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Old 08-26-2009, 11:44 PM
 
Location: Santa Monica, CA
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My partner is currently working in Culver City/Fox Hills and we're considering buying a house in Huntington Beach. Is this too far a commute? I Googled it and it says 36 miles - 41 minutes but up to 1:10 in traffic. Is traffic really bad on the 405? Is this something I should NOT be considering? I think it's CRAZY but he belives it wont be that bad. But homes are cheaper in the O.C.
What do you think?
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Old 08-27-2009, 12:21 AM
 
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The 405 fwy has the most freeway traffic of any highway in the world. It is a rush hour nightmare.

Huntington Beach to Culver City at 1:10 is rather optimistic.

Cerritos, Cypress, or Fullerton would perhaps be better.
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Old 08-27-2009, 09:06 AM
 
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I think it is crazy. The furtherst south I would commute to Culver City is Long Beach. There are many great neighborhoods of all styles (suburban, urban, beach, etc.) in all price ranges in LB. I would look there if there is some need to be south. Otherwise the southbay would be even better from a commute perspective.
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Old 08-27-2009, 02:54 PM
 
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Don't forget that the 405 just barely grazes the edge of HB so actually getting to and from the freeway can add up to another 15 minutes depending on where you live. Unless you really like to drive and can avoid the freeway between 6am and 8pm, forget it.
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Old 08-27-2009, 03:47 PM
 
Location: Houston, Texas
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I think it's time to get a new partner.

Seriously, I used to make the LA-OC commute and it's straight-up insane. Long Beach is better but South Bay is better still.
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Old 08-27-2009, 03:57 PM
 
Location: Kingwood, Texas
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Look at it like this 3 hours a day in a car, 15 hours a week, 780 hours a year sitting in the car going to work. that is roughly 50 waking days in a vehicle (780 / 16 hrs a day awake)
Do you really want to spend 1/7th of your waking hours driving the 405?
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