Moving to LA in a few months because of SO job change. We're in our early 30s wand want to stay long term in LA and start a family. Which suburbs would you recommend with good school district? Thanks!

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La Canada has a good school district. Glendale school district can be good depending on what part of Glendale you’re in. Both are close to DTLA and are family friendly

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El Segundo is more affordable than Manhattan Beach but you still are near water and good schools. Drive to downtown for me is 20-25 min in Fast Pass lane.

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Irvine to DTLA once a week is very doable via Amtrak. More than once a week, it will get painful.

The following areas have good to great public school districts- you will pay a premium for almost all of these:

-Silver Lake
-Los Feliz
-West Hollywood
-Brentwood, Beverly Hills
-Culver City
-Santa Monica
-Studio City
-Sherman Oaks (decent schools)
- Torrance and the South Bay beach cities

The best schools are in South Pasadena and San Marino. Most of San Gabriel Valley is good too, unfortunately Pasadena public schools suck.

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Go to SGV area, La Canada, Glendale side, houses are not as expensive as the West side and there are a lot of neighborhoods with good schools. I live in Pasadena and it can take about 40 minutes to go to DTLA. I don’t think you want to live in Irvine and spend half a day in traffic.

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If you are close to a Gold Line metro station, consider using that. Easy peezy ride to Union Station in 20ish mins

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San marino

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Who can afford to live there though? No apartments, and houses are 5mil+. I’m in south pasadena for reference and I don’t know who can afford to live in San Marino, just seems like the only people who live there are independently wealthy

Forgot to add: Burbank and Glendale have good schools too.

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Calabasas, Westlake Village, Thousand Oaks, Moorpark are not that close to downtown but have excellent schools and are super safe

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What is your budget? Are you planning on public school or private?

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Also is it doable to live in Irvine and go to office in downtown LA only every week?

You can take the train straight to downtown, but traffic within Irvine has worsened in the last decade so you need to be near the station in Tustin or by spectrum or expect a 15-20 min commute on top of the train ride.

Thank you all very much! Sounds like a lot of research to do! Glad that we have months ahead to plan it

Budget for house is 1.5M and planning for private if one kid and public if more

South Pasadena would be perfect for you then. The school district here is one of the best in the state, check the test scores. Otherwise, you can get a house in Pasadena for around the same price or cheaper, and there’s a ton of good private schools there

Good luck. We are doing the same. Moving from NYC to La. Went down to La to find where would like to be and hollywood, Culver City, Brentwood were top contenders for us but man it expensive.

Mar Vista or Pico Robertson could be good neighborhoods in between those neighborhoods you mentioned that might be slightly more affordable

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Hermosa Beach

For public schools, San Marino and South Pasadena (different than Pasadena) are good.

Long Beach, take the 110 express lanes and it’s like 35-40 min to DTLA.

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