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Ij, Home Buyer in east coast

What is the average commute to downtown LA from Calabasas?

Asked by Ij, east coast Wed Jun 18, 2008

Potentially relocating from NYC to LA and thinking about relocating to Calabasas with children. Worried about the drive downtown to LA and the average traffic conditions. Any information would be appreciated!

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Depending on your commute times, that would be a brutal trip. You would be taking the 101 to and from downtown and that is a parking lot during rush hour around downtown. I would be surprised if you could make the commute in less than 1 or 1 1/2 hours EACH WAY during general commute times (7 - 9am 4 - 6 pm). The alternative 101-405-10 would be worse. But who knows, if gas starts reaching $8 a gallon like they pay in Europe, perhaps the freeways will open up.

Best of Luck,
1 vote Thank Flag Link Wed Jun 18, 2008
I would say put aside an hour and half due to traffic. Test it out for a while and then you'll be able to get a more accurate estimate.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Wed Oct 22, 2014
Depends when you are going to drive. If you can avoid traffic time, it is around 40 min( think: 20 miles or so), but if you are stuck in traffic, it might take 2 hours. You might want to check Studio City or even Los Feliz, Echo Park or Hancock Park, Beverly Hills has nice schools and it is much closer to downtown L.A.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Mon Sep 15, 2014
I have plenty of clients that have moved from NY and MA to the area, particularly Calabasas, Woodland HIlls, and Agoura Hills, but one thing they have in common.... none of them choose to live BEYOND Agoura Hills.
Let me know if you are looking for a rental in that area, it's my niche of the woods :)
0 votes Thank Flag Link Fri Jul 25, 2014
With traffic 45 minutes to over an hour.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Thu Jul 10, 2014
miles, how far is calabasa to downtown los angeles
0 votes Thank Flag Link Mon Jan 6, 2014
how long is the trip from calabasa to downtwn la
0 votes Thank Flag Link Mon Jan 6, 2014
what is the commute to down town la from calbasas
0 votes Thank Flag Link Mon Jan 6, 2014
Hello LJ.

I did it in 35 minutes yesterday but that was at 2:30 p.m. I'm sure you probably picked Calabasas because of the Las Virgenes School District, I just had a client move from London (U.K.) and insisted upon Calabasas because of the schools. There is a high speed bus line that you can pick up at the Warner Center in Woodland Hills that takes you to the subway in North Hollywood and then on to downtown but I must confess I have never taken it and so do not know how long it takes. If schools are not an issue there are many fine areas, like Studio City you could consider.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Tue Mar 1, 2011
45 minutes average, could be more if the traffic is heavy.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Mon Nov 8, 2010
If you are from NYC, the traffic is probably no worse here. If you leave by 5:30 - 6:00 a.m. the commute should be 30-40 minutes, maybe even a bit less. If you leave later, add another 15-30+ minutes to the time; afternoons/evenings are 45-60 minutes home. The train could be an option but unfortunately, it's not as easy as back east.
I have buyers that I'm working with right now looking in South Pasadena for the very reason that you should consider - excellent commute w/many public transportation options as well as only being 5-9 miles from downtown. In addition, the South Pasadena school system is excellent.
If you have any other questions, feel free to contact me. I live in the neighboring town to Calabasas.
Lauren Case, Realtor
Keller Williams
(818) 974-8722
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0 votes Thank Flag Link Tue Jul 21, 2009
Awful. Ok so that's an exageration. It depends on your departure time and traffic. You can get there without traffic in 25 minutes. It can also take 3 hours. the drawback to Calabasas is that the only way to go is the 101 freeway. If you Live 10 minutes further east in Westlake or Thousand Oaks, you can take the 23 to the 118 Ronald Reagan to the interste 5 and get there in an hour - hour ten consistantly.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Fri Sep 26, 2008
It will be bad as the others have said. Take the train. Or if you must drive, you might want to consider going over a canyon road then taking PCH to the 10.

I agree with looking into Pasadena.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Mon Jun 23, 2008
The commute can take up to three hours! Traffic on the 101 freeway is horrendous during rush hour. I would recommend looking into the Mount Washington or Highland Park area in the hills. It is much more central and very desireable, lots of historic homes. Culver City is also very close and good for families. Best of luck!
0 votes Thank Flag Link Sun Jun 22, 2008
You can do a map search and find out the distance from where you want to live and where you will work—whatever Google maps say the commute time will be multiple it by 3 (if it says 30mins most likely it will be 1 ½ hr). Good luck with your move and if you would like to search the all the available properties in and around Los Angeles please go to my website: . You might consider other areas that are comparable but not as far and probably get a better price. Pasadena is very nice—check it out.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Sat Jun 21, 2008
Welcome to LA,
Calabasas Is desired neighborhood/city, driving to downtown LA during rush hours is close but less traffic as Manhattan and on the freeway barely get to posted speed, which will take about 55 min. in heavy traffic.
In normal traffic it will take around 35min from on ramp to off ramp in downtown LA.
There are several other cities that have their upscale neighborhoods that will contribute in cutting driving time, such as Woodland Hills, Tarzana, Encino, Sherman Oaks. These small cities are adjacent to the freeway leading to downtown LA.
These cities are also within my work area, so if you have any other question i'll be glad to answer you.
Truly Yours.
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0 votes Thank Flag Link Wed Jun 18, 2008
Hi there LJ. This would depend on the times when you are driving. It can be not good before 8am and after 4. So 10-3 are the bestc communte times in this area. There are some back roads that you can take which may redcue the time

Kind Regards
Michael Barron
First Team Real Estate
(714) 552-6817
0 votes Thank Flag Link Wed Jun 18, 2008
Lived in Calabasas for over 30 years. House is now for rent is Calabasas as we live in another country where only traffic is cows! Commute was HORRIBLE for over 3 years that I worked downtown LA. Would leave home at 5:45 am to get to LA by 8:00 am. Leave work at 4:30 and got home around 7-7:30...12 hour days.....BUT...the 161 bus is RIGHT THERE in to LA. Hubby took it to problem
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