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Hi there:) We are currently in Pasadena, but possibly looking to move to Thousand Oaks. a couple of questions:

 

-Do any of you commute to south bay LA? how bad/long is it?

 

-what are the families in your area like?  laidback? friendly? pretentious?

 

-on a scale of 1-10, how "crunchy/green" is your area?  yoga? farmers markets? schools that emphasize nutrition and a better future of planet and health, other families who dont vaccinate?

 

-how culturally/economically diverse is your area?

 

-how are the schools and your experience with them?

 

-weather that differs? is it cooler than most LA cities?

 

-what do you like/dislike?

 

-any privately owned restaurants, or is it all chains?

 

We would love to stay in an urban area, we love what cities have to offer, good individually owned restaurants as opposed to chains, cultural diversity, things going on within the community.  However, we just cant afford it and at this time we would like space, preferably a backyard for the kids, and a good public education.  though i would prefer a great charter school education:)

 

thanks for any info, we are totally new to california as well, so double difficult:)

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Just thought I'd bump your post up for attention. Hopefully someone will respond with some helpful info. :)

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Yikes! This is months old... hopefully you still need some info. We have lived in the Thousand Oaks area since September 2012. Please see my replies below:

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Originally Posted by nycmom18 View Post

Hi there:) We are currently in Pasadena, but possibly looking to move to Thousand Oaks. a couple of questions:

 

-Do any of you commute to south bay LA? how bad/long is it? We are technically in Newbury Park (Lynn and Ventu Park area). I commuted to El Segundo M-F for a solid 6 months. I took the 101 to Kanan to PCH to the 10 to the 405 (sometimes PCH to Ocean and cut through the marina). On a good day it was 1.5 hours each way (15-20 minutes longer if I took the 101 to the 405). 

 

-what are the families in your area like?  laidback? friendly? pretentious? Mixed... but that's just how the Thousand Oaks area is. 

 

-on a scale of 1-10, how "crunchy/green" is your area?  yoga? farmers markets? schools that emphasize nutrition and a better future of planet and health, other families who dont vaccinate? All I am aware of is the farmers markets - they are okay... not as good as the ones in LA, but they are still around and available on different days. Because I was working so far from home I haven't really had the time to get out in the community otherwise and I do not have a school aged child.

 

-how culturally/economically diverse is your area? Middle to upper middle class. Mostly caucasian, but lots of hispanic and Indian cultures as well. 

 

-how are the schools and your experience with them? No experience (yet)

 

-weather that differs? is it cooler than most LA cities? Absolutely cooler! We do not have AC in our house.

 

-what do you like/dislike? I love the cleanliness of the area. Everything is very well kept. 

 

-any privately owned restaurants, or is it all chains? Lovely mixture

 

We would love to stay in an urban area, we love what cities have to offer, good individually owned restaurants as opposed to chains, cultural diversity, things going on within the community.  However, we just cant afford it and at this time we would like space, preferably a backyard for the kids, and a good public education.  though i would prefer a great charter school education:) Thousand Oaks/Newbury Park is the place for you!

 

thanks for any info, we are totally new to california as well, so double difficult:)

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