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11/9/2018 9:21:38 PM
Posted: 11/9/2018 3:04:14 PM EST
My son has a summer internship in Hawthorne and I'm looking for a safe place for him to live. He and a couple of friends want a furnished 3 or 4 bedroom house or apartment within 20 minutes of work. It looks to me like at least parts of Hawthorne are not so great. He is currently looking at long term AirBnb stuff. I'm in the PRNY and will have to pick something out sight unseen.
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[Last Edit: 11/9/2018 6:21:07 PM EST by Trollslayer]
What budget do you have in mind?

How long (time) are they willing to spend driving to and from work?

How's something like this? This is 2 1/2 miles west of downtown Hawthorne.

Link Posted: 11/9/2018 10:13:45 PM EST
They are looking for a 20 minute commute at rush hour. They are looking to spend about $1000-1200 per person so $3000-3600 for a 3 bdrm or $4000-4800 for a 4 bdrm. I think they looked a place in North Redondo beach. Is that a nice area?
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West of the 405 is nice but pricey. Look South also near or just west of the 405. Rent is not cheap out here even near sketchy areas. You definitely don't want anything east of the 110, Mostly industrial but still ghetto as F.
Link Posted: 11/10/2018 3:25:46 AM EST
[Last Edit: 11/10/2018 4:09:29 AM EST by Sodie]
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Originally Posted By secamp32:
They are looking for a 20 minute commute at rush hour. They are looking to spend about $1000-1200 per person so $3000-3600 for a 3 bdrm or $4000-4800 for a 4 bdrm. I think they looked a place in North Redondo beach. Is that a nice area?
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Nice area but higher crime than the coastal part. Nothing bad but people in the area do report packages, bikes, toys stolen etc, from time to time. Petty type crime. Just don't leave stuff in your car or stuff out in the open unlocked.

I should add that there is a surface level train track that runs parallel with Inglewood Ave near North Redondo. It's gotta be loud for all the homes nearby. The tracks run through Lawndale but North Redondo is only a block west. Something to keep in mind if the condo is within ear shot of the tracks.
Link Posted: 11/10/2018 10:41:41 AM EST
[Last Edit: 11/11/2018 5:29:40 PM EST by Trollslayer]
North Redondo is a little bit sketchy but better than many areas. Lawndale is very sketchy, too.

Redondo Beach is better still as are Manhattan Beach, Hermosa Beach, El Porto, western Torrance, even El Segundo (which has an active police force).

Look on Zillow.com or other mapping service. You'll need to do a more extensive search, but I spent a minute looking for furnished places (tricky to find) and came up with these.
5507 W 149th Pl UNIT 11, Hawthorne, CA 90250, 3 beds/2.5 baths/1,660 sqft
4489 Spencer St UNIT 208, Torrance, CA 90503: 3 beds/2.5 baths/2,564 sqft.

If you go north or east of Hawthorne you quickly run into some more dangerous areas (higher crime rates, more violence).

Look at each neighborhood on Crimemapping.com you'll see the differences between property crimes (non-violent) and violent crimes (locals hurting locals).

Look on the Megan's Law web sites (link) and stay out of the apartment complexes with multiple sex offenders. You can avoid them and the other criminals placed there by the State.

There are a lot of really great people out here, of all colors. Stay out of the crime-ridden areas, even if it costs more. Live near the beach, they will have a great summer!

Where will they work, Northern Hawthorne = SpaceX? I ask because rush hour commuting out here is the worst in the entire world (a fact, not exaggeration) . 20 minutes is a VERY short commute.

I hope this helps in some way.
Link Posted: 11/10/2018 11:55:22 AM EST
Link Posted: 11/11/2018 4:10:07 PM EST
When I was a mechanical engineering intern in Torrance we lived at the corner of Hawthorne Blvd/PCH - no way it will be a 20 min commute to Hawthorne but it was a pretty decent place for 4 early 20 engineers for 6 months.

I lived in the Polliwog Park area of Manhattan Beach in the mid-90's as a recent college grad. No idea what rents are like in the area today but it should meet the 20 min desire.

Also look at Culver City/Baldwin Hills.

Unfortunately, a 20 min commute is a small target area and they're going to want to be closer to the beach for the nightlife & weekend activities which means high rent.
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