I am currently living in Texas and I want to move to California. Any advice on best places to live?? I have been to LA several times and want that area. What are some nice areas out of LA, not too far out.
How is Long Beach? Woodland Hills? As you can tell I don't know much!! Thanks in advance for any help!
One thing you'll have to decide is how important it is to live near the ocean. I'm an ocean freak, so this was extremely important to me. I live in San Pedro, which is across the harbor from Long Beach, and love it. San Pedro is still a "community" in many senses of that word, and that's not true for many Los Angeles neighborhoods. The drawback for me is the long commute. I work in Hollywood, 31 miles from San Pedro, so I spend close to two hours a day commuting back and forth to work, which seriously cuts into the time I can spend in my kitchen. So another big consideration is how long a commute you are willing to tolerate. There are lots of great beach communities in the Los Angeles area, stretching all the way from Malibu on the north end to Long Beach on the south end. There are also lots of pretty places to live in the Hollywood hills or up against the San Gabriel Mountains in places like Pasadena. The only way to get a sense of the distinctiveness of the many, many neighborhoods in the Los Angeles area is to drive around and check them out. Of course, there's also the question of affordability. Some neighborhoods, like Santa Monica for example, can be very pricey, but often there are other nearby neighborhoods, Palms and Culver City for instance, that are much less expensive.
Hope this helps.
re: Tom Armitage
Well you are awesome! Actually that does help! AND...I am also a beach freak one of my main reasons for wanting to move there! I live by the Gulf and let me tell you...it is total crap! Well its dirty and trashy and not a beach really! Anyways, I am definitely looking for affordable and safe! I am going to check into those two you mentioned...How is long beach?? In regards to price and safety? Thanks so much..you can email me if you prefer!
I think Long Beach is cool. There are plenty of nice, safe places to live in Long Beach, even though there are also certain areas that aren't real nice and aren't real safe---just like most any city anywhere. My advice is to put yourself in the hands of a reputable, knowledgeable agent from a real estate agency in the area in which you are looking (e.g., Long Beach), and have him or her show you the neighborhoods that will fit your budget.
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