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Old 01-19-2010, 08:08 PM
 
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Good evening,

I'm new to posting so please bare with me if this question has already been asked. I'm a recently married white female with a little one on the way and my husband and I have been looking into areas of the San Fernando Valley, More specific: Valley Village, Sherman Oaks, Studio City and Burbank.

I understand that in any state, you have good areas and bad areas, but I was hoping that someone could perhaps give some detail into these 4 areas. My husband and I just want to settle our soon to be family in a nice area. Also, Do these 4 areas have good job opportunities? I've done research online, but I'd value more of the opinion of people who actually live there/have lived there/visited.

Thank you so much for your help!
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Old 01-19-2010, 08:28 PM
 
Location: Las Flores, Orange County, CA
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Good evening,

I'm new to posting so please bare with me if this question has already been asked. I'm a recently married white female with a little one on the way and my husband and I have been looking into areas of the San Fernando Valley, More specific: Valley Village, Sherman Oaks, Studio City and Burbank.

I understand that in any state, you have good areas and bad areas, but I was hoping that someone could perhaps give some detail into these 4 areas. My husband and I just want to settle our soon to be family in a nice area. Also, Do these 4 areas have good job opportunities? I've done research online, but I'd value more of the opinion of people who actually live there/have lived there/visited.

Thank you so much for your help!
Just about anyone on any forum of any city will write that you should have a job in hand before choosing a community. It's 69 times easier to find a nice place to live after you find a job than it is the other way around.

Kids are on the way so schools will be an interest. Start here:

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Why are you choosing those areas?
Are you looking to buy or rent?
What line of work is the breadwinner in?
Where are you now?
Have you been to these places before?
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Old 01-19-2010, 08:53 PM
 
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Job opportunities? NO. Not right now. Obviously some people are finding new jobs, and many people have managed to hold on to their existing jobs, but almost everyone I know in LA (including us, before the changing job market forced a move) has been negatively impacted by the economy. Like Charles and everyone else will say, find the job FIRST, and then worry about the specifics. I wouldn't make the move without a job, and the odds are that the job search is going to take a long time. I have friends with years of experience, graduate degrees, existing extensive LA networks, are willing to do practically anything, and are still having trouble finding a job. Not the kind of market I would want to move to (without a job already lined up) if I had a baby on the way. It seems like the job losses have slowed down, and my work has actually hired some PT people again, but it's still going to take a long time to recover.

I know families who love Burbank, but again, depends on where the job is (don't want to spend hours commuting), and budget.
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Old 01-20-2010, 09:27 AM
 
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Good evening,

More specific: Valley Village, Sherman Oaks, Studio City and Burbank.

I understand that in any state, you have good areas and bad areas, but I was hoping that someone could perhaps give some detail into these 4 areas. My husband and I just want to settle our soon to be family in a nice area. Also, Do these 4 areas have good job opportunities?
Where are you from? These areas you list are upper middle class with some extremely wealthy. They are quite expensive to live in. Expect a 1 bedroom apartment in a decent complex to cost $1100-1600 a month and add a couple hundred for a two bedroom. A house starts at around 1800 a month and thats for a two bed one bath.

As to job opporunites....it depends what you are skilled/educated in. The unemployment rate is 12.2% and unlikely to change anytime soon.
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