There are several factors that will affect your commute. If you live in an area of Santa Clarita with easy freeway access, that will make a big difference. The time you leave for work is extremely important. If you carpool, you will have an opportuniy to take advantage of the diamond lane. Of course, weather and accidents will affect everyone's commute. I always suggest a "trial run". Drive to and from work before making a final decision. If you don't have a friend or relative whose home you can stay at, it is well worth one night in a hotel. This is a big decision.
Depends on the time. Traffic is flowing between 9:00am.
In the early morning I say about 1 1/2. To be on the safe side. Again depends if there's no accidents.
Good luck, with your new job, and if your are not working with any Realtor feel free to email me or call me.
Keller Williams Realty
Northridge CA 91324
cell 661 713-8780
If you find your house in the Canyon Country area, there's an alternate route to the SF Valley via Placerita Canyon. It's a very relaxing scenic drive and if you listen to your favorite music (not the news, please), you'll arrive at work smiling.
Guaranteed bottle-neck both ways unless you can leave your home before 8am and leave work before 4pm. The fastest part of your commute will be backing out of your driveway.
Seriously, find some flexible hours so you can enjoy more time with family than time on the 405 freeway.