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Old 08-30-2012, 02:42 PM
 
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My husband is considering jobs in either West LA county or the Central Coast territory of Santa Barbara up to SLO. We have lived in North County Coastal San Diego for a long time, now with two sons, 1 and 4. Of the two areas, what would have the best to offer a young family? Schools, things to do, quality of life, etc. For housing, we couldn't spend over $700K. I'm really sad to leave San Diego and need some direction. Thanks!
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Old 08-30-2012, 03:03 PM
 
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What do you mean by west LA county? Are we talking Santa Monica or over the hill in the valley, like Calabasas?

I grew up on the central coast and lived there until moving to carlsbad two years ago. I also lived in West LA for 5 years after college.

Read my posts that I've written about the central coast area. They might help you.
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Old 08-30-2012, 09:45 PM
 
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We actually live in Carlsbad now and love it. West LA territory would be from Long Beach up to Calabasas...
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Old 08-30-2012, 11:05 PM
 
Location: South Bay
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coastal LA is great, but unfortunately $700k is not going to get you much, especially when you have kids. there are nice, affordable areas, but they tend to be on either the northern or southern extremes of your husband's territory. and trust me, traffic through the region can be awful! i don't know much about the central coast, but areas to consider if you choose LA would be torrance and redondo beach in the south bay or anywhere between encino and calabasas in the san fernando valley. $700k will get you a nice home in a neighborhood with good elementary schools at a minimum. beyond elementary you'll need to your homework.
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Old 09-02-2012, 12:49 AM
 
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I think $700k will get you a decent home in every city on the Central Coast except Santa Barbara. $700k in SB might get you a small old home. I'd consider Pismo Beach or Grover Beach.
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Old 09-02-2012, 03:07 AM
 
Location: RSM
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There are a few good areas, but nothing like you'd get in SD.. central coast so much nicer.. anyways, Long Beach, Lakewood, Torrance, etc are nice and in the area you desire
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