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Hi LA mammas,<br><br>
As I've posted in other places, we'll be moving from CT to CA this summer. My whole family live in CA, so I'm familiar with some areas (Ventura, Bay area, central coast) but I cannot make heads or tails of LA. My husband got a job at USC teaching writing, and our original plan had been for us to live in my parents' vacation house in Cambria, 4 1/2 hours up the coast, rent-free, for the first year, while I recover from a long illness. Dh would stay in LA three nights, and be with us in Cambria Thursday evening thru Monday evening. And of course, teaching is only 28 weeks a year or so.<br><br>
But it's going to be hard! We have three kids, all boys (12, 9, and 2), and we'd love to be able to be together all week. But without me working, we could not find anything at all in the LA area that we could afford to rent (and the idea of buying is laughable!). *Are* there any areas in LA that a really middle income family can afford to live in, but that have good schools? An hour's commute would be fine! Two hours' commute would be fine!<br><br>
I've asked this question on the Simple Living network and got a lot of responses about how they're all planning to flee California and move to Kansas (so to speak) in order to be able to live on one income. But hope springs eternal....maybe you all know of some Secret Crunchy Affordable Livable La neighborhood? Just checking; my hopes are not too high.<br><br>
Thanks!<br><br>
Kathleen E.
 

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um, what is affordable to you?? I have pretty cheap rent for the area but am paying half as much more for a 3 bdrm house than my friend's mortgage payments on her 4 bdrm house in Texas. So it's kind of relative.<br><br>
We adore Cambria, and hope someday to be able to get a house up there <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 

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Well, here in CT we pay $1200/mo (mortgage payment) for our cute 1897 3 bedroom house. That's about all we can afford. We do know we couldn't get anything like what we have here in CT in L.a., but even a cute apartment complex would be acceptable to us for a short while.<br><br>
Anyone else have a comment?<br><br>
Thanks,<br>
Kathleen
 

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Kathleen, for that amount of rent, you could move to the IE (inland Empire). Downside your DH would have a heck of a commute. There is the metrolink & that could make the commute a bit better. What you save in stress of driving you add in time.<br>
The Inland Empire is anything east of LA & Orange County. Some communities to look into that have metrolink stations close by are; Corona, Riverside, Claremont, Rancho Cucamnga. That is about as far east as I would go if he is working at USC. He should also look into Van Pools that travel from USC.<br>
Good Luck to you!!!
 

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We just moved to LA in December. We're in San Gabriel Valley and we rent a 3 bed/1.5 bath for $2000/month. The cheapest 3 bedroom we found when we were looking was around $1600 and that was for a townhouse. 2 bedrooms are a little cheaper and you might find something for $1200. We were willing to do 2 bedrooms but with 4 kids we were told we pretty much had to rent a 3 bedroom. We didn't even look at apartments. We used an agency called Westside Rentals. You do have to pay for the service but you can search on their site for free. You just have to pay to get the contact info. My dh's company hooked us up with a realtor who showed us around and we actually found a lot better stuff through Westside Rentals than from the Realtor.<br><br><a href="http://www.westsiderentals.com/" target="_blank">http://www.westsiderentals.com/</a><br><br>
ETA: I really love LA so far. It is really just the cost of housing that is the biggest obstacle. Most everything else is about the same cost as when we lived in the Midwest. We are renting less than a mile from my dh's work so we actually spend a lot less on gas living here because we don't do very much driving.
 
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