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Old 01-30-2010, 10:07 AM
 
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hey all, I'm looking at relocated from orange county to the westside for work. I have 3 small kids. How is marina del rey for kids? Or do you recommend a better area on the westside? Budget is between 2500-3500 for a 3br house/condo/townhome to rent.

thanks
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Old 01-30-2010, 10:23 AM
 
Location: South Bay
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i live in the marina, i see kids around occasionally, but not many. i think the area is generally kid friendly, but i would be worried about the schools. MDR is in LAUSD, which is generally something you want to avoid. there are some good schools, but you'll need to do your research. culver city and santa monica would be better options if schools are an issue, maybe even el segundo, but that will extend your commute a little bit.
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Old 01-30-2010, 10:37 AM
 
Location: Las Flores, Orange County, CA
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This really illustrates the location vs education vs affordability triangle.

You want it all: Good schools, Affordable homes, proximity to job(s). In reality, you can pick two:

If good schools and affordable, it's far from jobs.
If affordable and close to jobs, then bad schools.
If close to jobs and good schools, then not affordable.
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Old 01-30-2010, 10:48 PM
 
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The questions:

1.) As others pointed out - are you sending your kids to private schools or not?

2.) If the answer is yes, there are a number of nice family friendly areas where $2500-$3500 will get you into a 3BR/2BA house or townhome.

3.) If the answer is no, your neighborhoods are severely limited. Some of this will depend on how long you will live in the area as some of the LAUSD elementary schools are pretty good while the high school is absolutely awful and unsafe. Westchester and Playa Del Rey come to mind.

I know of a $3500 a month 3 bed/2ba upgraded house near Marina Del Rey that is available if you are interested. As pointed out above, Culver City and Santa Monica may be better options. You won't need to spend $3500 a month to get a nice 3bd/2ba house there.
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Old 01-31-2010, 10:04 AM
 
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thanks everyone.. the kids are under 2 so I'm still a fair ways of from school. I suppose they're coming up for preschool time though.
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Old 01-31-2010, 08:04 PM
 
Location: RSM
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I would consider the South Bay and the much shorter commute from there. You can live near the 405 in Torrance, have a decent/nice family neighborhood, and good enough schools at your price point and be not too bad as far as commute goes. The only westside city I've seen that I might consider a family place would be Westchester, but you gotta watch out by the college there as the students will chew through apartment/condo inventory and leave you dealing with parties every night.
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Old 03-20-2010, 04:33 PM
 
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Marina Del Rey is a great neighborhood, but it's mostly yuppies and older people...not that many kids...but it wouldn't be a bad area to raise them (if they are going to private school)
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Old 03-20-2010, 06:09 PM
 
Location: Las Flores, Orange County, CA
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not that many kids...but it wouldn't be a bad area to raise them
No fun being the only kids on the block.
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Old 03-26-2010, 12:43 AM
 
Location: state of procrastination
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How about moving to the valley like sherman oaks or encino? your commute will suck but the schools will be better and you can get a more spacious living arrangement.
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Old 03-26-2010, 12:52 AM
 
Location: Earth
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How about moving to the valley like sherman oaks or encino? your commute will suck but the schools will be better and you can get a more spacious living arrangement.
The schools aren't any better - in fact they're exactly the same. Grant High (in Van Nuys, the HS for Sherman Oaks) and Venice High (Venice/MV border, the HS for MDR as well as other west side areas) are no different from each other. Sherman Oaks and Encino are still LAUSD, although Burbank isn't. However, the commute from the valley to the westside is really hellish.

CC and SM are the best options.

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