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Old 10-26-2010, 11:08 AM
 
Location: Valley Village, Ca
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Isn't Montrose officially part of Glendale? Either way, that's a great suggestion. La Canada could work, too, but prices tend to be high there. It's worth a look, though.
I believe it is, but it's own little slice of heaven tucked in the corner. Cool little town.
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Old 10-26-2010, 11:11 AM
 
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Montrose is cool for some. It's in the hills but on the desert side, so still very hot. I didn't realise it was "part of Glendale." Seems like it might be a pretty slow commute on bad traffic days.
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Old 10-26-2010, 11:23 AM
 
Location: Valley Village, Ca
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From Montrose you can get to Glendale proper easilly without freeways by taking verdugo down past the colllege then on to work from there. The nice about Glendale it it isn't too big. The freeway (134) would be rough in rush hour for sure.
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Old 10-26-2010, 12:57 PM
 
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I think Montrose would be great too.

Is your wife going to have a work Visa? If not, she may not be able to get a job here. I had friends who moved here from Switzerland because of the husband's job. The wife's visa would not allow her to work. She was confined to doing volunteer (charity) work.
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Old 10-26-2010, 02:51 PM
 
Location: Sydney, Australia
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Is your wife going to have a work Visa? If not, she may not be able to get a job here. I had friends who moved here from Switzerland because of the husband's job. The wife's visa would not allow her to work. She was confined to doing volunteer (charity) work.
I'm quite sure a work visa is also organised, but I'll double check the fine print.
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Old 10-26-2010, 02:55 PM
 
Location: Los Angeles, CA
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I'd live in Glendale. It has all of your requirements, except for the beach. Silver Lake has LA schools, which are hit and miss. Montrose & La Canada also work. From either of those cities your commute will be very easy. If fwys are slow, hop on surface streets. All of these cities are close to downtown, too, and reasonably close to the valley, which is where your wife might be able to find work.
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Old 10-26-2010, 03:50 PM
 
Location: Los Angeles
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When people ask about good schools and riding bikes, about the last place I would think of is Silverlake. Mostly hilly streets for bike riding and LA City school district which is tantamount to child abuse. Go with the folks suggesting Montrose or, especially, La Canada. People move there simply for the schools as they are very highly regarded.

Mike
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Old 10-26-2010, 04:11 PM
 
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They seem to be LITTLE kids. Silverlake has (or had) a nice private school in the area. And while there are a few ginormous hills, Silverlake Ave (for example) has gracious, wide bike lanes. If you live in the hills across the reservoir from the Ave the hills are (mostly) not so bad, there's very nice parks, and everything is lush and beautiful. Montrose is kinda cool, but it's still living in the desert - and last time I was there, I do seem to recall it basically being built on the side of a hill.
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Old 10-26-2010, 07:24 PM
 
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I don't have any personal knowledge of this school, but Ivanhoe Elementary is in Silverlake, and receives rave reviews (not to mention a 10 out of 10 score on GreatSchools). I was under the impression that it was one of the best elementary schools in LAUSD, and certainly the scores can compete with places like La Canada Flintridge. I have no idea if Ivanhoe is open to everyone in the neighborhood, though, so before moving anywhere I'd be sure to check attendance boundaries and specific schools. LAUSD has some great schools, but it certainly has its share of bad ones, too. Ivanhoe, though, certainly seems to be up there among top local public schools. Ivanhoe Elementary School With LAUSD you really have to look at each school on a case-by-case basis.
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Old 10-26-2010, 07:36 PM
 
Location: Earth
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I don't have any personal knowledge of this school, but Ivanhoe Elementary is in Silverlake, and receives rave reviews (not to mention a 10 out of 10 score on GreatSchools). I was under the impression that it was one of the best elementary schools in LAUSD, and certainly the scores can compete with places like La Canada Flintridge. I have no idea if Ivanhoe is open to everyone in the neighborhood, though, so before moving anywhere I'd be sure to check attendance boundaries and specific schools. LAUSD has some great schools, but it certainly has its share of bad ones, too. Ivanhoe, though, certainly seems to be up there among top local public schools. Ivanhoe Elementary School With LAUSD you really have to look at each school on a case-by-case basis.
But after Ivanhoe come King Middle School and Marshall High - both pretty bad (admittedly Marshall's far from LAUSD's worst, but it's awful).

There are good private schools in the Silver Lake/Los Feliz area if you can afford to go that route. Many people from Silver Lake with kids move to Burbank for the good (non-LAUSD) schools there once their kids are past elementary school age rather than pay for private schools. Never heard of someone moving to La Canada Flintridge for the schools - that's probably more of a Pasadena thing or perhaps even a Valley thing than a Silver Lake thing.
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