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LA Apt Hunting: Emily

Emily is apartment hunting in Los Angeles. Someone always is around here!?

So, here we go. Emily is well aware of the rental market situation, so she fully intends to see what a landlord might do for her in terms of discounted security deposit and first month’s rent. (as anyone who is looking for an apartment in LA should right now!)

Emily is looking for a relatively affordable 1br. She currently lives in a apartment in Silverlake that I can only think to describe as PHAT. Sorry for the indulgence with that aged term, but seriously. The Silverlake place ($1950/month between her and a roomate), is sick to death. Its on a hill, with a view, situated in a neighborhood just above my favorite road in all of LA (Hyperion). It sprawls, it has early century spanish bungalow charm, a brick patio with a fireplace and brick oven, and a bamboo garden that leads into A YARD… (Man, I miss grass). However, besides the fact that her and her roomate are parting ways – they decided to get out initially cause of the noise factor of the upstairs neighbors. (These are the kinds of things that you just can’t always get a feel for in your apt hunt.) Even with all the yard, they feel that the price tag is too high for a basement apartment.

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Let’s help Emily flesh out the pros and cons of the option below, its in West Hollywood near all of the great furniture thrift stores that we went to this weekend!!! (and the Target shopping center at La Brea & SM). ((and kinda near the Farmer’s Market which is near that place where the chick from The Hills lives if you watch TV and otherwise don’t have any reference for how much of a wasteland of concrete LA is.)) I’ve mapped it above for ya. Her current commute from Silverlake to work is probly bout 30 mins w/ Traffic.

It’s a little Guest House, which immediately fairs well in assessment. A guest house means no shared walls, so hopefully that means quiet times. It’s way closer to work. Its little face is cute, and I think immediately that it suits her in charm. The front porch is beggin for a brightly painted metal glider. It’s NOT a studio!  Hardwood floors are a must have for decor freedom, so that’s a go. Parking, Laundry and an included refrigerator are all pluses. And for a girl that loves outdoor coffee and privacy to sit back and think on a Sunday morning – the french doors/back deck is happening in a major way.

The only downsides I can see:
Could be some decades old grime to contend with, and without seeing it, I’d carefully inspect the windows, bathroom and kitchen faucets to make sure you can feel at home.
Also, It’s important to try to get a grasp on if the front house tenants are cool (she describes them as 12 year old hipsters, so this could go either way.)
It’s $50/mo over budget.

Emily, I kinda love it. I’d go ahead and man up and ask them if they’d consider knocking that extra $50/mo. off too. It never hurts to ask.

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Ep. 4: LA Apartment Hunting

Okay. Hopefully this will be my last post with examples of what I CAN’T have. I’ve stumbled upon a couple more properties for rent that would be GREAT places to make into a home but are really only good for a bout with depression. I’m just throwing them up on TEOT so you can enjoy the little mini real estate fantasy.

Topanga Canyon Guest House
The fantastic elements here are pretty obvious in the pictures. But I have to admit, I also ReALLY enjoy the thought of being settled up in the mountains near the State Park, where there are views and trails and you are out of the bustle of the LA madness. The problem with this though – is that even though its located no more than 12 miles from my work – it’ll take about an hour or more to make that commute daily due to the traffic on the PCH. Imagine your Sunday mornings though, with this fireplace and that deck!
This is literally a dream as far as the home goes.
$1500/month and Pollock is Welcome there!

Santa Monica Cottage
This is a One Bedroom apartment that includes access to a 300 square foot finished attic (which seems like an opportunity for a second bedroom to me). If I had a roomate this would be a legitimate option, with rent coming in at $1695/month. However, it doesn’t say if Pollock is allowed or not. Look how stinking cute it is though with its Rose Bushes climbing the picket fence.

Final Fantasy – Venice Canals
This isn’t even remotely realistic cause the rent is almost $3000/mo., but I accidentally sat there with it open on my computer and envisioned morning coffee overlooking the canal – just for a hot second. Of course, the neighbors are probably a little bourge. But I’m a sucker for the idea of a fireplace like that. (sans carpet while we’re fantasizing!!)

The search continues! haha.