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Old 08-27-2012, 09:58 AM
 
Location: Los Angeles, CA
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Hello All,

My husband has found a job in the Los Angeles Area. He wil be able to telecommute so where we live is not so important in terms of commute time. We are concerned about neighborhoods in terms of schools, affordability and safety. He will be making 70k a year and I will not have job until we get settled. I am a Realtor in Nashville but don't plan on doing that in California. We do live in an urban neighborhood in Nashville so we are used to city living but we realize that it will be vastly different. We have visited Los Angeles and we do love it but know it may be different living there. Our son is 10 and has Asbergers ( very high functioning ) loves music, plays drums and guitar. We would like to stay under 2000 a month for rent for a 2 bedroom house if possible. I have read through other post and sorry for re-visiting this again on your thread..a little anxious I guess. many thanks
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Old 08-27-2012, 10:42 AM
 
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Hello All,

My husband has found a job in the Los Angeles Area. He wil be able to telecommute so where we live is not so important in terms of commute time. We are concerned about neighborhoods in terms of schools, affordability and safety. He will be making 70k a year and I will not have job until we get settled. I am a Realtor in Nashville but don't plan on doing that in California. We do live in an urban neighborhood in Nashville so we are used to city living but we realize that it will be vastly different. We have visited Los Angeles and we do love it but know it may be different living there. Our son is 10 and has Asbergers ( very high functioning ) loves music, plays drums and guitar. We would like to stay under 2000 a month for rent for a 2 bedroom house if possible. I have read through other post and sorry for re-visiting this again on your thread..a little anxious I guess. many thanks
This in a school district that has a program geared to an Asbergers student is not going to be easy to find.

However, if you are renting an apartment instead, you can basically pick where ever you want to live in LA/OC.
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Old 08-27-2012, 10:47 AM
 
Location: South Bay
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good middle schools are hard to find in LA proper, maybe check out tarzana and woodland hills. are there any places in LA that your husband needs to be near to even if he will be/ telecommuting? an airport? downtown office? etc... if not, there are a ton of places to live and I'd put your child's needs over living somewhere urban. i would start looking in orange county, which is a bit cheaper than LA as well as cleaner and more family friendly. suburban parts of long beach or lakewood might be a better option if you need to be closer to an urban environment.
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Old 08-28-2012, 07:20 AM
 
Location: Los Angeles, CA
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Thank you so much for your responses..very much appreciated
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Old 08-29-2012, 03:50 PM
 
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Default you can research schools on this site:

GreatSchools - Public and Private School Ratings, Reviews and Parent Community
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Old 09-01-2012, 03:59 AM
 
Location: Los Angeles
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Also check out Pasadena, one of the best parts of LA. I don't know what the rental rates are. Best of luck.
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Old 09-01-2012, 08:32 AM
 
Location: Corona del Mar & Coronado, CA
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I would look at smaller school districts like Burbank, Pasadena, Torrance, Manhattan Beach, etc. where you have a chance of being heard vs LAUSD.

I'd also contact someone from the below organization and see if they have thoughts or an help.

L.A. Asperger Syndrome Parents' Support Group Home Page
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Old 09-01-2012, 01:19 PM
 
Location: West Los Angeles, CA
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Hello All,

My husband has found a job in the Los Angeles Area. He wil be able to telecommute so where we live is not so important in terms of commute time. We are concerned about neighborhoods in terms of schools, affordability and safety. He will be making 70k a year and I will not have job until we get settled. I am a Realtor in Nashville but don't plan on doing that in California. We do live in an urban neighborhood in Nashville so we are used to city living but we realize that it will be vastly different. We have visited Los Angeles and we do love it but know it may be different living there. Our son is 10 and has Asbergers ( very high functioning ) loves music, plays drums and guitar. We would like to stay under 2000 a month for rent for a 2 bedroom house if possible. I have read through other post and sorry for re-visiting this again on your thread..a little anxious I guess. many thanks
Not sure if you're looking for a public or private school, but here's a school that serves children with ASDs. The Help Group Specialized Schools: Helping Children with Autism, ADD, ADHD, Learning Disabilities and Disorders They have a few campuses, most of them in the San Fernando Valley.

As for where to stay, in most decent areas, $2k will most likely get you a condo/apartment. What any areas you're interested in? I would recommend signing up for westsiderentals.com. IMO, they are pretty good about maintaining an updated list. Whenever I list a rental with them, they always call me once a week to make sure it's still active. If I don't answer or call back, they remove the ad and I have to log back on to activate the listing again.
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