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Old 10-09-2014, 09:04 AM
 
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What is the commute like in terms of time from Santa Monica, do you know?
I do think living in Calabasas would be bad, I gotta be around young people and a live area, you know?
When I was there I googled it w/ traffic at about 9am and it said like an hour.
The thing about Santa Monica, in fact about any Valley to Westside commute, is you cross many points, freeway and surface roads, that make google estimates hard to use. Sometimes you can fly down the 101 and then the 405 stinks, or vice versa. Or the freeway is fine, but Pico or Olympic is a complete lock. There were times when I worked along the Olympic/Bundy area that it took me longer to get to the freeway than it did to get back to the Valley itself, sometimes an hour to get to the freeway. And yes, this includes the various local shortcuts that everyone told me about.

So no...I don't think Calabasas is for you, but Sherman Oaks will give you more time to actually enjoy yourself versus sitting in a car.

ETA: PCH can often be a good option. Key word: "can." Depending on where in Calabasas you work, there are a couple canyon roads that can get you there. However at times they'd get jammed too (5 years of commuting from Olympic/Bundy,when I would roll the dice and use PCH about one time a week I'd be 'right' about 1/2 of the time). The thing is, once you commit to PCH there's no turning back, really.
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Old 10-09-2014, 09:12 AM
 
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The thing about Santa Monica, in fact about any Valley to Westside commute, is you cross many points, freeway and surface roads, that make google estimates hard to use. Sometimes you can fly down the 101 and then the 405 stinks, or vice versa. Or the freeway is fine, but Pico or Olympic is a complete lock. There were times when I worked along the Olympic/Bundy area that it took me longer to get to the freeway than it did to get back to the Valley itself, sometimes an hour to get to the freeway. And yes, this includes the various local shortcuts that everyone told me about.

So no...I don't think Calabasas is for you, but Sherman Oaks will give you more time to actually enjoy yourself versus sitting in a car.

ETA: PCH can often be a good option. Key word: "can." Depending on where in Calabasas you work, there are a couple canyon roads that can get you there. However at times they'd get jammed too (5 years of commuting from Olympic/Bundy,when I would roll the dice and use PCH about one time a week I'd be 'right' about 1/2 of the time). The thing is, once you commit to PCH there's no turning back, really.
I appreciate the advice. I am leaning more and more from not living in Calabasas, just because it seems so boring. Living in Chicago, I'm used to a lot going on, a lot of different people, young people too.

I'll have to look into these other places. Sadly, I don't have an exact address yet. The office is currently in Westlake Village, and is moving to Calabasas in December. So for the first month or so, I'll actually be driving to Westlake - which will likely suck, but it's only a month.
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Old 10-10-2014, 08:55 AM
 
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Santa Monica. You can take PCH up and then through the Santa Monica mountains for a pleasant drive to work. No real 20-something social scene in Calabasas and nearby neighborhoods. Lots of younger people in SM and it's not a club scene for the most part. Health enthusiasts, sports leagues and more chill bars are prevalent.
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Old 12-11-2014, 12:19 PM
 
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Well, I am now in a similar situation as you were in Oct 2014. Would like to know what did you do?
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Old 12-11-2014, 03:44 PM
 
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Well, I am now in a similar situation as you were in Oct 2014. Would like to know what did you do?
I got a place in West LA. My commute is about 30min to work and one hour home.
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Old 12-16-2014, 01:22 PM
 
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Glad to hear that. I am now finding a place on Agoura road and have hit a wall. How did you find it? Any help is much appreciated. Thanks.
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Old 12-16-2014, 05:25 PM
 
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Have you looked here?

Calabasas Apartments in Los Angeles County | Avalon Calabasas - Avalon Bay
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