14 Questions & Answers to Discover if Relocating to Los Angeles is for You

Last year Forbes published an article to help people make the tough decision of whether or not to relocate. The original piece asked some really important questions, and we would like to answer a few to help you decide whether or not you should move to Los Angeles.
View of Downtown Los Angeles

1. Will I love my new job?

This is something only you can answer, and it will play a huge role in your overall happiness. Regardless, you will need a peaceful place to unwind when you come home, regardless of whether you had a good or bad day.

2. Where will I live?

Personally, we can be biased – it’s our blog after all. We like to keep our L.A. apartments simple yet comfortable and convenient. The cost of our units includes all the bills and amenities of West Hollywood and Beverly Hills. We wouldn’t want our tenants to live anywhere we didn’t want to live, so we only pick the best areas and then personally pick each unit in every building (we’re particular like that).

3. Who will pay for relocation expenses?

If you’re moving for work, relocation expenses may be something you can negotiate with your employer. Otherwise, it is highly recommended that you plan ahead for expenses. You may also be able to deduct your moving expenses on your federal income taxes. Reminder: Renting with us eliminates some of the hassle and costs of relocating, like setting up utilities and moving furniture.

4. What is the cost of living in this new city? Can I afford to live in the new city and still save some money?

That is a very important question. The Location Affordability Portal and CNN’s: Cost of Living Calculator are great resources to help you answer this.

5. Can I definitely envision myself learning and advancing my career by taking the new job?

This is another question that we encourage you to think about. However, L.A. is home to a vast number of industries and some of the best places to work. The opportunities for growth are here, even if it doesn’t work out with your current company.

6. Will we make friends easily?

Yes! As long as you’re willing to explore the city and take advantage of the endless list of things to do and see, you won’t have problems making friends or connections in Los Angeles.

7. Will living and working in the new city provide me with better opportunities than my current situation?

Again, we need to be a bit biased here. With a population of 10 million people, they’ve all found something that captures their interest and love for the city.

8. What are the benefits of relocating for this job? Do they outweigh the obstacles?

    • Weather
    • Outdoors
    • Great food
    • Great people
    • Culture
    • Entertainment
    • Professional sports teams

 

Obstacles? What obstacles?

9 . What is there to do in the new city besides work?

Everything. We don’t even need to brag on this one. You have the beach to the west and the mountains to the east, comedy clubs, live-music, museums and an array of restaurants in between. There is no such thing as a boring day in L.A.

10. What am I leaving behind?

Anything you leave behind can be found in L.A. or nearby – and anyone you leave behind will want to visit you on their vacations.
View of Santa Monica Pier

11. How do I handle change?

Don’t be afraid of change. There’s a place for everyone here because L.A. is very accepting and accommodating of any lifestyle or personality. The most you ever will have to change about yourself is the scenery right in front of you.

12. What is the neighborhood like?

Our apartments are situated in the Beverly Hills and West Hollywood area. These are known worldwide as two of the hippest, trend-setting neighborhoods in the world.

13. What is the weather like?

Is it summer? Is it spring? We have a hard time telling and that’s a good problem to have. Weather isn’t usually a topic of conversation in Southern California except for the rare hot or rainy day. Average temperatures typically range from 55 degrees in the winter and 85 degrees in the summer.

14. Will I be happy overall?

We can’t define what happiness means to you, but if you’re open to exploring everything the city has to offer, then you’ll never run out of opportunities to define it for yourself.

Moving to a different city can be challenging – regardless of the reason that you’re actually moving. In our near 40-year history, tenants from different walks of life have made the move to Los Angeles with the assistance of LA Furnished Apartments. And, since navigating a new city’s housing and rental market is one of the most stressful parts of relocating, we aim to make it easier on everyone who rents with us. Contact us about our current units and we’ll be happy to answer any questions you have.

The Easiest Way to Navigate LA Traffic

The traffic in Los Angeles is not one of the city’s finer points. Like the beaches, the mountains and the celebrities, it’s something that just exists in a city of 10 million people. The key to navigating LA’s traffic is planning ahead. Actually it’s more than planning, it’s strategic.

WazeIn most places where it would take you 30 minutes to travel from point A to point B, it could take you up to an hour or more here. Even with the opening of the 405’s new carpool lane, you can still expect some type of traffic. That’s why if you decide to drive in LA you need to have the Waze app. Acquired by Google in 2013, Waze connects you to other drivers on the road to help you anticipate and plan for road conditions. For example, if you’re on the 10 and drivers are starting to slow down, you can pull up Waze to see what comments drivers ahead of you are making – whether it’s a recent accident or police trap.

If you’re trying to cut time off of your commute, it can also suggest alternate routes and does a solid job of just basic navigation. Last year the company began a partnership with Universal Pictures to incorporate the voices of celebrities in its turn-by-turn directions. So, if you’re interested in having Kevin Hart tell you how to avoid sitting on the 405 for hours, then you have the option – but it’s not standard. Keep your fingers crossed for more celebrity voices in the future.

For a more personal approach, you can download Google Search to find the Google Now feature. In addition to keeping track of weather updates and appointment scheduling, it will also send you notifications if you’re heading towards a traffic accident without you even having to ask.

In the event that getting behind the wheel is not ideal (like a night out to one of the many entertainment niches), you can always have someone else do the driving*. If you’re new to the ridesharing concept, it’s essentially this: you request or schedule a car to pick you up and drop you off from an app. Uber and Lyft have championed the idea of ridesharing and made it popular on a global scale.

If being picked up by a professional driver in a black car is how you would like to arrive to Sunset Blvd or the gym four blocks away, then Uber it. If you enjoy more personal connections, take a Lyft and get to know your driver who can suggest what restaurant you must try or which new club is opening. The best thing about both of these – you can order either one from any of our apartment locations.

The services also provide nice cars, that are insured and either owned by the company or the driver. A few of the differences include:Uberx

Uber:

  • Fair splitting
  • Pay with Google Wallet, Paypal or credit card
  • Ubers with car seats
  • Deliveries
  • Share trip route
  • UberX (mid-range and hybrid vehicles)
  • Fare updates

Lyft:

  • More affordable fares
  • Pay with your credit card
  • The infamous carstache
  • Lyft Plus (premium cars)
  • Rating system
  • Lyft for Good (charitable cause)
  • Navigation nirvana

A few other ridesharing options to consider: Ridejoy and Sidecar.

There is one last option that takes your hands off the wheel – a self-driving car. Yes, you read correctly. Google recently announced that it will start production on a fleet of its own autonomous cars. The cars likely won’t be hitting the market until 2020, but if you can stick it out long enough, you may be the first in the world to own one.

If you ever need a break from LA’s roads, you can always walk to some of the best places in the city. Give us a call, we’ll be happy to introduce you the area.

*Los Angeles also has public transportation system with stops near our apartment locations. Visit http://www.metro.net/ for more information.

18 Places You Can Walk to from Your Apartment

Because our tenants haven’t lived in L.A. for long, we often receive questions from them about the nearest attractions and cool places near our apartments that are close enough for them to walk to. Fortunately for our tenants, we’re located close to quite a few attractions – we planned it that way. Driving can be hectic at times; well, let’s face it, most of the time in L.A. – so we’ve made sure that our apartments are located in central areas where tenants need to be for work and still have access to city attractions.

Park Lane Apartments

If you can pull yourself away from the amazing roof-top view at the Park Lane Apartments, you’ll be equally impressed with what’s nearby. Located on just the edge of the Beverly Hills neighborhoods, these apartments are close to a host of restaurants, bars, music venues and the Beverly Center Mall.

Eat:

If you’re in need of a romantic dinner or just a spot with great atmosphere and food, A.O.C is just two blocks west of the apartment. It began as just a wine bar but now holds the title of ‘Best Restaurant in LA’ from Los Angeles Magazine. If your idea of dinner is simpler, like a craft beer, watching something in the background and out on a patio, then The 3rd Stop is right next door.

Work:

The Cedars-Sinai Medical Center is located just two blocks north – a major advantage for medical professionals who would rather sleep in their own beds instead of a medical cot.

Shop:

Even though the Beverly Center is just a couple blocks away, we still like to consider it driving distance. However, a few blocks east is west coast staple Trader Joe’s, a boutique grocery store for all the times you won’tbe eating out. You can also walk to Blur Leather boutique whose clothes have found their way onto Kate Hudson, Katherine Heigl and Jennifer Aniston, to name a few.

The Renaissance | Tiffany Court | Masselin Park West | Museum Terrace Apartments

Most of the units we own and manage are located in the Miracle Mile and for good reason, because it’s one of the most popular areas in Los Angeles. Renaissance Apartments is part of the Miracle Mile, a 1.5 mile stretch along Wilshire Boulevard. The area is dotted with mid-rise buildings and is considered one of the more affluent areas of the city.

Experience:

The Renaissance Apartments sit right next to “Museum Row,” a block of museums and art exhibits that promise to keep your schedule full with events. All of these are in walking distance:

  • Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA)
  • La Brea Tar Pits
  • Park La Brea Center
  • Korean Cultural Center
  • Hancock Park Art Center
  • A+D Architecture and Design Museum
  • Craft & Folk Art Museum
  • Ace Gallery Los Angeles
  • Petersen Automotive Museum

Music:

Just a few blocks east on Wilshire, you’ll find the El Rey Theatre which plays hosts to traveling bands throughout the week. For tenants who have an ear for great music, the El Rey Theatre is a venue you can’t miss.

Work:

Cross over Wilshire Boulevard and you’re steps away from the offices of Fox Animation Studios, Oprah Winfrey Network LLC, CBS Radio, MRM Worldwide, AEG Live, and many more. The Miracle Mile is a hub for many of the city’s creative productions.

Eat:

The businesses that make up Miracle Mile also ensure that there is no shortage of restaurants.  Walk to The Counter, a build-it-yourself gourmet burger chain or head to one of the only two Marie Callender’s Grills (save room for dessert). For your morning caffeine fix (and breakfast), Black Dog Coffee is on Wilshire between Masselin Avenue and Hauser Boulevard.

If you’re in the mood for a salad that will change the way you think of leaves, then Mixt Greens will become your next big obsession. For an upscale dining experience, reserve a table at Ray’s and Stark Bar which is a part of the LACMA.

Royal Wetherly Apartments

The Royal Wetherly Apartments are located in West Hollywood and only a few blocks west of Beverly Grove and east of Beverly Hills. Tenants are never far from everything that L.A. has to offer.

Shop:

If you live at the Royal Wetherly Apartments, you will be a regular at the Ralphs grocery store because it’s directly across the street. Bristol Farms, another grocery store, with an emphasis on market freshness, is less than a block north. Both are convenient for all the times you may or may not want to actually cook.

Improve:

Just steps next door is the renowned Point De Vue, a full servicesalon dedicated to servicing the beauty needs of Los Angeles’s elite.

Eat:

Lemonade is a favorite of tenants at Royal Wetherly. It is a cross between a new-age lemonade stand and a health conscious cafeteria. Its West Hollywood location is the smallest one in Los Angeles but has an outdoor patio with plenty of seating. The menu changes daily and also features a standard list of options. Let’s not forget the lemonades. Choose from cucumber mint, guava limeade or an Arnold Palmer to complete your meal.

Experience:

After you finish dinner at Lemonade, stroll next door to the Trigg Ison Fine Art gallery. Its collection includes modern paintings and sculpture from European and American influences.

Now, you may never actually walk to any of these places, but it’s always great to know what’s nearby in case you want to head out for dinner or check out the exhibits at the LACMA. If the idea of walking after a long day of work doesn’t seem exciting, check out Uber and Lyft to get you where you want to go without the hassle of driving or finding a taxi. If you have any questions about the surrounding neighborhoods, check out the Los Angeles Time’s neighborhood map and LA Weekly’s calendar for events.

Why We’re Ditching Cable and Satellite in our Furnished Apartments

I love upgrades that cut costs – especially when cutting costs means we can offer more upgrades in other areas of our units. This time around, we’re taking a closer look at cable and satellite TV.

Fewer people than ever watch TV – in the traditional sense. It’s all about convenience and tuning in on your time – not adhering to a network’s schedule. There are exceptions to this of course, but as much as cable and satellite companies push their ‘watch it now’ features, they’re not nearly as effective as they lead you to believe.

Our previous approach with tenants was to try and give them more comforts than they have at home. Take the electric can opener for example. It’s a simple, effective and useful tool that doesn’t sell very well. It’s an extravagance – that’s the point! TV and premium channels sell very well, but what’s the point if they don’t fit your needs or if you can’t even use them?

After close examination, we’ve decided to ditch cable and satellite* and we have seven really great reasons why it’s beneficial for our tenants.

LA Furnished Changes TV Offerings

    • We spend thousands a year offering premium Time Warner Cable TV and Premium DirecTV to our tenants. We get requests all the time for additional packages, like sports channels (we give our tenants whatever they want, by the way). I’ve personally closed apartment rentals with the premier cable package we offer combined with a 42” HDTV.Those packages are luxuries that force us to make hard financial decisions about other expenditures that might be more appealing to a broader base of clients. When there’s a less-expensive alternative that provides a better experience – why not go for it?

 

    • Satellite is all about positioning and DirecTV requires West Coast viewers to face southeast. If you’re not on the right side of the building, DirecTV/Dish Network isn’t even available to you. If you’re one of the lucky ones, then enjoy watching your connection break down with a single wind gust, knocking your dish out of place by less than an inch at least once every 1-2 years.

 

    • Most people aren’t computer savvy enough to have custom-built “personal TVs” to record shows directly to their PC or a home theater computer. Those people were the ones breaking into their DVR (voiding the warranty) to upgrade the hard drive for more space. Everybody knows a “tech guy” who can rig something together (I’m one of those), but ultimately, people want a simple alternative to watch their shows on their own schedule, or watch a movie instantly, and best of all – without having to sit through commercials.

 

 

    • Digital TV has taken over the market. Windows and Apple tried to merge TV and the Internet with the creation of Windows TV and Apple TV. They both failed miserably. Just ask anyone with a Windows or Apple TV. Feel free to let us know when you find them.

 

    • TV-connected apps are rising in popularity. Netflix almost single-handedly brought down Blockbuster and is now nearing its 20th birthday. According to Harris Interactive, the top apps for Smart TV owners aged 18-35 are YouTube, Netflix and Amazon. For people aged 36-47, Netflix leads the way, followed by YouTube and Amazon. These apps can easily be accessed via a Roku, Playstation or Wii (no, we’re not putting a PlayStation or Wii in every unit).

 

  • TV is expensive, let’s face it. We call cable companies bad names and claim to not watch much TV, but, we actually do watch a lot. Pretty much everyone has a favorite show, and they never miss an episode. The absolute cheapest price you can pay for TV is to sign up for one of those $30/$30/$30 TV/Internet/home-phone deals – and then get ready to pay big time for it the following year when your deal expires.Not only that, what you’re actually getting is standard definition TV at almost the lowest tier. You’ll also need to rent the receiver, which you don’t find out about until you see the bill. Then you’ll pay $16 for HBO because you have to see Game of Thrones (I do). Then you’ll rent a Time Warner/Comcast cable box, which is part of the package (first box is free with DirecTV), but you’ll pay $5.99 to rent the modem or more for a router-modem. Last but not least, you’ll unfortunately discover that you signed up for the second to slowest Internet package offered.

Enough of that – we’re done trying to keep up with MB speeds and package prices and we don’t think our tenants should have to either.

The “standard Internet package” is now finally fast enough to support online streaming. Our tenants deserve it, and I’m going to give it to them. Not just the Roku device though, we’re going to give them Netflix, Amazon Prime, and Hulu-Plus all for free. And, HBO-GO is in the works.

If you have questions about our units, feel free to send us an email or leave us a comment.

 

*Ditching cable and satellite doesn’t mean that you won’t be able to get special channels. If you want to watch the MLB channel or live streaming news or listen to Pandora, download it and sign-in. There are several free channels and extras accessible via Roku. Tenants will be responsible for any channels that aren’t free, such as Pay-Per-View. Check out how Netflix, Amazon and Hulu-Plus compare and then remember you’re getting all of them.
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7 Most commonly asked questions we get as a Furnished Apartment Provider:

(These are asked whether the information is already our email to them or not.)

Q: When do I get the security deposit back? Do you take any charges out of it?

A: The only times we are forced to take funds from the deposit are when the utility overage is high above the amount we allow and have determined to be our tenants’ average. We tell everyone, ‘just treat it like it’s your own apartment’. Shut the lights off when you leave, don’t leave the A/C on 24/7 and shut it off when you leave, be careful not to muddy the carpet so we don’t have to steam clean it etc. In addition to our cleaning crew knowing exactly which possible damages are already there (small scratches here or there), please let us know using the 2nd page of the lease, which items are missing or broken and we will be happy to replace them free of charge.

Q: How big is the room? Is it sharable?

A: Yes it is. We have had 2-3 people staying comfortably in our units before. The solution is usually just picking up a $20 air mattress from any of the large stores around this area.

Q: Does it have Wi-Fi?

A: Yes, we provide all our tenants with High Speed Wireless Internet.

Q: Where is the laundry?

A: I haven’t ever seen a one bedroom apartment in this city with a washer and dryer inside, so most communal laundry machines have them either on the same floor or simply on the ground floor.

Q: Is the parking secure?

A: Yes, it is secured, covered and underneath all our buildings.

Q: Is there a Doorman? What about personal security?

A: There are no doormen as there are in New York City, however all of our buildings subscribe to 24 hour patrols and some even have a permanent presence after the management team leaves for the day.

 

Spencer Fine – www.FurnApt.com

LA is so Relaxed, Carmegeddon Was a Big Deal

Recently, LA had a lot of news hype over the 405 Freeway shut down for 53 hours, on the weekend, between two major freeways. They named it “Carmageddon,”and predicted that all major freeways would be conjested for hours but it turned out to be a quiet, peaceful weekend with most of the freeways clear of traffic. Perhaps they were staying home as a result of the hype or visiting one of the many local attractions in the area. LA has so much to offer, all within a 25 mile radius. An article in wikihow: http://www.wikihow.com/Vacation-in-Los-Angeles lists many attractions and vacation hot spots in LA, from relaxing beaches to the seven major theme parks within Southern California-Six Flags Magic Mountain; Universal Studios Hollywood; Knott’s Berry Farm; Disneyland Park; Disney’s California Adventure; Legoland California; and SeaWorld San Diego. Los Angeles nightlife boasts many different locations, from Hollywood to Downtown Los Angeles, offering entertainment around the clock.