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Old 06-24-2010, 03:27 PM
 
Location: Atlanta, GA
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Husband might have a job at Los Angeles Air Force Base, which I understand is just south of LAX. We are a young family with one son age 2.5 and 2 dogs. With a salary affording us a house for $325K or $3K per month to rent, where should we look?
Wants: safe, dog-friendly, SFH, fenced yard, garage, 3BR min.

We used to live up in the Antelope Valley, but LA neighborhoods are foreign to me. Thanks!
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Old 06-24-2010, 03:50 PM
 
Location: South Bay
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$325k won't get you more than a small condo in any non "hood" neighborhoods near el segundo. if you can swing rent of $3k, you should be able to afford closer to $500k for a home. however, this won't get you too much more, maybe a decent house in west hawthorne/del aire (which actually has pretty good schools). other than that, stay between the 405 and the coast and you should be fine. many people here regularly mention torrance as a good option for people in your situation.
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Old 06-24-2010, 04:42 PM
 
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$3,000 will get you a 3 bed/2ba house with gated yard in Playa Del Rey and Westminster for sure. Neighborhoods are just fine....but schools are meh. Elementary schools can be ok, above that is iffy esp at high school level. Commute will be 5-10 minutes.

Probably something in that price range in Culver City too. 10-20 minute longer commute due to traffic.
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Old 06-25-2010, 12:15 AM
 
Location: RSM
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You generally have 2 options for working that area if you want a nice family friendly area.. Either commute from eastern LA county along the 105(so, Downey, Bellflower, Lakewood, Cerritos, etc) or from deeper in the South Bay(Torrance, Gardena, etc). 3k should swing you rent on a starter home(3bd ranch type) in pretty good shape in any of those areas(except maybe Cerritos, where starter home is a foreign concept)
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