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Some of you may have seen my thread in the skybar I posted about going to the US for a year some time in the not too distant future. This is what I wrote:
Right now I live in Australia but some time in the next 10 years I would like to spend a year in the US. I will probably be about 22-25 when I do. It would be good if anyone here could suggest whereabouts I should live.

What I'm looking for:
A small-mid size city/town
Near one of the bigger cities
A fairly safe area
Close to a snowfield(s), withing 1-2 hours would be good
Decent weather, no hurricanes, major flooding etc...
Decent nightlife

If anyone could think of somewhere that meets most of the above criteria it would be very much appreciated.
Several people suggested California but no one said Los Angeles area. I have always thought LA looks fantastic in the photos I have seen and I was thinking maybe Century City could be a good choice for me.

Would Century City meet the criteria I posted in my previous thread. Or are there any other places near LA that would be better for me?
 

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Are you coming as a student or porn star to break into Hollywood?
 

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Look into Pasadena. It's in a big city, but sort of in its own little world at the same time.
 

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Century City is a smallish, downtownish like substance, all wrapped up in the heaviest Los Angeles traffic. It's not residential unless you're rich and can wait a few months.
Pasadena/San Marino is for the​
Westies of the world-RICH!
Try Pomona. You can go to the L. A. County Fair at night- when it's running. Or you can live on the beach :)
 

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Pomona is a bit too far to be part of the L.A. culture, but it is nice, however the L. A. County Fair is only a few weeks of the entire year.

One thing you have to take into consideration, is traffic. how are you planning to get around? car, bus, other?

Areas directly west of downtown L.A. has lots of traffic. However some places in the area that are a bit closer to the ocean are very nice places to live. So if you do not plan to commute somewhere far from your residence, places like Culver City or Santa Monica would be good. They are nice places to live if you are going to either work or school nearby. I lived in that area for 4 years.

If you are taking a bus to get around, Santa Monica, Culver City, and Westwood areas have excellent public transportation, as these areas have Big Blue Bus and Culver City Bus lines. Nothing wrong with LA Metro bus, but i would suggest the light-rail and subway trains more than I would the bus lines. However, the rapid bus lines are good.

In response to your list, for most of Los Angeles metro area, snow is 1-2 hours away (San Gabriel Mountains), and Los Angeles area also has fantastic weather, so that is not a problem.

Expanding on the idea of Pasadena, yes, it is a bit wealthy, but it is part of the San Gabriel Valley, and that is where I lived most of my life. There is some cheaper parts of the San Gabriel Valley, however with the lower price tag comes some safety concerns. So think of it as a balance between cost and safety. For the San Gabriel Valley I would suggest the cities that are on the foothills of the mountains, all the way from Pasadena to as far east as San Dimas, it is more safe, however, as milq mentioned is the case with Pasadena, it is for the more wealthy in those areas, but if you find a place there you can afford, then it would be a great place to live.

Other places in the San Gabriel Valley that are nice (however will have less and less of a nightlife the further you get from Downtown Los Angeles) is Alhambra, San Gabriel, Rosemead, and if you go more east some of the nice places closer to where I live are Covina, Walnut, Hacienda Heights (large unincorporated community), and Whittier.

I do not know much of any other parts of LA metro unfortunately, so this is as much as I can tell you. However, maybe some places in the Glendale and Burbank area would be good for you too. Not sure as I do not go over there much, but it should have a decent nightlife.

For more info on any of the cities we mention, I highly suggest looking these places up on Wikipedia, Wikipedia is a great resource of information on Los Angeles area to those that want to get familiar with it. It has every suburb on it as well.
 

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Thanks for that reply Alex, really helpful information in there. Yeah, I don't want anywhere too expensive, but I'd be prepared to spend a little extra for a nice, safer area.

As for getting around, I would probably use a mixture of public transport and car, probably more public transport if there is a lot of traffic.

I'll definately check out the places you reccomended on wikipedia.
 

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definitely the Pasadena area, Hollywood or the Santa Monica Area as mentioned by everyone else. Venice might be cool too, as would Hermosa Beach.

Snow is less than 2 hours away, the weather is pretty much 75 - 85 all year and nightlife is abundant in any of those areas.
 

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Alex, not all of Pasadena is "wealthy". In fact, it is largely middle class. But naturally, the closer you are to the action, the more expensive it is.
 

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Right now I live in Australia but some time in the next 10 years I would like to spend a year in the US. I will probably be about 22-25 when I do. It would be good if anyone here could suggest whereabouts I should live.

What I'm looking for:
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A small-mid size city/town
Pasadena has a population of about 150,000. I don't know about you, but I consider that a mid-sized city.

Near one of the bigger cities
Pasadena is conveniently located 10 miles northeast of Downtown Los Angeles. It is about a 10-15 minute drive from the heart of Pasadena to Downtown. There also is the Gold Line, which takes you from Old Town (the city center) to Union Station in about 20 minutes.

One of the things I love about living here (in Pasadena) is that I live in one of the biggest cities in the world (population 18 million), yet don't really experience the stress that comes with it. Pasadena is sort of a bubble that, while close to LA, doesn't really attach itself to LA. It considers itself a part of the SGV more so than it does LA.

A fairly safe area
Pasadena has its dangerous areas, but most of it is pretty safe. Avoid the area around Brookside Park.

Close to a snowfield(s), withing 1-2 hours would be good
One of the best things about Los Angeles is that it is one of the few cities where you can go ski in the mountains and lay out on the beach all in one day. I can't think of any other city where the mountains and the ocean are well integrated into both the geographic landscape and the local lifestyle. Big Bear, a popular winter destination for locals, is located in the San Bernardino Mountains -- about an hour and a half or so drive from Pasadena.

Decent weather, no hurricanes, major flooding etc...
Nearly perfect weather year-round. No hurricanes. No major flooding.

Decent nightlife
Old Town Pasadena is pretty active at night.

If anyone could think of somewhere that meets most of the above criteria it would be very much appreciated.
I think Pasadena is a good fit for you.
 

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I'm sure there are plenty of other places across the US that meet your criteria, but I think California (particularly Southern California) is your best option. California is the closest thing to Australia you'll find in the US (great weather, great cities, stunning natural beauty, diverse Asian population, etc.).

BTW, where in Australia are you from? Does your current location match your criteria? And are you a surfer? If so, then Orange County and San Diego would also be good fits.
 

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Neat. Someone from Sheffield, England and Perth, Australia in the same week. Slap, Sacramento does NOT have the summer weather of San Diego!
That darned Sacramentan!:eek:hno:​
 

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As an Aussie who is living in LA, I can assure you that Los Angeles is a good choice. The pace of life is quite a change from Oz, and that's probably the part that takes some getting used to. However, the climate is similar and the numerous eucalypts always bring a touch of home. In a some respects, it does remind me a lot of Melbourne and Sydney. Plus geographically, it's the closest city back home and the easiest to travel back and forth. There's a lot of Aussies here in LA and we have a group of about 40 who get together and we have special events (including an Australia Day lunch this past week) occasionally. Also, there's a place in Redondo Beach that sells meat pies and has footy on the TV.

Would I want to live here forever? Nope, I miss Aus too much. But LA really is an awesome city and aside from San Fran or Seattle, I couldn't imagine living anywhere else in the US.

As far as areas to live, I really like Long Beach: vibrant downtown, close to Orange County and LA (by rail too), quirky neighbourhoods, is cheaper than most beach cities, and has about 500,000 people
 

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^ If safety is an issue, then I'm not sure if Long Beach is a good choice. It's surrounded by fairly rough hoods to the north and west. But the core of the city is nice.

Santa Monica might be a good fit, though it is a bit on the pricey side. Slap, check out some pics of Santa Monica here:

http://www.skyscrapercity.com/showthread.php?t=792832
 

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Also yes, I am a big sports fan, including basketball, so it would be good to have a top NBA team in town.
The Lakers are, arguably, the best team in the NBA.

Sacramento's team sucks, Portland's is all right, Oakland's (the SF Bay Area) sucks as well, and Seattle doesn't have a team (anymore). Boston's team currently has a slightly better record than LA (this constantly changes) and is its biggest rival.
 

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BTW, where in Australia are you from? Does your current location match your criteria? And are you a surfer? If so, then Orange County and San Diego would also be good fits.
I live in Adelaide, South Australia. It has a population over 1 million, so I guess it's probably a mid to large city. It is fairly safe where I live. Unfourtunately it's about a 14 hour drive to the snow. The weather is usually good, except it's horrible right now, we've had almost a week of 40 degrees celcius temperatures. The nightlife is ok but I'm pretty sure it would be far better near LA.

A nice photo tour of Old Town Pasadena (the city center)...

http://forum.skyscraperpage.com/showthread.php?t=160122


Also, WHEN in the next 10 years do you plan on moving to the US? Transportation in LA will be vastly improved in 10 years.
It looks great, love all the trees. I will most likely go to the US five or six years from now.

Also it would definately be good to have a lot of other Aussies around festiboy.

Santa Monica also looks amazing, but I'm guessing it would probably be too pricey.
 

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Also... whether you choose to live in LA, SF, or Sac, you'll be connected with the other two cities via California High Speed Rail.
 

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Alex, not all of Pasadena is "wealthy". In fact, it is largely middle class. But naturally, the closer you are to the action, the more expensive it is.
yeah, the city covers large enough of an area I can see that. I am not sure how much of it is middle class though, the northern portion is in the foothills of the san gabriels, and the southern portion is bordering places like san marino. I do drive into Pasadena a lot, but it is all for business, so I do not know what it is like living there. (I am currently trying to get an interview at a small video game company in Pasadena)

But yeah, I would recommend Pasadena after more thought. It actually is where I plan to move to when I live on my own :)
 
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