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Old 03-06-2012, 10:43 PM
 
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It looks like I will be starting a new job in Santa Monica soon near the 3rd St Promenade area. I am looking into either Calabasas or Torrance as some possibilities to live. I need excellent schools and family friendly, and hopefully good commute. It's my understanding that from Calabasas, I would need to take a mountain drive and use PCH. For the South Bay like Torrance (or other potentials), how would I commute in terms of path? How long would it take? Thanks.
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Old 03-07-2012, 12:12 AM
 
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from the south bay you're looking at a commute on the 405. be advised that a commute from torrance or calabasas to santa monica will be painful (at least 60 minutes each way unless you work off hours).
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Old 03-07-2012, 08:30 AM
 
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From South Bay to Santa Monica will be painful during rush hour as you will be on the legendary 405 - the worst freeway in LA. As mentioned it is going to take you over an hour, but the most painful part is that it's stop and go traffic all the way.
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Old 03-07-2012, 08:57 AM
 
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I was hoping for 30-40 min commute at most. I currently live in Northridge and I know the commute will be about 1.5 hrs each way. Any other cities I should consider? To me, I need excellent schools and family friendly.
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Old 03-07-2012, 10:07 AM
 
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I've said this in lots of similar threads, but I used to make the same commute from Torrance to Santa Monica for 6+ years. In the morning, taking the 405 is the least painful, however it will take you at LEAST 1 hour with moderate traffic. No-traffic days are scarce, unless it is a holiday (save for Halloween and Valentine's day - those two days are horrible on the road). Anyway, taking Sepulveda or PCH up isn't much of a better option, however I have found some detours that bypass LAX traffic which has cut some commute time (via La Cienega).

As far as schools, I personally think that Torrance Unified is great. Depending on where you live in Torrance, your child might be sent to LAUSD and I would *so* try to avoid that even though I am a product of LAUSD schooling myself.
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Old 03-07-2012, 10:27 AM
 
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I was hoping for 30-40 min commute at most. I currently live in Northridge and I know the commute will be about 1.5 hrs each way. Any other cities I should consider? To me, I need excellent schools and family friendly.
to keep your commute under 40 minutes you'll need to live south of mulholland and north of LAX. my wife commutes from encino to santa monica and it takes her about an hour each way and we're just over the hill near the 405/101 interchange. some days can be less (~45 minutes) but others can be more (up to 1.5 hours).
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Old 03-07-2012, 01:00 PM
 
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My work hours will most likely be 7 - 5
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Old 03-07-2012, 01:03 PM
 
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And, what about taking PCH...
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Old 03-07-2012, 01:24 PM
 
Location: SoCal, Idaho
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I do a reverse of that ... live in SM, commute to ES. Commute it 30-45 minutes.

You're NUTS to think about the 405 or PCH. I take Centinela
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Old 03-07-2012, 02:18 PM
 
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What about PCH from Calabasas to Santa Monica and taking either Topanga or Las Virgenes?
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