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post #1 of 11
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What's up NT Fam. I've been on NT since 2003 and rarely post but I've made some cool friends on here. Me and my GF are fulfilling our dream to live in California. Some background, so I grew up in the NYC area, then I moved to Dallas Texas for work. I've been here for 3 years now, and there are pros and cons.


It's a low cost of living here, so me and my GF have been able to save up alot. We travel alot and like to do roadtrips. We both have friends in California, and we are now planning to move there. We are looking to settle in the East LA area, specifically somewhere in Orange County hopefully if we find something affordable. My company has an office in Irvine, so I am working towards getting transferred. My GF also is looking to get a transfer somewhere in the vicinity, but we are still exploring options.

So we are fully aware of some of the California caveats, but still want to live in California. We can't take much more of Texas, being liberals you might imagine living in Trump Nation. But this is not the reason we are moving. We've always wanted to live out there, and we are now in a better financial position to do so.


Cons

- Expensive
- Traffic
- High Cost of Living


So our budget we're looking to spend for a one bedroom apartment would be around $1500, I know this is a low number but I know it is possible. We know we are going to compromise alot and give up alot of space, but we're fine with it. We love to be out and about. We want to be able to hit Laguna Beach on a Friday, then drive up North to see the Mountains and hike on Saturday for example. We are adventurers at heart, and love to explore.


So what places do you recommend, and give me some facts about living in East LA. Again to recap, we are a young couple in our Mid 20s, are adventurous, love the beach, love hiking, we have a small terrier dog, and would like to find a One Bedroom apartment for around $1500.

I'd like to be within the circled portion below.

post #2 of 11
Look at Fullerton.
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Cosign on Fullerton. Nice suburban area and you should be able to find something solid for your budget.
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Originally Posted by Ecook0808 View Post

Look at Fullerton.


Im going to check it out, anything specific area?
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Originally Posted by JUSTBLAZE2k7 View Post

Cosign on Fullerton. Nice suburban area and you should be able to find something solid for your budget.

Sounds good, I realized that "East LA" is a sketchy area. What I meant to say is east of LA area. So fullerton is safe and affordable?
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Im going to check it out, anything specific area?
Sounds good, I realized that "East LA" is a sketchy area. What I meant to say is east of LA area. So fullerton is safe and affordable?

Fullerton is more or less a college town, good nightlife and 20 mins to beach.

East LA is awful lol.
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post #6 of 11
Like everyone said, Stay away from East LA lol.
Long Beach is where you want to be at. You can get a nice two bed room apartment for that price or a really nice one bedroom downtown. So many dope neighborhoods( Downtown, Belmont Shore, Bixby Knolls) with good restaurants and things to do, beach living etc. Plus you're really close to the OC and Downtown LA. Almost like in the middle between the both.

My wife has lived in Fullerton and all over LA/OC and I've lived only in the South Bay and Long Beach but we both cant see ourselves living anywhere else and raising our daughter anywhere else.
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post #7 of 11
^co-sign living in the southbay
 
 
look at a place in lakewood

my boy and his wife just got a place near csulb on bellflower and are paying around 1600 a month

nice area, ample parking and its a college area surrounded by suburban homes. 

 

East LA and Irvine are a long way apart, the commute would kill you tbh. 

focus on the south LB, cerritos, huntington beach area, maybe even anaheim. 

post #8 of 11
Irvine is super far from east la. Don't stay there.
I'm sure you can find a nice apartment on the outskirts of Irvine.
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post #9 of 11
san Gabriel valley
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san Gabriel valley

what you know about socal bruh

 

you live in alaska

post #11 of 11
Thread Starter 
Thanks everyone for the input, Originally I meant to say I want to be on the geographic east direction of Los Angeles.

I didn't know there was an region actually called "East LA".

If I get the transfer I would be in Irvine most likely. I know the traffic is bad, but i can probably handle a commute of 45 mins or so each way. My last job was an hour and 15 each way.
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