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Old 09-13-2018, 11:24 PM
 
Location: San Ramon
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Hello. My wife and 8 yo son were considering moving to LA. Work will be in the Rosemead area. I have monitored the drive on Google maps for a month and it seems to be 1 hour each way without accidents - from 6:30 to 8:00 am range. That's 2 hours per day which I'm not really looking at as enjoyable. Then there's the cost of gas and auto maintenance. Just curious if anyone knows of vanpools or other transportation which could take the bite off it some? I picked Yorba Linda/Fullerton for the good schools and homes in the 650k to 800k range - which are a little newer than other areas of LA such as So. Pasadena. I can invest more down payment to go to So. Pasadena in the 900k to 1m - but it's putting all the eggs in the basket when the values are high or near peak in my opinion. Just curious what others thought of the commute. And thank you in advance and appreciate any nuggets you have.
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Old 09-14-2018, 11:07 AM
 
Location: Anaheim
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Hello. My wife and 8 yo son were considering moving to LA. Work will be in the Rosemead area. I have monitored the drive on Google maps for a month and it seems to be 1 hour each way without accidents - from 6:30 to 8:00 am range. That's 2 hours per day which I'm not really looking at as enjoyable. Then there's the cost of gas and auto maintenance. Just curious if anyone knows of vanpools or other transportation which could take the bite off it some? I picked Yorba Linda/Fullerton for the good schools and homes in the 650k to 800k range - which are a little newer than other areas of LA such as So. Pasadena. I can invest more down payment to go to So. Pasadena in the 900k to 1m - but it's putting all the eggs in the basket when the values are high or near peak in my opinion. Just curious what others thought of the commute. And thank you in advance and appreciate any nuggets you have.
I would look there in the San Gabriel Valley rather than in Orange County if I were in your shoes.

The commute is something of a mixed bag but not something I'd want to do for the long-term.

There are plenty of other places to look than just Fullerton or Yorba Linda.

Look at the northern part of Montebello, Alhambra, Monterey Park, or Temple City. (I know there are heavy Asian populations there, and I'm only mentioning this because no doubt someone will step in and pour on cold water on these communities for that reason).

If you don't find those appealing, try Hacienda Heights or West Covina which are a bit farther out, as well as parts of Whittier.

I would suggest Arcadia or Pasadena as well but they may be a bit pricier than you want.
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