El Segundo itself is a very cute and family friendly neighborhood with good schools. It's also very close to th beach! It has a "Mayberry" downtown area and the folks living in El Segundo are great.
I would love for you to take a look at my neighborhood too....Culver City. We also have lovely family neighborhoods all connected by neighborhood parks. Our schools cannot be beat! We have a vibrant and exciting new downtown area with Restaurants and Theatres, while still maintaining the small town feel.
Westchester is also a possibility for you with large homes that are the best priced in the city. People in Westchester are often connected to the large college nearby, Loyolla. There are many family friendly events held in Westchester. A family who bought from me this year say, "we know more people after moving here, then we knew all the years we were in our old community!"
You do need a good Buyer Agent who really knows the area to guide you when you get closer to buying.
http://www.madelainek.com you can search properties by map.
Victor those areas are nighmare drives to El Segundo and are out of their price range.
I actually live in Torrance on the Weekdays and Pasadena (Arcadia) on the Weekends so I know the area extremely well. Both cities well give you easy access to nature. Palos Verdes & San Pedro with Torrance. The San Gabriel Mountains, Griffith Park, and the Huntington Library for Pasadena. Both areas will also get you a home under $600,000.
If your family is going to be in El Segundo, then I would recommend getting a home in Torrance, Gardena, Rendondo Beach, Hermosa Beach, and that area. The commute from Pasadena, Alhambra, etc. will take you over an hour each way if there is traffic. The same with Culver City and Marina Del Rey.
If your focus is great schools, there are some wonderful ones in Torrance. Personally, I would recommend the DaVinci Charter School System. It's in the Wiseburn School District in Hawthorne which is just East of El Segundo.
If you want help finding a home in one of these areas, let me know and we'll work together to find you the perfect home. I just found a beautiful 2 bedroom in Redondo Beach for a couple last month. We only got it because we submitted the offer the day the home was listed... hahaha.
I would appreciate it if you pick my answer as the "best". Good luck and have a great day!
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Family friendly neighborhoods are
Parts of Laurel Canyon are good especially because of the Wonderland School District( you may find something there in your price range but it will be a fixer upper
Brentwood of course
You may do well with your budget in Tarzana, Calabasas or parts of Studio city
As well as an area called Sunset Park(, by Venice).
Torrance isn't filled with character homes, as is Pasadena. There are other areas closer to El Segundo which do have character homes in your price range. Would love to help you discover those. :)
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