Our Botched Scouting Trip

Our scouting trip really didn’t turn out like I’d hoped. We had planned on meeting up with a Realtor and being shown apartments for rent in the Sherman Oaks area all day Thursday, but found out the night before that the Realtor wouldn’t be getting in touch until 3. (This was the result of miscommunication by Darin’s new company and the Realtor.) We decided to make the best of a set-back and set out to walk the area.

We walked down Ventura Blvd, took a tour of Darin’s new office, and then just kept on walking. The goal was to get a feel for the neighborhood as best we could. We saw a lot of things we liked, some we didn’t, and we were super warm the whole time.  Here are some of the highlights of cruisingVentura:

A martini bar for when the guys come visit.

A martini bar for when the guys come visit.

A wine shop (and flower stand!) with really funky signs.

A wine shop (and flower stand!) with really funky signs.

Some kind of drive-in style restaurant that looks like it would have great food.

Some kind of drive-in style restaurant that looks like it would have great food.

A Goodwill!   Yeah!

A Goodwill! Yeah!

An anime/comics/games shop, which we'll probably frequent.

An anime/comics/games shop, which we’ll probably frequent.

A shot down Ventura Blvd, to get an idea of the overall scene.

A shot down Ventura Blvd, to get an idea of the overall scene.

A seemingly-endless billiards hall for Mitch.

A seemingly-endless billiards hall for Mitch.

Once we’d had enough of Ventura, we took the side streets back and creeped on all the housing around the area.  We eventually ended up back on Sepulveda, then hung around, got lunch, etc.

3:00PM rolled around, and it turned out the Realtor wouldn’t be showing us any places.  We were pretty disheartened, but decided to go back out on our own and call some of the places we saw earlier with vacancies.  (We totally wished we would’ve known we were going to need those numbers when we were walking earlier!)

We did a lot of this.

We did a lot of this.

And a lot of this.

And a lot of this.

Hoping to get into a place like this. (This one has no vacancies, sadly.)

Hoping to get into a place like this. (This one has no vacancies, sadly.)

We got in to see two vacant units, and one other property.  Sore and a little peeved, we met back up with some of Darin’s coworkers and had some food and drinks at the super legit Blue Dog Beer Tavern. With all the tasty noms and beers sloshing in our bellies, we headed back to the hotel and debated staying a few days more. However, United didn’t offer Darin a way to change flights online, and the phone wait-time was quoted as 60 minutes (seriously?!), so we gave up and went to bed.

While the trip didn’t go how we had anticipated, at least we’d seen the neighborhood. (It felt a little like Milwaukee’s Brady Street on crack.) I liked the weather, the varied little shops, the greenery on the side streets, and the walkability of the area.  It’s also right off the 405 and 101, so access to other areas should be okay. I wasn’t a fan of one panhandler, one crazy man on a bike, some of the smaller/less-reputable looking shops, and lack of bike lanes.

The apartments weren’t what I expected. I had assumed that they would be newer, but in fact the ones we saw were built at least as early as the 1970s. However, they were pretty spacious (as they should be for those prices, geez!) and the managers were courteous. The buildings we toured were similar to apartments you could get in, say, Milwaukee – old, but not terrible. There were definitely some nicer ones available, but at a steeper price.  We made need to re-evaluate how much we’re willing to pay.

After all that craziness, we woke up on Valentine’s Day, ate breakfast and took a town car to LAX to spend the day romantically travelling on separate airlines for 12 hours.

Our quick Valentine moment before heading our separate ways.

Our quick Valentine moment before heading our separate ways.

We did manage to catch a glimpse of a sky-writer starting “Happy Valentine’s Day” in the sky.

HAP...

HAP…

Ahh, big-city romance.

Another scouting trip might be in the cards for us, now that we know what to expect (and what not to). At least we got to see the area, though.

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Filed under Author: Jack

3 responses to “Our Botched Scouting Trip

  1. Mom

    Well, at least you met up with people and got to see some of the area. I like the funky wine shop and the pretty pink trees on Ventura Booooolavard!! I would imagine you would want to revisit to see some other apartments before signing for a place. The ones you took pics of don’t look too bad! It looked like a beautiful day there while it snowed here!

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  2. Mary Engelland

    Just a little set back—will you go back out before you start work? What is the name of the company that you will be working for? Sure, like I would know what it is !! Have a great day!!

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