thinking of relocating from the windy city to the city of angels?

me and my boyfriend are contemplating moving from chicago to los angeles. i have quite a few friends who live in that area but he doesnt. i was wondering aside from securing employment, what are the biggest adjustments we need to be aware of (aside from weather of course)
i would appreciate any constructive opinions.
thanks,west of encino! i wonder how difficult it is to secure employment there coz i know here in chicago its pretty darn tough.

By | 2013-08-27T23:19:30+00:00 August 27th, 2013|Mortgages Home Loans Interest Rate|4 Comments

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  1. iwuvoni187299 August 28, 2013 at 1:09 AM - Reply

    I wouldnt move to L.A. if I were you, traffic is NUTS, its ghetto, dirty, and you practially breathe smog. It one of the most polluted citys in the US. Alot of gangs
    If you like driving your car into a parking lot to go shoping and you have about 20 migrant workers running up to you car asking you for work, or people trying to sell you stuff. Alot of hobos too. I dont know I really dont have anything good to say about L.A. or the surrounding areas, some are better than others but even then traffic would be horrible to commute.

  2. RDG78 August 28, 2013 at 12:33 AM - Reply

    According to people I’ve asked in this forum, LA’s public transportation network is nowhere near as extensive as Chicago’s. So, get used to driving a lot.

  3. Yepper August 28, 2013 at 12:28 AM - Reply

    It’s tough to secure employment anywhere right now.

    I’ve lived in both areas. Do not make the mistake of moving for merely warmer weather. There are plenty of warm-weather cities in the Southwest that are: much less populated, have affordable housing, have cheaper cost of living, have less traffic, less crime and gang activity, and less air pollution.

    Don’t think it’s like what you see on Laguna Beach – that’s only real for the mega-wealthy. You may think it would be nice to live by the beach, many people dream of beach-life, being all cozy and laid back. In reality, you’ll go to the beach a lot the first year you live here and then novelty wears off. I know people who haven’t sat on the beach in their swimsuits in a couple of years.

    If you want to live near the ocean, you have to have a lot of money. Sadly, some people spend so much money on their living arrangements that they have little money to do anything else and become a slave to their mortgage/rent payment. What good is it to live near the beach, when you can’t afford to do anything else?

    Don’t overrate warm weather, there’s more to life than that.

  4. West of Encino August 28, 2013 at 12:19 AM - Reply

    housing cost are about the same. warmer in the winter/ cooler in the summer (Cooler meaning less humidity) it gets a blazing 105 in the valley . We are surrounded by oceans, mountains and deserts. we have traffic congestion that will make you go bonkers
    other than that, its about the same

    decent paying jobs are hard to get here too 10.0 % unemployment but i suspect it’s much higher

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