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Old 12-30-2009, 11:33 AM
 
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Default Best place to live close to Wilm., CA for family with autistic child

I am facing a potential relocation to the Wilmington, CA area for work in the oil industry. I have 5 children, including a 3-yr old son with autism.

I'd like to find an area where I can live where my son will receive the best possible services, that will provide a decent education for my other children, and where I can keep my commute to/from work to under 45-60 min each way.

We will likely be looking for houses in the $500k price range.

I have heard that services for autistic children in the Placentia-Yorba Linda school district are among the best. How long of a commute would that be at roughly 7 AM / 5 PM?

Any opinions would be appreciated.
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Old 12-30-2009, 01:28 PM
 
Location: Las Flores, Orange County, CA
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I am facing a potential relocation to the Wilmington, CA area for work in the oil industry. I have 5 children, including a 3-yr old son with autism.

I'd like to find an area where I can live where my son will receive the best possible services, that will provide a decent education for my other children, and where I can keep my commute to/from work to under 45-60 min each way.

We will likely be looking for houses in the $500k price range.

I have heard that services for autistic children in the Placentia-Yorba Linda school district are among the best. How long of a commute would that be at roughly 7 AM / 5 PM?

Any opinions would be appreciated.

My hunch is you'd be right at an hour from Placentia and more from Yorba Linda during those times.

You can get a feel for the traffic next week or the week after that once the traffic normalizes by visiting Sigalert.com Los Angeles Traffic Map, Traffic Reports | Traffic Alerts | Road Conditions | Traffic News & Delays | Traffic.com, and google maps traffic during your expected commute times.

Here's something to give you a graphical idea of standardized test scores in California (and other states)

School Performance Maps

There may be other options for you that are closer. Keep researching.

You might also search the threads for "autistic" as I'm pretty sure others have posted on this before.
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Old 12-30-2009, 05:49 PM
 
Location: LB/OC for now...
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Probably more than an hour to Placentia/YL because the 91 is a terrible freeway during weekdays.

You may want to contact the Long Beach Unified School District, as they're a pretty good district with some really good schools and some really good services. That will put you fairly close to Wilmington if you live somewhere in Lakewood(parts of Lakewood attend LBUSD and should have nice houses in your range, but stay east of Lakewood Blvd) or some of the suburban areas of Long Beach(which I think may be a bit more pricey). You could also check out the Torrance District in the South Bay, which is basically on the other side of Wilmington, but I've got a feeling that Long Beach will have some options for you.
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Old 01-01-2010, 09:06 AM
 
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Is the rush hour in the area time dependent? That is to say, if I leave on the early side 6-6:30 am, will traffic be appreciably less?

I'd really rather not drive an hour plus, at least not both ways. I would probably have at least some flexibility as to when I drive in/home.
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Old 01-02-2010, 10:20 PM
 
Location: LB/OC for now...
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Is the rush hour in the area time dependent? That is to say, if I leave on the early side 6-6:30 am, will traffic be appreciably less?

I'd really rather not drive an hour plus, at least not both ways. I would probably have at least some flexibility as to when I drive in/home.
Time dependent somewhat. The 710 in to Wilmington can be a nightmare because of all the commercial port traffic, and that's at all hours. Most freeways don't have that problem at 6am, but considering you're talking about Wilmington, I should bring that up.
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Old 01-03-2010, 05:39 PM
 
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I am facing a potential relocation to the Wilmington, CA area for work in the oil industry. I have 5 children, including a 3-yr old son with autism.

I'd like to find an area where I can live where my son will receive the best possible services, that will provide a decent education for my other children, and where I can keep my commute to/from work to under 45-60 min each way.

We will likely be looking for houses in the $500k price range.

I have heard that services for autistic children in the Placentia-Yorba Linda school district are among the best. How long of a commute would that be at roughly 7 AM / 5 PM?

Any opinions would be appreciated.
You should find a house in Torrance which has everything you could ask for within a short drive away (less than 5 minutes). You can easily reach Wilmington by taking the side street PCH Pacific Coast Highway.
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