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Old 11-07-2008, 09:15 PM
 
Location: Buffalo NY
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Default Woodland Hills??

Can anyone here give me the skinny on Woodland Hills? I am wondering about the school districts, rents, the community as a whole.
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Old 11-07-2008, 09:46 PM
 
Location: Los Angeles, CA
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It's hot.

It's LAUSD, but it has a few decent elementary schools (WH Elementary is exceptional) and the high schools are also reputable.

It's also hot.

Rents are reasonable - there are a ton of apartment properties on the market, which puts pressure on pricing. Expect $1800 - $2200 for a decent 2br apt, $2500 - $3500 for a 3-4br home. YMMV.

Before you pull the trigger, ensure you have a decent job in the area - commuting is a pain in and out of WH.

Also, I'm not sure if I mentioned this, it's hot. More than the rest of the valley - and it is perceptible.
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Old 11-07-2008, 11:49 PM
 
Location: SoCal - Sherman Oaks & Woodland Hills
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How old are your kids? Reason I ask is that some of the northern parts of Woodland Hills between Fallbrook on the west and I believe Canoga or Desoto to the east could have your high school kids zoned to Canoga Park High School (LAUSD) which is NOT where you want them to go. Its one of the worst schools in the Valley.

ITS HOT!!! And ITS COLD!! This is the one part of the valley were you get the extremes on both ends when it comes to weather. Its awful.

Where will you be working? Whats your budget? I dont know what the rents are (I own my home) but I dont think they are too high.
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Old 11-08-2008, 05:34 AM
 
Location: Las Flores, Orange County, CA
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Can anyone here give me the skinny on Woodland Hills? I am wondering about the school districts, rents, the community as a whole.

Do you know where you will be working? This is more important to know than weather. If you are heading east on the 101 then you may have problems. If you are heading west, towards the Conejo Valley, then it shouldn't be as bad. Warner Center? No problem at all.

What is your budget for housing?

As mentioned above, it is hotter than most of Southern California, July, August, and September. But unless you are near the coast most other non-coastal locations in Southern California are quite warm too. Most people aren't outside more than a few minutes a day anyway so not sure if that should be in the top five determinants of where to live (with jobs, affordability, schools, traffic, and amenities above weather).

There are some very good schools in the Woodland Hills area; Woodland Hills Elementary is outstanding. It is located in the older Girard neighborhood (the oldest section of Woodland Hills - back before 1948 when WH was called Girard.) Taft (Great Schools 7/10) and El Camino (8/10) are above average High Schools. It it is within your budget, take a look at Calabasas, just west of Woodland Hills, in the Las Virgenes school district.

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Twenty minutes from the beach south on Topanga Canyon.

Overall safe, leafy, well maintained neighborhoods.
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Old 11-08-2008, 05:38 AM
 
Location: GLAMA
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The other posters forgot to mention one important factor: it's hot. Assburning hot in the summer and fall.
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Old 11-08-2008, 09:21 AM
 
Location: Los Angeles, CA
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The other posters forgot to mention one important factor: it's hot. Assburning hot in the summer and fall.
Fontucky:
I hope you were being sarcastic on the omission by the other posters!

Charles, I wouldn't minimize the heat. The weather may not be a significant national criteria, but it's a huge reason why people come here in the first place. Adn while other areas of the valley are certainly "hot," WH is just especially warmer (and colder) and thus less comfortable than most other areas in the southland. The difference can be as high as 10 degrees even from other spots in the valley.
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Old 11-08-2008, 10:11 AM
 
Location: GLAMA
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Sarcasm literally drips from my keyboard.
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Old 11-08-2008, 10:15 AM
 
Location: Anchorage, AK to SoCal to Missoula, MT
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AGAIN: it's HOT!!!!!!!
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Old 11-09-2008, 09:23 PM
 
Location: Buffalo NY
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I have a friend who lives in Woodland Hills in a nice complex, The Montecito in Woodland Hills. I would be taking on a sales position that would require me to travel throughout the day to various regions in L.A. county so proximity is sort of irrelevant. My favorite areas are to the north of L.A. proper Santa Monica being my . I have a 3 and a half yr old so school is only semi important. My wife is applying for education related jobs. thanks for the info. The weather is important, I'm moving from Buffalo so it will be a big change no matter what
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Old 11-10-2008, 04:02 AM
 
Location: Las Flores, Orange County, CA
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I would be taking on a sales position that would require me to travel throughout the day to various regions in L.A. county so proximity is sort of irrelevant.

I have a 3 and a half yr old so school is only semi important.

The weather is important, I'm moving from Buffalo so it will be a big change no matter what
Wouldn't proximity be totally relevant? Woodland Hills is at the extreme west end of Los Angeles County. Wouldn't it be better to be more centered? Where are the most likely places you'd be traveling to? (This experience in LA won't be anything close to bouncing around Lackawanna, Tonawanda, Cheektowaga, and Depew.)

Schools are extremely important. Wife working too? Does that mean daycare too?

Sounds like there are bigger things to be concerned about than weather.

Last edited by Charles; 11-10-2008 at 04:14 AM..
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