I hope you make a lot of money. I have lived out here for over 20 years. not even close to the beach and just to rent something have way decent, 4 bedrooms and up is 3 grand or more if you want good schools, out near the beach you're looking more that 4 to 5k. This sounds to me like your 2 - 4.5 a month budget is not realistic. Many don't realize how expensive this area is. My electric bills alone or 300 per month and we are a family of 4, me and my 3 kids. Thank God I work out of my house so I don't have to wrestle with the traffic. I live a very nice area called Porter Ranch and my grocery bills and gasoline is 1000 per month. You need to have an income of at least 150k on up to live comfortably, and a very good accountant during tax season. 10.3% state tax is among the highest, plus 8% every time you buy something. Count the costs my friend. Is it really worth it! I know so many that have moved out cause they are sick of it... Good luck... more
Hi Amber..I was an elementary School teacher in S CA before becoming a Realtor. There are great schools all over the state. It just depends what area you would like to live in. One district I am very familiar with, who's elementary school was voted best in the county, is Lake Arrowhead in San Bernardino County. Areas in Los Angeles County where I taught have some great district schools..Nobel is a great school where parents specifically purchase homes in the area where their child can attend this school. Depending on your children's ages, Granada Hills High is another sought after school in the San Fernando Valley. Like I said, it just depends on where you'd like to live. Please feel free to contact me anytime for any more info. (818)671-0999.... more
www.GreatSchools.Org is a great place for you to check on school ratings. I live in Rossmoor, CA & grew up in the area, we have Top Rated Blue Ribbon schools & 4 Elementary schools all right within the neighborhood which consists of approx. 3500 homes.
Google: Rossmoor, CA or Los Alamitos Unified School District
Bonus, we're also only about 6mi to Seal Beach & the ocean!~ This area is just on the other side of the 605fwy from Long Beach nearest to Eldorado Park.
Home prices in this area range from (condo-$300K to custom homes of almost $2m)
You can also look at homes on my website below to get familiar with the area.
Shoot me an email directly if you'd like to talk to me some more. I don't look back on this same Trulia thread for answers posted after mine.
Realtor Since 1996
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