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user banned 3 kids; Los Angeles, California 54034 posts
21st Feb '13
Quoting she nan igans:" There are a lot of bad places, haha. It's a LARGE area, so you have to sort of pick and choose. Fontana? ... [snip!] ... no! I'm in Rancho which is nice I think. It varies a lot, but you do have to be very careful because some areas are super bad. "

Rancho is alright, and a couple other areas are OK too. I've had some decent experiences in San Dimas, though I've heard that's not the norm. Seriously though Ontario and Fontana are just...ick.

Stfu Squirrel District of Columbia 8554 posts
21st Feb '13
Quoting Dr. Paradigm Shift:" I'm not either with L.A being the only exception, and pretty much all of South L.A is a dump. "


My aunt and uncle had a really beautiful spot in the valley, and growing up it was my favorite place on earth to visit. Their property was all fruit trees (and rats, lol) and it was heavenly, but once you got out of their neighborhood it was just all crazy people everywhere.
I lived in SD in the mid-90's and there were things I loved about it but it was a pretty dark and dirty place. I lived downtown and couldn't walk to work or school EVER without getting followed by a crazy person. On more than one occasion, I had to call my roommate from a payphone to come meet me somewhere because there was a nutjob following me around and wouldn't leave me alone. And there were homeless people living in the parking lot next door, and I always had to step over human shit to walk down the sidewalk. And this was considered a really "nice" part of town. An "upscale" apartment building.



I just didn't have a great time there. I have friends there who live in nice neighborhoods and love it, but there's just too much crazy for me. I like being the crazy one, lol.

_______Nope_________ 23772 posts
21st Feb '13
Quoting Dr. Paradigm Shift:" Rancho is alright, and a couple other areas are OK too. I've had some decent experiences in San Dimas, though I've heard that's not the norm. Seriously though Ontario and Fontana are just...ick."


I know it. I'm surrounded by them, and you can TELL when you leave Rancho. So, there are nice areas, but they are expensive! You ahve to be very careful when deciding where to live because there are so many bad areas.

user banned 3 kids; Los Angeles, California 54034 posts
21st Feb '13
Quoting she nan igans:" I'd choose somewhere green and rainy I think. haha. I grew up in the Palm Springs area, so I'm used ... [snip!] ... I get tired of how expensive housing is here. However, since I've never lived anywhere else, I don't mind it. I'm used to it. "


I grew up in the midwest, so I've had about all the snow I can handle for life. Ha.



And, yeah, it is really expensive compared to a lot of places. Funny though, I have friends back home who pay more to live in North Dakota to live than I do here, as they're in the midst of an oil boom and prices have skyrocketed.



We're in a scramble to settle on something to buy before the market shoots up again. I never knew how many million dollar dumps there were.

_______Nope_________ 23772 posts
21st Feb '13
Quoting Dr. Paradigm Shift:" I grew up in the midwest, so I've had about all the snow I can handle for life. Ha. And, yeah, it ... [snip!] ... to settle on something to buy before the market shoots up again. I never knew how many million dollar dumps there were. "


lol! We're in the midst of house buying also, and we're so torn on where to live.



There are so many bad places that it makes it hard to pick. You can't really just pick anywhere, because you do NOT want to live in lots of places. And then, even if it's a nice area of Ontario or something, your kids still go to school with all the same people who are in the "bad" areas.



Where I came from was small, and there were lots of tweakers, but no gangs or anything. I'm not used to that sort of crime.

user banned 3 kids; Los Angeles, California 54034 posts
21st Feb '13
Quoting Stfu Shirley:" My aunt and uncle had a really beautiful spot in the valley, and growing up it was my favorite place ... [snip!] ... there who live in nice neighborhoods and love it, but there's just too much crazy for me. I like being the crazy one, lol."

Ha. Yeah, stepping in human shit isn't my ideal thing to do right away in the morning. I at least like to have my coffee first.



We're in a pretty good area (I guess we're considered the sf valley, but we're on the eastern end of it) with good schools and low crime, not a lot of random bums or crime, rent control, good shopping. I definitely had more weird and horrible shit happen to me in Minneapolis than I do here as far as being chased by hobos and shit goes.

Stfu Squirrel District of Columbia 8554 posts
21st Feb '13
Quoting Dr. Paradigm Shift:" I grew up in the midwest, so I've had about all the snow I can handle for life. Ha. And, yeah, it ... [snip!] ... to settle on something to buy before the market shoots up again. I never knew how many million dollar dumps there were. "


Yeah, I can imagine that being from ND, the climate in LA would be perfect.



I knew there was an oil boom but I didn't realize the price of housing was jumping that high already.



Nice parts of CA will always be expensive though. It's expensive here too, but that's just because we have a lot of really high-paying jobs and four fairly mild seasons. It's like the nerd capital of the mid-Atlantic. My house is modest, to say the least, but it cost a fortune. It's worth it to us though, because DC, in spite of the people who run it, is an incredibly wonderful place, especially if you have kids. Beaches, mountains, museums, more cities, all within a few hours. It's got a lot of a*****es, but there are plenty of normal people too, and we have purple-haired garage band neighbors, so it's comfortable. We're in our element.

user banned 3 kids; Los Angeles, California 54034 posts
21st Feb '13
Quoting she nan igans:" lol! We're in the midst of house buying also, and we're so torn on where to live. There are so many ... [snip!] ... Where I came from was small, and there were lots of tweakers, but no gangs or anything. I'm not used to that sort of crime."


Yeah, we don't have much in the way of gang activity over here, although I know it's rampant in other parts of the city. We really want to stay relatively close to where we are, in the glendale/los feliz/silver lake general area. We looked at a place in North Hollywood and I was just like...no. I'd go for it if I didn't have kids to worry about, because like you said-even if we find one good school in one good little area, there's all the garbage that seeps in anyway.

user banned 3 kids; Los Angeles, California 54034 posts
21st Feb '13
Quoting Stfu Shirley:" Yeah, I can imagine that being from ND, the climate in LA would be perfect. I knew there was an oil ... [snip!] ... are plenty of normal people too, and we have purple-haired garage band neighbors, so it's comfortable. We're in our element."

It sounds awesome. I love D.C. My stepdad's from Hagerstown, MD so we spent some summers in the general area.



And yeah, we moved from Minneapolis back to ND for a couple years to help out my mom with my elderly grandma and rented a 3 bedroom house for $600 bucks a month, by the time we were moving out, moving here, 2 years later, the rent was going to triple to almost $2000 a month because everyone's gouging. So then there was this huge flood, and the property was destroyed anyway, as were many other homes, so there's a housing shortage which is making things even more expensive I guess.

Stfu Squirrel District of Columbia 8554 posts
21st Feb '13
Quoting Dr. Paradigm Shift:" Yeah, we don't have much in the way of gang activity over here, although I know it's rampant in other ... [snip!] ... because like you said-even if we find one good school in one good little area, there's all the garbage that seeps in anyway."


I have another friend who moved out to Glendale from South Carolina a few years ago and she LOVES it.



We supposedly have "gangs" here too but it's kind of a joke. The crime is limited to some spray-painting here and there. On the other side of Fairfax County, there's more serious stuff that goes on but it's hard to take the gangs around here too seriously. They're about to run the metro out through my town in the next year or two, and they're putting in more high-rises, not that we need them, so idk what's going to happen. Hopefully the property values will keep increasing, but my town was created 45 years ago with the idea that people of all different incomes could live here, which is a joke because it's impossible to find a house for under $350k. We do have "low income areas", but that just means there are houses with like 12 family members living in one place, because no matter what it's expensive as hell.

Stfu Squirrel District of Columbia 8554 posts
21st Feb '13
Quoting Dr. Paradigm Shift:" It sounds awesome. I love D.C. My stepdad's from Hagerstown, MD so we spent some summers in the general ... [snip!] ... destroyed anyway, as were many other homes, so there's a housing shortage which is making things even more expensive I guess. "


I remember your flood. That had to suck. Lucky for you though, right? Didn't you move to CA a lot earlier than planned because of it?

user banned 3 kids; Los Angeles, California 54034 posts
21st Feb '13
Quoting Stfu Shirley:" I have another friend who moved out to Glendale from South Carolina a few years ago and she LOVES it. ... [snip!] ... just means there are houses with like 12 family members living in one place, because no matter what it's expensive as hell."

Glendale is pretty great. A bit sterile for some but it's really clean, close to everything, suburban without the overly developed , culture-stripped, feel.



I definitely watched a lot of 90's L.A gangbanger movies and thought I would be fending off the crips if my eyes were bloodshot before we came here. Ha. Seems like they really just stick to themselves and their areas.

user banned 3 kids; Los Angeles, California 54034 posts
21st Feb '13
Quoting Stfu Shirley:" I remember your flood. That had to suck. Lucky for you though, right? Didn't you move to CA a lot earlier than planned because of it?"


Yeah, we had planned to move in August./early fall and ended up leaving in June. We had wanted to nail down a house before we came out here permanently, get shit sussed away, but it didn't happen that way which was good and bad. I'm glad we were just kind of thrown into it, it was pretty much a "you can go wherever you want but you can't stay here" situation and it worked out for us in the end. We've had really good luck here as far as jobs and things go.