Torrance Unified - about 10-15 minutes south of LAX would be a great choice and many consider Torrance Unified to be one of CA Top 10 School Districts...just as Irvine and Santa Monica. The commute to Torrance from Culver City in traffic could still be 30-45 minutes but this is not the usual commute time.
But be careful - not all Torrance homes attend Torrance schools. Let me know if you need help there - I service Torrance. My sister lives in Henderson.
There are other great school areas a bit closer than Irvine. Brea has very high rated schools and is a very nice city to live in. There are also a number of private schools in the area you could send your children to.
The commute to Culver City from Irvine I believe is longer than 45 minutes during traffic. My son lives in Irvine area and commutes to El Monte every day. It takes him 45 minutes.
Culver city is farther.
I believe when a family is moving from out of state it may be a good idea to rent for a while to become more familiar with the areas and possible places you may want to settle on if you truly have no idea about the area.
Best of luck to you,
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It would be appx.45 -50mnts. without traffic from Irvine.
Your best research would be look for school district & the score for the school, get the crime rate in the area and other imoportant factors. Irvine is a great community to raise children, but the commute could take 2-3 hrs. of your daily time & on top of it stressful drive on the freeway.
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This is truly a tough commute. Your husband will be traveling the busiest freeways at their peak of travel. At 2:30 pm the drive time is about 50 minutes according to Google maps. Regular commuter hours could easily double that time without factoring in the occasional accident.
I agree with others that the Irvine schools are a great choice, however I can't speak about areas outside of Orange County.
Have a look at http://www.sigalert.com each day during the time your husband would be commuting. This will give you a great snapshot of traffic flow. I think at rush hour, his commute will be greater than 90 minutes each way, on a good day, from Irvine
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