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Old 06-23-2010, 02:06 PM
 
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....b/c I have too...for family reasons.... I've been reading and reading but haven't quite found what I'm looking for... please ...any suggestions will be taken seriously -- oh, BTW - we move July 2nd -


FACTS:
Never been to La La Land...

3 boys - 14, 9, and 2 1/2 (and a maltese)

Can work from home - but not "rich" about a $55K + is my salary budget (I'm in sales and can easily increase my weekly check)

9 yo wants to get to take acting classes (nope..not my influence at all)
14 yo plays heavy b-ball and is quite good -- So camps, recreational parks, etc are a must!

Hubby is an aspiring screenwriter...(well... he actually sold one a few years back)

I like restaurants, quiet, not so congested areas with a small town feel

LOOKING FOR:
Cost effective, ($1500 - $2000 for rent) house - SAFE area for the kiddos but things to do --- my eldest boy loves b-ball!!!

Need to have good, clean, SAFE, schools for he kiddos

Once I move in, I'm there to stay....we need more stablity at this point.

IN A PERFECT WORLD:
Would love the best of both worlds of Looking out the windows to a mountain view and about 30 mins or less commute to the beach.
about 30 mins or less from tourist places and/or downtown L.A.

Any help.....would be gladly appreciated and yes... I have my GARMIN ready! -- we might just go STRAIGHT TO PINK'S hotdogs when we get there...just don't know where it is! (lol)
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Old 06-23-2010, 03:06 PM
 
Location: South Bay
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that's a tight budget to work with. considering you have kids, the only place i can think of that may work for you is west hills in the san fernando valley. houses out there are pretty small though and probably aren't going to be updated in your price range. houses in decent areas with ok/good schools closer in to the city are considerably more expensive. your other option is to look way outside the city. there are good schools out in the valencia area, but you'll probably only be able to afford a townhome/apartment out there.
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Old 06-23-2010, 03:09 PM
 
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I highly recommend you look at Temecula or Murrieta. These are nice exurbs with good schools and are VERY family friendly. It won't fulfill everything you want, but let me be honest: Your budget is WAY TOO low for rent to be able to live in Los Angeles city proper or in the expensive suburbs surrounding it. You are in the price range of an apartment, MAYBE a condo/townhouse in certain areas but you won't get a single family home.

Also, you can't afford any of the communities with good schools that are close to L.A. because those are all way out of your price range. Also, small town feel and Los Angeles doesn't really belong in the same sentence. Maybe in some of the outer ring suburbs, but the city itself is a pretty dense and crowded place, especially compared to Dallas.

Honestly, look at Temecula and Murrieta in Riverside County. Its a pretty area with good schools, is away from crowds, has a smaller town feel (but not too small) and you aren't that far from beaches in Oceanside. $55,000 should be doable out in Riverside County, but not L.A. County.
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Old 06-23-2010, 03:14 PM
 
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Thank you! I had someone also mention to me Pasadena?
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Old 06-23-2010, 03:19 PM
 
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pasadena is nice, but the puclic schools are questionable and it also very expensive.
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Old 06-23-2010, 03:28 PM
 
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Thank you! I had someone also mention to me Pasadena?
Pasadena is nice. Old Town/Downtown Pasadena is a great fun area with shops and entertainment that is very walkable. You can jump on the Gold Line light rail to get to Downtown L.A. also.

The downside is it is an expensive area and public schools are "so so" to "bad." People that can afford it send their kids to prestigious private schools in the area.

For $1,800 you could get a town home like this one on Wallis Street in Pasadena. Its 2 bedrooms, 1 bath and 1,200 square feet.
http://photonet0.hotpads.com/search/listingPhoto/Postlets/RT2914407/0000_86778613_medium.jpg (broken link)

For $1,850 in Temecula you can get this 2,450 square foot 4 bed, 3 bath, newer construction home zoned to award winning schools, in a neighborhood with community sports park and pool, close to the malls, shops, and Old Town Temecula.
http://photonet0.hotpads.com/search/listingPhoto/RentalsDotCom/1076920/0000_661517522_medium.jpg (broken link)

-Since you don't have to commute to work, it eliminates the reason many people can't live in Temecula. Its a bit of a drive from major job centers and lots of people there either work at home, have a job in the Temecula Valley, or make very long commutes. If you are working at home, the whole issue of driving long distances to job centers wouldn't be a problem. Its close enough to visit L.A. on weekends and also close to San Diego (its about mid way between L.A. and San Diego).

Part of Old Town Temecula, Spring Car Show

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Old 06-27-2010, 12:05 AM
 
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Temecula is too far. Try San Pedro.
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Old 06-27-2010, 05:04 AM
 
Location: Bella Vista, Ark
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Thank you! I had someone also mention to me Pasadena?
Pasadena is a wonderful old town or I guess you would say city. The problem with that, your housing allowance is way too low for the nicer areas and the schools are not rated well. As for the baseball part, that would be fine. and the good news it really isn't far from the Hollywood scene, but still a little different.

You will very tight budget wise for what you are going to need and still stay in a nice neighborhood. I would think, like has been mentioned Temecula and that area even though it is quite a drive from Los Angeles if that is what you want. You may even want to give places like San Dimas and Glendora some thought. I am not sure your budget will work there either.

Nita
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Old 06-27-2010, 07:03 AM
 
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Monrovia might have the feel you want. The schools aren't great but also aren't the worst. You'd be at the foot of the San Gabriel Mountains, and you'd be near the 605 for a trip to the beach.

Nice neighborhoods with good schools cost money.

Temple City has better schools, not as close to the mountains, but closer to Los Angeles.
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Old 06-27-2010, 10:23 AM
 
Location: Bella Vista, Ark
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Monrovia might have the feel you want. The schools aren't great but also aren't the worst. You'd be at the foot of the San Gabriel Mountains, and you'd be near the 605 for a trip to the beach.

Nice neighborhoods with good schools cost money.

Temple City has better schools, not as close to the mountains, but closer to Los Angeles.
Monrovia would be a great place for the OP to start looking. I think Temple City will be out of their price range. You are right, the schools are better but Monrovia is coming into its own. The city is totally differenct from 20 years ago.

Nita
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