Lot's of options. There are the beach areas in the South Bay. You won't be buying next to the water, but Torrance, Redondo Beach might be good choices, if it's suburbia you crave, with new subdivisions and freshly built homes, parks, schools and family friendly infrastructure, you may think about Porter Ranch or a little further, Santa Clarita/Valencia. Porter Ranch is a favorite in that price range, probably the best "bang for your buck" commutable to downtown without wanting to shoot yourself each day : ). Sadly, our public transportation is there, but limited. Woodland Hills/Tarzana/Encino/Sherman Oaks/Studio City are all good possibilities. You can do $700,000 also in Bel Air - (surprisingly enough) and that gets you one of the best elementary schools â€¦hands down: Roscomare Road Elementary. Burbank and/or Toluca Lake is an excellent choice. Burbank schools are very good - my kids go to school there and we're very happy. There are choices in terrain too - some good possibilities with outstanding views in the hill areas - or flat lands, with great walkability potential and proximity to "the Boulevard" - aka Ventura Boulevard.
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