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LA Apartment Search, coupla Tips.

Gonna have to do some weeding through the resources. There are tons of apartments on the market. No need to rush into buying a Westside Rentals account though. Seriously. I say don’t do it until you’ve exhausted yourself with the free ones. Even if you do pay for it you’ll likely find your place from Craigslist, or a driveby. Personal Opinion, but I don’t really care for Westside Rentals.

Most of the time I just hit up Craig and do a keyword search for “bungalow” and pick through. Then “cottage” and pick through, emailing myself the ones to think about further. (I’m a recent fan of padmapper which pulls craigslist listings that input the address correctly, and displays them on a map.) But have had my best luck with clicking through various searches on Craigslist. Once you’ve perfected your search terms, hit the RSS icon in your browser bar to subscribe to new listings that match if you wanna.

Let’s pretend you know you wanna live on the Eastside.


I’d immediately suggest living here on this hill somewhere near Montecito/Lincoln Heights. I don’t know anything about the neighborhood, but could you care with that view/balcony/lightfixture(the nelson)/moulding? $1575/month

Or here, for $1850. Not cheap but super interesting. Note fun tile and Hobbitish ambiance. Plus its in Silverlak/Los Feliz area, so you can totally be Modern Bohemian.


Actually, that black tile in the kitchen is the sickest thing I’ve seen in a craigslist kitchen image.

If you are concentrated on a specific neighborhood, it might be less frustrating for you to use a map option like PadMapper. OR search by neighborhood using a service called Rental Girl.  This fantastic genius group of women got together and each pretty lady represents a different area of town. They specialize in finding rental options with character and appear to cover a wide budget (including a little one like mine). I checked out the Pasadena page b/c sometimes that’s where I live when I close my eyes real tight.

Here’s a steal at $1,000/mo. (Um…… MARGARET!!! Margaret wrote in and said she’s scared she’s gonna get stuck renting a room in a box b/c she’s had a hard time finding character). This place is super cozy.

Thanks for playing,
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8 Responses
  • Sarah
    May 18, 2010

    Betsy I loved this post. If DC and I were playing eye spy I would point out the knockoff Nelson bubble ceiling fixture in the 1st apt in Lincoln Heights. I just love when you say “sick” it doesn’t fit everyone and should always be used sparingly.

  • Kristin
    May 18, 2010

    Wow! Lovin’ padmapper!!! Thank you for sharing that!

  • margaret
    May 18, 2010

    ooh! can i get the info for that 3rd apartment?

  • margaret
    May 18, 2010

    oh nevermind, i see it’s on the rental girl.

    i like the place but not so much the location. i was hoping to live within quick access to the 210 freeway and perhaps walking distance to stores. i’ve left a message, though. thanks!

  • emily
    May 18, 2010

    I always search bungalow and then cottage, too. And, I believe padmapper may just save my life since I have to find a new place and move into it by August 1.

  • mike ahuja
    May 18, 2010

    the best way to really find places in LA is to drive around the neighborhood you are interested in

  • Stacy
    May 19, 2010

    I hadn’t heard of padmapper, and I went through several stages upon following the link. Curiosity, glee, amusement, then bitterness that I did not find it when we first moved out here, followed by several minutes of wishing our rental office would disappear into a freak sink hole and we could move before the fall. Thanks for the tips!

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