could only make it worse since there tends to be more inbound traffic in the AM hours to los angeles area then outbound traffic. however, i always traveled using the 405. not sure how the 101 would be.
the best way to head into the city from the valley during rush hours is by "going over the hill" - ie, by taking the streets. there are some pretty quick short cuts through the mountains.... more
The traffic in Los Angeles is definitely a problem. There is really only one freeway going east and west and one going north and south through the main areas of L.A. Of course this causes major traffic jams starting around 2:00pm and lasting until 7 to 7:30 pm. The surface street traffic then is completely congested in the morning commute hours and between 4:00 to 7:30 in the evening. All the main 'artery' streets and canyon passes require a lot of patience during these hours and the roads are not known to be well-kempt--lots of pot holes, deep cracks etc. that take a real tole on one's car. Residents spend a lot of time in route here even just to go a few miles across town--it takes me 45 minutes to an hour to get home (9 miles from my office) on surface streets during rush hour--you must really love your car! The other main freeway going east and west, the 101, is just as bad as is the 110 freeway going through downtown. We desperately need a good public transit system here!!! Public transportation consists of buses and a subway that starts in Hollywood and goes east. Bus transit is just as time-consuming as if in a regular car and the Westside of Los Angeles does not have a fast way to get around--no subway, tram, etc. It is a major problem. A high-speed train going east and west, north and south needs to be installed for mass transit. People would definitely use it. However, the city isn't really designed for walking so getting from a station to a destination would not the easiest thing! Avoid the 10, 101, 405, 110 freeways from 7:30 am to 10:00 and from 2:00 to 7:30pm if possible. Wilshire, Pico, Olympic Blvds. and Laurel Canyon, La Cienega, Fairfax, La Brea and Highland are all very congested during these hours as well. Pacific Coast Highway is not as bad and if you need to access areas like Agoura or Calabasas, it's the best way to go and then cut through Malibu Canyon.... more
It is not really advisable to get around without a car--there are no safe bike lanes, the buses are crowded and slow, and there are no trains, subways or trams. Walking around a direct neighborhood is ok, but for the most part, everything is very spread out.... more