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Originally Posted by gnu View Post

Anyone know if there is anywhere in LA that carries Left Field stuff? I used to find it at this shop in Los Feliz called Atmosphere, but that closed at least a year ago.
For stevent, Los Feliz is a pretty walkable neighborhood. There are two grocery stores in walking distance (three trader joes within a 10 minute drive), some decent places to eat -- mostly good breakfast and a few good burger and taco stands, and its close to downtown and Hollywood (if you want to go to bars and clubs). You also have quick access to both the 5 and the 101 so getting around is pretty easy.
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You should live downtown. There are a few apartment complexes near 1st or 2nd (Promenande Towers, and a couple on Grand) that are reasonably priced, nice if you have a sense of style and can make it cool, and have all the amenities you want - gym, pool, dry cleaning, concierge, etc. You will have a lot more fun in LA if you get home from your job in under 15 minutes. Everyone will be complaining about traffic and you will have just finished your workout and be ready to go out for the night.

Thanks for the info. Not sure where exactly I'll be working yet so I'm just looking around for now. Will look into those apartment complexes
post #1442 of 2292
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Thanks for the info. Not sure where exactly I'll be working yet so I'm just looking around for now. Will look into those apartment complexes

I'm not from LA but I've been down there quite a bit for work so I've spent a good bit of time around USC and Downtown.

If you're working near DT you probably wouldn't want to live near UCLA. I can't imagine that commute being any where close to enjoyable. You might be able to get away with living near USC, but besides the immediate area around campus its not the greatest. Food is pretty limited around there too. Although I guess the commute between USC and DT should be better whenever Expo light rail opens.
post #1443 of 2292
If you live downtown, live by Little Tokyo or the Arts district. Lots of emerging nightlife in that area, nice vibe, etc.

I'd recommend more the mid-wilshire area, near the Farmer's Market/Grove though. Probably more diverse everyday living.
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there was an article in the sunday la times about highland park and northeast la.
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Hey guys going to be visiting LA tomorrow but I have to get to a conference in San Diego at 10am Thursday. Am I pretty much screwed in terms of getting stuck in crazy traffic? What time should I leave, 6am? Will be staying in Beverly Hills. Thanks.
post #1446 of 2292
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Originally Posted by techstyles View Post

Hey mr foodguy, you have a handle on chowhound?

i try to stay away from chowhound. read it occasionally, though.
post #1447 of 2292
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Originally Posted by aizan View Post

there was an article in the sunday la times about highland park and northeast la.

I've got some friends in the area and my parents have a condo out in that area too. Nightlife is not as good as downtown/westside though, Its growing a bit and is great for cheap mexican food I guess. lots of mexican hipster types.
post #1448 of 2292
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Originally Posted by stevent View Post

Bumping this thread for a good place for a young professional to live for two years or so in LA (21 years old will be 22 for the move, no commitments, good amount of money to spend but would like to keep rent at $1-$1.2k monthly or so, would be down to purchase a apartment/house/condo if price is reasonable and it has good upside (budget would depend on what I'm getting). Have a good amount of friends mostly by UCLA/USC so those areas may be an option. Working probably downtown area or within 20-30 minute drive.
Would want:
Decently busy atmosphere near me (able to walk to get food, groceries, but will have a car as well)
Good restaurants in area
Good nightlife. Ideally a good mix of clubs / pubs / bars
Decently safe, ok with a few issues
Maybe a few galleries or something of the like
Any ideas? Figure housing market should improve a bit by 2014 to recoup broker fees and mortgage payments if I buy. Also could rent out after 2 years. Not planning on staying in LA but may if I like it enough.

usc and ucla are in different worlds geographically. on a normal evening, it can take an hour to get from one to the other. downtown is really terrific and still somewhat overbuilt so i think there might be some good bargains there. that will be close to usc, but far from ucla. one option might be mid-wilshire. there's a huge apartment complex called Park LaBrea that's almost exactly halfway in between, plus across the street from both la county art museum and the third street farmers market. tons of restaurants and shopping (you're within walking distance of the beverly center, la brea ave. and beverly drive, a short drive to melrose). there are also a lot of duplexes in that area. i lived there for 6 years when i first moved to la and it was one of the best choices i made -- you get a really great sense of the city.
post #1449 of 2292
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Originally Posted by siglo vi View Post

Hey guys going to be visiting LA tomorrow but I have to get to a conference in San Diego at 10am Thursday. Am I pretty much screwed in terms of getting stuck in crazy traffic? What time should I leave, 6am? Will be staying in Beverly Hills. Thanks.

I'd try to get a hotel in SD the night before if I were you. Traffic won't be crazy, you're going the opposite direction of most traffic. If you have to speak or be there on time, I'd leave sometime before 7am just to be on the safe side, I don't think 6am is necessary but it can't hurt though...you'll just be there an hour early so I guess you can grab breakfast/coffee.

You might hit a few pockets of traffic on the 405 between the 105 and the 110 as well as around the 605/22 freeway, but i imagine it should be ok. Unfortunately, you will hit the rush hour traffic in San Diego, depending on where the conference is. Thats probably going to be the worst part of it.

Do take the toll road in Costa Mesa (73 freeway) though. You save 20 minutes or so even if there isn't traffic and if there is, you'll save a lot more.
post #1450 of 2292
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Originally Posted by stevent View Post

Bumping this thread for a good place for a young professional to live for two years or so in LA .
I'm biased with Los Feliz. Depending on which part you live in, it can suck to have a car. The strip along Vermont notoriously sucks for parking but if you live out in the hills or Silverlake/Atwater Village then it's a lot easier.

I couldn't recommend a single spot until you knew exactly where you'd be working. It doesn't make sense to tell you to pick Los Feliz over Venice if you work in Marina Del Rey.

I think what's easier than telling you where to live is where not to live.
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Originally Posted by gnu View Post

Anyone know if there is anywhere in LA that carries Left Field stuff? I used to find it at this shop in Los Feliz called Atmosphere, but that closed at least a year ago.
For stevent, Los Feliz is a pretty walkable neighborhood. There are two grocery stores in walking distance (three trader joes within a 10 minute drive), some decent places to eat -- mostly good breakfast and a few good burger and taco stands, and its close to downtown and Hollywood (if you want to go to bars and clubs). You also have quick access to both the 5 and the 101 so getting around is pretty easy.
No one in LA carries LF to my knowledge but I can ask their rep. You'd think it'd be a brand that would do well at Mohawk or Confederacy (if they had a good buyer.)

I'm trying to get the owner of the new store that took over Atmosphere to carry mens but since it's consignment it's a hard sell.
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Originally Posted by 510kut View Post

You might be able to get away with living near USC
Look at my avatar. No, no you wouldn't. I wouldn't wish that on anyone that wasn't attending class. It's arguably FAR better since I was there but there are MUCH better places to live if you need DT proximity, especially if the OP would be amendable to a 15 min drive or taking the redline/goldline.
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Originally Posted by deejaysoy View Post

copped some Baldwin Denim the Henly cut in dark for $150 at the Steven Alan Outpost.
I've seen them carry LVC, Sugar Cane, and even Alden of all things at that outpost. Bizarre.
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I think it would be kind of hard to live downtown under 1200 a month. I live in silverlake off silverlake blvd away from the strip. I like it. It's quiet and perfect for what I need.
post #1452 of 2292
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Originally Posted by siglo vi View Post

Hey guys going to be visiting LA tomorrow but I have to get to a conference in San Diego at 10am Thursday. Am I pretty much screwed in terms of getting stuck in crazy traffic? What time should I leave, 6am? Will be staying in Beverly Hills. Thanks.

If you need to be in SD by 10am and you're in Beverly Hills, I would give at least 3 hours. Normally a little more than 2, but you'll likely hit traffic in Orange County and again in Northern SD County.
post #1453 of 2292
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Originally Posted by Xericx View Post

I'd recommend more the mid-wilshire area, near the Farmer's Market/Grove though. Probably more diverse everyday living.

Here

Shoot down Olympic to Downtown, not a bad commute.
post #1454 of 2292
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Originally Posted by Spencer View Post

Here
Shoot down Olympic to Downtown, not a bad commute.

pro-tip for getting from mid-cities east: pick up san vicente to pico, pico to western, western to the 10. yowza.
beverly is usually the best surface street. i did that commute for 6 years.
post #1455 of 2292
^this is genius i don't know why i don't do this all the time usually la brea to san vicente or nightmarish la cienega
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