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First off, I want to say thank you to everyone who participated in my Apartment Guide giveaway! I loved reading through all of your comments about how you would spend $50 to explore your city. Checking out new restaurants seemed to be the No. 1 pick. In fact, that's just what Elena said. Congrats, Elena! Bon appetit! I'll send you an email with more details.
In my previous post, I wrote about looking for a place to call home in a new city. While I was fortunate enough to practically stumble onto a great studio apartment when I moved to L.A. from New York, it's always great to have a resource like Apartment Guide, which has photos, floor plans, features and tips to help you find a great apartment community.
Over the 10 years that I've lived here in Los Angeles, I've definitely changed perspectives on what I want in an apartment. After all, I went from being a single grad school student who enjoyed making creative use of a small studio apartment to a married mom of a little (active!) girl. That's where choosing a suitable neighborhood comes into play. And more space!
I was always on the lookout for a neighborhood where I could walk, but I also wanted something that was fun for our daughter. A park in the area would be nice as well.
While we've moved a couple of times since that New York-style Los Feliz apartment building -- first the Hancock Park/Koreatown area and now to the Westside -- we've looked for places that help make CC feel at home. I love it when she recognizes landmarks in her neighborhood and feels as if it's her own. Which it is.
But even moving across town can be a big switch. Personalities are different. Stores are often different. And there's just a different vibe. (Bye-bye, Los Feliz hipsters. Hello, family four-packs and indoor play spaces.) That's where a resource like Apartment Guide comes in handy when doing neighborhood research. Whether you're content with where you are, are looking or planning a move, Apartment Guide offers how-tos for making the most of your space, city and neighborhood.
Whatever stage you're in, I hope these posts have inspired you to check out your neighborhood and explore your city even more. I'm definitely inspired by your comments and would love to check out a (relatively) new restaurant in Culver City called A-Frame.
Maybe we'll make it a family outing!
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