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Old 01-02-2012, 01:55 PM
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Moving from Orange county to the Los Angeles area.. For a job, located in Woodland Hills.. Was approved for Archstone apartments online, they have availability in Woodland Hills AND Studio City..

Woodland Hills is closer to work, but I have two small kids (plus a dog) and looking to find the best/most convenient/safest/etc.. place to live between either Studio City location or Woodland Hills location. Either town have better family friendly set ups, more restaurants, easier commute to local spots, etc..??

Please let me know if you have any experience, opinions or ideas!

......Also, if you know of a better apartment complex in a better area, feel free to voice your opinion!!

Thank you all who stop by to drop a line!

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Old 01-02-2012, 02:02 PM
Location: Los Angeles, CA
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Woodland Hills is more family oriented than Studio City. SC is more singles oriented.

Both are nice areas. Also, both are located in the LA Unified School District (which has some good schools and some very bad schools). Easier to find good schools at the younger grade levels as opposed to junior or high school.
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Old 01-02-2012, 11:12 PM
Location: South Bay
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with kids i would move to woodland hills. WH is less expensive and more family friendly. you'd also be much closer to work which would give you more time at home with the kiddos.
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Old 01-03-2012, 08:14 AM
Location: SoCal - Sherman Oaks & Woodland Hills
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I agree with BRinSM above, you should go to woodland hills. But note that although it says Woodland Hills, I think its actually Canoga Park. Borders and BevMo are right there and they are Canoga Park addreses. Even Topanga Plaza is Canoga Park and NOT Woodland Hills. This would definitely be an issue if your kids are middle to high school because that area is zoned for Canoga Park High School which is awful. "Woodland Hills" start south of Victory blvd. Its a great walkable area with mall, restaurants, shops all very very close. Will be even better when The Village is build (similar to The Grove in L.A and Americana in Glendale) which will connect Topanga Plaza and Westfield Topanga. Plus, closer parks for your kids to play.

Studio City is nice but you'll be in LAUSD school district zoned same as North Hollywood. Not too much of a problem if your kids are elementary aged, but definitely a prob if middle or high school (North Hollywood or Grant High School zone) unless you want pvt school. Archwood Studio City is okay, but you'll have to drive to wherever you want to be.

While I personally prefer Studio City (for HOME/HOUSE), given the choices between the two Archwood locations and your job being in Woodland Hills, this is almost a no-brainer - ARCHWOOD WOODLAND HILLS.
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Old 01-03-2012, 10:19 PM
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Woodland Hills is way too hot during the summer, go with Studio City. Well, the whole Valley is just horrible in summer but Woodland Hills is extreme.
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Old 01-04-2012, 02:44 AM
Location: EST
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Woodland Hills! Pease don't add to your commute by living in Studio City, which is more singles-oriented anyway. As far as heat goes, the Valley is just one big mess of heat in the summer (nowadays, almost year round except for Dec-March), so just know that your electricity bills will be high and you'll have to fill your car tank often. The less commute mileage, the better.
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Old 01-04-2012, 11:52 PM
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If your job is in Woodland HIlls/Warner Center then you should definitely want to be closer to work. El Camino Real High School is a good school if your children are of high school age. But like mentioned before Woodland Hills is the HOTTEST part of the Valley in the summer time. This last summer it was in the upper 110s... Woodland Hills proper also has more owners rather than renters so it helps keep the neighborhood crime down. I lived in Calabasas and Worked in Woodland Hills for a couple of years. Congrats on the new job! Best of luck in all of your endeavors.
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Old 01-05-2012, 03:37 PM
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Woodland Hills is the way to go for those with kids. Studio City I would recommend if you were young and single, an actor, a hipster, etc. But Woodland Hills is solidly suburban with supposedly pretty good schools and GREAT convenient shopping and parking.
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