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Old 02-28-2008, 08:57 PM
 
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Hi. I am going to be working in downtown LA and am looking for advice on where I should look for a house to live. I have two kids and would like to move to an area with good school districts while having a reasonable commute to work. Ideally I'd like to be in the best school district, pay around $800K for a house with 4 bedrooms and have a commute of less than an hour to work. Ok, I am asking for a lot.

I'd like to hear about suburbs/recommendations. I am planning on spending 4 days looking for a house and would like to develop a short list.

Many thanks.
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Old 02-28-2008, 09:03 PM
 
Location: CITY OF ANGELS AND CONSTANT DANGER
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pasadena...check it out. im begining to feel a bit redundant, but pasadena is really a great place.
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Old 02-28-2008, 09:16 PM
 
Location: Studio City
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la crescenta, la canada, flintridge, glendale

pretty easy commute down
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Old 02-28-2008, 09:24 PM
 
Location: Southern California
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Also try South Pasadena,Arcadia,and San Marino.(Although South Pas and San Marino are more expensive), they have top notch schools.
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Old 02-28-2008, 11:25 PM
 
Location: Glendale/Burbank, CA
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Check out LA Life - Find Your Place in Los Angeles It will give you the scores for both school and crime. It really helped me find an area to live in LA. My husband also works downtown. This site also lists houses... (You would think I work for the site since I also tell people about it, but it really is useful)
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Old 03-01-2008, 06:13 AM
 
Location: Los Feliz
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For a great place to raise kids with great schools and close to downtown...South Pasadena.





City of South Pasadena: About South Pasadena

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Old 03-01-2008, 10:41 AM
 
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Fantastic information. Many thanks. Question - is there so much difference in the school districts between La Canada and Glendale? LA Life shows a 100 point difference.

Also at peak times how long will it take to commute from La Canada to Downtown LA?
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Old 03-01-2008, 03:02 PM
 
Location: City of Angels
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Fantastic information. Many thanks. Question - is there so much difference in the school districts between La Canada and Glendale? LA Life shows a 100 point difference.
Yes, there is a difference. The La Canada School District is one of the best in California and in the nation. And according to the Great Schools web site, every single school within the district has a perfect rating of 10.

Demographically, Glendale is a larger and more diverse city than La Canada, so the quality of the schools vary depending on the makeup of the neighborhood the school is in. Use the Great Schools web site as a guide. Here's the link:

GreatSchools.net

South Pasadena and San Marino also have top notch school districts on par with La Canada.
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Old 03-01-2008, 03:35 PM
 
Location: LA
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You couldn't find a 2 br house in San Marina for $800k, its one of the most expensive neighborhoods in all of LA.
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Old 03-09-2008, 11:08 PM
 
Location: Mt Washington: NELA
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Hi. I am going to be working in downtown LA and am looking for advice on where I should look for a house to live. I have two kids and would like to move to an area with good school districts while having a reasonable commute to work. Ideally I'd like to be in the best school district, pay around $800K for a house with 4 bedrooms and have a commute of less than an hour to work. Ok, I am asking for a lot.

I'd like to hear about suburbs/recommendations. I am planning on spending 4 days looking for a house and would like to develop a short list.

Many thanks.
South Pas is great and so is Mt Washington (they have a highly-rated ES, not sure what grades are involved). Craisglist search for either one. AND both communities link directly to downtown AND Pasadena via light rail, making the commute a breeze.
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