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Old 02-15-2010, 08:42 PM
 
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I currently live in Rancho Bernardo, CA (San Diego County) and am considering a job near LAX. My main decision maker here is whether I can find a nice/safe family oriented area with good schools for my wife and I to raise our two middle school aged children. I would be looking to rent initially and would be willing to pay up to around 3K per month for a 3-4 bedroom house.

Are there areas that meet my criteria within say an hour or so commute time to LAX?

Thanks in advance for your input!
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Old 02-15-2010, 08:52 PM
 
Location: Las Flores, Orange County, CA
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What do you think your price range will be if and when you buy?

What age of home would be ideal?

Is master planned, tract, cookie cutter desirable or is it out of the question?

Is an HOA a good thing or a bad thing?
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Old 02-15-2010, 09:01 PM
 
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I currently live in Rancho Bernardo, CA (San Diego County) and am considering a job near LAX. My main decision maker here is whether I can find a nice/safe family oriented area with good schools for my wife and I to raise our two middle school aged children. I would be looking to rent initially and would be willing to pay up to around 3K per month for a 3-4 bedroom house.

Are there areas that meet my criteria within say an hour or so commute time to LAX?

Thanks in advance for your input!
I wouldn't consider anything south of Huntington Beach. Even that is likely a 90 minute commute in rush hour.
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Old 02-15-2010, 09:25 PM
 
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To be honest since we probably wouldnt be looking to purchase a home for at least a couple of years so I am not really concerned with purchase price or HOA's at this point. As far as renting goes, a master planned community wouldnt be a bad thing although I probably would want to stick with something built no earlier than the late 80's at most.
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Old 02-15-2010, 09:26 PM
 
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Anything south of Newport and you might feel like you're too far away. During morning rush hour, I can get from Newport to LAX in probably 50-60 mins.
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Old 02-15-2010, 09:30 PM
 
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To be honest since we probably wouldnt be looking to purchase a home for at least a couple of years so I am not really concerned with purchase price or HOA's at this point. As far as renting goes, a master planned community wouldnt be a bad thing although I probably would want to stick with something built no earlier than the late 80's at most.
That's going to be tough since LAX is in an area that's been built out for decades unless you find a small infill project. And hour from LAX doesn't get you that far most of the day. Forget OC unless you really enjoy creeping up and down the 405.
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Old 02-15-2010, 09:36 PM
 
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How about the Irvine or Anaheim areas?
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Old 02-15-2010, 09:40 PM
 
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That's going to be tough since LAX is in an area that's been built out for decades unless you find a small infill project. And hour from LAX doesn't get you that far most of the day. Forget OC unless you really enjoy creeping up and down the 405.

Ha, Would taking a toll road like the 73 come into play? I am also going to see if a "flex" schedule would be an option which would open up some areas most likely.
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Old 02-15-2010, 09:56 PM
 
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Ha, Would taking a toll road like the 73 come into play? I am also going to see if a "flex" schedule would be an option which would open up some areas most likely.
You're already very far from LAX before you even see the 73. Sure, it can help but only if you want to add 20 miles onto an already long commute.
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Old 02-15-2010, 10:12 PM
 
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during normal commuting hours, you're looking at an hour (+/- 15 minutes depending on traffic conditions) between the LA/OC border to LAX. for $3k a month you should be able to afford a nice neighborhood in LA much closer to the airport. Torrance may be a good option for you.
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