I'm considering a new job in Beverly Hills. I would be relocating family of three from NYC.

Asked by Bill, New York, NY Wed Jun 4, 2008

Looking for something in a good family friendly area within 30-45 min commute. Hoping for 3bdr 2bath home with small private yard. $2,500-$3,000/month budget for rent, or 700-750k to buy. Any suggestions advice?

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Jodie Franci…, Agent, Studio City, CA
Sat Jun 7, 2008
Hi Bill,

Congratulations on the possible job offer! I too relocated from back east many years ago, and when I first arrived I lived in Beverly Hills and West Hollywood. Those communities are still pretty pricey, and I don't think you find anything to purchase that would fit your price range. I just did a search for rentals in Beverly Hills, and West Hollywood for a 3 bedroom under $3200 (figuring some negotiating room). There were only 2 properties that came up, one isn't large enough and the other looks really nice, but it is in the Hollywood Hills (which is very nice). You will find a lot more for your money both renting or purchasing in the "Valley". Studio City, Sherman Oaks or Encino would be my recommendations, but there are other communities a little further away that would give you even more for your money.

I just did a quick search on my website for homes in Studio City, Encino or Sherman Oaks with 3 bedrooms or more, 1500 square feet minimum, between $650,000 and $750,000 and there were 53 homes. (http http://:www.jodiefrancisco.com). I also have a community website for residents of Encino at http://www.encinowoods.com that offers information about Encino as well as local community links. Please feel free to use these resources, and let me know if I can be of further assistance to you.

Good Luck!

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Endre Barath, Agent, Beverly Hills, CA
Thu Jun 5, 2008
Hi Bill, I have moved from Boston,MA. over 12 years ago. I understand the challenges of relocating. My recommendation is, that you come out to LA prior to deciding and spend a minimum of three to four days and do a concentrated search of various neigborhoods. (viewing all the areas near you place of work with a Relocation Specialist) Prior to your arrival interview a few agents and find out if you are compatible and they are willing to spend time with you for such a concentrated search and have them send you Active Lease and Sales listings within your minimum parameters.The more organized you and the agent are the less painfull the move will be.Feel free to call me on my cell 310.486.1002 or email me at homes@endrebarath.com. Good luck on your move.
Web Reference:  http://www.endrebarath.com
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Ron Deutsch, , Los Angeles, CA
Wed Jun 4, 2008
Hi Bill,
Sherman Oaks is just a straight shot from the San Fernando Valley over the hill, and you might also find properties that meet your criteria around Palms and parts of Mar Vista. Let me know if you need any further help.
Web Reference:  http://rd.la
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Jeri Creson, Agent, Studio City, CA
Tue Nov 22, 2011
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 …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.

Welcome to LA!
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Jeny Milosev…, Agent, Woodland Hills, CA
Tue Nov 22, 2011
Hello Bill:
Congratulations on your new job. I hope you can call LA home. If you need assistance on looking for a home to buy or lease JHM Business Services can help you with your search. We are currently marketing Beverly Hills and all it's surrounding areas. So please feel free to visit our website at http://www.JHMBusinessServices for more information.
Our company offers great management and rental services for what we can help you ease your job while you are shopping for a home to purchase.
Happy Holidays!!
Jeny Milosevic
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Nicole R. La…, Agent, Beverly Hills, CA
Tue Oct 12, 2010
Hi Bill,
I'm Nicole, Congrats to you and your family in your new move! Relocating is exciting yet it could be overwhelming. I'm here to help. Many of my clients are in transition like yourself. Their are many great leases and homes to consider but first what are your ideal goals? If you are thinking of leasing what are your top need and wants? would you need a 1yr lease or month to month which would allow me to find you and your family the ideal southern Cali home? Are you urban dwellers in need of creative living or would you be more of a unique yet traditional dwellers?

I'd like to hear more...
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David Solomon, Agent, Los Angeles, CA
Tue Apr 6, 2010
Although you will not find a home in that price range in Beverly Hills, there are great neighborhoods that can offer you what you need. I would suggest a few areas on the Westside which are just minutes from Beverly Hills. Beverlywood, Palms, WestLA, Cheviot Hills, and a few more. Give us a call to request a complete list of upcoming properties in these areas. Solomon Team (310) 979-3798
Web Reference:  http://www.larealtor4u.com
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Dot Chance, Agent, Burbank, CA
Sat Jun 7, 2008
Hi, Bill:

Valley Village or Sherman Oaks may be a great area. It is an easy commute over Coldwater Canyonor Beverly Glen.
Web Reference:  http://www.DotChance.com
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Dorene Slavi…, Agent, Torrance, CA
Wed Jun 4, 2008
Beverly Hills is in the 1M dollar price range, but you can get there in 20 minutes from Culver City! We have lovely neighborhoods and an excellent school district. You might have to pay a bit more for a home here but I think you will love our area. Check out my website below.
Web Reference:  http://www.doreneslavitz.com
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Michael Barr…, Agent, Irvine, CA
Wed Jun 4, 2008
Hi there Bill, Welcome to CA . Do you have children that need to attend school so I can review the best schools for you. Some parts of Hollywood hills and Beverlywood.beverly center are very desirable and have very little traffic issues, something that we have here in LA.
If you would like to see the best properties please drop me an e mail so I can set you on the system to reveive updates

Kind Regards
Michael Barron
First Team Real Estate
(714) 552-6817
E mail: michael-barron@sbcglobal.net
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Jeffrey White, Agent, Beverly HIlls, CA
Wed Jun 4, 2008
Hi there Bill, thanks for your question. Congrats on your new job! This is my area of expertise and there are quite a few areas around Beverly Hills that will fall within your price range. Specfically, I am thinking Culver City, Beverlywood, Beverly Center/Miracle Mile, and possibly some parts of Hollywood Hills.

I specialize in not only sales but also do many rentals in this range so I could send you some prospective properties if you like, or give you more advice as to the best commute. Contact me anytime!

- Jeffrey White -
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