May 11 2006, 10:55 PM
knock knock...where'd everyone go?
i just moved (back) to echo park. doing midnight ridazz bike ride tomorrow. there is a new dyke night at akbar on tuesdays for those interested. also, cinespia is doing cemetery screenings again at hollywood forever! they are super fun, you can bring a picnic and wine and lounge in the cemetery and watch old movies while sitting on their stars' graves.
May 12 2006, 10:23 AM
yeah this weekend's showing is 'the birds'...is it on friday nite or sat....? i can't remember..i'll have to check my email...
May 12 2006, 11:24 PM
Kicks off tomorrow in Hollywood! Free copies of BUST magazine will be on hand...
May 24 2006, 02:11 PM
Anyone know of any LA area book clubs or reading groups or anything like that? If not, anyone interested in starting one?
May 24 2006, 04:02 PM
not that i know of. but that would be a very cool thing to start.
Jun 19 2006, 12:28 AM
am i the only one who lives in la anymore people?????
Jun 19 2006, 12:35 AM
Well, I'm moving there on August 1...
Jun 19 2006, 12:23 PM
very cool, maryjo...to which area?
Jun 19 2006, 09:53 PM
ooh, cool, maryjo. hi msgoofball. this thread is dying
Jun 20 2006, 12:57 AM
hey, mouse I didn't know you were down here. Neato. Eeee that maryjo will be!
Jun 20 2006, 06:45 AM
Central LA, I guess - I have a place to live, with a friend, but I don't know the city geography too well yet.
*excited and nervous*
Jun 20 2006, 11:15 AM
well, mouse, we can't let this thread die...
i base everything by freeways...like i have friends off the 91 and 5 or the 91 or the 118 or the 605 or...405/10...i'm still exploring this place myself and i've been here for ages.
Jun 20 2006, 04:53 PM
I'm still around, just spending all my time looking for a job, so nothing exciting to report.
Jun 20 2006, 09:40 PM
"central la" could mean a lot of things. grrarg, what kind of job are you looking for?
Jun 21 2006, 12:35 AM
Well, I know the address and a lot more detailed description, but I feel weird posting it publicly online. Zip code is 90035, if that means anything.
Jun 21 2006, 10:16 AM
I'm looking for pretty much -anything- that isn't telemarketing or fast food. I'd prefer something involving kids, music, or both, but at this point I'd be willing to wash dishes some damn where.
Jun 21 2006, 09:17 PM
hmmm. i can't say i know of anything right now, but i'll keep my ears open. craigslist has also always been good to me.
Jun 23 2006, 05:12 PM
It seems I can't make it through the day without
checking Craig's List at least a doaen times lately.
I do believe that that is where my salvation lies, it just hasn't appeared yet. But yeah, please do let me know if you hear of anything. Thanks!
Jun 24 2006, 01:50 AM
you know you can get cl listings sent directly to your email, right? click on "subscriptions" on the bottom left. very useful.
Jun 25 2006, 02:36 PM
i am off to the chinese food festival
and then to the wassup rockers free screening
. l.a. is hopping. get on it!
Jun 27 2006, 11:44 AM
Hi, all. I was wondering if someone could give me some advice regarding good (not too expensive!) hostels/hotels in L.A.
I'm planning on visiting L.A. in October with my sister. There will be an art exhibition in downtown L.A. and i'm participating. I'm already collecting information, but i though that it would be great to get some inside advice..i've never been to California.
Jun 27 2006, 02:42 PM
EEEEEEEEE sonik you're coming to LA? where is your show, i want to see it!!!!
as for hotels...what's your budget? i always wanted to have an excuse to stay at the standard
downtown--it's completely ridiculous and fancy (they have this ridiculous loungey lobby with a calder hangin from the freaking ceiling and a piece by jenny holzer as well!) but it's on par, pricewise, with holiday inn and the like.
if you're totally broke, there are a lot of motels around too. but they are, of course, kinda seedy.
if you need recommendations for cool places to visit, too, let me know!
Jun 27 2006, 05:35 PM
woo sonic! I second the Standard recommendation. Rooms are suprisingly affordable there (well if there is no convention in town) plus you can walk to the MOCA (museum of contemporary art) and Little Tokyo isn't that far plus you're near a subway station if you wanna go into Hollywood and see that stuff.
BTW, I am back in town for awhile, and not doing much. If anyone wants to hang out or perhaps a LA Bustie hook up, I'm game.
Jun 28 2006, 03:30 AM
Thanks! I'm not completely broke, but i'm planning on staying two weeks, so the Standard may be a bit pricey. I read nothing but bad reviews about it, btw..so i'm looking into it. Zoya, what do you mean by surprisingly affordable? You mean the downtown one, right?
I don't think i want to stay in a motel. What is the deal with hostels in L.A.? Are they any good?
Anyway, i need a place not far from downtown i think.. i don't have a driver's licence.
Mouse, the exhibition is in Hangar 1018. I don't know the exact dates yet.
Sorry if i'm rambling, but i'm quite excited by the prospect of going to L.A.
And suggestions about where to go (and maybe where not to go: safety?) are much appreciated!
Jun 28 2006, 04:13 AM
I stayed in a nice hostel in Hollywood when I visited LA, but that isn't really near downtown.
If there's a bustie meetup after I get to LA (August 1), I would love to come!
Jun 28 2006, 08:43 AM
honestly you'd be much better off in a motel than a hostel. american hostels tend to be kind of, rooms full of bunk beds full of dirty hippies, for about two thirds of what you might pay, at a motel, for a room with two beds all for you. i don't have really any insight to the la hostels tho, they might be better.
ALSO! HANGAR 1018! crap, i would probably have ended up at that show anyway! man. i'm so excited for you/jealous! :D
there is also the option, since you're staying for two weeks, to look on craigslist for furnished sublets. there are usually a lot of them listed and they're usually much cheaper than hotels in the longterm, and you get your own apartment!
zoya, i am half excited and half nervous and unsure about the prospect of an la bustie meetup. hmmm.
Jun 28 2006, 09:01 AM
Hey thanks for all the info, you guys! I got a bit de-couraged because of the prices and the all-bad reviews of hostels(some of them are not bad so who knows..). My sister doesn't have a lot of money, so i have to take that into consideration.
But i'll keep on looking.
Mouse, is Hangar 1018 a bit known around L.A. then? I have no idea. I read that the whole gallery thing in L.A. is on the verge of booming. And thanks for mentioning craigslist.
Jun 28 2006, 11:16 AM
when I said suprisingly affordable, I meant for LA.. like you can get a room there for $99 sometimes.. honestly, that is pretty cheap for Los Angeles. You can maybe get a room at a cheap hotel chain for $79 or $89 a night, but I can't imagine being able to find a decent room in a safe hotel / area for less than that.
The thing you have going for you is the exchange rate, since I know you are coming from Europe, and the dollar is worth crap right now.
I will give it some thought and if I have any specific suggestions I will post them.
mouse - we used to do LA bustie meetups all the time when farmgirl and lilcatgrrl and altargrrrl were still here. We had one monster one once where opheliathemuse and girlracer and man, I don't even remember who else came. Everyone was really cool and we had a lot of fun. I think that a lot of the old LA busties have either moved or drifted from the lounge. But anyway, everyone I've ever met in person from the Lounge has been cool.
Jun 28 2006, 12:50 PM
I have met practically all of the UK busties at one time or another and several of them are close friends I hang out with on a regular basis. Many of those people don't post at Bust any more, of course (and I don't as much as I used to either) - I stay in contact with them through livejournal. I have plans to meet up with many people fom LJ when I get to LA, but would be happy to meet some busties too. Zoya, definitely.
I have to say, I *like* hostels. And I've stayed in a few in the US and they felt no different to the ones in Europe - I think that backpacker hostels are a bit of a worldwide phenomenon. I suppose it depends what you want out of your travelling - if you need your privacy then sure, go for a hotel or motel, but I haven't particularly liked hotels on the few occasions I've stayed in them alone. At hostels you meet people, have interesting conversations, get to hang out with people in interesting situations. I suppose I'm still in the hostelling age bracket, being in my 20s and short of money - I feel more at home surrounded by people I know I have something in common with. Sure, you risk being kept awake by someone who snores, or meeting people you don't like, but it's worth it. And you also get access to a kitchen where you can cook your own food, which is what I have really missed when I have stayed in hotels. This
is where I stayed when I was last in LA - only for one night, as I was put up in a big soulless hotel by my university department for the other two (yes, I flew to LA from the UK for three nights) but I really liked it and would definitely recommend it to anyone looking for a clean, friendly, relaxed, cheap hostel in Hollywood. Single-sex rooms, which I must admit is something I tend to require in a hostel, and plenty of showers.
For sonik, that said, since she's staying two weeks and travelling with her sister, it might make a lot more sense to stay somewhere other than a hostel. I just couldn't stand by and watch my preferred mode of accommodation get written off as 'bunkbeds full of dirty hippies'. I will admit that I don't mind bunk beds on a short-term basis and I have nothing against dirty hippies. I am a bit of a (clean) hippie, I suppose; each to her own.
Jun 28 2006, 02:51 PM
maryjo i absolutely did not mean to come off as so disparaging about hostels. i don't mind them (occasionally even like them) and have had good experiences, but #1, i wouldn't want to stay somewhere with no privacy and only a single bunk to myself for two weeks straight, and #2 i've definitely found that hostels outside the us are not only cleaner, but also less expensive in comparison to your typical hotel. in america, i've found, it's usually a matter of a $5 difference, if any, to stay in a single bunk in a hostel compared to a room in a motel. i like meeting people, and i have nothing against "hippies", but if i were staying somewhere for two weeks i'd kind of like to have my own shower. just sayin.
sonik, it depends on who you're talking to....hangar 1018 is definitely known as far as the sort of independent gallery scene, art that is happening right now but not necessarily getting attention from major mainstream art critics, goes. i don't know if it's as well known by the sort of chi-chi hollywood art scene goes, but then again, i don't really know what that scene is :P
hangar 1018 has a lot of stuff going on--art shows, music, and even events where you can bring your dog (??).
Jun 28 2006, 03:33 PM
My absolute favourite of all the places I've stayed travelling has been private rooms in hostels. All the niceness of hostelling with your own room and shower and so on. I travelled up the west coast of the US with my ex staying in private hostel rooms, and it was lovely...
I *did* say in my original post that I didn't think a hostel would suit sonik's situation, though. For a non-holiday you need more privacy than most hostels offer. That length of stay would have me desperately searching for somewhere with both private space and access to a kitchen, but a need for my own cooking is just my own personal obsessiveness.
A friend of mine was telling me that she stayed in the LA Eco-Village on a recent visit to the city for work. I don't know anything whatsoever about it, but it sounds like a good idea!
Jun 28 2006, 05:00 PM
So i was typing a post and suddenly the laptop shut down.
Thank you all for the quick info! Maryjo, i was looking for private rooms in hostels. I found some not too far from the beehive of activities. It's not that i have to be located downtown, and we don't mind a long walk either, so if all is going through everything should pan out alright.
My sis is happy when we have a bed for the night, which is also my idea. I don't care too much about noise, if it's too much earplugs are a big help. Hell, i even have to use them if my bf stays up late and plays loud music because he is enthusiastically dancing to it.
The reviews on a site are relative ofcourse. I stayed in a hotel in Antwerp for 70 euros per night and it was all around filthy. I stayed in the Netherlands in a cheap hostel and i felt comfortable enough to walk around barefoot just about anywhere. So i won't book all nights in the same hostel but i'll test it first.
I have to talk the whole deal through with my sis first (because i really want her to come along). But it's great to get advice from people who know what they're talking about! Thanks again!
Thanks Mouse, about the hangar info!
My sister has also become a Bustie. When she has time, she hangs around at the Lounge.
ETA: i'll be looking into that ecovillage thing, thanks Maryjo!
Jun 28 2006, 06:04 PM
fyi: a long walk in LA is a LOOOONG walk, and public transportation could be a lot better. i'd stay as close to the area you're going to want to spend the most time in as you can. this city is really spread out.
unfortunately hangar 1018 isn't really near ANYTHING, except some construction lots and a big neon strip club. but i believe that buses go nearby. i would not walk around there at night by myself though. just to be aware.
what's ecovillage? sounds cool
(maryjo, i haven't stayed in any hostels in LA, i'm restricting myself from being allowed to talk about this subject :P)
Jun 29 2006, 01:28 AM
I would Love to meetup with some busties again! I'd like to see that show, too, sonik =)
That was fun, Zoya, I remember even jek came to that one!
Jun 29 2006, 12:53 PM
i'm game for an LA bustie meetup as well...
Jun 29 2006, 03:44 PM
yeah I'd like to go to the show sonik! Hi ophelia!
sonic - I have to agree with mouse on the walk, and shitty public transportation. the only public transportation I feel comfortable recommending is the subway - the red line connects North Hollywood, Hollywood, and Downtown. That said, you need to find a place closeby a subway station. because like mouse said, a long walk in LA is a LOOOOONG walk. And that walk could be through some not-so-desirable neighborhoods if you don't know where you're going.
If you do find a place to stay downtown, I would suggest taking a cab to hangar 1018. It shouldn't cost too much from Downtown. Hangar 1018 is a great space, but it's in a kind of crappy neighborhood. I dunno if I would even take a bus there at night, because it would involve walking into parts of the neighborhood not very populated to get there. the street it's on is ok, and there will be a lot of people down there for the opening, so it's no big deal. Still, I would want to be driven right up to the door. I've parked my car on the street there and had no problems, but that was on nights there was an opening or a party there.
yeah LA bustie meet up would be fun!
I wish I knew more about hostels. Hotels yes, hostels no.
Jun 29 2006, 07:36 PM
having lived in this city for a year now without a car, i'm a veteran of the bus system. it's actually quite good (i get super pissed off about the subway, mainly the fact that it simply does not go to the rich parts of town--how do their housekeepers and gardeners get there? for chrissakes), but it takes a while. the buses don't come as often as they should, they're unpredictable. the other night i waited 45 minutes, and when the bus finally showed up, IT WAS BEING TOWED. heh. if you have the time and patience, you can get anywhere on the bus.
but yeah, a cab to hangar 1018 shouldn't be too much.
Jun 29 2006, 07:51 PM
As I read these posts, it's reminding me how everyone in LA has a different outlook on things, based on their experience.
I have had issues (the ones that mouse talks about, actually) with the bus system. Of course, I have a car, so anytime I take public transportation, it's mainly to avoid traffic or dealing with hellacious parking situations, and waiting forever makes me nuts. (don't get me wrong, I've practically lived by public transportation in other cites I've lived in, and places I've visited, but LA's makes me crazy)
I do take the subway quite frequently, for that reason - to not have to deal with traffic. However, mouse is right, it doesn't go too many places. My theory on the subway is that it exists for tourists. It pretty much only goes where tourists might want to go. (Universal Studios, Hollywood & Highland, the MOCA, Olvera St.) That said, it is incredibly handy and fast if you need to go to one of those areas.
Anyway, I just think it's interesting how we people who live in Los Angeles each have our own preferred ways of getting places that we stand by, probably more than anywhere else I've lived.
I hope this doesn't come across as trying to argue with you, mouse- that's totally not my intention - I just think it's interesting how LA is so spread out and is completely a commuter culture that we all have very different experiences getting around in the same city.
Some people get really passionate about it - don't even try asking a couple of LA natives how to drive somewhere... you'll get the which freeway vs. which freeway vs. surface streets vs. side street debate!! (I learned this the hard way the first year I lived here!) LOL!!
Jun 29 2006, 11:01 PM
haha oh i know.
i don't have a car because i haven't been able to afford a car, but now i can, and i'm taking steps to get one of lovecraft's veggie oil converted cars (*excited*). and honestly, i'm a good driver and i have experience driving in cities and i love to drive BUT....i am TERRIFIED of getting out on those streets and freeways. maybe it's just cos i've only seen this city from the passenger seat, but la drivers are effing CRAZY.
and yeah it is absolutely a commuter culture, i think all the moreso because the differentiation between "residential" areas, "industry" areas, and "entertainment" areas is kind of sharp. one of the reasons i have to get a car now is that my new job is an hour and a half bus ride away!
but la's public transport is kind of notoriously bad. you would think, in a city this size, with this many people and this huge of a working class population, we'd have a better one. i mean, look at new york! stellar example, amazing transportation. i am so jealous.
i also think la is the kind of city where you and your neighbor can be living in two entirely different cities. i think it's the kind of place where you can sort of pick and choose, and everybody's personal la tend to be pretty different. and i like that.
Jun 30 2006, 12:18 AM
Mouse, I want to hear more about that veggie oil converted car!
I won't have a car when I get to LA, and I don't know if I'll be able to afford one (on a $18,000 per school year grad student stipend while paying $700/month rent? The other grad students I know all seem to have cars but frankly I don't know how they afford to) so I'll be a bus girl too, at least to begin with. Probably it will drive me crazy after being used to London, but I'm sure I'll cope.
Jun 30 2006, 12:41 AM
i actually went and spoke with them today and looked at a beautiful raspberry-colored 240d.........*want*. i'm so torn, though, because the money i put towards a car could be used for so many other (great) things, like art supplies and stuff.......wah.
Jul 2 2006, 02:43 PM
wow, those cars are awesome! I wish I had known about those before I bought my car at the beginning of this year. (my first "big girl" and not shitty ass junker car, which of course, costs a ton since gas here is $3.30 a damn gallon, but I digress...)
I actually drove by there last night and they look great.... are they expensive?
Jul 3 2006, 12:28 AM
they are, unfortunately, kind of pricey for old cars, but they run FOREVER (some taxi driver in greece has an old mercedes turbo diesel that has FOUR MILLION MILES on it, i am not kidding. mercedes used to give out stickers for every 100k you put on your car). it wouldn't be too bad except they don't have any sort of financing set up yet so you have to pay everything up front. the cheapest, slowest, 240ds start at 3500, but they're the kind of car where unless you really slam your foot down on the gas, starting from a stop at an intersection can be borderline dangerous, they're so slow. the 300 turbo diesels are the best, but they're around 5-7k.
plus, there's about a two month waiting period unless you luck out.
the other option is to buy a mercedes (79-85 mercedes are the best to convert since the way their engine is set up they don't need the two tank conversion most other cars do, plus after 85 mercedes started using aluminum in their engines and they just don't run as well/last as long) and have lovecraft convert it for you (around $700).
the plus side is, you eventually make it all back on what you save on gas--they always have soybean oil, 5 gallon cubes for $13, and often have filtered waste veggie oil for $1.99 a gallon, not to mention if you have the time and space to filter your own oil you basically get it free.
Jul 13 2006, 04:03 PM
Hey everyone - my friends are putting on this art show / opening..
also, the salon rocks if you are looking for a place to get your hair cut / styled / dyed / etc. Seriously. Felicia is a hair goddess. She's amazing.
ART SHOW @ THE DOLLHOUSE SALON!
Hosted By: Felicia Howe & T.MAGIK
When: Sunday Jul 23, 2006
at 8:00 PM
Where: The Dollhouse Salon
4452 Melbourne ave
Los Angeles, CA 90027
Felicia Howe & T.MAGIK
Jul 15 2006, 08:14 PM
cool zoya--what kind of art?
i am not actually getting a veggie mercedes--yet. i went and looked at them a couple weeks ago and the ones i would really feel safe driving are way out of my price range, and i don't want to borrow more money from my folks and be in debt for another half a year....so!
my plan is to get a junker car to get me to and from work (hour and a half busride vs. half-hour car ride? yes please) until i save enough for a greasecar. so--i've been looking on craigslist and such, and it seems like there's a lot out there, but i want to get whatever i end up looking at checked out by an unbiased mechanic first. unfortunately since i haven't had a car here, i don't know any mechanics, so my question is does anyone know of a good mechanic in the silverlake/echo park/los feliz area (even hollywood if they're really good) they could recommend? i'd appreciate it muchly.
also, if anyone knows of a car for sale, i'm looking for a 5-speed sedan of some sort (nissan, toyota, geo prizm, whatever) under $1500. all i care about is that it runs well and gets good mileage and preferably has a tape player; i don't care if it doesn't look all that great. and i can go without a.c.
Jul 16 2006, 02:15 PM
I would describe it as "outsider art" kind of in the vein of what you'd see at La Luz de Jesus, if that helps..
I don't know of a mechanic in that area, but if you can get over to Burbank, there is a great mechanic at Magnolia near Victory. Deeds Automotive. You can google them. Pretty much everyone I know takes their car there, even with the drive. They are super honest, really good people.
check ebay for cars also..
Jul 18 2006, 06:54 PM
i actually did buy a car--the crappies, saddest-lookin junker, 21-year-old tiny tiny hatchback you ever saw. but it runs great and has a new stereo, and it only set me back about a month's rent. woo!
Jul 23 2006, 02:03 PM
so, um, hi southern california busties...
this is kind of a weird and random post. i'm a filmmaker. i currently live in new york. while i haven't had too many problems finding work here so far, i'm becoming more and more aware that there might be more for me, careerwise, if i moved to the LA area. i have an on-and-off very realistic fear that sometime in the next few years the NYC film market is going to start drying up. which inevitably leads me to the fact that i need to be prepared to relocate if need be. i've been thinking about it more and more, and realizing that i have absolutely no frame of reference for what that would mean for me. which leads me to a few questions.
what's it like to live in the LA area? all my impressions come from TV. i know you have to drive everywhere, and that there are apparently a lot of malls. but i know there must be more to it (just like there's more to new york than what you'd see on Seinfeld). what are the sane, cheap, fun neighborhoods? is it possible at all to get by on public transit? what's the cost of living like compared to new york or other major US cities?
also, as a side note for anyone who might happen to work in film there, how's the job availability/security and money and all that? i know the ins and outs of that sort of thing here, and i have plenty of experience and connections on this side of the country -- i'm not a blushing young 'hopeful' trying to make it in hollywood. how hard will it be for me to find work? is every kid and their sister trying to get work as a set dresser/prop person/scenic (which is what i do), or is it more like new york where there seem to be jobs out there for those who have the skills and are willing to put in the work?
thanks for letting me hog your thread for a bit, and in advance for giving me some advice about relocating.
Jul 23 2006, 02:59 PM
lots of malls? really? huh.
well, bklyn, that's a tough question to answer because i've found that angelenos are pretty territorial, ie very patriotic about their own neighborhoods, and while one person might love the west side, someone else might love the east, etc. etc. you get that in any city, but la has more neighborhoods than most--in fact to me it really seems like a lot of different cities, connected. driving, yes, absolutely. i've been out here without a car for a year now (finally just bought one this week) and unless you have no other choice (i didn't, i was too poor to own a car) i really would not reccommend not having one. the public transportation here SUCKS, and compared to new york's, it's basically nonexistant.
here is my (very inaccurate, biased, and full of sweeping generalizations!) vague idea of la neighborhoods:
venice is hippies. santa monica is rich and arty. beverly hills is superrich moviestarland. west west hollywood is moviestarland/clubland/gay man land, but east west hollywood is more low-key. mid-wilshire/miracle mile is kind of corporate? hollywood is a bit of a mix and i like to think of it as the switzerland of la (ie, neutral). los feliz is hipster and rich. silverlake is hipster and not as rich. echo park is hipster and poor. downtown is office buildings and lofts. chinatown, koreatown, etc--"ethnic" neighborhoods--are kind of self-explanatory. north hollywood is kind of desolate and far away. the valley is rich hippies and far away. i don't know much about marina del ray and those areas but i think they are kind of preppy?
yay! for pigeonholing!
as far as work goes, this is probably one of the best cities for getting a job. there is SO MUCH going on here that even though there are a billion people trying to get the same job, there are a billion of the same jobs. your skill and experience will help you, but i think the main thing is you have to be willing to "network", which is a total cringe term (especially for east coasties) but it is necessary. it can be looked at either as a) gross shmoozing or
people helping each other out. i prefer the latter.
like any city, there is good and there is bad. but you knew that. anyway, this is a very long post, and i am going to step down off my soapbox and let some busties who've lived here for more than a year tell you more useful things.
ETA: oh, and cost of living is what you make it. cheaper than new york, for sure. i live in echo park (hipster and poor) and i'm paying the same rent for a one-bedroom by myself that i paid in boston's hipster and poor area for a three-bedroom shared by four people.
Jul 23 2006, 03:15 PM
I would pretty much agree with that statement, except that you forgot Eagle Rock, which borders Echo Park on the North and is KINDA on the east end of the valley and is newly hip and not so rich. And Burbank and Toluca Lake are in the Valley technically but have some cute areas (especially Toluca Lake village) but are much more acceptable than living in Encino or Van Nuys, which are FAR into the valley (read..further into the valley means west) Also they are near the big studios (TV and Film)
Studio City is further into the Valley and that has some nice places, as long as you are closer to Ventura Blvd, which is cute too
The valley has its downs, (hot as shit, not so hip - unless you are in toluca lake or parts of burbank) but it also has loads of parking (you are likely to get your own parking spot here at an apartment as opposed to street parking in Hollywood or Silverlake or Los Feliz) and it's cheaper than Hollywood/Los Feliz/Silverlake/ and even some of Echo Park.
(I just found this out when some of my friends recently moved to toluca lake and it's actually really cute over there and very accessible by freeway - actually faster than when I would take surface streets to see them in Hollywood!)