I may be interested in moving somewhere in the Santa Clarita Valley. My initial internet search tells me that Canyon Country may be the place.

Asked by Mac33, Santa Clarita, CA Fri Feb 3, 2012

I work in Downtown LA, and my wife works in Pasadena. How is the commute? I'll most likely be taking the train, but my wife will be driving.

We will be using the VA Loan.

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Tvandemark, , 91355
Sun Feb 12, 2012

I always recommend to my clients to really know what commute works for you and your family, drive it at the hours that apply to you. Take into account the weather and the potential of getting stuck around Sig Alerts, whether accidents, fires, high speed chases, etc. Once you are behind the wheel feeling and clocking the drive, you will be able to better determine how much time out of your life and away from your family you are truly willing to give up. Commuting can take quite a toll on a person and family, or maybe it fits you.

Just a couple of scenarios: A manager I know transferred his job into an area closer to where he lives because he calculated the hours that were taken from his life and family during the commute. I also had a client do a test drive just from Plum Canyon vs. Valencia to Burbank and they bought in Valencia, because just getting to the freeway seemed like quite a commute from Plum Canyon, and it was a better fit for them.

Pasadena vs. downtown LA are two different commuting territories, as you know the more you are on the freeway the more likely you have some very long commutes due to weather and accidents etc. At least with other forms of transportation you can still read, work or catch up on some sleep on the bus or rail. Take it from some one who gets far more windshield time on the road than you really want to know about.

When choosing an area, visit them often and on different days and times, so you can really see what goes on in those areas and neighborhoods and next door to the house you may purchase. I was recently told my clients were seen outside the house they were going to buy. I was so pleased to hear my clients were doing their home work! Nickle tours are a good way to start doing your home work.

Go to or call the appropriate resources for data. School data is best obtained from the schools themselves as boundaries often change and again visit them and speak to parents with children enrolled there. Crime data is best obtained from the local police departments. Agents are great resources to introduce to you to numerous areas and to give you information about the property, Mello Roos etc., and to aid you in your transaction. Again, this is why you need to see the areas for your self and determine what best fits your commute, needs, comforts and budget.

By working with an agent and doing your homework you will ensure a smart home purchase.

Best of luck,
TV-Tracy Van De Mark
Keller Williams Realty
(661) 310-4004
Web Reference:  http://tvandemark.com
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Crystal Shep…, Agent, Santa Clarita, CA
Fri Feb 3, 2012
A tour of the entire valley is certainly the best thing you can do to determine the ideal location for you and your wife in the SC Valley. The 14 freeway has heavy commuter traffic during peak hours, while the 5 freeway has significant truck/commercial traffic throughout the day. No matter what side of town you are on, however, the quality of life in the SCV fully justifies the commute...as evidenced by a population exceeding 175,000 residents. Santa Clarita is desirable and affordable, and it remains one of the safest cities in the US.

When you're ready to begin your tour, it's vital to work with an agent who is familiar not only with this community, but also with the VA loan process. Some homes will qualify for VA financing, while others will not. As your agent, it would be my distinct pleasure to assist you in identifying the right homes that meet your financing requirements and well as satisfy your personal wish list. Please reach out anytime...I'm available by cell 7days/week at 661-810-8259.


Crystal Sheppard, Broker
Sheppard Properties
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Laura Coffey, Agent, Santa Clarita, CA
Fri Feb 3, 2012
Another thing to consider is there areas out here that have mello roos. Different areas rename it many ways but what this means to you is an extra tax. You need a Realtor that can point out the neighborhoods that have extra taxes, how much they are, and whether they bring any added value to you.
I am a full time Realtor in Santa Clarita and would be more than happy to give you a no obligation tour of the many areas within Santa Clarita (Castaic, Canyon Country, Newhall, Saugus, Stevenson Ranch, & Valencia). Each one unique and could fit your needs depending on your desires. If I don't here from you I wish you the best of luck in your future endeavors.
Web Reference:  http://www.laura4homes.com
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Laura Coffey, Agent, Santa Clarita, CA
Fri Feb 3, 2012
I personally wouldn't say that Canypn Country was the best. What most are over looking is it depends where in Canyon Country you are considering. Canyon Country is a large area with many exits off the freeway. If you are at the tail end you will be dealing with the traffic that stream lines down from Acton to Palmdale.
I am not sure where you are living now or what type of neighborhood you are looking for. Canyon Country has pockets that are not that desirable. It would be the closest area out here to San Fernando Valley. There are nice places off the freeway in Canyon Country but also in Stevenson Ranch, some Newhall, & Valencia. Getting to the 5 to the 210 would be the commute for your wife. We have two metrolink areas out here for the commute to LA if that interests you. The one Canyon Country and another in Newhall that borders Valencia.
I am not sure if you have children but schools in the area out here are very important. Whether you have children or not areas in Santa Clarita can very depending schools. Having an agent that knows what schools are excellent and which ones are not is very important. It can make all the difference in resale.
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David Doyle, Agent, Woodland Hills, CA
Sat Feb 11, 2012
Loving the drive. I worked for 3 years in the pasadena area and lived in Newhall. The traffic is great, there is none. 30 min and I'm at work. The only thing better is now I work in Santa Clarita.

David Doyle 661-373-6577
Web Reference:  http://www.daviddoylere.com
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Merlin Barri…, Agent, Valencia, CA
Sat Feb 11, 2012
Good day Mr. Mac,

The commute to Dowtown LA about 1hr. to 1 1/2hr. (plus if your taking the train longer). To Pasadena a good 40min drive.

Canyon Country has great areas/ prices much lower than Valencia, or Stevenson Ranch.
If you're pre approved & if you're not working with any Realtor. Feel free to give me a call. I live in SCV, and now the area very well.

Appreciate the opportunity to earn your business!

Merlin Barrientos
Realtor Associate
Pinnacle Estate Properties Inc.
24501 Town Center Drive. #104
Valencia Ca 91355
Cell 661 713-8780
Web Reference:  http://pinprop.com
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Phil Levy, Agent, Valencia, CA
Fri Feb 3, 2012
Two commuting options are the City of Santa Clarita transit Commuter Express and the Metrolink. The first is an express bus which runs during prime commuting times (http://www.santaclaritatransit.com/Index.aspx?page=42). The second is an express train that runs more frequently during commuting times and less frequently throughout the day (http://www.metrolinktrains.com/schedules/). A single monthly pass provides access to both. Presently no commuting options exist to Pasadena other than driving. Figure about 45 minutes each way. Freeways connect the cities so you will avoid secondary roads for the most part.

Strictly from a commuting perspective there may be better options than Santa Clarita, although as noted in previous postings it really is a great place to live.
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Marianne Leo…, , Santa Clarita, CA
Fri Feb 3, 2012
I live in Canyon Country and I can tell you whatever you want to know. Most parts of Canyon Country are located very close to HI 14 that makes it easy to go to the Valley. Furthermore one of the three train stations in Santa Clarita is located in Canyon Country.
Shortly I can tell you what I feel the different is between Canyon Country on the eastside and Valencia on the westside (sorry if somebody will be offended) and that is: in Canyon Country there are bigger lots, more dogs, RVs, toys (motorbikes), more nature and less traffic where Valencia is more a citylike area with a lot of traffic, many stores, the Mall, the hospital and many restaurants.
So it is up to you to decide "What do I want?"

Be free to contact me if you want to hear more or want my help.

Marianne Leopold
Realtor/Broker Ass
Rodeo Realty
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Tony Lewis, Agent, Valencia, CA
Fri Feb 3, 2012
Good Morning, You have chosen a wonderful community to consider relocating! Our main features are safety, great schools, Six Flags Magic Mountain, Westfield Valencia Town Center Mall, Henry Mayo Newhall Hospital and an unbeatable Annual Events Calendar. The beauty of the community is there are well priced and located homes in many price ranges. Let me know the size, price range, number of bedrooms, size of yard and whether you wnat a condo, town home or detached home. I'll send you the best active listings. You will have the benefit of my 32 year of local knowledge. Visit my website to learn much more about our unique community! Welcome to the Santa Clarita Valley!!! Tony Lewis RE/MAX of Valencia
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Teri Lockwood, , Valencia, CA
Fri Feb 3, 2012
I've called the Santa Clarita Valley my home for over 30 years. We have raised our family here and all of our three children attended schools here along with College of the Canyons. It's certainly changed over those years-- we now are quite a bigger city with a lot more amenities. Each of the different cities within Santa Clarita offers a different feel or personality. It all depends on what you are looking for because you may find that Valencia differs from Canyon Country, Saugus, Castaic or Newhall, or visa versa! Lots of areas and types of house to choose from here! A great place to raise your family or simply call home.

I'd be happy to help you find your dream home!

Teri Lockwood
Realtor, DRE# 01307376
Web Reference:  http://Teri4SCVHomes.com
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, ,
Fri Feb 3, 2012
There are many great cities in Santa Clarita. Canyon Country being one of them. I moved from Torrance, CA eight years ago and love it! Valencia, Castaic, Stevenson Ranch, Saugus, and Newhall are all wonderful cities!

Pasadena commute is approximately thirty minutes. LA will take you a little longer.

With low home prices and low interest rates, it's a GREAT time to buy!

It's very important to get prequalified before you start looking! It's critical you know exactly how much home you qualify for!

Thirteen years experience in the real estate lending business. If I can be of assistance, call me at (661) 255-3335.

Cheryl Garner, Mortgage Expert
Glen Financial Services, Inc.
CA DRE-01262285 NMLS-295929
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Jeannine Wal…, Agent, Santa Clarita, CA
Fri Feb 3, 2012
Good morning. You are right to ask this question about driving distances to work in Pasadena. The actual driving times from SCV are not excessive, DEPENDING on the time your wife leaves for work. If she works a standard shift beginning at 7 or 8am, the drive might take quite a bit longer than 30-40 minutes because of the excessive number of commuters on the road during that time. The optimum situation is if your wife works an alternative shift that does not involve being on the road during the rush hours.

If her driving situation is less than optimum, your family will need to weigh the MANY positive attributes of life in the Santa Clarita Valley against the longer commute. To name the top 5 in my view: 1) Schools are excellent, almost across the board. 2) Family-friendly communities 3) Valencia has established a wide variety of entertainment and fine eating venues in the past few years. 4) Your purchasing dollar goes much further than in the SF Valley or SG Valley 5) Air is cleaner than in the aforementioned areas.

I hope this information is helpful. Should you wish to get a sense of how many homes are offered in Santa Clarita that meet all of your family's needs (including proximity to freeways), please give me a call so I can set you up on a Free, User Friendly search website. Thanks for your time.

Eddie Momeny
Realty Executives
"Finding You The Home Of Your Dreams With a Payment That Won't Give You Nightmares"
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David Akram , Agent, Granada Hills, CA
Fri Feb 3, 2012
Santa Clarita Valley is a great place to live. I moved here 6 years ago to move from Northridge and loving every day of it.

I would love to help you find your new home in SCV.
Please give me a call so we can discuss your requirements for your new home.

Look forward to hearing from you.

Hope this helps.

David Akram
Realtor, DRE# 01891274
Century 21 All Moves
Web: http://www.DavidNewHome.com
Blog: http://blog.davidnewhome.com
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David Doyle, Agent, Woodland Hills, CA
Fri Feb 3, 2012
Santa Clarita has been a home to my family for over 10 years. I have been pleased with the saftey and schools. I think its worth a look. Please contact me anytime for any information.

David Doyle
Web Reference:  http://www.daviddoylere.com
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Marc Schwartz, Agent, Chatsworth, CA
Fri Feb 3, 2012
Big choice on moving, I made the decision 10 years ago to move from Encino to the SCV. My office is about 28 miles away now but you can't go wrong in moving out here.

Call me at my office to talk 818-885-5615 or use my website at http://www.PropertySearch411.com to really get started.

Marc Schwartz
Web Reference:  http://www.MarcSchwartz.com
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