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Old 02-04-2009, 08:44 PM
 
Location: Madison, Wisconsin
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Default Fullerton or Torrance?

Moving to L.A. and either place would be close to work. Which one is better for schools (two kids, 8 and 6) family, and a fun, walkable community? Have about $1500 for renting a home.
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Old 02-04-2009, 10:03 PM
 
Location: Monterey County, CA
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I vote for Torrance which is where we lived prior to moving to Colorado. Not only do they have good schools but the area is right next to the beach, so it is really kid/family friendly and fun.



Fullerton is hotter, has more smog and concrete. When living in Torrance you can take the family up to Palos Verdes (right next door) which is a beautiful area to whale watch or visit the Point Vicente Lighthouse and do other cool 'natural' things like go to the botanical gardens.



Of course Fullerton is closer to DLand.
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Old 02-04-2009, 10:35 PM
 
Location: LA
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the nice areas of torrance (because there are also some not nice areas) are more expensive than fullerton. the most $1500 will get you in either of the two cities is probably a not so nice 2br apartment.
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Old 02-04-2009, 11:23 PM
 
Location: Monterey County, CA
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the nice areas of torrance (because there are also some not nice areas) are more expensive than fullerton. the most $1500 will get you in either of the two cities is probably a not so nice 2br apartment.
Good point with regards to price for renting a home. I think the price will be higher than $1500 in both cities in their nicer parts. Torrance is bascially safe until you get too close to Western. The closer to the coast to the nicer and more $$. A decent alternative is the nicer parts of Lomita which can be a bit more affordable than Torrance.

If you are moving to LA and want a nice area you will need to adjust your price expectation closer to ~ $2000+ for a home.
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Old 02-05-2009, 12:03 AM
 
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Fullerton is a great town. Nice downtown. One of the best public high schools in the nation. Has an Amtrak/Metrolink station. Even so, still fairly affordable and not too swank or too hipster. I lived there for years. Its great.
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Old 02-05-2009, 12:22 AM
 
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South High in Torrance is quite good, and I know Fullerton has very good schools at the elementary, jr hi, and high school levels. Fullerton has a more attractive downtown area with plenty of restaurants and cafes--most buildings date to the early 20th century, when the town was surrounded by citrus groves. Torrance has plenty of malls and large shopping developments, but its old downtown is out of the way and run down. Metrolink commuter rail serves Fullerton, but in Torrance the only option is the freeways. Fullerton also has a better variety of housing styles: California ranch, bungalow, craftsman, etc. Both communities are walkable, but Torrance sprawls out quite a bit.

I think the big question is whether or not you want to be right by the beach. Torrance is adjacent to a number of beach towns. Also, the Torrance beach is right next to an attractive area of shops and apartments wedged between Palos Verdes and Redondo Beach. If you choose Torrance, look for a rental in the southern part near Redondo Beach. Also, Torrance is close to LA's westside and the rich cultural/entertainment options there.
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Old 02-05-2009, 02:24 PM
 
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I'd vote Torrance of the two since it's close to the beach.

If you want something walkable, family centric, and close to the beach you could also look at some of the East Long Beach neighborhoods. One that fits your needs might be Belmont Heights. It's walkable, the schools are great, and the neighborhood has a lot of charm.

It would be right in the middle of Torrance and Fullerton so I think that works for your commute. $1,500 is probably going to be tight.
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