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Old 02-08-2011, 10:31 AM
 
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My husband may be relocated to Santa Monica for his job. We are a young family with two boys (ages 2.5 yrs and 8 months). This will be a huge move for us as we would literally be moving across the country (from FL) away from family and friends.

We are interested in areas that won't be to far of a commute but most importantly, safe and family oriented areas. Need to be near good schools and lots of activities. We don't need to be in the center of the hustle and bustle but don't want to be in sticks with nothing to do as well.

Any input would be greatly appreciated so I can start looking into possible future home areas.
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Old 02-08-2011, 10:38 AM
 
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housing budget?
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Old 02-08-2011, 11:38 AM
 
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Not sure what the company will give for a living stipend but I would say no more than $5,000 for rent. However, with that being said, I would like information on any and all areas that would fit our needs regardless of budget for research purposes. My husband has been asked to submit his own proposal so if there are areas that would be better than others and out of our budget, then he can always ask for more in the proposal for such reason. We will have to make some trips out to CA in the near future so I am hoping to have an idea of some areas that we can tour while we are there.
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Old 02-08-2011, 12:37 PM
 
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Live in santa monica then. you can definitely rent something decent and family friendly for under 5,000 a month. you may consider looking more in the ocean park neighborhood
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Old 02-08-2011, 01:31 PM
 
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traffic into SM every morning is terrible and the opposite is true in the evenings. live as close to work as possible since you'll be able to afford the area with a $5k budget. Even if they give you less, $3k would still get you a detached house in a nice part of SM
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Old 02-09-2011, 10:37 AM
 
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North of Montana in Santa Monica is supposed to be the best combination of neighborhood and schools(particularly those feeding into Franklin High School). No way you could afford to buy there on $5k a month mortgage payment, but renting is probably very doable.
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Old 02-09-2011, 05:42 PM
 
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If you can, try living in Santa Monica. Traffic on the 10 is horrific in the morning. 5k a month you can rent and possibly get a house, although many parts of Santa Monica would be off limits with "only" 5k a month. If not, West Los Angeles is pretty good and right near SM as is Culver City. Both of those areas although not as nice as Santa Monica are close by and more affordable and have some pretty decent schools. I know a couple of families who live in Culver City and they have nothing but good things to say about their school system.
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Old 02-09-2011, 06:01 PM
 
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You should live in the Palisades if you can afford it. The Highlands isn't extravagantly priced if you're pulling down $400k or more. In fact you can buy John Mayer's house, listed at $1.3M for 3600 sq ft!
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Old 02-09-2011, 07:10 PM
 
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Thanks for all the advice! We have a lot of research to do. Palisades is probably a no as my husband won't be making 400K..wishful thinking though! Is Calabasas or Brentwood to far away of a commute? I heard people mention those places as well.
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Old 02-09-2011, 11:22 PM
 
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LOL yeah thats a really far rush hour commute. Some people do it though.

TBH where you live on that amount(the $5K) depends on if you are buying or renting.

You can rent a 2200-2500 sq ft 4bd 3ba house just about anywhere in South Bay or Westside on that amount. But buying is a whole different beast. The same house that is $4K/mo to rent may very well sell in the $800k-1 million range. Needless to say, most of LA and OC counties are out of whack when it comes to rent:buy ratios, with the westside being the most out of whack.
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