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Need A Great Tenant?
Know somebody around Venice/Mar Vista/Westchester/Santa Monica who does? Now, you know I'm not in the habit of placing ads on my blog, but for this, I'll make an exception. My editorial assistant is just a great person: Smart, cool, creative, fair, totally responsible, great integrity, and simply "a good egg," as they used to say. She's looking for an apartment...or rent. Details follow:

AREA: Mar Vista, Culver City, Venice, Santa Monica, Westchester, Playa Del Rey.


I'm looking for either a guest house or a studio/one bedroom in a small complex (under 10 units), or a trailer. Hardwood floors are great, so is a garden or a yard or even a semblance of a yard, and a stove.

I can pay between $600-$775/month.

HOW SHE DESCRIBES HERSELF: quiet, artist, writer, no pets, no kids, non-smoker.

I vouch for her totally.

A big hassle of renting is wondering if you'll get somebody who'll trash the place, not pay the rent, have their their gang friends in on the weekend to sell drugs out the kitchen window. With Stef, you get none of that, just peace of mind...which is worth a hell of a lot.

If you have a place to rent, or know somebody who does, I'd be super grateful if you'd e-mail me, and I'll forward your e-mail to Stef.

Posted by aalkon at January 19, 2007 7:59 AM


I feel for your assistant, having lived in that area as a grad student. Unfortunately, I also recall that the floor for non-squalid rentals in the area is about $1000/month. That said, I've had friends find good deals on studios in the corridor along Centinela in Mar Vista that often advertise via signs rather than Craigslist or West Side Rentals. This might help.

Posted by: justin case at January 19, 2007 11:38 AM

Best of luck finding anywhere decent for $600-$775/mo. My apartment was $750/mo eight years ago...which is a long time in rental inflation years. I hate to think what rates are in more-desirable Venice.

Posted by: LYT at January 19, 2007 7:02 PM

Well, I think Westchester is the smartest move. And also, she truly is a great person, and I can give her a great reference. She's the kind of tenant a landlord wants. I'm hoping somebody who reads my blog knows somebody who's renting something or lives by somebody, etc. Stef's great. When she was off for a month (she got the lead in an independent film) she'd call me when she had breaks between setups to see if I needed any help when I was on deadline. She didn't have to, and I wasn't expecting her to...she just knew I was in need. Very uncommon! And that's just one example.

Posted by: Amy Alkon at January 19, 2007 11:00 PM

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