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