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Old 10-07-2014, 08:02 PM
 
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Our family is moving to LA next year for my husband's job. I want to be close to his work - downtown LA ;but also live in an area with good schools/climate for my 2nd grade daughter. Our rental budget is up to 4K and private or Catholic school with costs around 10K is ok. Our friends originally rec'd Santa Monica - I would prefer Palisades or Manhattan Beach if we go that far out. BUT - Now I am thinking closer to downtown LA is a must! Maybe Beverly Hills? Other recs would be great. I know we won't get a lot for our $$. Just a safe 2BR condo/apt that's in good condition and close to shops, schools and restaurants would be ideal. Thanks!
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Old 10-07-2014, 08:11 PM
 
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Our family is moving to LA next year for my husband's job. I want to be close to his work - downtown LA ;but also live in an area with good schools/climate for my 2nd grade daughter. Our rental budget is up to 4K and private or Catholic school with costs around 10K is ok. Our friends originally rec'd Santa Monica - I would prefer Palisades or Manhattan Beach if we go that far out. BUT - Now I am thinking closer to downtown LA is a must! Maybe Beverly Hills? Other recs would be great. I know we won't get a lot for our $$. Just a safe 2BR condo/apt that's in good condition and close to shops, schools and restaurants would be ideal. Thanks!
Pasadena
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Old 10-07-2014, 08:49 PM
 
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Pasadena is definitely the best option. Also, if your budget can afford it, San Marino is even better. Parts of South Pasadena and Alhambra also. Best part of that area is if you can find a place near the Gold Line Metro, your husband can take the metro to work downtown and not have to deal with traffic!

Not exactly perfect for families, but some parts of Silverlake and Los Feliz are good if you prefer a city vibe.

Studio City and Sherman Oaks will have a horrible commute downtown on the freeways, just like Pasadena, but like Pasadena, there is a metro available. The Red Line will take your husband straight downtown as well.
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Old 10-07-2014, 09:12 PM
 
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I agree, Beverly Hills or Pasadena.
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Old 10-07-2014, 09:16 PM
 
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Or try South Pasadena which is like Mayberry in the middle of LA and with very good public schools.
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Old 10-07-2014, 09:43 PM
 
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Our family is moving to LA next year for my husband's job. I want to be close to his work - downtown LA ;but also live in an area with good schools/climate for my 2nd grade daughter. Our rental budget is up to 4K and private or Catholic school with costs around 10K is ok. Our friends originally rec'd Santa Monica - I would prefer Palisades or Manhattan Beach if we go that far out. BUT - Now I am thinking closer to downtown LA is a must! Maybe Beverly Hills? Other recs would be great. I know we won't get a lot for our $$. Just a safe 2BR condo/apt that's in good condition and close to shops, schools and restaurants would be ideal. Thanks!
Why not just live DT. Work and play in the same place.
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Old 10-07-2014, 09:55 PM
 
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Why not just live DT. Work and play in the same place.
Who wants to raise a kid in downtown?
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Old 10-07-2014, 09:56 PM
 
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They have kids. I love urban living, but I still would never live in DTLA with kids. It's not like SF, Manhattan or Chicago yet for families.
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Old 10-07-2014, 10:39 PM
 
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They have kids. I love urban living, but I still would never live in DTLA with kids. It's not like SF, Manhattan or Chicago yet for families.
The people who live around there now i.e. DT proper Hispanics and also Chinatown, etc. do so. There's Elysian Park. Why so fussy?
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Old 10-07-2014, 10:45 PM
 
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The people who live around there now i.e. DT proper Hispanics and also Chinatown, etc. do so. There's Elysian Park. Why so fussy?
That doesn't mean those schools are good or provide an appropriate climate for a 2nd grader. When the OP mentions places such as the Palisades, MB, BH, and SaMo, I doubt they want to raise a 2nd grader in DTLA.
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