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Old 07-23-2013, 09:17 PM
 
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I appreciate any input. I am thinking of relocating from Jacksonville, FL to SoCal. I want to be close to OC and AlA I grew up in northern Cali and although I've lived in Florida for 23 years it doesn't feel like home.

Top things I am concerned about:
1) clean, classy, SAFE neighborhoodd and community
2) good schools for High Schoolers and Elementary
3) homes about $350k-$450k preferably over 2300 Sq.Ft. 3br. 3ba. +
4) I don't have to commute to work much since I am self employed so I can live in a suburban area. If. Get a bigger house in a suburban area and can commute to OC and LA that will be ok as long as its ony 30-60min. I have a lot of family in Anaheim Hills, Carlsbad-San Diego and Calabasas and Becerly Hills, but these places seem to be way out of my price range.

Thank you for your help.
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Old 07-23-2013, 10:28 PM
 
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3) homes about $350k-$450k preferably over 2300 Sq.Ft. 3br. 3ba. +
??? Have you looked at homes in this area? $350k-450k will buy you nothing... the median home price is around $550,000 and in the current market that buys you very little here and your requirement of 2300 sqft in a good neighborhood would be closer to $800,000-$1 million which is about twice to thrice as much as you have outlayed.

Sorry to burst your bubble but you are just not ready for Southern California! Compared to Jacksonville the prices of homes here are enough for a huge dose of shock and awe!
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Old 07-24-2013, 11:16 AM
 
Location: Los Angeles (Native)
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I have been looking into property in Jacksonville , some of the prices are amazing.
I wonder how much something like this would cost in SoCAL
1635 North Laura Street, Jacksonville FL - Trulia


I'd suggest looking on Redfin.com

You should be able to get something in antelope valley..but I dont know how those schools are or the neighborhoods.
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Old 07-24-2013, 11:21 AM
 
Location: South Bay
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Temecula comes to mind, which would put you about an hour outside of OC without traffic (think early sunday mornings). corona might be another option, but home prices spiked recently, so i'm not sure how much $450k will buy you these days.
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Old 07-24-2013, 01:26 PM
 
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Homes have increased YOY +30% for Los Angeles, $450k does not buy anything decent anymore...that ship sailed in 2009-2010. The analysis by various experts is that Los Angeles is going to rise another 10-15% before stabilizing at 5% a year appreciation.

I suggest a budget of around $700,000 which is more realistic to work with. For this you should be able to get a 2000sqft+ home in a decent neighborhood but even at this price point be prepared to UP your offer as inventory is exceptionally tight in this part of the world.
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Old 07-24-2013, 02:57 PM
 
Location: TOVCCA
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You could look at Palm Springs area. Not a bad drive to San Diego.
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