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Old 12-26-2007, 08:31 PM
 
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Thanks for the advise. I will try to look in the SFV area more. Hopefully I will find something decent.

Another question I had was with banks. I looked for Chase in the LA and it is nonexistent. What banks are well known and pretty good. I have heard of Wells Fargo and Wachovia. Does anyone have either of these and how do you like them? Thanks!
try simi valley,its like a 20 min drive.valencia might work.
on the banking id go wamu
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Old 12-26-2007, 08:42 PM
 
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Thanks for the advise. I will try to look in the SFV area more. Hopefully I will find something decent.

Another question I had was with banks. I looked for Chase in the LA and it is nonexistent. What banks are well known and pretty good. I have heard of Wells Fargo and Wachovia. Does anyone have either of these and how do you like them? Thanks!
I have accounts at Washington Mutual and Bank of America. Both of them have a lot of branches. Wells Fargo has lots of branches but they charge for a lot of things (or at least they used to) that other banks do for free.

Regarding housing: I agree with everyone who said around Ventura Blvd. (to Encino), Woodland Hills (it's got some nice apartments), and Northridge. Thousand Oaks, Moorpark, Simi Valley -- those are all geared more towards families. I think you'd have more fun living closer to the "action." I would not go over the hill to West LA because that commute would get to you after awhile. Living on the Valley side of the hill would allow you to go over to the other side for partying, special events and weekends -- but you wouldn't get that freakin' 1+ hour commute to work everyday! (Trust me -- In LA traffic, long commutes get old in a hurry!)
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Old 12-29-2007, 12:44 AM
 
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Hey, I made a similar move 5 years ago. I first lived in Woodland Hills. I liked it, but would not choose to live there now. I only say this because I have found better areas. I currently live in Studio City. I like it better than the westside of the valley. The west side of the valley gets 10-20 degrees hotter- Studio City is and has always been considered the cooler part of the valley and the "cooler part of the valley. Many celebrities live in this area. I have seen 10 times more AA here than in Moorpark, Thousand Oaks, or Woodland Hills. Your price range of 1600 for rent will get you something here. I have a 2 bedroom townhome for that price. Your commute to Canoga park will be short, maybe 15-30 minutes depending on the time you leave. Good luck, send me a line.
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Old 12-29-2007, 09:51 AM
 
Location: Las Flores, Orange County, CA
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Your commute to Canoga park will be short, maybe 15-30 minutes depending on the time you leave.
I think I would double those times.

http://maps.google.com/maps?f=d&hl=e...UTF8&z=12&om=1
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Old 12-29-2007, 11:47 PM
 
Location: LA
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I think I would double those times.

http://maps.google.com/maps?f=d&hl=e...UTF8&z=12&om=1

I currently commute everyday to that area and it takes me 15- 30 minutes.
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Old 12-29-2007, 11:48 PM
 
Location: LA
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try simi valley,its like a 20 min drive.valencia might work.
on the banking id go wamu

As a black woman, I would not live in Simi or chatsworth.
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Old 12-30-2007, 10:54 AM
 
Location: Las Flores, Orange County, CA
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As a black woman, I would not live in Simi or chatsworth.
About the commuting time...do you work regular hours, or do you have off hours or flexed hours like starting at 6 AM or something? If the former, I am surprised at your efficiency.

How come you don't want to live in Simi or Chatsworth? They are safe (but boring, family type) neighborhoods.
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Old 01-03-2008, 09:18 PM
 
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About the commuting time...do you work regular hours, or do you have off hours or flexed hours like starting at 6 AM or something? If the former, I am surprised at your efficiency.

How come you don't want to live in Simi or Chatsworth? They are safe (but boring, family type) neighborhoods.
If someone is black, they would probably feel uncomfortable in an area almost completely white. The would be Simi Valley. Western Chatsworth is the nice area, but it's all white.
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Old 01-04-2008, 01:40 AM
 
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If someone is black, they would probably feel uncomfortable in an area almost completely white. The would be Simi Valley. Western Chatsworth is the nice area, but it's all white.
I wouldn't feel uncomfortable if there were areas in LA that are diversed, and I'm black.
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Old 01-05-2008, 11:26 AM
 
Location: NYC
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Hey, I made a similar move 5 years ago. I first lived in Woodland Hills. I liked it, but would not choose to live there now. I only say this because I have found better areas. I currently live in Studio City. I like it better than the westside of the valley. The west side of the valley gets 10-20 degrees hotter- Studio City is and has always been considered the cooler part of the valley and the "cooler part of the valley. Many celebrities live in this area. I have seen 10 times more AA here than in Moorpark, Thousand Oaks, or Woodland Hills. Your price range of 1600 for rent will get you something here. I have a 2 bedroom townhome for that price. Your commute to Canoga park will be short, maybe 15-30 minutes depending on the time you leave. Good luck, send me a line.
How did you find a 2 bedroom town home for $1600 ??
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