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Old 06-11-2010, 08:53 PM
 
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Hi Everyone,

I'm working on a relocation to SoCal. It's my wife and I + 2 kids (4yrs, 7months). The job is in Northridge. People suggested a number of places to live - Santa Clarita, Thousand Oaks, Oak Park, Simi Valley, Agoura Hills, and Calabasas. I took a drive though and it seems very nice. I'm wondering if I can get your thoughts. Simi Valley is appealing as it has the shortest drive to work.

Our biggest want is a safe environment, family oriented, good schools. Ideally, we'd like to send our kids to private school, but it might not be possible on my salary (about $120k). My wife will work as a nurse, but part time (about 20 hrs/month for spending money / stuff for kids). We decided that she will be at home with the kids until they are school age.

We won't buy right away. We're coming from Michigan where we are caught up in the housing issues (10 years of house payments = break even...). Seems similar to CA, but on a much smaller scale. We'll likely rent, but want a backyard / out door area for the kids and dog.

Also, one last thing -- I do a lot of cycling. I would be nice to roll out of my driveway and do a 20-30 mile ride! Mountain biking works too - just needs to be close.

Thanks!
MT
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Old 06-11-2010, 09:29 PM
 
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I would recommend Simi Valley or Moorpark
Good schools. Low crime. Family town. Great bicycling (road and mountain) all around, heck you can bicycle to work easily. There is a train that has stops in Moorpark, Simi, and Northridge of which you can bring your bike aboard and do a combo bike/train.
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Old 06-11-2010, 09:30 PM
 
Location: Los Angeles, CA
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Hi Everyone,

I'm working on a relocation to SoCal. It's my wife and I + 2 kids (4yrs, 7months). The job is in Northridge. People suggested a number of places to live - Santa Clarita, Thousand Oaks, Oak Park, Simi Valley, Agoura Hills, and Calabasas. I took a drive though and it seems very nice. I'm wondering if I can get your thoughts. Simi Valley is appealing as it has the shortest drive to work.

Our biggest want is a safe environment, family oriented, good schools. Ideally, we'd like to send our kids to private school, but it might not be possible on my salary (about $120k).

Also, one last thing -- I do a lot of cycling. I would be nice to roll out of my driveway and do a 20-30 mile ride! Mountain biking works too - just needs to be close.

Thanks!
MT
All those areas you mentioned fit the description of safe, family oriented communities. Many of them also have VERY GOOD public schools which would save you the cost of sending your kids to private school.

Thousand Oaks and Calabasas are both near a lot of biking trails including mountain orieneted ones in the Santa Monica Mtns Recreation area.
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Old 06-11-2010, 10:31 PM
 
Location: Southern California
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Agree with the posters... plus Simi Valley is located in Ventura County and their tax rate is less than LA County... 8.250% vs. 9.750%.
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Old 06-13-2010, 01:24 AM
 
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Ditto to all above, but lordy it gets hot in the summer ... that is if summer comes this year.
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Old 06-13-2010, 09:53 AM
 
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So these areas are all considered 'valley' locations? I hear it does get hot, but can you be more specific? In Michigan, summer starts at about 90degrees with very high humidity. June, july and August are the worst months (although, *much* better than snow...). Can I expect the same in the valley locations.

Oh, and how is the 118 compared to the 101 for traffic during the morning commute? Not as bad? Just as bad?

Generally speaking, we're looking for a 3 bedroom / 1500 sq ft house to rent/buy. Can you give me an approx price range? Renting seems to be anywhere from 2k-2.5k, purchase maybe around 500k?

Any help appreciated!

Thanks,
m
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Old 06-13-2010, 10:11 AM
 
Location: Las Flores, Orange County, CA
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So these areas are all considered 'valley' locations? I hear it does get hot, but can you be more specific? In Michigan, summer starts at about 90degrees with very high humidity. June, july and August are the worst months (although, *much* better than snow...). Can I expect the same in the valley locations.

Oh, and how is the 118 compared to the 101 for traffic during the morning commute? Not as bad? Just as bad?

Generally speaking, we're looking for a 3 bedroom / 1500 sq ft house to rent/buy. Can you give me an approx price range? Renting seems to be anywhere from 2k-2.5k, purchase maybe around 500k?

Any help appreciated!

Thanks,
m
None are considered Valley locations except the eastern side of Calabasas (east of the Calabasas grade).

Northridge is in the Valley.

Yes it is hot in the Valley, like others wrote but less uncomfortable than midwest humidity I suppose, plus it almost always cools down to the low 60s at night. Moorpark doesn't get that hot, maybe the mid to upper 80s.

The 101 is generally worse than the 118.

Check out Traffic Predict.com - Los Angeles Traffic Map and google maps traffic at time and day. Also, for real time, check out www.sigalert.com.
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Old 06-13-2010, 03:37 PM
 
Location: Los Angeles, CA
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So these areas are all considered 'valley' locations? I hear it does get hot, but can you be more specific? In Michigan, summer starts at about 90degrees with very high humidity. June, july and August are the worst months (although, *much* better than snow...). Can I expect the same in the valley locations.

Thanks,
m
A summer in the San Fernando Valley will seem like a walk in the park compared to a humid Michigan summer. That is the least of your concerns.

I THINK the 101 Freeway is WORSE than the 118 Freeway in terms of crunch time traffic. That said, LA traffic is bad no matter what. And I said "THINK" becuase I used to commute the 101 Freeway (grew up near it) but I don't have a lot of morning/rush hour experience on the 118.
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Old 06-13-2010, 05:27 PM
 
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101 is WAY worse than the 118.

Temperatures in Simi will reach the 100's for a few weeks each summer(like over 100 every day), but typically not by much. Its also really windy there.

It's much better and easier to deal with than 90 and high humidity. Its what AC is for. Also a pool helps although its a lot of work.
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Old 06-14-2010, 07:18 AM
 
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Heh... 100 degrees with a nice breeze could be really nice!
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