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Old 03-13-2012, 04:27 PM
 
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My wife will be working mostly in Beverly Hills, and will be travelling in that area of LA for her job. I'll be going to UC Irvine. So we're trying to find a place to live that will minimize the overall hell that will be our commutes. We're in our twenties, and would love a walkable area that is safe.

Long Beach looks to be equidistant, but what about actual commute times? Would we be better off living in LA? Is traffic a lot better from LA to Orange County?

Starting to wish I had applied to UCLA...
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Old 03-13-2012, 05:12 PM
 
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We'll need your housing budget to accurately answer.
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Old 03-13-2012, 05:22 PM
 
Location: South Bay
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There's no way for both you to have a bearable commute. either both of you will have to suffer or one of you will have to suffer severely.
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Old 03-13-2012, 05:46 PM
 
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1200R: We're trying to stay under 1500 as much as possible. A 1br is all we need.

BRinSM: I am aware, but the situation is, for a while anyway, unavoidable. So I'm trying to minimize the total misery.
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Old 03-13-2012, 05:53 PM
 
Location: SoCal, Idaho
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$1500 will allow you to live almost anywhere in a 1 bedroom.

Long Beach to Beverly Hill is 60 mins during rushour, if you're lucky. Can be significantly longer once you get north of the 105.

Irvine is probably the same, but I'm not as familiar with travel times south of LA.

Anything to do with the west side of LA is nasty if you're going any further than 10 miles.
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Old 03-13-2012, 06:03 PM
 
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I'd give up on the idea of a walkable neighborhood and just go with splitting the commute. Just assume that it is a temporary thing and that in a couple of years, you'll move.

The 5 freeway is the most direct route between the two places. Commuting to north Beverly Hills is much slower than commuting south to Irvine. I'd just go with Downey, Pico Rivera, or Santa Fe Springs as a temporary measure, and then try to move school or work together as soon as you can. They are boring, unwalkable towns but are not dangerous.

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Old 03-13-2012, 06:12 PM
 
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if both of you don't mind commuting say 1 1/2 hours each way and you don't have kids or other responsibilities, try Long Beach or Seal Beach. The morning commute is never that bad if you leave early enough... it's always the drive home that becomes a slog since traffic slows on the freeways by 3pm.
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Old 03-16-2012, 11:33 PM
 
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You will need to position yourself near the 405 freeway to pull this off. Yes, Long Beach is about the midpoint. Long Beach is spotty, so check out the various neighborhoods carefully. It will be tough on both of you, since the 405, and the 5, are the most used north-south freeways in the Southland.
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Old 03-16-2012, 11:45 PM
 
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Both your marriage and your patience will be tested.

Good luck.
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Old 03-17-2012, 12:42 AM
 
Location: SoCal
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You can always get a shared room rental at UCI when you have classes, and live with your wife the other nights of the week. I had a college roommate that spent Thursday night-monday morning away and monday -thursday afternoon classes. That's an option.
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