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Old 11-24-2008, 07:26 PM
 
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Default Opening office - need advise

Hello!

My company is opening a new office in Los Angeles. We have now downselected 3 locations with available properties - Santa Clarita, Irvine and Moorpark.

I do not know Los Angeles much, other than the tourist point of view. What are the pros and cons of each area? There will be a few people (such as myself) coming from outside of the USA moving in. Transportation for wives and kids, schools, clean neighborhood, etc are needed.

Any advice would be appreciated!

Charles
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Old 11-24-2008, 08:20 PM
 
Location: Hot Springs, AR
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Advise number one NONE of these are in or near the City of Los Angeles. The closest in Santa Clarita and it's 45 min away. Moorpark might be closer ? Irvine is all the way in Orange Co. All three are very different. Your budget will play a HUGE role in your living situation. Of the three Santa Clarita is going to be the most affordable and that isn't saying much. Public transporation will be an absolute no-no, a car will be required. Best advice, the closer you live to work, the happier you'll be.
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Old 11-24-2008, 10:16 PM
 
Location: Los Angeles, CA
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Your question is too vague. What are the factors in your decision to open an office in LA?

Sales office? New employees? What skills would they have? Closer to a given market? Which one?

Each location offers different benefits for different types of companies.
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Old 11-25-2008, 04:33 AM
 
Location: Las Flores, Orange County, CA
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All three would be good places to live if you are a family man. Safe, good schools, nice homes.

As far as making a huge decision about where to place a business, this question requires hundreds of hours of analysis by professionals. Be careful about making a decision based on responses from an internet forum.
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Old 11-27-2008, 08:04 AM
 
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Thanks guys. I wasn't asking advice on where to place the business, but more on how the possible living areas around each of the 3 locations are.

If the business is set up in Santa Clarita, I see San Fernando as a good place to live for example.
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Old 11-28-2008, 05:06 AM
 
Location: Las Flores, Orange County, CA
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If the business is set up in Santa Clarita, I see San Fernando as a good place to live for example.
Maybe, Maybe not.

If the business is in Santa Clarita, then living in Santa Clarita would be the first option to look at. While it is basically a huge, suburban region catering to families there is a variety of housing options. Also, I think all (or most) of the the schools are the Hart District, not LAUSD; probably provides more choices for good schools. And finally, living in SC would avoid any nasty commute from the valley.
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