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Old 12-05-2014, 07:28 PM
 
Location: Orlando, FL
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I've been stalking for info on Santa Clarita, so I hope you all don't mind me hopping onto here and picking your brains instead of starting a new topic.

Husband is entertaining a job offer and it would be a cross-country move for us, Florida to California. The job is in Pasadena and his soon-to-be boss recommended living in Santa Clarita. I understand the commute is 45-60 minutes which is annoying, but it has been our norm for the past 5 years. We've got two kids, ages 1 and 8 and live a decent life. We're close to Disney and that's primarily our source of entertainment. We love cultural events, festivals, farmers markets and museums. He'd be taking a big pay increase to adjust for cost of living, we'd be looking for rentals at $2500 max. I love older homes, but hate the maintenance. Newer construction/energy efficient/updated, a nice yard, and good neighbors is our ideal. We like to have a small veggie garden and aren't huge on keeping up with the joneses. We're used to lots of second hand stuff and hang with a low-key/earth mother crowd.

Is Santa Clarita still the clear choice, or should I expand our search? I'm not completely off base that $145K is definitely comfortable for that area? He was previously looking at the bay area and on the SF forums, people were noting that you qualified for low income housing if you were under 100K I'm recovering from sticker shock of housing cost in CA, but I'm thinking we're ok. Totally open to suggestions! TIA

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Old 12-05-2014, 08:00 PM
 
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I've been stalking for info on Santa Clarita, so I hope you all don't mind me hopping onto here and picking your brains instead of starting a new topic.

Husband is entertaining a job offer and it would be a cross-country move for us, Florida to California. The job is in Pasadena and his soon-to-be boss recommended living in Santa Clarita. I understand the commute is 45-60 minutes which is annoying, but it has been our norm for the past 5 years. We've got two kids, ages 1 and 8 and live a decent life. We're close to Disney and that's primarily our source of entertainment. We love cultural events, festivals, farmers markets and museums. He'd be taking a big pay increase to adjust for cost of living, we'd be looking for rentals at $2500 max. I love older homes, but hate the maintenance. Newer construction/energy efficient/updated, a nice yard, and good neighbors is our ideal. We like to have a small veggie garden and aren't huge on keeping up with the joneses. We're used to lots of second hand stuff and hang with a low-key/earth mother crowd.

Is Santa Clarita still the clear choice, or should I expand our search? I'm not completely off base that $145K is definitely comfortable for that area? He was previously looking at the bay area and on the SF forums, people were noting that you qualified for low income housing if you were under 100K I'm recovering from sticker shock of housing cost in CA, but I'm thinking we're ok. Totally open to suggestions! TIA
You should start a new thread.

I used to live in Orlando. I would not recommend Santa Clarita for a job in Pasadena. There are better places closer that will offer you more cultural opportunities. You might start by looking at the communities along the 210 freeway heading towards San Bernanrdino: San Dimas, Arcadia, Azusa, etc. Pasadena is also a good place to live. Glendale/Burbank are two other choices.
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Old 12-05-2014, 10:34 PM
 
Location: Orlando, FL
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Thanks, will do. Other areas get snippy if you don't just continue a convo instead of latching onto a similar topic.
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Old 01-25-2015, 09:13 PM
 
Location: Near L.A.
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I've lived in Silicon Valley and Orange County, and now the Santa Clarita Valley.

Northridge is neither bad nor good in terms of safety. A little safer than other parts of the north San Fernando Valley, but not nearly as safe as surrounding suburban areas (i.e., parts of Santa Clarita, Simi Valley). Santa Clarita has a "bad" vibe to it--like Mitt Romney's step-by-step followers living alongside riffraff gangbanger trash new to town from the S.F. Valley. At least in Silicon Valley and Orange County, I could escape trashy areas very easily and still live in some of the robust economic areas in the world.

By default then I would select Simi Valley as my top choice out of the three locales. Ventura County (of which Simi is part) feels a little more laid back than the whole L.A./O.C. deal to begin with, you're closer to better beach towns anyway like Ventura and Santa Barbara, and some of the best inland sunsets in Southern California can be enjoyed in Simi Valley.
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