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Old 08-24-2008, 03:11 PM
 
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It's still fairly early stages so we are weighing up the pros and cons. England is very expensive to live in at present diesel and petrol are 1.30ish a litre and as for household gas and electricty they are extortionate and there will be lot's of pensioners dying this winter as they will be unable to afford the costs.
Apparently we pay less tax on our wages than yourselves and our household tax is far less. As I say we are still investigate
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Old 08-24-2008, 03:31 PM
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SantaMonica is arguably LA region's socialist enclave....very PaloAlto/Berkeley-wannabe...

Many well-educated professionals w/families prefer Brentwood/Palisades....

Private schools are an essential part of cost of living for anyone in CA (or NYC region) w/kids....besides, private schools are prob much cheaper than incremental healthcare/disability costs of kids possibly being maimed in some mugging/assault by other students at any public school.....however, public schools do offer interesting lessons in downsides of proximate economic/intellectual diversity....

Besides, Brit accents will win many friends among the many Anglophiles/Europhiles in pvt schools....such accents prob just mean one is beaten up/mugged more often at a public school....

Would guess LA offers 50% cheaper housing than London....and most things like cars, etc are also 50% cheaper...

In today's sluggish real est mkt, may want to explore rentals of new, unsold houses in Palisades/Brentwood....may make more economic sense than illiquidity, taxes, capex, transaction costs, hassles of owning any house in a likely multi-yr down mkt....esp if one's stay in LA is not permanent...and when one doesn't have a precise sense of which part of Westside one really prefers....
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Old 08-24-2008, 06:30 PM
 
Location: Hot Springs, AR
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The problem with Pacific Palisades is that it is part of LAUSD. When CBS did an investigation of schools, they found that like school in poorer districts, the schools in Pali had only one bathroom available to students and were filthy. Apparently being in a higher tax bracket area did not improvve the quality of those schools.
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Old 08-24-2008, 06:44 PM
 
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Maybe you should explore south Orange County. It's 50 miles south of LA, and it's an entirely different world. The public schools are excellent and most are relatively new.

The communities have been planned, and they offer a safe enviornment for your family. Crime is not really an issue in south OC. Check ot Irvine, Laguna Hills, Aliso Viejo, Mission Viejo, Laguna Niguel, Dana Point, and Laguna Beach.

The opportunities for teens are extensive, and many of the best athletes in the world come from OC. Check it out...I can't see why anyone would want to move into the LA area unless they were very wealthy and could buy their way out of some of the problems in that area.
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Old 08-25-2008, 03:19 AM
 
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Thanks for all your help, I now think it's just a matter of seeing what package the company will offer.
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Old 08-25-2008, 04:25 AM
 
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Can anyone tell me what Agoura Hills is like?
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Old 08-25-2008, 12:05 PM
 
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Agoura Hills is nice and a fine suburb if you can afford it (I assume you can if you'll be raising a family in Santa Monica or the PP). But it'll be a very, very hard commute to Santa Monica. See, that's the problem with Santa Monica and even the PP -- once you're there, you're stuck. Traffic is so bad, you can't ever really go North or East from that area. I like what the other poster said about Orange County (but again, you won't be able to commute from there to Santa Monica). In the OC, you get all the benefits of the beach, but with bigger homes, newer infrastructure, newer/cleaner businesses, and in my opinion, better politics.
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Old 08-26-2008, 05:31 AM
 
Location: Malibu/Miami Beach
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If I was in PP I would try to get your eldest into Palisades Charter High School.
You could live further west in Malibu which also has a very good High School.
The commute to Santa Monica won`t be too unpleasant for your husband unless he`s a surfer, then he may never get to work!
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Old 08-26-2008, 05:50 AM
 
Location: Las Flores, Orange County, CA
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Thanks for all your help, I now think it's just a matter of seeing what package the company will offer.
Do you have any idea about your rental budget or housing price range (realizing it depends on the company offer)?

Here's a school performance map which may help:

http://schoolperformancemaps.com/ca/...13%2C1%2C2%2C3
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Old 08-26-2008, 06:18 AM
 
Location: in purgurtory in London
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Can anyone tell me what Agoura Hills is like?
I don't know anything about schools in the areas you have mentioned, however Augora Hills is a lovey area to live and safe...well as safe as you can get these days. It's also surrounded by other nice areas. You might want to start talking to Realty agents in the areas you have mentioned to get a feel of what you'll have to lay out.
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