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Apartment Hunting in Hollywood

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It doesn’t take much for me to want to move somewhere and lately, I’ve been eyeing you Los Angeles. “Lately” meaning the last 15 years of my life “lately.” Before I moved to Barcelona for a summer then to NYC for college and then to Paris for a year abroad and then to Berlin for a summer and then to Latin America for another summer, I wanted LA. Now, it’s getting to the point where I’m getting pissed off because I feel like that person that isn’t shutting up and going.

Granted, I’ve got a lease in Harlem and three contracts legally binding me to NYC, but that isn’t going to stop me NOW from starting to apartment hunt (who am I kidding…I’ve been “apartment hunting” for like three years now).

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As with most of my apartment searches, I care more about location and less about what the apartment actually looks like. That’s why I ended up sharing a studio with three people in Harlem and living in seventh-floor walkup in Paris.

So, what better way to choose an apartment, than to go straight to the defunct neighborhood of Hollywood. From what I’ve learned from my three visits to LA, Hollywood is not the Hollywood everyone outside of LA thinks it is. It’s dirty and just downright unglamorous – pretty much my same living conditions in New York City.

Yes it may be a bit rough in some parts, but it’s near the subway, it’s near the bus lines, and it’s near a lot of the bullsh*t that goes on in LA, let alone probably my only option in my budget if I’m not trying to live in Pasadena.

Let us begin.

Now this is not my first time Craigslisting for apartments. I did the same thing in NYC on my first day. Called 7 apartments and the first six were taken. The 7th phone call was from a Craigslist ad that looked completely like a scam, but I decided to go anyway, and turns out I’ve been in the same apartment for the past two years. With my limited budget, I’m looking only at studios…that Jo and I plan on sharing.

While I never expected to contact any postings while I’m still here in NYC, filtering through the potential apartments just confirms that I may never even contact any even when I get to LA.

Because it hit me just how bad many landlord’s photography skills are.

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A nice wall-long A/C?

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Nice walls? Or is that one of those sliding closets that double as mirrors?

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I’m just confused.

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Which door do you choose?

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But then I started coming across photos like these…

What’s amazing and getting me excited as I type this about Los Angeles is that for the same price I’m paying in New York, I get palm tree views (even if they aren’t the prettiest), and outdoor space!Screen Shot 2015-01-03 at 3.39.52 PM

And more light…and sunshine!

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and really tiny, shared pools!

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And more pools!

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And more pools that look like run-down has-been motels!Screen Shot 2015-01-03 at 4.13.06 PM

And retro tiles? Such a risky interior design choice. Definitely hit or miss, but for me, it’s a HIT.

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Ahh. Despite what I said at the beginning of this post, about the whole apartment hunting in Hollywood thing not looking too good, I’m still like 84% sure that it’s time for me to make the move anyway. In the meantime, I’ll just continue stalking all the blog content over at ImMovingToLa.

How did you find your apartment?

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  • alejandro

    hi damon! you may like to know i lived in koreatown los angeles for some years. right now the prices may be 800 to 1000 dollars per studio. If you get roommates you may actually live a really nice time in la! You’ll have many places to consider living, but do however consider this area as it pertains to your wishes to living near the center Los Angeles and the subway. Wilshire/western area is probably the best place to have Korean bbq, shaved ice cream (mango), lavender milk rose tea boba. Yum! And kyochon chicken honey garlic is a personal favorite. There are SO MANY little shops and restaurants in the surrounding area that it’s a really nice spot to consider. Especially cause you can also take a short drive or bus trip to the Grove or downtown or UCLA or Santa Monica. Hope you enjoy your time there!

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