We live in the Saugus part of Santa Clarita. More affordable than Valencia, closer than Canyon Country, and not as questionable as some areas of Newhall. We moved here cross country from Virginia and had an awesome realtor who helped us through the long and sometimes difficult process. Feel free to email me with any questions! I would love to help!
Jennifer.L.Rivas at gmail.com
for schools check out http://www.hartdistrict.org
Great schools, great shopping and some amazing outdoor activities for your family just a few minutes from wherever you choose to live in Santa Clarita!
http://www.gallatingroup.net for active listings of rentals and sales.
(818)261-8306 for actual agent who will call you back:)
Good luck, and enjoy your visit!
Santa Clarita is part of the Santa Clarita Valley which includes 6 distinct communities Valencia, Stevenson Ranch, Castaic, Saugus, Newhall & Canyon Country. Valencia is one of 3 preplanned communities in Southern California. This community is known throughout the world. Buying a home starts with choosing a community. Valencia & Stevenson Ranch offer the best location but the least home for the money. You should choose a professional, knowledgeable, local Realtor to work with. My wife and I have lived in the Valencia area for 33 years and would love the opportunity to assist your family with your relocation. Visiit my website for all of the information needed to learn the benefits of living in the Santa Clarita Valley.
Your Friend & Realtor, Tony Lewis RE/MAX of Valencia Cell - 661-510-7975
I was raised in Santa Clarita Valley (SCV), but have been living in Sweden the past 2 years with my husband (who is from here) and my two boys. We are considering moving back to the SCV this summer (2013) as well, and these resources have been helpful:
(type in the city--Valencia, Saugus, etc.-- and it will provide a list of schools in the area. It provides stats on the school and a map is shown that shows the school's boundary zones, so if you wanted to find a home that had enrollment for a certain school you can figure out which neighborhoods are zoned for which schools)
(This site rates different schools, and there are comments from people whose children attend these schools as well)
If you are interested in being able to bike/walk places this part of the City of Santa Clarita website might be helpful: http://www.santa-clarita.com/index.aspx?page=397 You can download a map of the trails/bike paths/paseos from this site.
Here is another map that shows Valencia's paseos system: http://www.newhall.com/assets/doc/paseos-brochure.pdf
Some of the newer neighborhoods in Santa Clarita feel a little squished to me. I prefer the older, more traditional neighborhoods with wide streets and larger lot sizes. You can find some nicely refurbished homes in some of these "older" (80s-90s) neighborhoods.
Hope this helps! Good luck with the move!
My name is Julie, I am a realtor with Keller Williams VIP Properties. Here is a link to the Santa Clarita Chamber website http://www.scvchamber.com/live-work/Regional_Facts_Figures.aspx that may assist you in getting familiar with our valley. I have worked with relocating families to this area and would be happy to help you.
Please contact me with questions and for your real estate needs...
Keller Williams VIP Properties
Your Friend & Realtor,
RE/MAX of Valencia
Cell - 661-510-7975
Stevenson Ranch and unincorporated areas of Santa Clarita have Mello Roos also called CFD and school bond taxes which is extra taxes on top of the normal 1.25% CA. property taxes.
The area is very family oriented and safe. It's a great place to raise a family.
You can find more information on my website regarding schools and the area at http://www.LauraCoffey.com