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10b4me

Boulder climber
Somewhere on 395
Feb 14, 2013 - 08:41am PT
Lol, Reilly
nutjob

Sport climber
Almost to Hollywood, Baby!
Topic Author's Reply - Feb 14, 2013 - 08:57am PT
We're converging on South Pasadena:
 good schools and safe: check
 surprisingly good commute to USC on city streets: check
 hills and open space: check
 lower property taxes than city of LA: check
 a few minutes quicker to get out of town for climbing: check

Here are some website tools that I've used extensively in the last 6 months:


Property taxes:
 http://www.latimes.com/news/local/la-me-city-property-tax-table,0,2603475.htmlstory
 http://onlineapps.auditor.lacounty.gov/tra/

Crime:
 http://www.crimemapping.com/map.aspx?aid=3db8cf99-a73b-46d2-b218-bd24cf491577
 http://meganslaw.ca.gov/disclaimer.aspx?lang=ENGLISH

School finder (within LAUSD):
 http://rsi.lausd.net/ResidentSchoolIdentifier/

Seismic landslide, ordinances, and other property-specific issues (within city of LA):
 http://zimas.lacity.org/

Rent Control and eviction issues (if you buy a duplex or more in city of LA):
 http://lahd.lacity.org/lahdinternet/RSOPublicationsandForms/tabid/264/language/en-US/Default.aspx

General neighborhood research:
 http://www.lalife.com/

Reilly

Mountain climber
The Other Monrovia- CA
Feb 14, 2013 - 09:01am PT
surprisingly good commute to USC on city streets: check

Huh? Maybe if you time it with a calendar.
10b4me

Boulder climber
Somewhere on 395
Feb 14, 2013 - 09:07am PT
Nutjob, I am one mile from SoPas. So are you looking to buy? The south, and west sides of town will typically be less expensive
Sewellymon

climber
.....in a single wide......
Feb 14, 2013 - 09:13am PT
Nut-

concur on south pas

*cool older houses
*schools best in area (not sure that is saying much?
*downtown is kinda nice
*excellent farmers market thurs eve?
*close to rose bowl and hills above for road biking
***mt biking the san gabriel mtn front range = world class singletrack

when you land, let's gather Pasadena- based ST'ers for beer. T Yeary, 10b4me, Reilly, KSolem, myself, others?

Griffin

Trad climber
Monterey, CA
Feb 14, 2013 - 10:20am PT
I was born and raised in Venice Beach and I moved up to Central Cal a few years ago. Its a chore when I have to go visit family back in LA. I would recommend not moving to LA if you have the choice. When it comes down to it, that place just screws with the mind. Too many people, not enough trees, or at least not enough native ones. Silver Lake and Echo Park are definitely no exception, in fact in the last few years they have been getting extremely popular along with Venice among the LA "hipsters". Its nauseating. Expect hipsters eating their arugula and prosciutto burritos on the ground in their Louis Vuitton overalls because is all the new craze. If you have to move to LA, I recommend the area around Malibu/Thousand Oaks. I grew up surfing the area, and the most down to earth people and best scenery is in that area. Not to mention some fun climbing. Echo cliffs has some nice sport.
Good luck!!
-Scruffy
x15x15

climber
Feb 14, 2013 - 10:45am PT
so pas is great. the city council not so. but i grew up there, so it cant be that good.

can't believe sierra madre has not been mentioned. now that place is safe... good elementary school, unfortunately part of pasadena unified...
guyman

Social climber
Moorpark, CA.
Feb 14, 2013 - 10:52am PT
Nut... good choice. My Boss lives there and cummutes into Chatsworth (Stoney Point :>) every day. He tells me its quick each way, cause the 118 FWY hardley ever jams up unless some mishap goes down. So if your schedule lets you off in the afternoon you will be able to get home after bouldering, in the evening, quickley.

See you at SP.
Fletcher

Trad climber
The great state of advaita
Feb 14, 2013 - 11:39am PT
South Pasadena does have a great farmers market. Very kid friendly and good food trucks to choose from! Used to go all the time when we lived closer to it.

Eric
Fat Dad

Trad climber
Los Angeles, CA
Feb 14, 2013 - 11:40am PT
I would recommend not moving to LA if you have the choice. When it comes down to it, that place just screws with the mind.
Haters gonna hate. I just loved the comment that people in Malibu are the most genuine. Hmmm...

South Pas is a nice call. Nice small town feel yet close to the mts.
paul roehl

Boulder climber
california
Feb 14, 2013 - 11:48am PT
Lived in LA for many years in the late 60s and 70s. The air was pretty bad then, especially in the valley. Have to admit I hated it and didn't return for a long time. Last trip I was surprised how much it seemed to have improved. The traffic was miserable but the air seemed cleaner than I ever remembered it. What LA has is great access to the mountains and the beach and in some places a terrific kind of social energy.
nutjob

Sport climber
Almost to Hollywood, Baby!
Topic Author's Reply - Feb 14, 2013 - 01:37pm PT
Update on Silver Lake:

Car towed because an angry neighbor had their driveway blocked by ~12 inches. It did not block their ability to leave. Community spirit alive and well! It's a dog-eat-dog neighborhood when it comes to fighting over parking spaces for blocks around, especially on Thursdays or Fridays.

Ho man, looking forward to moving!
Majid_S

Mountain climber
Bay Area , California
Feb 14, 2013 - 03:27pm PT
LA is the biggest cancer in USA
Elcapinyoazz

Social climber
Joshua Tree
Feb 14, 2013 - 04:28pm PT
^^^^^^

Cancer? Get a clue dude. LA county has one of the lowest rates of cancer of all CA counties. It's lower than all those Bay Area counties, and WAY lower than the worst county in CA (Tuolomne). Anf given that CA has one of the lowest rates of any state in the country...well, you're just talking out of your ass now, aren't you.

http://statecancerprofiles.cancer.gov/map/map.withimage.php?06&001&001&00&0&01&0&1&6&0#map
guyman

Social climber
Moorpark, CA.
Feb 14, 2013 - 04:49pm PT
Elcap... I think he means all of US Southern California types are a cancer.....

Yea haters gotta hate.

I am always amused by people who pre-judge you by where you live.

Sort of a racist like thing.

Majid... you have a nice day, now OK.
MisterE

Social climber
Feb 14, 2013 - 05:16pm PT
Nutjob - I am in for Monday afternoon climbing! Got a side job I should be wrapping up around 12-1 O'clock.
Onewhowalksonrocks

Mountain climber
portland, Maine
Feb 14, 2013 - 05:27pm PT
South Pasadena

I lived in SO Pas for 10 years. Great place for the family.

Must place to hit is Busters on Mission. Cross the street from the Gold line station.

The secrete for housing in this area. Check out Cal trans owned homes. If you buying you can get a deal. Rentals are even a better deal from Cal Trans.
Dave Kos

Social climber
Temecula
Feb 14, 2013 - 06:40pm PT
How could someone not love LA?

Randisi

Social climber
Dalian, Liaoning
Feb 14, 2013 - 07:06pm PT
America sounds dangerous.

You should move to China.
McHale's Navy

Trad climber
Panorama City, California & living in Seattle
Feb 14, 2013 - 07:19pm PT
Anyone read Bright Shining Morning? It's a novel that takes place in LA - with short historical anecdotes at the beginning of each chapter. I liked it, being from LA. When I was in high school in LA I read a book for a report about the 1890s depression in Seattle......and it's still depressed! HahA!
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