has written 4 SperlingViews. Currently, Alex is living in North Hollywood, CA and has a little something to say:
|Life Stage:||Family with Children|
|Location:||North Hollywood, CA|
re: Live here 2 years and leave - 7/22/2010 Posted On: 2/24/2011 11:49:21 AM
"You won't find love, family or happiness in Los Angeleles. You will however have the ride of your life."
This is one of the best statements about LA I have ever seen! And sooooo true.
re: Looking for Home - 8/22/2010 Posted On: 2/24/2011 11:45:36 AM
I grew up in Portland Oregon. Moved to Los Angeles to the 90027 zip code at 23 years old. I am now 32 with a 4 year old daughter and a 3 month old son. My wife and I are done. We've tried to make it work. Sacraficed year after year to be successful and happy in LA, but the time has come. We must move back to your hometown in Oregon and start our lives as a young family. LA is great for those unattached without kids, but it is just not the place for those who want to live a good life and raise a quality family.
re: QUALILTY OF LIFE - 11/18/2010 Posted On: 2/24/2011 11:38:38 AM
I could not agree with this person more! LA is great if you are young, footlose and fancy free. There is so much to offer and explore. Come to LA for college or graduate school. Move here in your 20s for work expereince and a new outlook on life. But don't stay there by 35 or 40. Don't raise a family there. Don't put your kids through the madness of it all. Let them decide to move to LA on their own, don't force them to have to face such headaches for nothing. LA is a wonderful young persons city, but it is not the place to settle.
Los Angeles: A Place For Youth Posted On: 2/24/2011 11:20:05 AM
I moved to LA when I was 23 years old. I absolutely loved everything about it. The big city, the beaches, the night life, the celebrity culture, all the activities and events. The proximity to the mountains, weekend trips to Santa Barbra and Palm Springs. It was great. Then I grew up, got married and had to kids. Now at 32 I am tired and worn out. My time to enjoy the night life is now gone. My ability to get away on the weekends has dried up. I stress over not being able to afford anything but a small 2 bedroom condo (which is the cost of a nice 4 bedroom house anywhere else). My work in the film business is good and the pay is good, but it's cut throat, with a rat race of traffic and long hours to stay on top. There are back-stabbing fake people everywhere, so your friendships are shallow. An no matter what I do to try and save money, my pocket book seems to always be empty as I have to shovel out more money in sales tax, property tax, car tax, utility tax and personal income tax then almost any other place. The air I breath and the roads I drive on are always dirty. I love my wife and kids, but at the end of the day all I want to do is go to bed...I'm exhausted. So now after 8 years of living here I will be leaving. Not sure where yet (depends on work) but there are so many better places to raise a family. I still love California and will most likely stay in the state, but the city of Los Angeles, no way. It is time to say goodbye. So for anyone who really wants to be in LA, make sure you are prepared for extra stresses you don't face in other cities. Make sure you are able to deal with a city that is overwhelmed with people and not sure how to handle it. Make sure you are not alone and have a support system that will help you when times get tough. And also make sure you are able to get out when you've achieved all you need to achieve, because this is not a place to be long term.