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Old 09-04-2006, 09:39 AM
 
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Default Nice areas near LA?

Hi!
I'm a Los Angeles native, but we moved from LA before I was 2, but now I want to return there, I have a 13 year old son, I'm a divorced French-teacher from Springfield, VA, and I want to move somewhere up to 50 miles far from Los Angeles, CA.
Are there any good areas in L.A. county with affordable home prices? And if not, are there nice ones in Ventura or Orange county somewhat near Los Angeles
Thanks, Nancy
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Old 09-04-2006, 11:27 AM
 
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This really is going to depend on what you consider affordable. A half million dollars will get you a small condo in a better, safer area of L.A.; the same amount will get you a small house in a dangerous area, which is to say an area you would find really, really far from ideal for a single mother and teen son.

You have the right idea about not fixating on L.A., and looking towards Ventura County or Orange. Southern California is now so developed that all areas around L.A., from Ventura to San Diego, will equally offer the employment opportunities that you may have associated with L.A., yet offer better housing opportunities. "Good areas" and "affordable" don't coexist in L.A. anymore. Please scan a few of the threads here about living in Ventura, OC, San Diego etc. to get a feel for them. A scouting visit would be best. Good luck.
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Old 09-04-2006, 01:49 PM
 
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I lived in Ventura County for over 25 years. I lived in Thousand Oaks, Westlake, Simi Valley and at the end oceanfront in Oxnard. I would highly recommend the Thousand Oaks area. There are so many public and private schools in and around there that I am sure you would be able to find a job within a 30 minute drive or less. HWY 101 runs right thru it so from there you can go in either direction for jobs. It is expensive though but you can not beat it for safety and for the high quality of life. Good Luck!
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Old 09-04-2006, 02:35 PM
 
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BTW, Is Orange County really THAT expensive? What are some areas for people with salaries like me? (55k/annum)
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Old 09-04-2006, 02:52 PM
 
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Now is a good time to rent in California. You can rent a home for less than 1/2 of what it would cost you to buy the same home.

If you rent (which a lot of us do) there are many good places to choose from.
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