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Old 12-31-2011, 08:49 AM
 
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I've read many posts and appreciate all the great insight to LA and the surrounding area. My question is specific to Santa Monica, so please if you know the answers, I would LOVE your help/opinion. Many thanks in advance!

Here's my story: I want to move from Salt Lake City, UT to Santa Monica. My wife and I are mid-thirties with two kids in 1st and 2nd grade. I work from home, so commute isn't an issue. Ideally we want to live north of Montana between 15th and Centinella, but we'll consider between Wilshire and Montana. Our budget is 2 Million for a house, so sadly, I know that's limiting for a single family home, so town homes are an option.

My questions are:

- Is the Franklin School district as great as I've read about? My kids are in Private school now and it is considered a very good school
- Is Santa Monica north of Wilshire a fairly safe place to live and walk around?
- What's it like raising kids in this area? Lots to do? Kid friendly? Many young families?
- Is the Santa Monica beach area good for hanging around? Is it safe?
- Is the Gloom as bad as I hear?
- Anything negative that someone not from there may be missing?

Many, many thanks!!!

Happy New Year!
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Old 01-03-2012, 09:12 PM
 
Location: San Francisco Bay Area
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Moving from SLC to LA will be culture shock for you and your family. No disrespect intended. I have visited SLC many times and found that it's a family friendly and safe place. I won't say much more about LA...
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Old 01-03-2012, 09:45 PM
 
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You'll get 2-3 times the house in a number of really great areas in LA and OC including beach areas. Do a search in your price range on Redfin to get an idea.

Anyway in answer to your questions the answer is mostly yes.

However, $2 million won't get you a house in Franklin NOM. In fact, I only found only six homes in the NOM area sold in the past three months and all were under 2000 sq ft. I also have to believe each has issues as I am pretty sure that raw land or teardowns in the area are around 1.75-2million(most lots are the same size).

And Santa Monica is not a great beach. The great beaches are mostly South Bay and OC.

And as far as being so great, there are better public schools in Cerritos, Irvine, La Canada, San Marino, etc. Franklin is very good, but the crap LAUSD schools make it appear even better. And the Santa Monica public schools at high school level is merely good....there are lots of very excellent schools in other upscale areas.

FYI, this is what 2 million gets you elsewhere in LA or OC(with public schools rated "9" or "10" through high school as well)

http://www.redfin.com/CA/Rancho-Palo...5/home/7741073

http://www.redfin.com/CA/Huntington-...9/home/3872198

http://www.redfin.com/CA/Huntington-...8/home/3140805

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Old 01-05-2012, 11:34 PM
 
Location: Glendale/Los Angeles
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There's a pocket of gorgeous homes in El Segundo that is similar to Santa Monica area.
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Old 01-05-2012, 11:36 PM
 
Location: Glendale/Los Angeles
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Oh and forget Redfin, Trulia, etc. The best one is ZipRealty. You can search by zip, city, or map and can filter by anything from year built to lot size. All details such as the school, HOA dues, etc. Are in the listing. I'm a bit obsessed!!! Lol
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Old 01-10-2012, 08:27 AM
 
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Default Thanks for the comments!

Thank you all for your comments. It looks like a bunch of great options in other areas, which is good to know, but I really need to be on the Westside of LA. I work at home, but I am in the entertainment industry, so I will travel for meetings throughout Burbank, Westwood, Hollywood, etc. Is there better areas than Santa Monica in the Westside? I am looking forward to the culture shock by the way. I grew up in NYC, so I am ready for life in a city again! Thanks again!
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