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Old 07-04-2011, 03:04 PM
 
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Hi, Single mom here who has accepted a fantastic position in Santa Monica. My kids (ages 10 and 8) attend private school in the suburbs of Atlanta (East Cobb), and we are looking for a family oriented safe, community with a decent commute to Santa Monica. I have looked at rentals in that area and they are just too pricey to make a commitment, with this being a new move to the area. So...need some community recommendations...looking at around 2000 for rent, if possible. Schools and safety are THE most important because they kids will be attending public due to cost of living in CA. Commute time is second (priority) would love to keep it under 30 mins. Is that even possible? Thanks for your help.
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Old 07-04-2011, 03:22 PM
 
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You need to check out Greatschools.org for school info. Everyone's idea of good schools and safety is different. If I were you I'd do what I could to stay in Santa Monica for all the things you want. Maybe Culver City?

I hope you have been to the area, if not try to plan some scouting trips before making a commitment to move your kids.
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Old 07-04-2011, 04:25 PM
 
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Default Moving to Santa Monica

I have...we come to LA about 3x per year, but usually stay in a hotel in the Beverly Hills area, so don't know much beyond that...and certainly can't afford to live there. I have been looking at schools and homes and have narrowed it down to favorites in the following areas:
(1. Woodland Hills 2. Valencia 3. Torrance) but the tough part is getting a good sense of what he the rush hour commute will be from Santa Monica. If Google maps says 35 mins, is that accurate in traffic?
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Old 07-04-2011, 04:58 PM
 
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If you are working in Santa Monica, I would avoid Woodland Hills and Valencia. Woodland Hills in rush hour traffic to Santa Monica is pushing 90 minutes each way. Valencia may actually be close to the 2 hour mark. To get an idea of the traffic, google los angeles traffic and the maps displayed will show real time traffic.

Torrance is the opposite direction but traffic wise, is still apparently bad. I am unfamiliar with traffic patterns in the South Bay, but I know that once you get between LAX and Santa Monica/Century City, the 405 is always jammed.

If you can swing living in Santa Monica, definitely do that. If not, check out Culver City. If you absolutely have to, the neighborhood of West Los Angeles which is very safe and covenient (though schools are LAUSD here).
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Old 07-04-2011, 11:42 PM
 
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90 minutes may be towards the high end, but all the places you mentioned are at least an hour away from santa monica during normal commuting hours.
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Old 07-07-2011, 09:14 PM
 
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Thanks, y'all. My commute in Atl is 1.5 each way, so I think I will be fine. I google mapped it, during rush hour and it is an hour with traffic to Valencia.
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Old 07-07-2011, 09:42 PM
 
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I have...we come to LA about 3x per year, but usually stay in a hotel in the Beverly Hills area, so don't know much beyond that...and certainly can't afford to live there. I have been looking at schools and homes and have narrowed it down to favorites in the following areas:
(1. Woodland Hills 2. Valencia 3. Torrance) but the tough part is getting a good sense of what he the rush hour commute will be from Santa Monica. If Google maps says 35 mins, is that accurate in traffic?
No, google maps is not accurate at all in LA during rush hour. In LA its not the distance that gets you but the gridlocked traffic.

That said I would pick Torrance 100x over Valencia and 10x over Woodland Hills. But that is my preference.

Derek
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Old 07-08-2011, 12:33 AM
 
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Thanks, y'all. My commute in Atl is 1.5 each way, so I think I will be fine. I google mapped it, during rush hour and it is an hour with traffic to Valencia.
If you can spend more time with your kids and less on the road I think you should consider it, otherwise how good a job is this really? What do you do with them if you get stuck somewhere? I never could figure out what people do about that.
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Old 07-08-2011, 09:27 AM
 
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If you can spend more time with your kids and less on the road I think you should consider it, otherwise how good a job is this really? What do you do with them if you get stuck somewhere? I never could figure out what people do about that.
Good point. Maybe a smaller apt. in Santa Monica would be better than driving 1 hour + from somewhere else. Thats 2+ hours more to spend with one's family per day = no small thing.

The exception to this might be if you can leave for work earlier in the morning and get off earlier. This could help some. But here still will be traffic. The closer it gets to prime rush hour the worse things become quickly.

Derek
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Old 07-08-2011, 10:37 AM
 
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Thanks, y'all. My commute in Atl is 1.5 each way, so I think I will be fine. I google mapped it, during rush hour and it is an hour with traffic to Valencia.
valencia is almost an hour away from santa monica with no traffic. you're looking at about 1.5 hours each way on normal days. my wife commutes from encino to SM and it's 45 minutes and only 15 miles. valencia is double the distance, and traffic through the valley is terrible on the 405. your commute will be about the same as it was in atl.
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