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Old 06-13-2018, 06:58 AM
 
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Hello. We are thinking about moving to Southern California from Lincoln park in Chicago. We would like to find a neighborhood with great public schools for our 6 and 9 year old boys, a nice house with a yard, and something that has a walking distance area with shops and restaurants. Our budget is 1.5m and we don’t have jobs yet, so we are flexible on the location. We would love an area with lots of kids around, fun and interesting neighbors, etc. What do you suggest? Thanks!
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Old 06-13-2018, 07:56 AM
 
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Something with that criteria is probably really hard to find. Not impossible but harder and limited.

Here is a list of the best school districts in the LA Metro (LA County and Orange County=13 million people).
https://www.niche.com/k12/search/bes...es-metro-area/

The population size and vastness of the metro, people have segregated base on income over the many decades. and race/ethnicity. Most of the best school districts are outside in the middle to upper class suburban areas where walkable areas are not that common. Walkable sometimes equates to poor areas because walkable means dense apartments, people who take public transit, people who dont drive or overall what poor people do. Not saying it is all like that. Most cities and neighborhoods do have a central district or town center or main street or a few main streets where all the commerce is done with restaurants, banks, bars, shops, but it would surrounded by a single family housing. Many people would be 10-20-30 minutes walk from these amenities but people drive rather than walk. Often time they are suburban in layout meaning, drive thru starbucks, drive thru banks, strip malls with lots of parking rather than the walkable areas you might find in Chicago. LA area isnt built like that outside of the older parts of LA before cars where a big deal.



Santa Monica and South Pasadena might fit into most of your criteria except I dont know if they are full of kids. But they are generally safe, good schools, more walkable compared to most, and areas many SFH with yards There are others maybe Fullerton, Manhattan beach, Hermosa.

But the rest have a very suburban layout that requires more car driving for daily errands.
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Old 06-13-2018, 08:04 AM
 
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There are many such areas in South Orange County. Although since you posted in the LA forum, I don't know if you're interested in Orange County.
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Old 06-13-2018, 09:57 AM
 
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We would be open to Orange County. Although we don’t know much about it. What would you suggest?
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Old 06-13-2018, 10:20 AM
 
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What type of jobs would you be looking for? This is important, as commuting in SoCal can make life hell.
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Old 06-13-2018, 11:09 AM
 
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There are many such areas in South Orange County. Although since you posted in the LA forum, I don't know if you're interested in Orange County.
Aliso Viejo, Rancho Santa Margarita, Mission Viejo, and Irvine all have family-oriented neighborhoods that meet your criteria. Walkability is the hardest to achieve so you would need to choose the location carefully.

I think you would like the beach cities of Dana Point and Newport Beach, but it will be harder to find single-family homes with yards in your budget there.

I agree that you shouldn't underestimate the importance of having jobs close to home. Commuting in SoCal is no joke. Even a distance of 10 miles has the potential of making your life miserable.
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Old 06-13-2018, 12:51 PM
 
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Aliso Viejo, Rancho Santa Margarita, Mission Viejo, and Irvine all have family-oriented neighborhoods that meet your criteria. Walkability is the hardest to achieve so you would need to choose the location carefully.

I think you would like the beach cities of Dana Point and Newport Beach, but it will be harder to find single-family homes with yards in your budget there.

I agree that you shouldn't underestimate the importance of having jobs close to home. Commuting in SoCal is no joke. Even a distance of 10 miles has the potential of making your life miserable.
None of those are really walkable
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Old 06-13-2018, 01:05 PM
 
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Culver City would likely be a good option, though your budget may be a bit low. Santa Monica is out of budget unless you can handle a condo. Long Beach has some great neighborhoods you could consider, definitely look into Belmont Shore. Studio city and Sherman Oaks in the San Fernando valley may also be good options as there are some high performing elementary schools even though they are part of LAUSD.
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Old 06-13-2018, 01:24 PM
 
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El Segundo could be an option.
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Old 06-13-2018, 01:36 PM
 
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None of those are really walkable
As I said, it depends on where you are specifically. I live in Rancho Santa Margarita and in less than 10 minutes I can walk to any of the following: Target, Trader Joe's, Lowe's, Petsmart, Staples, Ralphs, Wal-Mart Neighborhood Market, the lake, a community pool, tennis courts, the library, O'Neill Regional Park, Central Park, an elementary school, a middle school, City Hall/police station, a movie theater, an urgent care clinic, several salons, and too many restaurants to mention, including some which are highly rated (i.e. not all fast food). I'm sure we are lacking some things but I consider where I live to be quite walkable for SoCal.

People also live in parts of RSM which are really not walkable for any of those things, except there are parks and pools pretty much everywhere. Which is why I said you need to choose carefully.
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