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Old 03-04-2012, 02:01 AM
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After living in midwest for 10 years, I am considering a move to Los Angeles area. Two reasons:
a) California is a greener state which is better for my small green products business
b) Major airport (LAX) where I can get better rates as I travel very frequently within and outside united states

I am very concerned about the high apartment rentals, schools etc. I will be working from home so can live any where. All I need is to have close access (30-50 miles) to city businesses. Thank you.
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Old 03-07-2012, 08:57 PM
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Howabout Santa Monica?
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Old 03-07-2012, 11:43 PM
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There is simply not enough info here to help out. What rental budget and criteria are required?

As above, Santa Monica is a great place to live, if it fits, but its very expensive.
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Old 05-06-2012, 03:30 PM
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There are nice areas all over Santa Monica to raise a family and network your business. Are you looking for a house, apartment, condo?
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Old 05-06-2012, 04:28 PM
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Least expensive "nice" area(safe, decent schools, etc) within a one hour rush hour drive of LAX is Lakewood and the neighboring portions of Long Beach.

A turnkey 3bd/2ba 1500 sq ft home runs $400-450K.

This sale from February would be on the low end:

6222 FRECKLES Rd, Lakewood, CA 90713 | MLS# P802881

It would likely rent for around $1800-2200

This sale that closed a few days ago would be on the high end for the area:

3712 SAN ANSELINE Ave, Long Beach, CA 90808 | MLS# P815523

It would likely rent around $2800-3200/mo.

Any similiar areas closer to LAX are much more expensive. I can't think of a neighborhood on the Westside where that San Anseline home would sell for any less than $700-750k or rent for less than $4K/mo. There are similiar areas or even better areas(better schools and even better safety factor) in South OC....which is near John Wayne airport, but I'm not sure how that airport does for international flights.
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