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Short-term rentals in L.A.

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Sorry this isn't a vacation/travel question, but I need your help none-the-less . . .

My husband and I need to be in L.A. for two months (May and June) and can't decide where to live from among the following:

1) Santa Monica - on the beach at Pico & Ocean

2) Santa Monica - Broadway & Promenade

3) Santa Monica - 2200 Colorado

4) Westwood - 10833 Wilshire Blvd.

5) Malibu - ocean view apt.

I'm interested in a place that is nice, safe, friendly, walking distance to shops, restaurants, coffee shops (I'd take the Malibu one if it's SUPER and i'd have to drive places).

Any feedback is greatly appreciated. Thanks!!

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    Here goes. I work in Santa Monica (Ocean and Arizona), so I know the area pretty well. Pico and Ocean has a more quiet location than Broadway and Third Street (an understatement). The former will have Main Street close by (with Mani Bakery especially nice to have at hand)-- but the shops/cafés part of Main St. is a long walk south (at least a half-mile). The latter location has the whole Third St. Promenade around the corner-- basically your average shopping mall on a pedestrian-only street. Two Starbucks within three blocks. A Gap, an Old Navy AND a Banana Republic within two blocks. Benetton, Armani Exchange, French Connection UK, etc. Good restaurants.

    The 2200 Colorado location is well inland, in a residential/commercial zone (that should be basically the neighborhood around Water Garden Place). Nice, but shopping/noshing in the immediate vicinity are not plentiful.

    10833 Wilshire is a couple of blocks from Westwood Village, so you'll have a lot of shopping and dining choices (this is just south of the UCLA campus). Inland, of course.

    I can't help with the Malibu location.

    These are all safe neighborhoods, IMHO. Having said that, Santa Monica does have a visible population of homeless. During the day, no problem. At night, I'd plan on not venturing out alone, just so you don't get hassled too much. I haven't lived in Westwood for years, so I can't gauge their homeless issues at all.

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