I've lived in the Santa Clarita Valley for eight years now and absolutely love it!
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Cheryl Garner, Mortgage Expert
Fairview Mortgage Capital, Inc.
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Call the schools and take a tour to verify they meet your needs, talk to any parents you see during your tour and maybe a few children too to get their input. It is critical you verify with the school district the school boundaries, to verify your children would attend the school of your choice.
Gary had great answers for SCV and Simi is strong in schools too and oh boy, are they into their children and the sports programs (my nephew is active in the programs). You may want to look into the difference of the cost of property taxes too. Both locations are great and have a decent commute to the Valley's or beyond and both areas are highly desirable. Where do you work and what would be your commute? You might want to drive from both areas at the time you would normally be on the road and check if the commute is right for you.
I don't see how you can go wrong with either SCV or Simi. I work both SCV/SFV board and also a member of the Ventura board so if you need additional information, please don't hesitate to give me a call.
Best of luck in your search,
TV-Tracy Van De Mark