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What $850 Will Get You In L.A. | Sweet Digs Home Tour | Refinery29


Hi, this is Christina. Welcome to my Sweet Digs, before you come
in, just make sure to subscribe in this general area. And I’ll wait. Alright, come on in. I live in the Highland Park area of Los Angeles. And I pay $850 a month for a one bedroom apartment. Which is, very little. This is my living room. I don’t really have a decorating plan. All this furniture is either like, you know,
from Target or Craigslist or given to me. This chair I found on the street. My desk and my chair are from Craigslist. The only thing I actually bought with any
intention, is this ridiculous chair that’s shaped like a hand. When people see this chair they’re normally
like, “Woahhh, is that comfortable?” And, it is. So, don’t worry about it. It’s pretty silly and I feel like it’s
the kind of thing that’s like, really hard to square away with like, a roommate. Every other person I’ve lived with, or like,
guy I’ve dated is been really into like, the minimalist thing. Wanner pattern chair, cowhide rug, uhhh. I kind of just like stuff that makes me happy. A lot of things that are on the walls are
either, art that people have given me, or I’ve purchased. I am a writer and a comedian. I was an art critic for like, 7 years before
I got seriously into comedy. I love it. This print, um, is by an artist and a dear
friend of mine named Meghan Gordon. That is actually, my hand, doing an awkward dance. I like the contrast of stuff that is really
nice that I’ve, like, paid to get framed, versus, like, stuff that I just threw up there. There’s 3 closets and they are all big. But, this is the first one, where I hang all
my coats for these harsh LA winters. I have a thing for cheeseburgers and hotdogs. My phone is a hotdog. Cheeseburger piggy bank. Purse in the shape of a Pink’s hotdog. My favorite is in the kitchen. This is President Little Hamburger Man, and
it’s actually, a marionette puppet that my boyfriend made when he was a kid. Kitschy stuff is always been something I’ve been into. Just stuff that’s shaped like other stuff. Oh, a purse that’s shaped like lips. Here’s a teapot that’s shaped like an elephant. I just really like it and brings me to joy
to have silly things around. The floor in this place was like a really
gross vinyl floor from the 70s, so I actually paid with my own money to just put, like,
a slightly cuter vinyl floor in here. The thing about this kitchen, is that it’s very small. And, these are fake drawers. Everything is kind out in, like, jars, and on the walls. Mostly this is a place for more stuff because
not a whole lot of cooking goes down in here. This is a pantry, but the bottom is the comedy cubby. Props, or costumes, or anything I need to
use for my act. A fake mustache, fake blood, nipple pasties. “Laugh at me because I’m different…I
laugh at you because you’re all the same!” And I bought two. I can’t even get in there without, like,
having a bunch stuff spill out. Come this way. This is the hallway which is just a more of
a liminal space. This is closet #2. It’s the biggest one and it’s where I
shove things before people come over, such as yourself. And then here’s the bathroom, which is pretty small as well. This is really where the magic happens. Nothing too fancy about it. My favorite part though, is the floor, which
I also paid to have the floor done myself. This whole place is cheap enough to make it worth it. Finally, got to go to Linoleum City. This giant warehouse that only sells, like,
different types of floor. A lot of the fun floors were really expensive,
so I went to the scrap section and there was just this scrap of flooring that was like,
leftover from an airport bathroom. I spend a lot of time looking at it. Here is the bedroom. Some of the most sentimental pieces in my
apartment are in this room. The paintings on the wall. The one at the top there is a painting that
I did when I was like 12 or 13 years old. The more I look a other paintings, the more
I realize that was a great painting that I did. The final walk-in closet is here in the bedroom. Oh, look! It’s more clothes and shoes. There’s no light in here. So I can only open it during the day. I found this place through, uh, a friend of a friend. There’s an artist I was working with at the time. His assistant overheard that I was looking
for a place to live and said, “Oh, I live in this really great little building and
it’s very cheap. The apartment at the end of the hall has been
empty for like, a month.” I called the owners. I just said, “I’m gonna move in.” I think I was here for like, a full week before
the owner actually came by with the lease. And we signed it. By far the best way to find a place in LA
is to just know somebody who knows somebody, who knows a guy, who knows a girl. Everyone else who lives here has lived here
for a very long time, and we’re very neighborly. They’re a few times when I first moved in
that, my neighbor would knock on the door and be like, “Hey, I uh, I made too much
ziti so, you should a- you should come over and eat some of this ziti.” I think cause the building is small and everyone’s
pretty close together, it feels more neighborly than most places I’ve lived. I do live here alone. Santi is my boyfriend and we actually tried
living together here. We nearly drove each other nuts cause this
place is very small. So, he has his own place now and we’re sort
of regrouping and trying to figure out how to make it work. We both work from home. I feel like the only thing that can make this
space work for us is getting, like, a separate, like, studio or office space. Which would kind of, cancel out saving money
on rent, but, saving money on rent should not be the primary reason for moving in with
someone in the first place. Reconciling, like, love and real estate in
Los Angeles is a cruel math and we’re still trying to figure out how to do that. My favorite part of this neighborhood is that
it’s very walkable. Within, like, 3 blocks there is coffee, breakfast,
a nice bar, and a 24-hour taco stand. And the train station! So why I would go anywhere else in the city is beyond me. Well, thank you for coming over and checking
out my Sweet Digs. You can watch more videos here or subscribe there. And, um, I’m gonna check my email, but I will see you around.

100 Comments

Refinery29

Dec 12, 2017, 4:25 pm Reply

What's your favorite part of Christina's home? Comment below ?

nye

Dec 12, 2018, 5:04 pm Reply

I'm paying a lot more for a lot less in LA. Wow :/

helmet hair

Dec 12, 2018, 2:52 am Reply

it took only 7 minutes for me to get attached to a girl i've never met

Baskerville Bee

Dec 12, 2018, 12:03 am Reply

She seems like a comedian who is actually funny. Very rare these days.
24 hour tacos stand is valuable.

Adrianna Marie

Dec 12, 2018, 12:34 am Reply

Wtf @1:48 did anyone notice the dildo??? I

Rasheem Wyatt Reid

Dec 12, 2018, 9:29 am Reply

Hollering at her dildo at 0:40 ??????. She couldn't have hid it for the video?

SingKiaMuze

Jan 1, 2019, 1:24 pm Reply

I pay 850 in West Hollywood for a studio. I got it in 2009 and my landlord lives on site. He thankfully likes me and doesn't go up on rent. Its tiny tho. 220 sq feet.

Mandy Waynick

Jan 1, 2019, 3:03 pm Reply

That's more than twice what I pay for a one bedroom apt, it's just a little bigger than my apt. But her place looks older than mine

auburn.honey

Jan 1, 2019, 4:57 pm Reply

I love this place. All the funky colors and decor.

carmella brown

Jan 1, 2019, 3:28 pm Reply

A little apartment for LA. My friends live in LA and they pay way more than she does. I love her apartment.

Cathy Kristensen

Jan 1, 2019, 9:50 pm Reply

Love your digs!!!

Alona Sigal

Jan 1, 2019, 8:21 pm Reply

I was literally looking at apartments in la the other day and the cheapest I found was like $1000 for a studio

frank mendoza

Jan 1, 2019, 9:27 am Reply

Love love your apartment

FOREVER AMBER

Jan 1, 2019, 1:10 am Reply

I love the books. All the lovely books.

Adrian B

Jan 1, 2019, 6:30 pm Reply

The reality 850 a month is unimaginable now you can get a bed on a bunkbed in a room with 3 other people for that price. This is. Very Isolated situation.

Keylah Jane

Jan 1, 2019, 4:51 am Reply

the whole house gives me Judy Moody vibes

Detra Payne

Jan 1, 2019, 12:38 pm Reply

I am loving those glasses and the unique design in this apt. Love the kitchy?

Rafael Gutierrez

Jan 1, 2019, 12:33 am Reply

Someone need to intruduce minimalism & Marie Kondp to these people …seriously so much stuff!! Lol and all a mess

Deyemond Nicole

Jan 1, 2019, 1:45 am Reply

Huge for 850

Drew Katchen

Jan 1, 2019, 2:22 pm Reply

Cool apartment. Was kind of expecting a record collection to go with the books though.

Marilu

Jan 1, 2019, 11:41 pm Reply

She got a GOOD deal on that apartment the part of SoCal I live in is 1,800 for a 1 BR apartment

Donald Raife

Jan 1, 2019, 1:10 am Reply

Like your home
Your energy is on point

Sally Phillips

Jan 1, 2019, 7:16 pm Reply

Nice apartment! It would look better if it wasn't so cluttered.

Naziza Ahmad

Jan 1, 2019, 1:32 am Reply

Could you guys do one for D.C or Georgetown? I know a lot of potential and current GWU and GU students would appreciate it cause its such a gamble up here!

Nevermorn

Jan 1, 2019, 10:16 pm Reply

That awkward feeling when LA is cheaper than NYC

mclmouse

Jan 1, 2019, 3:29 am Reply

You should do more super cheap apts like this, but also some less good deals.

Miss MAKATA

Feb 2, 2019, 10:46 pm Reply

I swear she hid her weed plants for this filming.

JDMime

Feb 2, 2019, 4:31 pm Reply

I do find it funny how dudes who call themselves "minimalists" usually have a car. If you own a car and don't live in it, you are NOT a minimalist. Get over yourselves. 🙂

transsexual goddess

Feb 2, 2019, 2:07 am Reply

I pay 1300 for my little studio. In nyc. This why im moving to LA.

Eduno Eduno

Feb 2, 2019, 1:18 am Reply

"this is christina"? who talks like that. what a bitch

KT breathe

Feb 2, 2019, 9:01 am Reply

The Froakie in the corner of her living room sjsodiskshxosb

Oscar Morales

Feb 2, 2019, 2:05 am Reply

Looks like a solid deal for $850. $850 in New York will get you a bench in Central Park.

M K

Feb 2, 2019, 10:48 am Reply

The size of the space is my favorite part! How many sq feet? (Please always include that info in Sweet Digs).
She kept saying how "small" the place is! Is she kidding???
Although, all of her "quirky" items make the space appear way overcrowded and tiny.
But I'm confused because people say LA is expensive like NYC but no way you'd get that much space in NY for less than $2000 if you could find it that cheap!

Kelsey Sradeja

Feb 2, 2019, 2:57 am Reply

Omg I have those banana sheets!

Stella

Feb 2, 2019, 5:53 pm Reply

I ❤ your jacket!!

Jenny dahlkar

Feb 2, 2019, 6:12 pm Reply

This is my favorite apartment on the Chanel!!! ????❤️

T. R.

Feb 2, 2019, 12:17 pm Reply

Crazy bitch but I live for it

Jaque Martins

Feb 2, 2019, 7:59 pm Reply

I love she being open about how hard it is to live with someone in a small apartament

3li0

Feb 2, 2019, 3:23 am Reply

Hey at least you don't live in a closet like the people in NYC.

leviathan

Feb 2, 2019, 8:02 pm Reply

A dildo at 0:41. Liked, commented, and subscribed.

Carla Wilton

Feb 2, 2019, 3:52 am Reply

Love all the color. Fun ?. Great idea regarding books ? stacking crates in tower.

Corina Bizzell

Mar 3, 2019, 12:41 pm Reply

Omg I love your independent style

Tamara D

Mar 3, 2019, 5:29 pm Reply

Great find

Travis Erickson

Mar 3, 2019, 4:32 am Reply

She’s lucky af. You cannot find anything like this in la. Democratic cities. ?

cantbeleveitsnotnaru

Mar 3, 2019, 9:31 am Reply

This is what my apartment would look like if I had my own place.. I'm super jelly. I would love that place!

Eli Lian

Mar 3, 2019, 7:22 pm Reply

Looks like a messy children's room, not my taste…

wr1jongin

Mar 3, 2019, 9:04 pm Reply

this is a great deal

Uoo Hoo

Mar 3, 2019, 2:38 pm Reply

Pretty strange…decor/hoarder.

Signature Blaque

Mar 3, 2019, 1:56 am Reply

I wanted to watch an apartment tour not a horror movie…

But nah tho she seems like she has an awful personality, I’d love to be her friend

19monica87

Mar 3, 2019, 12:12 am Reply

My anxiety went up the roof with her clutter ??

Liza Roberts

Mar 3, 2019, 10:01 pm Reply

I love your apartment!

Layloni Nunez

Mar 3, 2019, 3:19 am Reply

Was that a rainbow dildo lol

Jon Wells

Mar 3, 2019, 4:58 am Reply

Was that a… wax penis???

Carolina Crespo

Mar 3, 2019, 1:11 am Reply

That’s a blessing my 1 bedroom apt in la is $1,100

sthorbs

Apr 4, 2019, 11:41 pm Reply

Cool spot ….I love the hot dog purse ?

Sassy Gal

Apr 4, 2019, 2:40 am Reply

I love her Laugh at me shirt I WANT it

Magic World

Apr 4, 2019, 12:58 am Reply

You know she has about six cats hidden in that apartment.

Teacher Says Corner

Apr 4, 2019, 2:19 pm Reply

Her Apt is unique and love it!! Shes an artsy! ❣

Wanda Sue Bandy

Apr 4, 2019, 7:05 am Reply

I love love ur apartment. Its colorful and cute. I have alot of books to some I read some I havent.

sleepy head

May 5, 2019, 10:36 pm Reply

i just can't understand why all these NYC people have so so many stuff and details on their shelf or on doors or desk…or everywhere . It just makes you feel like suffocating and it's looking untidy

Ina Cook

May 5, 2019, 1:14 pm Reply

Love the shoes?

Audrey M

May 5, 2019, 6:00 pm Reply

I got a commercial about how to get out of debt. Feeling attacked

Jude Dimatteo

May 5, 2019, 5:48 pm Reply

The place is a fucking junk hole

Maddie Nichols

May 5, 2019, 7:16 am Reply

how the hell did she find a 1 bedroom apartment for $850 in LA????? SORCERY!

FluffyPancakes123

May 5, 2019, 6:53 am Reply

my favorite home tour thus far. absolutely love how there is no set "theme", just whatever makes her happy 🙂 love it!!!!

Victoria McKay-Cannon

May 5, 2019, 12:32 pm Reply

Studios in the slums of Hemet are 850! It just seems to good to be true!

Jessie Sandoval

May 5, 2019, 11:45 pm Reply

Your shoes!!!!

Jordan Saragosa

May 5, 2019, 5:28 pm Reply

For $850 a month in LA that’s a pretty nice apartment.

Elysabeth Muliawan

Jun 6, 2019, 7:48 pm Reply

850 a month? I paid 1500 a year

Morsal Hamidi

Jun 6, 2019, 6:30 pm Reply

Why is her apartment so cheap this in New York is like 2500

sarah sabs

Jun 6, 2019, 6:30 am Reply

Did she say she had roommates?

Hope Shook

Jun 6, 2019, 12:31 am Reply

The cramps

Alexis Burns

Jun 6, 2019, 9:24 pm Reply

crazy how different states/cities make a huge difference. i live in Iowa, I have a two bedroom two full bath apartment with all the ameneties & i pay $780 with all utilities included. and i live on the “rich” side of town. not bragging – just crazy how things are so different!!

Dizzy Lizzie

Jun 6, 2019, 12:32 am Reply

I want to know what’s in the cup ?

Insert pretentious crap about myself here.

Jun 6, 2019, 12:36 pm Reply

Finally! I'm so tired with all the minimalist shit.

J Marel

Jun 6, 2019, 9:51 pm Reply

That's not too bad for $850 in LA to be honest.

smileyhappyradio

Jun 6, 2019, 12:21 am Reply

"You might laugh at me because I'm different, but I laugh at you because your all the same." $850 a month is so awesome! I love when she tells why she will never leave, a great bar, 24 hour taco stand, a restaurant, and a train, blocks from her home.

Alberta Middleton

Jun 6, 2019, 6:34 am Reply

Preside little hamburger man. ????

Terry Mayling

Jun 6, 2019, 9:12 am Reply

850.00 – The first thilng I did was look for the date and place. In 2017 when I went looking there was no apartment for under 1300. now 2019 and 2 rent increases already.

Queen Queen

Jul 7, 2019, 6:08 pm Reply

This is a real.. Rest all places are too instagramy

Waldo the depressed bear

Jul 7, 2019, 1:33 am Reply

Are we gonna ignore the big dildo in her living room.

JÖYの貓

Jul 7, 2019, 4:10 am Reply

Good deal.

Erin Marcee

Jul 7, 2019, 1:40 am Reply

I would like to know how you found a place so cheap , I couldn’t find anything nearly as cheap when I lived there , your place is gorgeous

B_To_The_B

Jul 7, 2019, 10:49 pm Reply

Your apartment looks like shit

Elizabeth Mardoyan

Jul 7, 2019, 5:48 pm Reply

That clutter gave me anxiety

Neisha Nine Starz

Jul 7, 2019, 1:20 pm Reply

Compared to New York she has a big space for the money.

MISSed Bandwagon

Jul 7, 2019, 12:09 am Reply

This is my kind of living. Colors and memories.

Julz B

Jul 7, 2019, 3:10 am Reply

I love her shoes :D~

Holly Kurmis

Jul 7, 2019, 5:08 am Reply

She's awesome!

Dayana D

Jul 7, 2019, 12:18 am Reply

WTF $850?? HOW? I can't even find that there I live and it's not a big city at all.

Rhian Beam

Jul 7, 2019, 1:45 am Reply

this is the hallway, thats kind of like a liminal space

same

JD Thompson

Jul 7, 2019, 5:35 pm Reply

This is probably the most entertaining episode!

Sarah Joan

Jul 7, 2019, 2:49 am Reply

Is that a joke

HARSH. LA. WINTERS.

PrinceChris93

Jul 7, 2019, 3:20 am Reply

Great price but too cluttered and awful design

Brenda Lopez

Jul 7, 2019, 5:25 am Reply

I used to live in highlandpark and I really like it but now it’s so expensive that apartment is probably around $1500 now

yameng wa

Jul 7, 2019, 6:15 pm Reply

That’s a lot of stuff girl

Ebo J.

Jul 7, 2019, 7:29 am Reply

Quite cool and quirky. I like ?

Sav P

Aug 8, 2019, 11:16 pm Reply

bitch how tf did you score this

Paige Johannesen

Aug 8, 2019, 9:27 pm Reply

i forking hate you. you’re definitely on rent control ?
my roommate and i pay 2k for a two bedroom in the east valley :’

Ca S

Aug 8, 2019, 8:09 pm Reply

Most women hide theirs behind a heap of bags in the wardrobe. She, meanwhile, displays hers on a bookshelf for every every man, woman and dog to see ??‍♀️

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