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Old Posted Feb 26, 2015, 8:11 PM
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My LA Life (Ongoing)

Aye what up honorable citizens of SSP. I'm not a great photographer, but I will try to capture unique aspects of living in LA as I go about my business. We start with Inglewood, where I went yesterday (primarily 6000 S Vermont and nearby - also near 83rd and Main but those photos will be posted later). I'm looking into purchasing a small commercial property but am just in the early stages of doing so.

Beautiful murals all over LA

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#Inglewood by thaeisahtbizall, on Flickr

These buildings are circa 1926.
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The bane of every LA resident - the stripmall. Actually they aren't too bad (tho they are everywhere) in LA as they are tightly packed with many small retail bays. Frequently an interesting mesh of retailers.
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Past theater?
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Any comments are appreciated.

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Old Posted Feb 26, 2015, 8:27 PM
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I live with my wife and 3.5 year old son in an 11th floor loft in DTLA, in the Historic Core subneighborhood. The views are pretty incredible:

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We also have views in the direction of the Federal Courthouse (I posted those earlier in the LA DT thread)
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Old Posted Feb 26, 2015, 9:50 PM
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oh, you live at the El Dorado?? I LOVE that building. Looking forward to this thread
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Old Posted Feb 26, 2015, 10:38 PM
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Very nice! The historic downtown has to be reckoned with. I saw only a sample when I was there last. Hope to have ample photography time if I get to visit again.
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Old Posted Feb 27, 2015, 3:42 PM
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oh, you live at the El Dorado?? I LOVE that building. Looking forward to this thread
Thanks man! It is a beautiful building. DT is blessed with a lot of attractive buildings, tho.

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Very nice! The historic downtown has to be reckoned with. I saw only a sample when I was there last. Hope to have ample photography time if I get to visit again.
Indeed. Your LA photothread was great, tho

On to some more photos. Typical LA backyard or no? The neighbor had a slightly scary dog, but hey, that's a free alarm, right? As long as the MFer don't bark all night

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#Inglewood by thaeisahtbizall, on Flickr

Now I'm over to 83rd and S. Main area, checking out another small commercial property. What neighborhood is that called? Manchester District? We start with the world famous...

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#Inglewood by thaeisahtbizall, on Flickr

The property in question
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#Inglewood by thaeisahtbizall, on Flickr

It was unclear to me if this attached storefront is part of the property for sale or not. I asked the agent but haven't heard a reply...
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#Inglewood by thaeisahtbizall, on Flickr

That Mini Market is apparently vacant and a church is interested in moving in. Or so I was told. I'm going to look at the interior of the 1926 commercial building at 60th and S. Vermont. I find it interesting that many both commercial and residential properties, even on small lots, will have two buildings on them. Which is great imo!

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Newish (decade unclear) housing across the street
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What do you guys think of say 60th and Vermont neighborhood and this one? Both were nicer than I was expecting, to be honest. I thought they would be fine, but I was impressed.

If anyone has any requests for things they would like to see some pics of, let me know. I'm newish to LA (lived in Cali before, tho I'm from FL and have lived in NOLA/DC) and would enjoy checking out new areas.
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Awesome views from your balcony! I'm enjoying this photo tour.

What kind of business are you opening up?
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Old Posted Feb 27, 2015, 6:05 PM
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Thanks for responding and viewing! Here are some exterior shots of my building. It's the 3rd one in the row (to the right)

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#DTLA life by thaeisahtbizall, on Flickr

The level of detail is remarkable

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Note that all three wings pictured here are for this building. Despite the large size, there are only approximately 64 units/owners.
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As for the business, it's a little fluid. The original plan was to buy a small two unit commercial building and start both a yoga studio and a recording studio. Note that my main employment at the present is real estate investing. I'm not an agent, but I own 4 rowhouses in DC, a large 3 unit in NOLA and the Loft also. I enjoy residential RE investing, but I want to branch out and do something a little more hands on. I'd also like to employ more people if possible. Now I prefaced all of this by saying its fluid, and that's because starting two businesses at the same time (while also spending as lot of time picking up and dropping off my son from school, and hanging out with him) is kind of ridiculous. Some of the properties seem to have one retail unit and one residential. That's not a bad setup, rent the apt and that would cover most of my expenses. In the retail unit I could start one of the businesses (likely the recording studio) and be set. Although I would definitely be open to renting to a commercial tenant. A NNN lease sounds extremely appealing! A lot to think about.
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Awesome! Good luck small business(es).
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Awesome pics! I would love to live in downtown LA, or any other part of LA.
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I love the historic core of L.A. Incredibly underrated. People love to bash downtown L.A., but it has excellent historic building stock and felt vibrant to me when I was there back in August 2012.
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