New job opportunity for my wife in LA. We would make ~$380k together. It would be a big raise for her and it could be more with her RSUs and our bonuses. We moved to OC from Atlanta and don’t know much about LA. We don’t have debt, are working on investing and saving, and have never owned a home.
Is it worth to move to LA for that salary? Where should we look at living? LA seems to large and dangerous to me. We are not ready to buy and would start with renting.

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If you are looking in la brea area, check out century city, sawtelle, culver city, palms. All are pretty nice

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Lived in La brea for a bit and Sawtelle now, would recommend all of those with Sawtelle being my favorite and Culvers also a great area

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Many factors to consider. First is where (if she had to) would your wife be going into work? As you highlighted, LA is quite large and commutes can be miserable.

Other than that - my favorite neighborhood is Silverlake. Tons of unique restaurants and shops. Beautiful LA hills/ nature and good connectivity to the Valley, DTLA, and the east side.

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I didn’t even think of asking that. La Brea, just south of the Museum of Art

One thing to consider is that public transportation is not as good in LA. Would she be required to go into office daily ? If she would then would suggest living closer to LA. If no need to be in office then Orange County is way better area. I may be biased since I live in OC but I would never move to LA since traffic there is worse than OC.

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She’ll need to go in a few days a week. We’re considering this option, which is why I asked. We love it in OC

My husband and I were making $280 HHI in LA and were miserable because we couldn’t save as much as we’d like after taxes, housing, childcare, etc. The extra $100k you’d have would make a big difference tho.

Depends very much on her office location. We used to stay in Irvine, wife got a job in DTLA. So we preferred moving to DTLA. My job was mostly WFH with occasional travel to office in Cypress.

We moved the other way, OC - DTLA - NJ - John’s Creek . U probably know this already but buying a house in OC is very expensive. The place I own in John’s Creek wud be a couple of million in OC.
Was looking to buy a condo in OC for 500K, Got my 0.6 acre 5B/5B place for 450K in John’s Creek a few years ago.

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