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Old 03-12-2012, 03:29 PM
 
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Hello!

We are a family of five with was is looking like an upcoming move to the LA area in the next few months. Employment will be at the VA Medical Center in West LA. I am looking for advice as to what areas to begin looking into for homes. We have 3 kids (one elementary, one middle school, and one high school). Any input??

Looking to spend:

$20-25K tuition for kids' school or good and safe public schools

Up to $500K to buy a house or $3K rental home

Commute time:

Hopefully less than 45 minutes

I am grateful for any suggestions and advice!!

Thanks!!
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Old 03-12-2012, 03:40 PM
 
Location: Eureka CA
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DON"T sign up for a long commute. Scour the nearby area first- West LA, Culver City, and Westwood itself. It's been so long since I lived there I don't have a handle on prices but the VA location is great. My cat used to play in the VA cemetery when I was renting a studio in Westwood. Check Santa Monica too. You never know, especially with rentals. Good luck to you. The VA needs good people.
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Old 03-12-2012, 03:51 PM
 
Location: South Bay
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while it may push your 45 commute limit (if not exceed it), i think your best option is woodland hills as i mentioned to someone else a bit earlier. in that area you'll find good public schools K-12 along with a solid inventory of homes in the $500k range.
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Old 03-12-2012, 05:55 PM
 
Location: SoCal, Idaho
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DON"T sign up for a long commute. Scour the nearby area first- West LA, Culver City, and Westwood itself. It's been so long since I lived there I don't have a handle on prices but the VA location is great. My cat used to play in the VA cemetery when I was renting a studio in Westwood. Check Santa Monica too. You never know, especially with rentals. Good luck to you. The VA needs good people.
$500k in SM?
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Old 03-12-2012, 08:02 PM
 
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You need to network a little and find a re location agent. The money you pay will be worth it. You may want to rent a home somewhere just West and South along the 405. It will give you time to acclimate.
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Old 03-13-2012, 06:24 PM
 
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Thank you for the input! Anyone know much about Canoga Park?
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Old 03-13-2012, 07:02 PM
 
Location: North Hollywood
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Canoga Park is in the San Fernando Valley and could be a difficult commute up the 405 and through the 101 interchange. Like many parts of the SFV, there are nice sections of Canoga Park and some sections that aren't quite as nice. One other area you might consider is Encino, which isn't quite as far down the 101 as Canoga Park and should have some selections in your price range. You can check out greatschools.org for information on the Encino public schools, some of which have very good ratings even though Encino is part of LAUSD. Another area with good public schools and housing in your price range is Burbank, which is not part of LAUSD.
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Old 03-13-2012, 07:11 PM
 
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Thank you for the input! Anyone know much about Canoga Park?
Ugh, its crap?

Anyway, its more than a 45 minute commute.

For get about buying anything on $500K or even $600K. Don't take my word for it(or any of the ridiculous responses you'll get in this thread)....just go to Redfin and do a search of sold homes for the past three months(which will be your comparables when you go to buy). You'll see absolutely nothing on the westside in "safe" areas for under $500k sold in the past three months. And you'll see literally a handfull of garbage places sold for under $600K.

However for $3000 rent, you can easily find a 3/2 1200-1600 sq ft place in Culver City which has passable public schools in some areas.

Westsiderentals.com is a good resource for SFR.
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Old 06-17-2012, 08:48 PM
 
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So we've decided to center our home search on Redondo Beach, Torrance, and Rancho Palos Verdes. The rental market is tough in these areas! Not much inventory. Any opinions on these areas?

We are hoping for a 4 bedroom for $4k or less.
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Old 06-18-2012, 12:17 AM
 
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So we've decided to center our home search on Redondo Beach, Torrance, and Rancho Palos Verdes. The rental market is tough in these areas! Not much inventory. Any opinions on these areas?

We are hoping for a 4 bedroom for $4k or less.
Uh, yeah its tough. PV is one of the wealthiest areas in the entire nation. Torrance and RB aren't that far behind.

Depending on what you are looking for you can probably find a townhome in RB or Torrance.
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