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Old 03-04-2012, 01:55 PM
 
Location: Colorado
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We are planning a move from Colorado to the Sounth Long Beach area this June. I've been looking on rental sites and have more questions than answers about where I can live with reasonable commute proximity to the VA Medical Center in Long Beach (work). We have two in elementary school, so schools matter quite a bit, but so does being home at a reasonable time in the evening.

It seems like there are more family homes to choose from/lease in the Garden Grove and Orange areas versus the Seal Beach area, but I'm nervous about the CA-22 commute to the VA.

I would appreciate any advise on this topic of location, as well as how to best locate a property and secure a lease.

I will report to the VA at 7:15AM and leave aproximately 4:00PM Mon-Fri.

Thank You,
Jeff

Areas we've considered but know little about:
Seal Beach
Cypress
Rossmoor
Westminster
Huntington Beach
Los Alamitos
Garden Grove
Orange
Naples Neighborhood
Belmont Shore Neighborhood
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Old 03-04-2012, 02:25 PM
 
Location: South Korea
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You can use this map to check school performance indexes around here:

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Old 03-04-2012, 02:39 PM
 
Location: Colorado
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Thanks for the reply, nice tool.
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Old 03-04-2012, 05:26 PM
 
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Naples and Belmont Shore are great. I would also check out El Dorado Park and Park Estates if you like larger lots, yards, and the like.
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Old 03-04-2012, 05:33 PM
 
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I am curious why you are not considering Long Beach/Lakewood areas.
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Old 03-04-2012, 05:39 PM
 
Location: Colorado
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I would possibly consider, but not being from the area, and having to do my search from Colorado, it seems Long Beach is more hit-miss from one steet to the next. The areas of Long Beach we would consider would need to be in districts that are low-crime and high achieving schools. Those areas seem very pricey. Your thoughts?
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Old 03-04-2012, 06:26 PM
 
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South of Lakewood Bl.

It's not block to block and I'm not sure where you got that idea.

Wrigley is ok but not really for families. Bixby Knolls is upscale and expensive. Downtown LB is not for families.

Everything south of Lakewood Bl is nice and priced about the same as Orange and Garden Grove. Lakewood is a bit cheaper in rent or in home prices than those areas.
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Old 03-04-2012, 06:34 PM
 
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Thanks for clarifying, what streets denote Lakewood Bl? What are your thoughts on schools besides Gant, Lowell, and Naples? Thanks.
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Old 03-05-2012, 06:14 AM
 
Location: Colorado
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Anyone else on the commuting topic or the how-to fid a place from out of state?
Thank You
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