Cheap Quirky Neighborhood in Los Angeles
July 23, 2012 8:01 AM Subscribe
I am looking to transplant to Los Angeles to take care of my mother who recently got very sick. I need to find an apartment for the two of us, but I have one constraint and one hope: 1) money problems are going to be a very big deal, so keeping rent cheap is a must, and it needs to be wheelchair-friendly. 2) I would like to be in some kind of artsy, young neighborhood, just so I can stay sane and keep this up for as long as possible. My mother is extremely abusive, and I would like to try to live an actual life as much as possible. I am still young, and a fun neighborhood would change the picture significantly.
posted by anonymous to Society & Culture (20 answers total) 7 users marked this as a favorite
Looking at Craigslist has me feeling very lost. I have heard the names of certain neighborhoods before that seem like what I am looking for, but the prices look beyond my means. (Los Feliz, Silverlake, Echo Park.)(Other neighborhoods have the word 'Beach' in them, which sounds fun, but I don't know much else about them. A hippie-ish atmosphere would be fine too. My mother does love the beach.)
Is there a neighborhood that sounds like it could work, based on these constraints? Is Craigslist misleading? I used to have good luck with it in different cities, but maybe I am living in a fantasy world? I was thinking a 2 bedroom apartment or tiny house, for maybe 1600 or less (if only it could be significantly less!) I am guessing that is wildly impossible. I can take a dressing down...how much do I need to totally recalibrate?
I have lived in all kinds of sketchy places, and am not looking for sleek and shiny, just affordable and reasonably safe, and as quirky/artsy (for lack of a better word) as possible, for the least amount of money. There is additional family in Westwood, so I don't want to be hours and hours away in the hinterlands, but I know I will need to be far-ish away. Still, I'd like to minimize avoidable distance if possible. Any ideas would be very welcome.
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