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:)