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Q&A: where would a traditional family live in Los Angeles?

by tom44 on September 1, 2013

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Question by Lynn: where would a traditional family live in Los Angeles?
My husband is considering a job at the major medical center there. Where would we look to rent a nice house with a pool where our 3 kids could live with other kids in traditional families?

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Answer by Ed H
Valencia for a number of reasons – it has the best schools, the safest area, at the lowest price. Trade offs: it can be a longer commute than some of the other choices, and it gets warmer here than the beach areas in the summer. Folks up here take pride that “this is not LA/SFV” and it is quite “sterile” / no nightlife. It’s all suited to kids/families. The “Newhall Pass” where 5/405/210 come together is a tough stretch of freeway, though it gets a bit of a bad rap – there are worst interchanges out there. You can take the light rail train “Metrolink” straight into downtown LA, and there are commuter buses that go directly there and to a number of job hubs, as well.

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10 thoughts on “Q&A: where would a traditional family live in Los Angeles?

  1. mayerj72 says:

    I think Valencia is a very good choice. Other good places are Glendale and the San Fernando Valley.

  2. Hurley Fan says:

    The typical wealthy families I know of in LA usually live in places like: Westwood, Cheviot Hills, Brentwood, Burbank, Glendale, Sherman Oaks, South Pasadena and Altadena.

    But if we talk about Southern California in general, families tend to live in Orange County, because it has got a more suburban/family feel to it in comparison to LA.

  3. john says:

    have your husband request that the medical center be moved to san diego!

  4. sbinlb says:

    You are going to want to live near your husbands jobs. There are normal middle class neighborhoods all over LA/OC.

  5. cr.benz says:

    you might want to consider maybe a suburb of LA. but if you can afford it, then i would say beverly hills, brentwood are nice family oriented places to live but as i said if you can afford it. also there is hancock park, also a wealthy neighborhood. the reason why i say wealthy is because the cost of living here is so high the nice areas are the expensive ones. consider maybe living in santa monica, manhattan beach, hermosa beach, walnut, and the others i listed. good luck!

  6. maliboo_girl says:

    Traditional families live all over Los Angeles!

    You want to live close to your or your dh’s work, so what major medical center do you mean? There are major medical centers in Westwood, east Hollywood, West Hollywood, downtown LA, Glendale, etc. It depends on your budget, too. Will your kids go to Catholic or private school, or are you looking for top public schools, or will an average public school do?

    Probably Pasadena/Altadena and La Canada-Flintridge are what many consider very family-centered communities. The joke is that on the westside of LA the first question one is asked is What project (film, tv) are you working on? In Pasadena, it’s What schools do your kids attend? It’s true.

    Where many live who work at hospitals downtown LA, Glendale, east Hollywood:
    For good public schools (although many kids go to private schools), La Canada-Flintridge, La Crescenta, South Pasadena, Arcadia, San Marino, Glendale, Burbank.
    Maybe acceptable public schools after elementary school, many areas have good elem schools: Pasadena/Altadena, Los Feliz, Toluca Lake

    Working on the westside of LA, Hollywood:
    Good schools: Pacific Palisades, Brentwood, Beverly Hills
    Good schools up to middle school: Santa Monica (acceptable high school), Hancock Park, Westwood

    Safety Stats:
    Public schools ratings:

    Good luck!

  7. Obviousman says:

    “LA” is such a big place, there are so many neighborhoods/cities where you can live. Of course, even within a city or neighborhood, there are safer sections and less-safe sections.
    In Los Angeles, some nice sections are West LA, Brentwood, Westwood, Marina Del Rey, Playa Del Rey, Los Feliz, Silverlake, and Eagle Rock. Palms and Mar Vista are pretty good, too. In the Valley(part of LA), you have Encino, Tarzana, Studio City, Toluca Lake, Granada Hills, Woodland Hills, Sherman Oaks, West Hills, and Chatsworth. Glendale and Burbank are good places, and are incorporated cities of their own.

    To the east: South Pasadena, parts of Pasadena, Altadena, Arcadia, Monrovia, Glendora, San Dimas, Laverne, Azusa, Rancho Cucamonga.

    Along the beach: Santa Monica, Marina Del Rey, Playa Del Rey, Redondo Beach, Manhattan Beach, Hermosa Beach, Torrance, Palos Verdes, Rancho PV.

    In Orange County aka “The OC”: Seal Beach , Huntington Beach , Newport Beach , Corona Del Mar , Laguna Beach , Dana Point , Capistrano Beach , San Clemente , Brea, Yorba Linda, Orange, Tustin, Irvine, Laguna Hills, Rancho Santa Margarita, Lake Forest

    To the west: Agoura, Calabasas, Thousand Oaks, Westlake Village, Simi Valley, Moorpark.

    This is not an all-inclusive list, but it’s a start.

  8. GARY H says:

    And you have at or near a million dollars for a home? Because that it what it going to cost for anything in the LA basin anyplace you are going to want to live.

  9. Chuckles says:

    It depends on which major medical center. You will want to locate within 5-10 miles of it. Unless you want him to have a 2 hour commute each way, you have to base your home search on where he will be working.

    And the sort of house you describe exists all over the greater LA area.

    Therefore, a proper answer cannot be given without knowing where he will be working. This city is far to large to work things the other way around

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