Hi Melissa, Since you mentioned you have a toddler, I would have to give a little Mom advice. I too looked at moving out of the area when my oldest was about 2 or 3. My family lived and still lives in Simi. We really wanted Ventura but found it out of our price range. We looked at Santa Paula as an option. We looked that North Carolina too. And before he was born, we considered Seattle. My suggestion is this, look ahead 5 years and 10 years. What do the communities have that would suit you now, what do they have that would suit you in 5 years and again in 10. We tend to look at where we are now. When I help people with toddlers buy I home, they most often arent thinking about if the home is in a school or school district that will meet their standard. Does the area have a low crime rate. What type of access to services, both emergency and enrichment will your family both desire and be able to obtain easily. Sometimes, when people look out a little ahead and a little further, they make a choice now that suits them better in the future. We dont have the guarantee that it will be what we desire but we do have the ability to think ahead and decide what we think will set us on the path to bring us the most happiness. Simi is a really great place to raise a family. A little hotter in the Summer than I'd like but overall, it's good. As a matter of fact, one of my first clients was a family that used to commute from Fillmore to bring their kids back to Simi schools everyday. They tried to relocate back here. They had moved for new construction affordable housing but really didnt like the community. That is just one families experience. However, my husband is a volunteer with the Ventura County Search and Rescue Fillmore team and he loves Fillmore because it reminds him of Simi Valley when he grew up here, lets just say before they put the 118 through. So, it's a really personal choice but I would do some more investigating. I know that there was talk of a new community out there called Fagan Canyon. It was going to be a master planned community but my guess is with the housing market, it has been tabled. I know an agent in Fillmore, she probably works Santa Paula too. Her name is Kristy Neal with Prudential. She's a Mom of three and might be able to share with you the family stuff as well as the Real Estate stuff. Her email is firstname.lastname@example.org Good luck in your decision.