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Family of three moving from Philly to Los Angeles; looking for home with budget of 200k to 350k, husband does not mind commuting to work,

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Old 10-21-2007, 06:10 PM
 
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Hi all... Love reading your thoughtful replies!

We are moving to Los Angeles from Philadelphia. My husband will be working in West LA. We would like to buy a house around $200K to $350K for 2 adults and 1+ child. He doesn't mind a commute...

Also... are all of the highways basically gridlock? We drive a lot to NYC and Philadelphia... NJ Turnpike and all... is it worse than that? Would it be better to live North, East or South?

Thank you in advance!
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Old 10-21-2007, 06:13 PM
 
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You're kidding, right? Perhaps you should look in the rentals on Craig's List.
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Old 10-21-2007, 07:01 PM
 
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Okay... that was of no help.

Are there any suburbs that are worth commuting from?
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Old 10-21-2007, 07:02 PM
 
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OK. Fine. Go live in Barstow and commute in. You should be able to find a house in your budget out there.
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Old 10-21-2007, 07:47 PM
 
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We would ALL love to find a house in that price range commuting distance to West LA. The problem is IF you could find something it wouldn't be the kind of place you would want a child to be. Sorry, that is just the way prices are out here. Maybe you can get something in Lancaster? The drive will be a nightmare though.
I don't know how traffic is back there but I would say, unless he can work flex time then, yes, it will be gridlock.
I know that isn't much help but it is what we deal with.
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Old 10-21-2007, 09:41 PM
 
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You may be able to find a tiny 2bed condo, but nothing else.

This is probably the best you'll get in West LA.
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In the San Fernando Valley
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Safer area, nicer homes, even single family homes, but very from LA. If you would consider sacrificing a shorter commute for better and safer housing, the Santa Clarita/Newhall is an area to definitely look into.
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You get the idea of Santa Clarita/Newhall-very new, quite cheap by SoCal standards.

San Gabriel Valley-closer than Newhall, farther than SFV. Safer in some areas, not so safe in others.
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Old 10-21-2007, 10:09 PM
 
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I personally don't think you will find anything in that price range
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Old 10-21-2007, 10:26 PM
 
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I just showed several. LOL.
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Old 10-22-2007, 12:12 AM
 
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Hi all... Love reading your thoughtful replies!

We are moving to Los Angeles from Philadelphia. My husband will be working in West LA. We would like to buy a house around $200K to $350K for 2 adults and 1+ child. He doesn't mind a commute...

Also... are all of the highways basically gridlock? We drive a lot to NYC and Philadelphia... NJ Turnpike and all... is it worse than that? Would it be better to live North, East or South?

Thank you in advance!
Hi,

If your going to be in the $200-350 range, I would suggest you check Apartment and condos rentals. You should be able to rent either type well within your budget range right in West Los Angeles.

Save the difference, get to know the areas, and see what happens with the housing market next year as there may be more activity and a bigger supply to choose from. You also have a much better chance of sending your kid to public school in west LA, rather than having to pay for private in the more affordable suburbs with cheap housing.
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Old 10-22-2007, 06:44 PM
 
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I agree with the previous post. It would be insane to buy a place in that price range at the moment, when a huge number of properties are currently in foreclosure and will soon hit the market. Nobody knows for sure what will happen but the betting is that things will become very ugly indeed at that price point. There are some stories about rents going up but I'm not sure I believe them. Or at least I'm not sure rents will continue to rise. Rents are linked to jobs, and unemployment is rising at the moment.

Are the freeways as bad as NJ / NY? I'm not an expert on the latter, but my impression is not. The real problem with LA traffic is not the slowness of the roads (I'm from Britain, and as far as I'm concerned Angelenos don't know what real gridlock is like) but the distances that people try to drive.
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