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Old 01-23-2010, 10:08 PM
 
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I'm looking to stay on the westside if possible. Would like to buy a house. However, my daughters are 3 and 6 and I would like a neighborhood known to have children so my kids will have others to play with. If anyone has specific areas/streets with nice neighbors w/ kids please let me know.
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Old 01-23-2010, 10:24 PM
 
Location: Los Awesome, CA
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Compton
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Old 01-23-2010, 10:26 PM
 
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Compton ? ..You got to be kidding ..this city is full of gangs...
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Old 01-23-2010, 11:28 PM
 
Location: Burbank
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budget?
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Old 01-24-2010, 05:55 AM
 
Location: Las Flores, Orange County, CA
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I'm looking to stay on the westside if possible. Would like to buy a house. However, my daughters are 3 and 6 and I would like a neighborhood known to have children so my kids will have others to play with. If anyone has specific areas/streets with nice neighbors w/ kids please let me know.
In general, newer neighborhoods, subdivisions tend to have more small kids. You want kids six years old? Look for homes built six years ago. With that, you might have a tough time finding six year old subdivisions in west Los Angeles.

Here's a thread on that very topic:

Where are all the new homes in Los Angeles?

Yes, everything is budget.

Start by looking for the best schools (whatever "best" means to you).
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Old 01-24-2010, 11:07 AM
 
Location: South Bay
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you'll need a housing budget of at least $800k to get into a house on the westside. even at that price, you're looking at a fixer upper that is probably not zoned to good schools. the neighborhood will be ok, but with school aged kids it may be difficult.
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Old 01-24-2010, 06:48 PM
 
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South Pasadena
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Old 01-24-2010, 06:52 PM
 
Location: Las Flores, Orange County, CA
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South Pasadena
The original poster wanted to stay on the west side - I'm assuming for job purposes.
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Old 01-25-2010, 10:45 AM
 
Location: West LA
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Cheviot Hills/Rancho Park, Pacific Palisades, Santa Monica, and Beverly Hills are probably amongst the best options if you can afford them. Culver City is less glamorous than those previously mentioned, but also more family focused than other areas in the Westside.
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Old 01-25-2010, 01:40 PM
 
Location: Anaheim
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Compton ? ..You got to be kidding ..this city is full of gangs...
Check out the stats:

Compton zip codes for % of family households (per C-D):

90220 - 80.6%
90221 - 86.8%
90222 - 81.7%

Sounds like a lot of families to me.

I guess "good for families" is code for "overwhelmingly middle class OR BETTER in "culture" and appearance AS WELL AS in statistics AND having people that look like us, certainly think like us (preferably politically but CERTAINLY regarding such things as upkeep of property and noise pollution), AND that won't turn on us in time of civil unrest, AND that won't pollute the young minds of our children."

A lot of Compton may not qualify in the OP's opinion, unless said OP is black or "Hispanic", or has a mission from God for the area, or has family that is already there.

The city is somewhat distant from LA's west-side, anyway.

That being said, I have no particular axe to grind against Compton.

When people say they want a place "good for families", and a lot of families live in places not considered desirable, that three-word phrase means A LOT MORE than it says.
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