I have lived in Venice, Santa Monica, Beverly Hills and Silver Lake, Sherman Oaks and Encino:
Burbank is where all the television and film studios are, also known as 'Television City'. If you plan on working in the film industry I'd recommend Burbank, Sherman Oaks, Studio City and Silver Lake/ Los Feliz.
Studio City is in the hills just above Burbank offering amazing views of the Valley.
Silver Lake is a hip, trend setting community-oriented neighborhood with a lot of locally owned restaurants, music venues, art shows and coffee shops. If you like the arts I would highly recommend Silver Lake/ Los Feliz and Atwater Village ( which is the town next to Silver Lake- similar neighborhood that is closer to Griffith Park observatory which offers hiking trails to the Hollywood sign ) If you enjoy Vietnamese Food, I highly recommend Ginger Grass in Silver Lake : http://www.yelp.com/biz/gingergrass-silver-lake
In Atwater I recommend a restaurant called HOME.
A quiet neighborhood nook I'd also recommend is Beachwood Canyon; located North of Franklin Blvd ( 1 block north of Hollywood Blvd), just East of Highland/ that is east of the Hollywood Bowl. Beachwood is directly below the Hollywood sign. The home styles are mostly Spanish with a blend of Single Family homes and Multi-Families. The Upright Citizens Brigade Comedy venue is there on Franklin.
North of Silver Lake / Atwater Village is Glendale. Glendale offers everything you need when it comes to amenities. The Glendale mall, an Ikea, Costco, restaurants and shopping on Brand Street and is the next town over from Burbank. Home are affordable in the $500,000 to $600,000 range.
Venice offers beachy and architectural homes. A highly artist community that is very walk friendly. If you like a good cup of coffee, stop by GroundWorks on Main, they are a local Venice brewery.
Belmont Shore is between the harbor and the ocean, located in a safe and hip part of Long Beach. It's an even blend of high rise condominiums, duplex' and single family homes. The condominiums are by the shore, single family homes in between the harbor and ocean, and duplex' are mostly right by the ocean off from the bars and restaurants on 2nd Street.
Family-wise I would recommend Sherman Oaks, Silver Lake, Beachwood Canyon, West Hollywood, Beverly Hills and Santa Monica. Dixie Canyon K-5th Elementary is a great school in Sherman Oaks.
Lastly, visit http://www.WalkScore.com to see what each neighborhood ranks in walkable distance.
If you have any questions regarding other communities in Los Angeles, I know the various communities very well and mostly from an insiders point of view.
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I'd vote Redondo, Westchester, Marina del Rey east of Pacific Coast Highway, and Venice if you're on a budget of around $550 to $700k. After all... SoCal is all about the beach. Best of Luck.
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Most people try to live within commuting distance from their employment, so that is a factor in choosing where you will put down roots. Also, what your personal lifestyles are like, do you love to hike? bike ride? Do you love city life? The Beaches? These are all things to consider and L.A. has it all.
Culver city and Venice are fairly close to each other in the West Los Angeles area. Redondo Beach is in South Bay( South of LAX). Some of the other areas you mentioned are "further afield" but each has it's own charm.
I love my area of Culver City and I have some other suggestions for you if you would like some input in your starting search, just send an email my way.
The neighborhoods you've listed are great options for young families! Perhaps the next step is to narrow things down by school district.
In Silver Lake, for example, the Ivanhoe Elementary school consistently ranks 10/10 and the neighborhood is filled with young families (I live there too!). The Ivanhoe district is in the northern part of Silver Lake and most homes for sale in the district will note that in the description, since it's such a high selling point.
Culver City is another good school district. Unlike Silver Lake, Culver City is not part of the LAUSD and has it's own school disctrict. It has several highly ranked elementary schools, the middle school and high school receive an 8/10 and a 7/10 respectively.
Is your commute to work a consideration? Are you interested in living in the flats or the hills? What is the price range?
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The beach areas you have outlined are really great! Some areas that I think you should really look at are...
Santa Monica http://kierantherealtor.com/lacommunities.html#santa-monica
Burbank is without a doubt where you can get the best value for your money.
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If you love riding horses or would like to, we have the LA Equestrian Center right next door. If you own your own horse, you will have miles and miles of riding trails in Griffith Park. We also have the Martinez area, where rodeo barrel champions come train.
If you or your kids like playing tennis, we have the Burbank Tennis Center. And countless tennis courts / parks around the city. For personal tennis coaching check out my friend at http://burbanktennis.com/
For fitness, you can join the Burbank Athletic Club or the YMCA. But if you get tire of running in the treadmill, you can head over to Griffith Park right next door and run close to the Hollywood sign.
We have countless of Restaurants you can come get chow but my personal favorite is Chevys. I don't know what extra ingredients they add to the food because after a week of not going, I get this crazy craving for their taquitos and lemonade drinks.
Anyways, I can go on and on about Burbank but another great community will be in the high desert. A 60 minute drive from Burbank. Here in the High Desert area, you get more house for your money.
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Also when moving to Los Angeles, your commute time. Will you have to commute to work? Traffic is always a concern when deciding where to live.
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Many great answers below and many wonderful areas too! You will find neighborhoods with young families all over Southern California. It again, all depends on what your needs are.
From Long Beach to Glendale, Burbank, Studio City, Silver Lake, Westchester, Torrance, West Los Angeles, Wilshire Park, Hancock Park, Brentwood, Laurel Canyon, Santa Monica, Venice, Culver City, and more, you will find what you are looking for.
What is your budget for purchasing or leasing a home?
How many bedroom/bathrooms do you need?
How old are your children? Are they in pre-school, elementary, middle or high school or a mixture of all or are you just starting out?
Where will you be working and how far will you be willing to commute?
Are there any special needs or requirements?
Many important questions that must be answered for you to find your ideal neighborhood!
Feel free to contact me directly if I may be of service to you. I am native to Los Angeles, born on Hope Street downtown and know Southern California extremely well.
Wishing you all the best and Good Luck!
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As I do quite a lot of business on the NorthEast portion of L.A. Eagle Rock & Mount Washington may be a good option as the single family home prices are still realistic and you get the benefit of woodsy areas, shopping, freeways, downtown access, Pasadena, outdoor parks and a new high school. Google "Eagle Rock CA" or "Mount Washington CA" for more details.
We're happy to connect with you to narrow down your search. Reach out to us to help narrow down NELA (north east L.A.) questions.
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Now if your place of business allows you to live in the South Bay, then you are lucky. Torrance, the entire PV Peninsula, even Redondo have great family neighborhoods because they have great schools. There are also lots of parks, equestrian trails, beaches, youth sports programs, etc. And when you want to get out for some fine dining, or just simple and good food, there are great restaurants too. If I can help you in this area, please let me know. You will not be disappointed with our wonderful community.
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One of the best "young families centric" areas I've shown alot recently is Playa Vista. Playa Vista is the first new community to be established on the Westside of Los Angeles in more than 50 years. Nice, central location for westside and South Bay, close to the airport and beaches. Playa Vista is a planned community, and as such, has houses and condominiums/ townhouses. It is geared to young families, with ultimately more than 750 acresâ€”approximately 70 percent of the original Playa Vista Master Plan siteâ€”devoted to parks and open space. These parks are easily accessible throughout the community, and are connected by a network of paths, sidewalks and nature trails. There are dog parks, sports parks, playgrounds, and a concert area. There is a library, shops, community and rec center, and a Saturday farmer's market.
The new, 650-seat elementary school in Playa Vista is still slated to be opened in the Fall of 2012. Students will have access to the adjacent seven acre sport's park and approved Discovery Center whose emphasis will be on the ecology and history of the area including Native Americans, Howard Hughs, and plant and animal life of the Ballona Wetlands. A block away is the recently built Playa Vista Library. The new school will also have a specialized math/science curriculum and Loyola Marymount University will offer teacher training for their education students.
I think PV is a must see as you begin your LA home search. Having lived and worked in LA all of my life, I would be happy to help you with your search.
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The two biggest factors here are schools if you have a young family and proximity to work. I've lived in Silverlake which is a great neighborhood to live in and has Ivanhoe school which is one of the best for K through 5th grades. http://www.greatschools.org/california/los-angeles/2163-Ivan
Beyond that Los Angeles is a large city with so many great neighborhoods lo live in and explore. I have clients from Glendale to Venice and would love to help you find the perfect family home.
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Do you know what part of town you will be working in? I would like to help find you a place that is great for families and convenient for a commute.
Burbank has an excellent school system and great municipal services. Silverlake has some good areas but some of Silverlake is still very sketchy. I don't know what your budget is, but Venice can be pretty pricey. Each of the areas you mentioned have their own set of pros and cons.
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