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Old 05-28-2018, 09:42 AM
 
Location: New Hampshire
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Sick of the New England winters, my husband and I are looking to move to the West coast. We’ve visited San Francisco, San Jose, San Diego, none of them have felt like the place to uproot us. We’re currently in LA and am wondering if the neighborhood I had in my mind just doesn’t exist? I’m hoping you can provide suggestions on neighborhoods we should check out that fit the bill, or if another county would be a better fit?

Ideally looking for a neighborhood that’s within a few blocks of restaurants and cafes that is slightly suburban in terms of single family homes, where we could ultimately purchase for between $7-800k. We stayed in Silver Lake which had great restaurants and cafes nearby but was exceptionally compact. Driving through Los Feliz seemed to provide a bit more room but I don’t think would fit in that range. West Hollywood also seems too high. We loved little Tokyo but appeared to be more apartment complexes.

We drove by Glendale but not really through it. What about Pasadena? Or Long Beach? Or am I in the wrong county altogether and should be looking closer to Irvine? West Covina? I tried to research as many neighborhoods as possible before getting here but it’s such a large city I don’t think you can fully prepare. We have one day left to checkout the neighborhoods before returning home. Thank you!
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Old 05-28-2018, 09:43 AM
 
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I was going to say Pasadena.
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Old 05-28-2018, 11:07 AM
 
Location: Bella Vista, Ark
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Sick of the New England winters, my husband and I are looking to move to the West coast. We’ve visited San Francisco, San Jose, San Diego, none of them have felt like the place to uproot us. We’re currently in LA and am wondering if the neighborhood I had in my mind just doesn’t exist? I’m hoping you can provide suggestions on neighborhoods we should check out that fit the bill, or if another county would be a better fit?

Ideally looking for a neighborhood that’s within a few blocks of restaurants and cafes that is slightly suburban in terms of single family homes, where we could ultimately purchase for between $7-800k. We stayed in Silver Lake which had great restaurants and cafes nearby but was exceptionally compact. Driving through Los Feliz seemed to provide a bit more room but I don’t think would fit in that range. West Hollywood also seems too high. We loved little Tokyo but appeared to be more apartment complexes.

We drove by Glendale but not really through it. What about Pasadena? Or Long Beach? Or am I in the wrong county altogether and should be looking closer to Irvine? West Covina? I tried to research as many neighborhoods as possible before getting here but it’s such a large city I don’t think you can fully prepare. We have one day left to checkout the neighborhoods before returning home. Thank you!
What comes to mind for me right away would be: Pasadena and So. Pasadena. No to W Covina I don't know about your budget though, what size home are you considering?
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Old 05-28-2018, 11:48 AM
 
Location: TOVCCA
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Try Encino near the Town Center on Ventura Blvd.; 53 restaurants in area, an art movie theatre, and a lot of little SFH bungalows north of the boulevard.
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Old 05-28-2018, 01:01 PM
 
Location: So Ca
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What comes to mind for me right away would be: Pasadena and So. Pasadena.
Not much available in those cities in a $700-800 K price range. A condo, maybe.
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Old 05-28-2018, 01:39 PM
 
Location: San Francisco Bay Area
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Pasadena and South Pasadena are good choices, but you would likely need to increase your budget for a SFR. Also, look into Monrovia, Glendora and La Crescenta-Montrose. All have nice downtown areas.
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Old 05-28-2018, 02:21 PM
 
Location: The Big Apple and Shytown and Miami and Dallas and Milwalkie and St Paul-Mineopolis n DCMV n WestBay
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South Pasadena is nice small town feel.
Sierra Madra is similar feel. just east of Pasadena near the foothills.
Altadena north of Pasadena has a woody feel
Northeast and Eastern Pasadena near Hastings Ranch is suburban.
most of places near restaurants/cafes are mainly apartments but as you go away it is mostly SFH.
Eagle Rock is a nice area esp along Colorado Blvd where most businesses are located.
Culver City has that small town feel esp near their Downtown area.

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Old 05-28-2018, 02:26 PM
 
Location: Los Angeles
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I don’t think you can find a SFH in South Pasadena in the $700-800K range. I would highly recommend the area though, it’s really nice!
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Old 05-28-2018, 02:43 PM
 
Location: San Francisco Bay Area
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Ideally looking for a neighborhood that’s within a few blocks of restaurants and cafes that is slightly suburban in terms of single family homes, where we could ultimately purchase for between $7-800k.
What you are describing exists in numerous places in Northern California (several towns and cities in Marin County and Sonoma County, and also on the Peninsula are especially nice), but your budget for purchase is far too low.

You are describing a dream community and dreams don't come cheap in California.
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Old 05-28-2018, 02:47 PM
 
Location: Paradise CA, that place on fire
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Up here in northern California, anywhere north of Sacramento, we have dozens of small towns fitting to your desire and you can get a lovely house from $ 275 K and up. Our summers are like S. California (not like the coast but more inland) and our winters get down to 30 at night, occasionally, and 50 during the day. Three days of snow last winter, zero snow in 2016-17 previously.
Sorry, OP, you are looking at all the wrong places.
For 800 K there are 5 bedroom, 3,000 sq.foot homes with 2 acres and swimming pool-Jacuzzi.
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