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Old 06-24-2010, 09:39 PM
 
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We are being relocated to LA (from Portland...THANK GOD) and I need suggestions on some good, "somewhat" affordable neighborhoods to check out. My husband's office will be in Woodland Hills and he does not want to drive more than 30 min. each way which I know significantly reduces our options on where to live. Suggestions? Tips?
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Old 06-24-2010, 09:53 PM
 
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Renting or buying?
Budget? What does "affordable" mean?

Family neighborhoods within 30 minutes:

Simi Valley
Moorpark
Agoura Hills
Thousand Oaks
Newbury Park
Oak Park
Westlake Village
Calabasas
Woodland Hills
West Hills
Camarillo (maybe pushing 30 minutes)
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Old 06-24-2010, 10:37 PM
 
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Sorry, should have clarified. We would be renting
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Old 06-25-2010, 11:00 PM
 
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I work in Woodland Hills but have a longer commute from Valencia, which offers a commuter express bus to/from. It's up to an hour (typically ~45 mins) each way.

I agree with Charles on his recommendations. Agoura Hills, Westlake Village, Thousand Oaks would all be great options that are family friendly. If you're willing to stretch the commute a bit longer, it's hard to get a better cost/safety/school balance than Valencia, which is about 45 mins to three major employment hubs - with mass transit connecting to each (http://santaclaritatransit.com/Index.aspx?page=42 - broken link) (that's rare in southern California). Valencia also has a number of large local employers that continues to expand (home base to Princess Cruises, Advanced Bionics, Woodward HRT, Specialty Labs, Aerospace Dynamics and soon Disney's flagship studios).

I share this experience with you because with kids one has to think beyond one job. What about the next one? And the one after that? You don't want to move your kids around, and the family friendly areas west of Woodland Hills have perhaps the worst commute to job centers outside of Warner Center, with hodge-podge mass transit to boot.

Good luck.

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Old 06-25-2010, 11:16 PM
 
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Curious what's wrong with Portland?
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Old 06-25-2010, 11:45 PM
 
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As I am moving soon to LA, I found Woodland is one of the best. I am goning to work in Calabasas but I will leave my family in woodland.
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Old 06-25-2010, 11:50 PM
 
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As I am moving soon to LA, I found Woodland is one of the best. I am goning to work in Calabasas but I will leave my family in woodland.
Woodland Hills is a very nice, established community. There is some variance in the schools, and on a relative basis, they top most of LAUSD. The surrounding communities (Canoga Park, Winnetka) are rough. OTOH, Calabasas and West Hills are quite nice.

There are lots of restaurants and shopping. The parks are also very nice. It gets hot, but so does the rest of the SFV.
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Old 06-26-2010, 04:42 PM
 
Location: LA
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Originally Posted by daisy326 View Post
We are being relocated to LA (from Portland...THANK GOD) and I need suggestions on some good, "somewhat" affordable neighborhoods to check out. My husband's office will be in Woodland Hills and he does not want to drive more than 30 min. each way which I know significantly reduces our options on where to live. Suggestions? Tips?
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What do you mean by affordable?
Your housing budget determines everything.
:-)
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Old 06-26-2010, 04:52 PM
 
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Charles' list is pretty good but there is no way Camarillo is going to fit the 30 minute requirement. It has become congested in Newbury Park. It can take 30 minutes just to get from 101/23 to Camarillo. (maybe a slight exaggeration)

Also, I would not consider Valencia (Santa Clarita) as it will take too long. Nice town and all and very family friendly, just too far away and too much traffic to endure.

That being said, I would start looking between Woodland Hills and Thousand Oaks along the 101 corridor and see if you find something you like. Something like Agoura can be 10 minutes from Woodland Hills and very family friendly.

If your husband is bicycling into work, there are some other options that might work better too.
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Old 06-26-2010, 10:05 PM
 
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Also, I would not consider Valencia (Santa Clarita) as it will take too long. Nice town and all and very family friendly, just too far away and too much traffic to endure.
Relaxing on a bus that takes you right to work is a dream. But 45mins-1 hr is not for everyone.

Still, the 101 freeway is crowded beyond explanation at any time, on any day. There is no carpool lane. Being tucked away in the west valley is not ideal.
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