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Old 02-12-2019, 10:07 AM
 
Location: Reno, Nevada, USA, Earth
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Hello,

My wife and I are considering job offers to relocate. My work location would be in Ventura, and hers would be Silver Triangle/Studio City. Our children are in elementary school and my 2nd grader needs a good GATE (gifted/talented) program. Our income is such that we can afford a home up to the 700k range but not private schools. Interested in a typical family-friendly living situation.

Would I be correct in guessing that the commute westbound to Ventura would probably be easier than one eastbound into the SFV, and thus probably living eastward of the halfway point (Thousand Oaks) might make more sense?
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Old 02-12-2019, 11:32 AM
 
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The traffic is indeed better driving westbound/north. However, understand that there is a mountain range to cross between the Conejo Valley and the San Fernando Valley, so there's that. There are great schools in Calabasas, but you can't buy a house there for $700k--maybe a condo, if that. Agoura Hills on the west side of the mountain would be the best second choice, but as of today there are only 6 SFH's under $700k, so hope you get lucky.
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Old 02-12-2019, 03:15 PM
 
Location: Idaho
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Investigate Simi Valley, Moorpark, or Thousand Oaks. All "family friendly", relatively safe, and good schools.

(Lived in all three communities and liked them all equally. Would probably pick TO if forced to only select one.)
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Old 02-14-2019, 06:06 AM
 
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Any of the aformentioned communities, but just wait until the next recession to buy. Eat rent until then. It sucks, but you'll only set yourself back 30-50K vs 150-200K. RE prices are currently in bubble territory. They'll shed a few dozen % in the next 5 years and you can save yourself a bundle by buying the bottom. We did this in the 2005-2012 time frame and made out very well.

If you can afford 700k, go looking at 800-850K places now to get an idea of what you want to buy when the recession hits. Assuming you don't lose your jobs.
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Old 02-16-2019, 08:07 PM
 
Location: Reno, Nevada, USA, Earth
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Any of the aformentioned communities, but just wait until the next recession to buy. Eat rent until then. It sucks, but you'll only set yourself back 30-50K vs 150-200K. RE prices are currently in bubble territory. They'll shed a few dozen % in the next 5 years and you can save yourself a bundle by buying the bottom. We did this in the 2005-2012 time frame and made out very well.

If you can afford 700k, go looking at 800-850K places now to get an idea of what you want to buy when the recession hits. Assuming you don't lose your jobs.
Fortunately our jobs are recession proof.

We’re looking at renting too. Thanks everyone, will check out schools in those other communities too.
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Old 02-18-2019, 03:33 PM
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A lot of commute time can be mitigated if you just have good access to the freeway. Those are not going to be fun commutes anyway. If I only had a budget for 700 tho, I'd go with a house in the Wildwood elementary boundary. Or perhaps get the house listed for 729k at 3054 E Sierra Dr 91362. Its not an ideal house and backs to a busy road. But you are guaranteed a great school for your kid and quick access to the freeway. Not sure about GATE because that starts in 3rd grade. That's as good as it gets on your budget. I don't see house prices dropping in these areas without more supply on the market.
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Old 02-18-2019, 04:12 PM
 
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I loved the Wildwood area. Great hiking in the hills. Close to CLU for plays, performances, and our vanpool lot for the commute back in. Decent bike lanes. And a generally clean and well kept-up neighborhoods.
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