I would love to help you out. I work for Coldwell Banker Beverly Hills. I cover all areas of So Cal. I am also Short Sale/foreclosure certified, and an ecobroker as well. You can call or email me anytime. I lived in Ft Myers Fla., several years ago.
Again, the first thing you need to do is talk to a lender and determine what you can afford. Make sure that you talk to several agents who are familiar with the areas you are interested in. Good luck with your search.
Prudential California Realty
Sylmar is in the San Fernando Valley of Los Angeles. The beach areas would be Marina del Rey, Venice, Santa Monica among others, however, to commute to Sylmar for work will not be fun on a daily basis (though many people do it).