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Old 07-16-2018, 10:50 PM
 
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Hello everyone,

We currently live in Victorville, CA (the desert on the way to Vegas). I am a ride share driver (uber and lyft), so moving closer to LA will give me more work than what I am getting out here. Also, my daughter is a dancer in LA so we are looking forward to a shorter commute for that, which is 2 hours one way right now. I would like to be close enough to LA, but not in the city. Close to shops, and things to do ( I have 3 daughters, all under 19 y/o) We are looking to move into an apartment, at least initially for a year or 2. We have looked in Pasadena, and also over in Woodland Hills, which we really loved. My daughter mainly dances in the evening and usually in or around Studio City area, so we would be driving into the city from 4-6pm and leaving to go back home from 8-10pm. How bad is the commute from Woodland Hills during the hours? Any other places a little outside of LA that are nice areas? We are looking at apartment rent under $3000, hopefully!

TIA!
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Old 07-23-2018, 11:47 AM
 
Location: Studio City, CA 91604
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Try Sylmar, Santa Clarita, Castaic or the west side of Palmdale.
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Old 07-23-2018, 03:46 PM
 
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You have a nice budget. You could rent in Santa Clarita which is a great area and be very close to Studio City. Traveling down there at 4 wouldn’t be a big issue.

You already live in Victorville, so you know what the high desert is like. West Palmdale or west Lancaster would be an easy transition. It’s a little further out than the Santa Clarita valley, but you can still get to Studio City in an hour or maybe less.

With that budget and wanting to be closer to things to do for three teenage girls, I would pick SC.
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Old 07-23-2018, 07:03 PM
 
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Woodland Hills and Pasadena are both good spots. Only downsides are that Pasadena public schools are poor and Woodland Hills may not be good given that its part of LAUSD which is below average, although a couple of the local schools may be pretty good. Nevertheless, both are safe areas (exception with Pasadena is northwest Pasadena) with plenty of things to do, but still suburban and with new apartment complexes. Downside with Woodland Hills is it can get really hot, but if you're from Victorville, then you're probably used to it.

The commute from Woodland Hills to Studio City should be around 30-35 minutes between 4-6pm. And it's approximately the same from Pasadena.

If you want to send your kids to good, public schools, then Santa Clarita is a good option as mentioned. Although as a ride share driver, it is likely better to be in Woodland Hills or Pasadena given larger population.
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Old 07-24-2018, 05:21 PM
 
Location: Studio City, CA 91604
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You have a nice budget. You could rent in Santa Clarita which is a great area and be very close to Studio City. Traveling down there at 4 wouldn’t be a big issue.

You already live in Victorville, so you know what the high desert is like. West Palmdale or west Lancaster would be an easy transition. It’s a little further out than the Santa Clarita valley, but you can still get to Studio City in an hour or maybe less.

With that budget and wanting to be closer to things to do for three teenage girls, I would pick SC.

West Palmdale/West Lancaster (west Antelope Valley) are a lot cooler, temperature wise than Victorville. Schools are better in the west Antelope Valley than in Victorville.

When I leave Studio City to go to West Palmdale to visit my brother's family, it's usually exactly 1 hour and 10 minutes -- my door to his door.

The issue with Santa Clarita is that all of the apartments for rent are clustered along the Jake's Way corridor, or in Newhall, and neither of those areas are very nice. There are a few apartment complexes in Stevenson Ranch worth checking out.

For what you'd be paying for an apartment in the mediocre parts of Santa Clarita, you could probably rent a nice home on the west side of Palmdale. Just a thought.
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Old 07-24-2018, 05:37 PM
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Location: Thousand Oaks, CA
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Take a look at Granada Hills.
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