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Old 03-29-2008, 03:03 PM
 
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Default New Canaan, CT to Los Angeles...opinions needed

We're thinking about moving to Los Angeles/SoCal from New Canaan, CT. New Canaan is a picturesque town, about 1 hour from NYC. New Canaan is spectacular and perfect in every way, except for the weather. I most likely will have to relocate for business-related reasons. Ideally, we're looking for much of the tranquility of New Canaan in LA. We are currently considering Beverly Hills and Malibu (tennis court, pool, and 2 acres required, so no areas with houses close together...it's tough, but someone's got do it I would prefer to be closer to Santa Monica and Wilshire for work, but Malibu looks good. From a cost perspective, I figure Malibu is the equivalent of a beach house, a country house, and suburban house rolled in one. Beverly Hills is the winter home, summer home, and city home rolled in one. Either way, it's 3 for 1. Any other areas that should be in consideration? Also, how is the PCH for daily commute (starting at 10 am...returing 4 or 8 pm). I have not spent more than 15 days of my entire life in LA. Folks are in Marin, so I have an idea of the benefits of warm weather. But I would like the weather even better in LA. Anybody from Fairfield County, Westchester or NYC Tri-State area relocate to LA with family care to share insights? Thanks in advance.
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Old 03-29-2008, 04:20 PM
 
Location: Hot Springs, AR
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As far as acreage, you are stuck with Malibu, Beverly Hills or Bel Air. (you are looking at 2 - 3 mil min) If you don't need an estate, you might like Culver City.
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Old 03-29-2008, 06:45 PM
 
Location: Las Flores, Orange County, CA
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We are currently considering Beverly Hills and Malibu .....

I would prefer to be closer to Santa Monica and Wilshire for work, but Malibu looks good. .....


Any other areas that should be in consideration? Also, how is the PCH for daily commute (starting at 10 am...returing 4 or 8 pm).
Work starting at 10AM or commute starting at 10 AM? (I think it makes a big difference.)

Leaving SMB & Wilshire at 4 PM or 8 PM? Leaving at 4 PM I think will be horrible.

What is your price range for a home?

I think if you left the Malibu area at 10AM the traffic heading east will have mellowed out a bit but it is still a lot of lights and stop and go to your work there.

Check out Sigalert.com - Personalized Traffic Reports during the hours you expect to commute; It will give you an idea of how bad it is at those times.

You might do a few test drives before you make a huge commitment like that. (I would.) You might find the commute too nasty.
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Old 04-12-2008, 07:19 AM
 
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I moves here from CT. If you want any advice tips etc..pm me. j
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Old 04-12-2008, 08:52 AM
 
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Real Estate values in New Canaan are not dissimilar to the higher end properties in the LA area. However, you'll get a lot more land for your money in New Canaan. If you're really looking for a 2-acre property, near LA and with the amenities that you note, I have to believe that you're looking at >$5M. Perhaps Rolling Hills Estates (horse country) might best fit your requirements unless, of course, you're looking for a multi-million $ property.

I know there are some local Realtors who peruse the board, so I'm sure they can give you some guidance.
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