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Old 02-21-2010, 07:43 PM
 
Location: Thousand Oaks
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My husband is taking a job in Gardena, CA so we are relocating to Los Angeles county. We are just starting out so currently we are looking for affordable ($1500 monthly rent including utilities) as well as safe city and great schools for our daughter. Any suggestions??? Thank you in advance for your help.
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Old 02-21-2010, 07:47 PM
 
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Will a 1 bedroom apartment with so-so schools suffice?
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Old 02-21-2010, 08:54 PM
 
Location: RSM
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1500 for a 2bd apt not including gas/electric in an area with good schools is entirely possible, but including all utilities, probably not probable
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Old 02-22-2010, 11:57 AM
 
Location: Bella Vista, Ark
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I don't think what you want is going to be easy to find even though bhcompy thinks it will be, especially with utilities. Are you looking for a house or an apartment? How far is your husband willing to commute? My first suggestion would be to look in Torrance followed by the beach cities like Manhattan and Redondo maybe. Try going to renters.com I think it is, that should give you a start at least.

Nita
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Old 02-22-2010, 01:30 PM
 
Location: Thousand Oaks
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My husband is willing to commute about 40mins if we find something worth commuting for. I guess $1500 per month is about our allowance for an apartment even if it is a 1 bd room. The school is important to us as well as crime. Thanks for the replies!
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Old 02-22-2010, 02:20 PM
 
Location: Sierra Foothills
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I vote for Torrance. We haved lived here since 1987 as a family, raising 2 girls in the Torrance schools (West High).

We lived in the 4-plexes on Anza Ave. near Pacific Coast Highway (PCH) (South High) when we first moved back here. There are also lots of apartment on Anza Ave. between Torrance Blvd. and Del Amo Blvd. (West High).

Here is a link to Torrance Unified SD: Torrance Unified School District > Home

We get an afternoon breeze from the ocean so we don't need air conditioning and it's an easy commute to Gardena.

Best of luck to you!!
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Old 02-22-2010, 02:29 PM
 
Location: RSM
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To Gardena in 40minutes: Torrance, Lakewood(stay out of Paramount school district and schools in Hawaiian Gardens[bad part of ABC district]), parts of Long Beach(research the schools and neighborhood, typically the east part of town is where you want to be and I fear Belmont Shore may be over your price), Los Alamitos(fits the price range perfectly), maybe neighboring Cypress.

Basically anything Lakewood/Long Beach or east will be at the 40 minute limit, and even that depends on time of day for commute(won't be longer than 60 on a poor traffic day unless there is a major accident I'd guess based on my experience), but you should definitely be able to find 2bd apts in your price range there(not including gas/electric). Torrance would of course be the best choice as you'll be close to work.
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Old 02-22-2010, 03:37 PM
 
Location: Vancouver, WA
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Another vote for Torrance!

As a parent it is always better to live in a good to excellent school district in a smaller place than a bigger place in a lousy school district. The only exception to this is if you homeschool or use private schools. Take a look at this map and zoom into the areas in question - California School Performance Maps

We lived in Torrance with our kids and know many families in that area. We even managed apartments while there. Because it is popular with families you have to really watch the openings closely for the deals. And then when something good pops up you need to be one of the fist one's on the scene. They go quick. Check craigslist and the DailyBreeze.

Whatever you do stay West of Western Ave. Anything east is Torrance PO and not really the city of Torrance at all. Instead it is LA Strip or Harbor Gateway. That is an area to be avoided big time.

As a general rule I would also avoid Gardena, Hawthorne and Lawndale as well with young children. The schools aren't so hot and there are gang and crime issues as well. Of course you may find exceptions to the general rule. But if you can manage it look at nicer overall areas where you can feel safe walking around both day and night.

Lastly Torrrance is so close to his work it would be foolish to not look there first, especially when consider the difference between driving a short distance on surface streets to work vs. the nightmare LA freeways during rush hour. Why do that? Save him the grief and live in a nicer area closer to work and the coast. You may have to live lean for a while. But if you look over time you will find even better places and deals.

Check this one out (http://losangeles.craigslist.org/wst/apa/1612929382.html - broken link).

Derek

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Old 02-22-2010, 11:07 PM
 
Location: Sierra Foothills
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Here is a link to the Management Company when we rented at Park Anza:
Don Wilson Builders - Residential Property Management in the South Bay.

Not sure what the rates are now, but they are 4-plexes with a patio (great for small kids) for the 3 lower units.
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