I know a lot about relocating to Los Angeles and can help you. LA county is a sprawl metropolis- meaning there are many diverse neighborhoods, spread over large land area. So to narrow it down I'd need to know more. But in general Affordability depends on if you're looking to lease or buy, in some neighborhoods it is cheaper to rent, while buying is a premium and vice versa. What's your price range? (Rent for a 2/2 can range from $1400 to $2300) Which studios are you referring to (culver city, Burbank, century city, Hollywood) ? Culver city has great schools with high API scores, so does Burbank.