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Old 02-26-2014, 01:26 AM
 
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I'm a mother of a 4yo and a 6mo looking for a safe neighborhood in the LA area to buy a house. Our budget is in the 240s but if we qualify for down payment assistance we can go as high as $275k. This I know is challenging but doable.

While I don't mind the area looking run down (it adds character, right?) I do mind being afraid to walk around at night with my kids. Looking for a quiet neighborhood with good schools (if possible) and at the very least, near-ish to a Trader Joes, Sprouts and the normal things like Target etc.

I've found a few things near Culver City, Mt. Washington and El Sereno. Truth be told I don't know these areas well at all. My husband commutes from Long Beach and is looking for an hour or less commute.

Thanks in advance!
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Old 02-26-2014, 04:05 AM
 
Location: Los Angeles, CA
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The areas you mention are quite far from Long Beach at least in terms of driving time. Have you considered looking closer to Long Beach and northern Orange County?
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Old 02-26-2014, 06:31 AM
 
Location: Southern California
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The drive south on the 405 and 110 isn't bad at all once you get past the 10 isn't bad at all. What areas near culver city did you find a few homes under $300,000?
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Old 02-26-2014, 02:25 PM
 
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Yes we are aware drive time is an issue but we may be able to qualify for down payment assistance in the City of LA only. In case anyone is curious, it's this list here: http://lahd.lacity.org/lahdinternet/...2006.16.10.pdf

Long Beach and North OC don't really have much in our price range but I haven't looked recently. The property is near Culver City but technically in Baldwin Hills area. And it was just one condo!
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Old 02-26-2014, 03:22 PM
 
Location: South Bay
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have you looked into san pedro, wilmington, or harbor city? these neighborhoods are within the city of LA and are much closer to Long Beach. additionally, these port neighborhoods of LA are generally cheaper as well.
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Old 02-26-2014, 04:53 PM
 
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You can probably find a condo in Harbor City for about $250k. This is area is LAUSD, but the schools aren't terrible and it is a generally safe area.

Real Estate Search | Redfin

Carson is another option:

500 FAIRHAVEN St #26, Carson, CA 90745 | MLS# SR14036648 | Redfin
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Old 02-26-2014, 05:26 PM
 
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Harbor City is generally safe? We know nothing about the area. I do know crime is pretty high in San Pedro though some amazing prices on housing there. I'm also obviously wary of LA as it's full of pocket neighborhoods that are scary. We love the San Gabriel valley but are sad to realize that the commute is too long. My husband says Wimington is not a city he'd want to live in. Will also look into Carson.
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Old 02-26-2014, 05:32 PM
 
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Yes. The area bordering Wilmington is where the crime rate is a bit higher, but the area is safe.

Harbor City Crime - Mapping L.A. - Los Angeles Times
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Old 02-26-2014, 05:45 PM
 
Location: Los Angeles
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This is just slightly out of your spectrum but it's a 2/2 in a nicer complex.

8710 BELFORD Ave Unit 204B, Los Angeles, CA 90045 | MLS# SR14009315 | Redfin

Good luck and keep us all updated!
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Old 02-26-2014, 08:27 PM
 
Location: Southern California
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This is just slightly out of your spectrum but it's a 2/2 in a nicer complex.

8710 BELFORD Ave Unit 204B, Los Angeles, CA 90045 | MLS# SR14009315 | Redfin

Good luck and keep us all updated!
That is under the landing path of LAX, I wonder what the noise is like.
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