Best of Luck,
Let me know if you are looking for a rental in that area, it's my niche of the woods :)
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.
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
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.
First Team Real Estate