Moving to LA: Where to live? What to expect?
May 4, 2011 9:08 AM Subscribe
I'm thinking about moving to LA soon, but I've never actually been there. Where would someone like me live? What's it like to live in LA? General advice? Or should I move to SF?
posted by garuda to Society & Culture (48 answers total) 9 users marked this as a favorite
I'm about to get out of graduate school with a degree in the sciences that I don't plan on using anytime soon. I want to devote some time to exploring vague creative ideas I have concerning writing, acting, and art. I've got minimal experience in any of this, but I figured I might as well give it a shot while I'm still young. So I'm soon going to move to a city and get a job waiting tables or something that will pay the bills while giving me time and flexibility to write or act or pursue enlightenment or whatever.
I've been thinking I'd move to SF because I'm familiar with it and its beautiful and interesting. But lately I've been wondering whether it would limit me because it might suck up my savings too quickly and I'm not sure if I could easily find a job that would pay the bills in SF while still allowing lots of free time. Also, I've been wondering if SF has too particular a "vibe" where less a variety of things are happening than in bigger cities.
So I started considering LA, because it seems like it'd be at least slightly cheaper than SF and would provide more freedom to invent myself. It seems friendlier to my situation. I've heard that you can do whatever you want in LA and no one really gives a shit. This is starting to sound appealing. Obviously, I need to visit there. I'm trying to imagine what it would be like to live there.
Where does one live in LA? Where would you live if you wanted a cheap place but with lots of culture around? Where do the hipsters live?
How easy would it be to get a job to pay the bills?
What should I know about LA before I visit / move there?
How true are the unpleasant cliches about LA? Is it really disgustingly superficial? It it really over-polluted and ugly? Is the sprawl soul-crushing? Do you really spend most of your life in your car?
What are the advantages of living in LA?