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Old 08-01-2009, 11:11 AM
 
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Hello,

I work at CSUN and am looking for suggestions of cool neighborhoods to live within 25 miles of Northridge. I’ve been living/renting on the Westside for 20 years, but giving up the prospect of buying anything here. I like Pasadena too, but it’s also a bit pricey. My price range is around $400,000 and below.

Things that I would like would include:


1) good public transportation to Northridge. It seems that Glendale and Burbank might be interesting options using the metrolink. Any thoughts on those neighborhoods or other suggestions?

2) Walkable neighborhoods, with independent-owned restaurants, Trader joes, farmer’s markets, good outdoor swimming pool (like the one in Santa Monica).

3) Ethnic and cultural diversity with some Asian presence...I’m Chinese American so would be good to have some folks like me, along with other ethnic groups. A place with a San Francisco-like vibe?

4) Good mix of single professionals, artists, and families.

5) City supported outdoor events like summer concerts, film festivals, etc.

6) Decent schools—although not as important as the above now since I’m single.

Am I asking for too much?

If this helps, I'm a single woman in my 40s. Friends of mine say I would like Los Feliz but that's out of my price range and not an easy commute to Northridge from a public transportation perspective.
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Old 08-01-2009, 11:36 AM
 
Location: Las Flores, Orange County, CA
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There's a metrolink that goes to Northridge about maybe a mile from CSUN. there are also RTD buses.

Gut feeling from what you want is stay in the southeast section of the valley from Sherman Oaks to Universal City, Burbank. Most everything else is either scumy, or suburban soccer neighborhoods. Calabasas is nice too, so is Woodland Hill...actually just about anything near Ventura Boulevard has those restaurant requirements and Trader Joes (White Oak and the 101).
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Old 08-01-2009, 12:09 PM
 
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hi charles,

thanks for your reply. i've looked in the sherman oaks area and really tried to like it give it's location. it didn't have that neighborhood feel that i'm look for (culver city, los feliz, pasadena).
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Old 08-01-2009, 12:17 PM
 
Location: Las Flores, Orange County, CA
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hi charles,

thanks for your reply. i've looked in the sherman oaks area and really tried to like it give it's location. it didn't have that neighborhood feel that i'm look for (culver city, los feliz, pasadena).

The only things remaining are Studio City and Burbank; and those are a schlep to CSUN. I can't think of much more....everything else is too far, or doesn't meet your requirements.
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Old 08-01-2009, 12:38 PM
 
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yeah, i know burbank/glendale is not close to northridge (but lived there and too suburban with sprawling strip mall for me). i usually go to work three days a week, and if i take the metro/metrolink burbank/glendale, thinking that would not be too bad. the idea is that when i'm at home (since i work from home often), they i can be car free.

some say that burbank is boring. can someone say a little more about burbank vs. glendale, in terms of affordable housing in a decent walking neighborhood? anything similar to downtown culver city/silverlake/los feliz over there or other areas with metro/metrolink to northridge.
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