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Old 12-02-2007, 05:23 PM
 
Location: La Cañada, CA
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Walnut & Diamond Bar... good school districts and home values right up your alley.
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Old 12-02-2007, 07:42 PM
 
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Nope. The entire city of Westlake Village resides in LA County. Read first sentence of the following link to the city's web site.

City of Westlake Village (http://www.wlv.org/city_hall/city-profile.asp?s=1 - broken link)
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Just for clarification (and understandably this can be confusing), none of Westlake Village is in Ventura county. That part of the community that surrounds the Westlake Lake that is in Ventura County is Thousand Oaks. That part of the community that surrounds the Westlake Lake that is in Los Angeles County is the City of Westlake Village.
O okay. Thanks for correcting me. I always thought part was in each county. I learned something new today.
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Old 12-04-2007, 07:25 AM
 
Location: La Mirada, CA
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We love La Mirada!! It was voted the #34 city in the U.S. by CNN's Money Magazine this year. We have Blue Ribbon schools and pretty good stats for crime, etc. There are TONS of community programs/activities, a brand new swimming pool/water park, and we're freeway close. Check it out. You can get a great house (perhaps ours which is for sale ) at a great price too!!
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Old 12-04-2007, 08:22 AM
 
Location: City of Angels
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You can get a great house (perhaps ours which is for sale ) at a great price too!!

Where are you planning to move? Just curious.
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Old 12-04-2007, 01:48 PM
 
Location: La Mirada, CA
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Where are you planning to move? Just curious.
The Texas hill country seems like it would be a good fit for our family, but maybe not in the immediate future. It depends on my husband's potential job transfer which could happen in a couple months or a year from now. If we do sell soon (God willing while can still get a good price), then we'll just get an apartment around here for now until the big M-day. We don't really want to leave, but having a big family is more important to us, and that's not exactly in our budget at this point.
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Old 12-05-2007, 06:51 PM
 
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Check out Santa Clarita. If you don't require a very large house, you can still find something under 600K. Stevenson Ranch is VERY family oriented - kids on every block, lots of block parties, soccer moms, minivans/SUV's, chain restaurants, etc. Other than the occassional kook, its very safe and clean and has excellent schools. (Its an unincorportated part of Santa Clarita.) There's also Valencia and Westridge out here that are also nice, clean, safe areas. Canyon Country and Sand Canyon are other areas in Santa Clarita to consider if you don't want the "cookie cutter" neighborhoods; although Sand Canyon is probably out of your price range. HTH.
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Old 12-05-2007, 08:51 PM
 
Location: Earth
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Check out Santa Clarita. If you don't require a very large house, you can still find something under 600K. Stevenson Ranch is VERY family oriented - kids on every block, lots of block parties, soccer moms, minivans/SUV's, chain restaurants, etc. Other than the occassional kook, its very safe and clean and has excellent schools. (Its an unincorportated part of Santa Clarita.) There's also Valencia and Westridge out here that are also nice, clean, safe areas. Canyon Country and Sand Canyon are other areas in Santa Clarita to consider if you don't want the "cookie cutter" neighborhoods; although Sand Canyon is probably out of your price range. HTH.
And, if you move to Santa Clarita and want an alternative to generic mall culture, CalArts (a superb private university which I tried to get into after high school but was rejected from) does put on events quite often. I don't know exactly what the student body is like now but it used to be very eclectic and boho oriented.

Thousand Oaks did have one of the highest increases in crime of any municpality in California last year ; however, considering that crime in TO was previously amongst the state's lowest, I'd still consider it to be quite safe. Unfortunately, it is rather boring, and there's not much to do for adults without driving a long ways. If one has kids it has its positive aspects, but it is missing many of the things that make a community worthwhile, like good bars.
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Old 11-29-2008, 09:21 AM
 
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Default also considering a move

Hello There,
I am a former NewYorker who has spent the past 15 years in Tampa. I love the weather and neghborhoods here, but I'm looking for more opportunities. I'm looking into doctoral programs in Dev psych that work with education. I'm able to find those well enough, though if you know of any good ones, let me know. I'm also very interested in writing, and my daughter, who is a model here, wants to model there and pursue an acting career.
Any ideas of safe, but fairly affordable places to live that aren't too far from Hollywood? I know that there are many foreclosures in CA right now. Hasn't that helped the housing costs lately?

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I live in Thousand Oaks, CA. As a young professional this city is very boring for me, but to raise a family it is probably one of the best places in the country. One of the safest cities in the US (1 or 3 usually), some of the best public and private schools in the country, very clean, and outside of LA. There are also local shopping malls, a civic center that actually has good performers, and a small local "bar" scene in Agoura/Westlake. The only bad thing about Thousand Oaks is that there is no diversity, culture, and boring.

Your problem may be the pricing and commuting. For your range (500-599K) you will not be able to buy a decent house, but you will be able to buy a nice Townhome or Condo. If you plan to commute into Beverly Hills/Hollywood/Downtown good luck. During peak hours it will take you 1.5-3 hours to those areas. That is why I commute to Beverly Hills starting at 6am, which only takes about an hour. However, if you are commuting to the valley it is not as bad (.5-1hr). That would be ideal for you.

One of my goals in life is to be able to move back to Thousand Oaks to raise my family someday. That is how much I like it despite the lack of fun/diversity/culture for a young professional.

Check out these cities that are all very similar...(Ventura County)
Thousand Oaks, Newbury Park, Oak Park, Calabasas, Agoura, Westlake Village, Simi Valley, Moorpark.

Good luck and feel free to contact me with any questions about this area. I have lived here my whole life except when I went away for college.
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Old 11-29-2008, 09:28 AM
 
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Default Please share any info you've learned about CA move

Hello There! I'm a native NewYorker (from LI mostly) who's raised my kids in Tampa, FL for the past 15 years. Lots of great perks here, but I'm getting the feeling that I need to be somewhere else for career reasons. Our kids are young teens, so we need a safe neighborhood and excellent public schools. We also really love nature, so places where there is conservation, mountains, etc are of particular interest to us. My husband is a builder here in FL and would be looking to secure a position with a construction company there if we move. Could you please share any info you've learned? (Of course, our finances are not healthy at the moment, but I'll try to figure that out. LOL. Have you heard much about good buys due to the sub-prime crisis?)
Thanks for anything you can pass on!! BTW- Have you moved or made the decision yet?

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we are in the beginning process of thinking about where our future will be...we are originally from ny and the diversity doesn't bother me at all, however, the crime rate does...my husband has a lot of family in california, both in the northern part and outside of LA...i have a friend who is living in burbank right now...i am a school teacher and my husband is in the IT field...we are hoping to raise a family in a nice suburb, but i am just beginning my research...in the end, it all depends on where his job will be...are there are decent suburbs outside of LA??
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Old 11-29-2008, 07:14 PM
 
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Any ideas of safe, but fairly affordable places to live that aren't too far from Hollywood? I know that there are many foreclosures in CA right now. Hasn't that helped the housing costs lately?
Burbank
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