Apartment Hunting in Los Angeles

Apartment hunting in Los Angeles has been difficult to sum up in one word. A couple things that surprised me was the higher than expected rent, and how much they hate dogs. The latter is really shocking because you’d think a city like Los Angeles would be very friendly with dogs. Culver City I found is one of the most un-dog friendly cities in Los Angeles. They are cat-friendly, but the amount of dog friendly apartments you’ll find in Culver City is slim to none. It’s very strange. Seriously, go check. I’ve been on Craigslist, Padmapper, Hotpads, Livelovely, Radpads, Zillow, Trulia, and Westside Rentals (yes, I paid for the login, totally NOT worth it) every day for the past couple weeks. It’s been a painful search.

First of all, I don’t understand the “No Pets” rule that apartments have. I’ve been a good tenant with my dog. Mandu is fairly quiet, doesn’t pee all over the building, and just likes to sleep/eat all day. Most dogs are like this! I rarely find it that people own dogs who are destroying the property, barking all day, and being a complete nuisance. I’d honestly say that kids/adults are probably worse. I work from home, so I’m at the property most of my day. The amount of shrieking babies and kids running around the property is nonstop. There are couple fighting matches in my apartment building every week; however, I have no problem with it. What else do you expect when living in an apartment in LA? Babies cry, kids play, couples fight, and dogs bark. Get over it. People who are annoyed with a little bit of barking should NOT be living in the city of Los Angeles. And apartments take pet deposits and the horrid “pet rent”, so what do they have to lose?

A couple of my friends have told me to get Mandu deemed as an emotional therapy dog. It’s $60 and it basically allows him to fly on planes without an extra fee, and live in un-pet friendly buildings. I get really nervous about these things, and I’d rather just pay the ridiculous pet rent and pet deposit to have the peace of mind that my dog is allowed in the building. I don’t like gaming the system, but at this point, I think dog owners are forced to do this. I honestly don’t blame them for doing it. I’m at a point where I’ve seriously thought of it and was 2 seconds from purchasing it. This apartment hunt may have brought on real anxiety and now I really need a emotional therapy dog ;). Whatever works right? Hah. We really have no choice unless we want to pay $2500-$3000 for a studio apartment the size of a hole. I feel like I’m being punished for adopting an 8 pound dog, and I’m exhausted. Rant over.

On a happy note, look at that little face up there. How could you not fall in love with that! 🙂

3 thoughts

  1. Hi Grace, I feel your pain in finding a good apartment. Although I don’t have a dog, I do want to have one in the future. I’ve moved twice in Culver City now, and each time, I looked at over 30 apartments. I’m crazy, I know. But home feeling like home to me is hugely important, so I let myself be picky each time. I’ve found that most of the newer establishments charge an arm and a leg for a studio ($2400+), but the older apartments are more affordable and more open to having pets. My boyfriend and I share a charming 1BR apartment in a 6-unit apartment building that was built in the ’20’s I think, and we pay $1400 a month. Before that, I lived in a larger apartment building, still older, but beautiful to me and suited my needs, and the rent was $1095. Each place was ok with having pets with a small increase in the rent. So it’s possible out there! Have you checked out Miller & Desatnik listings? Or RST & Assoc? I wish you the best of luck!

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