Post # 1
So, DH and I have know for a while that his company would be relocating us next month. Well, apparently he was just informed that we’ll be moving to California… more specifically the LA area. We have no friends or family in the area, so I’m hoping someone here can help us start figuring out exactly where to live.
So, is there anyone here from the area that can offer some guidance? He’ll be working in the Manhattan Beach area, so we’d like to live kind of close… although I’m guessing that real estate goes up the closer to the ocean we are.
Any help would be incredible.
Post # 3
@iammcdibble: Manhattan Beach is CRAZY expensive! If you want to be close but more affordable and still nice, you’re going to want to go south.
We used to live in Torrance and I loved it. Close to the beach, lots of diversity, low crime, great shopping. And it’s pretty affordable for the area.
North is El Segundo. It’s ok, close to the airport but there are some sketchy neighborhoods. I wouldn’t go east further than Lawndale. Lawndale has a lower crime rate but isn’t very nice looking. Any further east and it’s gonna get pretty ghetto.
The main thing about the area is you’re going to want a commute that avoids the 405. If you heard about “Carmaggedon”– it was the 405 shut down they were talking about. It is the WORST freeway. Going a few miles could literally take you an hour. Look for places you could live and take surface streets to work. It might still take 50 minutes to go 30 miles, but it will be consistently that amount of time and you will be moving, rather than idling on the freeway.
Feel free to PM me if you want more or more specific info! I love that area and really miss it since moving to the Valley.
Post # 4
@iammcdibble: I have nothing helpful to add…..I just wanted to tell you I am crazy jealous right now. I used to live in the bay area and I wish I could go back 🙁 California is AMAZING.
Post # 5
@iammcdibble: We just found out we may be moving to the LA area too (from Seattle). We don’t know anyone in LA, but my DH’s company offered him a promotion and to pay for our relocation to move down there. We’ve been doing tons of research & so far the Torrance area is where we are interested in living. We actually flew down last week to scope out the area. I don’t have much advice, as we are in the same place as you, but best of wishes! Be sure to check out the City Data Forums (you can just Google that), I’ve found lots of helpful information there under the Los Angeles section!
Post # 6
@iammcdibble: Look at Zillow, Trulia or Estately – they have a lot of great info. Zillow also includes information about the school district, neighborhood foreclosure rate and historic property value so it’s pretty good.
Post # 7
Real Estate is expensive ANYWHERE around LA, period. It’s unfortunate, but that’s the way it is. Are you looking to buy or rent? Renting is crazy, too. Where are you moving from?
We live in Orange County (about 1 hour from LA) and we pay $1800 for a 2 bd/3 bath apt. I’ve heard it’s comparable to prices out there for renting.
Post # 8
We’re moving from Boston, so we’re pretty used to ridiculously priced real estate. We’ll be renting since we have no idea how long we may be there for.
Torrance and Long Beach are the two areas we seem to keep coming back to. We want to stay close enough to his work that the commute isn’t terrible… And since we’ll probably be selling my car, I was hoping to live somewhere where there’s a lot within walking (or biking) distance- are those areas good for that? That’s the one thing that drives me nuts where we love now, since we’re not in Boston proper, there is absolutely nothing in walking distance.
We’re apparently going next weekend for house hunting, so we’ll find out more then… I’m just trying to get an idea before then.
Post # 9
@iammcdibble: The “nobody walks in LA” cliche is pretty true. But… We lived near the mall in Torrance and there was definitely lots to walk to. Long Beach is fairly bike-friendly as well but it really depends on the neighborhood.
Personally, I wouldn’t live in Long Beach if I was working in Manhattan Beach. The only way to get to/from work would be the 405 or the 91- and both are horrible at all times of day or night. Long Beach does have a lot more to do, though.
Post # 10
I would say move further inland (carson area) if you want to get a good deal… not as close as El Segundo is to Manhattan Beach, but it’s a lot cheaper than MB. save the money and get a hybrid car so you both can save on gas if you’re worried about driving a lot.
Not sure about your budget, but I just did a quick search on realtor.com:
You can also check out remax as they have a lot more options. I wouldn’t recommend renting because LA’s rental market is basically/nearly the same as a condo or house. If he gets relocated a lot, then I would suggest renting.