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Old 08-12-2009, 04:38 PM
 
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Hi,

We are relocating to CA like yesterday. My husband will be working in Century City and we need advise on the areas that we can settle down in. We have an 8 year old and a 4 year old. We need to look at towns that are about 30-45 mins from Century City, so we can spend less on rent and also areas that have great school districts.

We are looking to spend up to $1800 a month for a 3+ bedrooms standalone family home or even townhouse.

Thanks in advance.
Beth
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Old 08-12-2009, 05:13 PM
 
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I would look into the woodland hills/west hills area of the san fernando valley. it's going to be a tough commute from your husband, but that area is probably the last area of LA city with good schools within a reasonable distance of the westside that doesn't cost too much. you may also consider the santa clarita valley. it is a bit further away, but there are express buses that run from that area down to century city. the only place that might work is torrance, but i haven't heard much about the schools down there. unfortunately, your budget won't get you anything within a 30 minute commute to century city. honestly, you'll be luck to keep it under an hour at that price point.
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Old 08-12-2009, 07:00 PM
 
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I would look into the woodland hills/west hills area of the san fernando valley. it's going to be a tough commute from your husband, but that area is probably the last area of LA city with good schools within a reasonable distance of the westside that doesn't cost too much. you may also consider the santa clarita valley. it is a bit further away, but there are express buses that run from that area down to century city. the only place that might work is torrance, but i haven't heard much about the schools down there. unfortunately, your budget won't get you anything within a 30 minute commute to century city. honestly, you'll be luck to keep it under an hour at that price point.
BRinSM,

Thanks for your response. I do see that I was being overly optimistic with my price range since reading through many threads. What do you think of Brentwood? Renting looks quite reasonable and I checked out a good public school (8 out of 10 ranking) and also a good private school. It looks good on paper but is it?

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Beth
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Old 08-12-2009, 08:58 PM
 
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brentwood is a nice area, but it would be difficult to find a 2br apartment for under $2k/month in that area.
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Old 08-13-2009, 04:11 PM
 
Location: LA
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Hi,

We are relocating to CA like yesterday. My husband will be working in Century City and we need advise on the areas that we can settle down in. We have an 8 year old and a 4 year old. We need to look at towns that are about 30-45 mins from Century City, so we can spend less on rent and also areas that have great school districts.

We are looking to spend up to $1800 a month for a 3+ bedrooms standalone family home or even townhouse.

Thanks in advance.
Beth
If I had kids on that budget, I would see about living in Torrance. The schools are excellent as long as you stay west of Western. There arent many 3 br apts for that kind of money but there are some.
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