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Old 06-25-2011, 12:48 PM
 
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What cities are affordable, safe, decent schools, etc. i'm talking about the whole metro area of LA. Any advice and suggestions would be greatly appreciated
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Old 06-25-2011, 01:10 PM
 
Location: Georgia
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I'm looking for the same. It would help to give some more info as thats a loaded question...What is affordable for you? Do you have any preferences such as being close to the water? Closer to the mountains? Desert? Do you plan or want to rent? Or is it important to be able to own?
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Old 06-25-2011, 01:20 PM
 
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No real preference, both rent and buy but more on the rental side I think. I love it all, mountains, ocean, can tolerate desert. I'm easy. But safety, affordability and decent schools is a top priority on my list. I'm a young single mom with 2 very young children, one with special needs. And unlike the majority of the LA area, we're an all blonde caucasian family and don't want to stick out like a sore thumb(be a minority) there. Any suggestions?
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Old 06-25-2011, 01:22 PM
 
Location: Sometimes Portland, other times LA
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Whats your budget? Are you renting or buying? The terms safe, good schools and affordable do not go hand in hand here in LA. The safer/better the schools the spendier it is
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Old 06-25-2011, 03:40 PM
 
Location: California
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Why LA?
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Old 06-25-2011, 03:46 PM
 
Location: Armsanta Sorad
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Nowhere in the City of LA. Maybe western portions on South Bay, South Pasedena, Glendale, Burbank, and probably Norwalk.

Los Angeles County for the most part is not family oriented or friendly while Orange County on the other hand is.
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Old 06-25-2011, 04:02 PM
 
Location: Las Flores, Orange County, CA
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Where be your jobs are?
What budget you have do?
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Old 06-25-2011, 04:51 PM
 
Location: RSM
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Lakewood fits the bill. Good family community, pretty affordable for such, decent to good schools. Just avoid the furthest east and west portions(it's a large suburb) and stay out of the Paramount School District territory.

Of course, you can find better prices in the exurbs and still have good schools and such. Corona, Santa Clarita, etc.

Realistically, it depends on where work is. Driving across the LA metro area can take 4+ hours on a bad day, at least 2 on a good one(following the 405/5).
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Old 06-30-2011, 04:08 PM
 
Location: Acton
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I recommend Valencia; it's a master planned community that is nice, safe, attractive, well-landscaped and clean. Good shopping and community schools. The paseo system provides biking/walking paths. I lived there for 3 years with my daughter and loved it. I moved to Valencia from Glendale because I could afford a nice apartment there, and because the schools were better.

Acton is good for a young family, but further from the city and more rural. There's only one apartment complex that I know of, but houses are more affordable. There are lots of community events, and everyone knows each other.
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Old 06-30-2011, 05:57 PM
 
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San Marino and South Pasadena.


Affordable is a relative term
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