Originally Posted by StrangeGator
Used to spend a lot of time out there on business back in the 90s. Hated it the first two trips out, but it gradually grew on me. Now I really miss it. The driving is the downside, especially for someone used to living in Chicago, but if you live near where you plan on working, it's not too bad. I never priced real estate, but I had a frat brother living in a rent control part of Santa Monica very near the beach.
In general, I like Santa Monica and the areas directly to the south and east. Never got to know the valley very well, but I had one crazy night where we drove from party to party up there and came back down to Hollywood through the hills.
There are really cool parts of Hollywood. Seriously. I don't know if anything is affordable.
Was briefly looking at colleges for my daughter and became intrigued by Claremont and the area surrounding Occidental. That's a bit east but probably cheaper.
As far as your work, LA is the vanity capital of the world. I think you'll do well just because you're a straight up good guy who knows his stuff. You'll definitely need a slick web site, but it sounds like you've got that on track.
Best of luck to you.
Thanks, buddy. I'll keep you posted. And yes, it's expensive. Gas is hovering just under $4.50 a gallon. Sales tax is the highest in the nation and set to possibly increase. electricity rates are quite high. People just settle for rooms out there. Surprisingly, auto insurance is the lowest I've seen.