Moving to LA California: cost of living

In general, when you visit a city, it’s so different from when you actually live somewhere

Los Angeles California

OK, so let’s start with the cost of living for a thousand dollars a month. You will probably share a room with someone at a pretty nice place, or you could have your own room at a place that might be kind of rundown, but for a thousand dollars a month, it’s not going to be anything luxurious. Probably won’t get you your own apartment like it probably won’t get you a studio. And if it does, it’s probably like really sketchy for fifteen hundred dollars per month.

As for actually finding a place, you’ll get a much better deal if you just find a one off random sublease or complex. The big luxurious complexes are more expensive. They have more amenities.

If you want to find a nice four bedroom place, it’ll probably be like six thousand dollars at least. It was brand new, beautiful. You could walk to everything. And for two bedrooms, just two bedrooms, it was like I think forty four hundred dollars a month.

Let’s talk about the neighborhoods in L.A.

L.A. is very sprawling. The city is huge, like there are points of L.A. that are like thirty miles away from each other and probably still considered Los Angeles. Let’s start with the West Side. The West Side has Santa Monica. This is one of the most expensive spots in L.A. to rent for good reason, though, you can walk to a ton of stuff.

You can walk to restaurants, bars, the beach, definitely a younger crowd here, a lot of attractive people, which is random. I just feel like Santa Monica just has a lot of good looking people, though. It just does. There are a fair amount of homeless people in Santa Monica, but I’ve never heard of anyone that I know having a problem with. Just a good thing to know. I would want to know that before I move there.

Right next to that, we have Venice. Venice is like Santa Monica. It’s a little less expensive, but it’s still pretty expensive. It has a lot of startup companies, tech companies based out of their Snapchat is based there, a lot of cool young people, but more of like a hipster vibe. The beach here is known to be like kind of funky. There’s definitely homeless people. Like they’re chill, though. It’s not dangerous, really.

Venice feels a little bit far from the rest of it, like is a little more south in Santa Monica. So you’re going to feel like you’re really on the west side, like you could really feel stuck on the west side if you live here. But it’s a great place to live like Venice or Santa Monica. I’d definitely recommend the really cool spots. Further south we have Playa Vista. This one’s a little random. I only bring it up because I did live here for like three years.

It’s cheaper than Venice and Santa Monica. It’s known as Silicon Beach. So there’s a ton of tech companies here. There’s Facebook, Instagram, YouTube. The thing about Playa Vista, it’s beautiful. Everything is brand new. It’s so nice that it feels fake, like it feels like a Hollywood set felt really safe. There was like a cool running trail. It is really isolated, like you’re closer to the airport than you are to downtown. Also, there’s a lot of families here like it feels like a little suburb.

Let’s talk about the neighborhoods in L.A. L.A. is very sprawling. The city is huge, like there are points of L.A. that are like thirty miles away from each other and probably still considered Los Angeles. Let’s start with the West Side. The West Side has Santa Monica

This is one of the most expensive spots in L.A. to rent for good reason, though, you can walk to a ton of stuff.

You can walk to restaurants, bars, the beach, definitely a younger crowd here, a lot of attractive people, which is random. I just feel like Santa Monica just has a lot of good looking people, though. It just does. There are a fair amount of homeless people in Santa Monica, but I’ve never heard of anyone that I know having a problem with. Just a good thing to know. I would want to know that before I move there.

Right next to that, we have Venice. Venice is like Santa Monica. It’s a little less expensive, but it’s still pretty expensive. It has a lot of startup companies, tech companies based out of their Snapchat is based there, a lot of cool young people, but more of like a hipster vibe. The beach here is known to be like kind of funky. There’s definitely homeless people. Like they’re chill, though. It’s not dangerous, really.

Venice feels a little bit far from the rest of it, like is a little more south in Santa Monica. So you’re going to feel like you’re really on the west side, like you could really feel stuck on the west side if you live here. But it’s a great place to live like Venice or Santa Monica. I’d definitely recommend the really cool spots. Further south we have Playa Vista. This one’s a little random. I only bring it up because I did live here for like three years.

It’s cheaper than Venice and Santa Monica. It’s known as Silicon Beach. So there’s a ton of tech companies here. There’s Facebook, Instagram, YouTube. The thing about Playa Vista, it’s beautiful. Everything is brand new. It’s so nice that it feels fake, like it feels like a Hollywood set felt really safe. There was like a cool running trail. It is really isolated, like you’re closer to the airport than you are to downtown. Also, there’s a lot of families here like it feels like a little suburb.

OK, now on to general tips for moving to L.A. If you’re moving to L.A., I would say generally have some kind of plan of what you’re going to do when you get there.

I would recommend just moving there just to move there, because after the novelty of it wears off, after it starts feeling like real life and not a vacation, you’re going to be like, actually, what am I doing here? But you’re going to want something that you’re doing there to keep you motivated. Also, when you’re moving, if it’s your first time, move in, you’ll have to put down a security deposit and that’ll probably be like first month’s rent.

So you’re moving to L.A. for the first time. You want a decent place, you’ll probably want like three thousand dollars up front for your apartment. And that’s not including, like, furniture and all that. Another tip, I would say if you are working somewhere and you have friends somewhere else, live close to you because you’re going to make the drive to work, but you might not make the drive to your friends. And if you live far from friends, like you may not see them very much.

And I will get kind of lonely if you can make it work to live closer to your friends, it makes it way more enjoyable, especially if you can live in the same building or like walking distance, because L.A. is really not the kind of place where you’re going to be like wanting to drive after work one day to go hang because it could be an hour drive. Another thing I would say, get a roommate when you first move, probably one that your chillwave if you have a roommate that you already know, that’s good.

L.A. is a city full of people who have kind of recently moved here anyways. You can make a lot of friends that way. It’s easier than other cities, I think, to make friends, although it can be hard to make friends. Like, it kind of just depends on what circle you’re in.

A lot of places you can find free parking. Having a car I think is worth it. So it’s pretty much it’s all my tips for moving to L.A.

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Henry Blok
As a Moving Advisor for our client base, I am in charge of helping with logistics and moving counseling at realmovers.org