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Old 03-04-2012, 07:48 AM
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I am considering a move to the LA area. I have lived in LA previously and am fairly familiar with the westside etc. However, even though I would love to move to Santa Monica/Brentwood/West LA there is no way I could afford it.

So my questions is this: What would be a nice area to move to in the surroundings? I work from home so wouldn't have to commute at all. Could be up to about 2 hours from LA in regular traffic. Should be very safe, family-friendly, at least decent schools, and affordable. It would be great if there were stores, restaurants, activities in the immediate area. Bonus points of course for nice environment (e.g. close to beach, mountains, etc.) and nice weather.

Are there any nice, safe areas that are affordable and offer a good quality of living within about two hours of LA?
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Old 03-04-2012, 09:35 AM
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Going to need to get a budget and size requirements to give better advice.
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Old 03-04-2012, 10:51 AM
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We would probably be looking for a small house. Maybe two bedrooms (three would be ideal). I am not too picky as far as size/ amenities of house are concerned (as long as it is decent). More important is the surrounding area (safety, schools, "niceness", stores, leisure activities, etc.).

These are just some preliminary thoughts so don't really have a budget yet. I guess I am wondering which would be the most affordable areas that would fit our needs and go from there.
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Old 03-04-2012, 11:08 AM
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Should be able to find a house for rent in Lakewood or Woodland Hills for ~2200-2500/mo. Thats for 3 bd, 2ba 1300+sq ft.

For cheaper than that you probably need to go to an outlying area of the inland empire. Theres pretty nice places there for $1500-2000. I drove through parts of Redlands on the way to Big Bear a couple weekends ago, and it looked pretty nice. Rents for a house on craigslist seem to produce some nice places. On a good day, its an hour drive from Downtown LA. Weekday mornings, its an impossible drive. About an hour to hour an a half on weekends to Newport Beach. 62 miles.

I also saw lots of listings for Murrieta and Temecula which feature newer homes.

One word of caution about IE. Its home implosion central. So be very careful about who you rent from and make certain the home isnt in foreclosure or going to be.

It wont get cheaper than that in safe places with above average schools I don't think.
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