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Soc1984, Other/Just Looking in Los Angeles, CA

My wife and I are looking to move to Los Angeles. We're flexible as to where but we're looking for a neighborhood with young families

Asked by Soc1984, Los Angeles, CA Mon Nov 28, 2011

moving in. We're open to where: Redondo, Culver, Venice, Burbank, Glendale, Silverlake, Long Beach, or wherever.

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There are a lot of homes at great prices to choose from in Los Angeles and Long Beach. It is important to choose an area close to work, school and recreation, and each of those areas have their own unique culture.

I have lived in Venice, Santa Monica, Beverly Hills and Silver Lake, Sherman Oaks and Encino:

Burbank is where all the television and film studios are, also known as 'Television City'. If you plan on working in the film industry I'd recommend Burbank, Sherman Oaks, Studio City and Silver Lake/ Los Feliz.

Studio City is in the hills just above Burbank offering amazing views of the Valley.

Silver Lake is a hip, trend setting community-oriented neighborhood with a lot of locally owned restaurants, music venues, art shows and coffee shops. If you like the arts I would highly recommend Silver Lake/ Los Feliz and Atwater Village ( which is the town next to Silver Lake- similar neighborhood that is closer to Griffith Park observatory which offers hiking trails to the Hollywood sign ) If you enjoy Vietnamese Food, I highly recommend Ginger Grass in Silver Lake :

In Atwater I recommend a restaurant called HOME.

A quiet neighborhood nook I'd also recommend is Beachwood Canyon; located North of Franklin Blvd ( 1 block north of Hollywood Blvd), just East of Highland/ that is east of the Hollywood Bowl. Beachwood is directly below the Hollywood sign. The home styles are mostly Spanish with a blend of Single Family homes and Multi-Families. The Upright Citizens Brigade Comedy venue is there on Franklin.

North of Silver Lake / Atwater Village is Glendale. Glendale offers everything you need when it comes to amenities. The Glendale mall, an Ikea, Costco, restaurants and shopping on Brand Street and is the next town over from Burbank. Home are affordable in the $500,000 to $600,000 range.

Venice offers beachy and architectural homes. A highly artist community that is very walk friendly. If you like a good cup of coffee, stop by GroundWorks on Main, they are a local Venice brewery.

Belmont Shore is between the harbor and the ocean, located in a safe and hip part of Long Beach. It's an even blend of high rise condominiums, duplex' and single family homes. The condominiums are by the shore, single family homes in between the harbor and ocean, and duplex' are mostly right by the ocean off from the bars and restaurants on 2nd Street.

Family-wise I would recommend Sherman Oaks, Silver Lake, Beachwood Canyon, West Hollywood, Beverly Hills and Santa Monica. Dixie Canyon K-5th Elementary is a great school in Sherman Oaks.

Lastly, visit to see what each neighborhood ranks in walkable distance.

If you have any questions regarding other communities in Los Angeles, I know the various communities very well and mostly from an insiders point of view.

Brandon Douglas
3rd Generation Los Angeles Realtor
Coldwell Banker
2 votes Thank Flag Link Mon Nov 28, 2011
Hi Soc1984,

I'd vote Redondo, Westchester, Marina del Rey east of Pacific Coast Highway, and Venice if you're on a budget of around $550 to $700k. After all... SoCal is all about the beach. Best of Luck.
1 vote Thank Flag Link Thu Jan 12, 2012
You could also consider Sherman Oaks and Studio City. Two very central and VERY family oriented areas of Los Angeles. We live in West Hollywood and have three small children and WeHo is also a wonderful area for kids. Schools are usually the deciding factor. How old are your kids, that will factor in.
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This is an old post... but I am responding to find out if you ever made a purchase and where you ended up. If you haven't made a purchase or are looking to move again, please call me. My area of expertise is the Greater Long Beach Area.

Let me know,

Alex Montelongo/Broker
Coldwell Banker Star Realty
562-810-7387 Cell
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0 votes Thank Flag Link Tue Dec 10, 2013
Hi Soc1984,

I'm located in the Los feliz/Silverlake area, Please contact me to discuss your needs.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Thu Aug 22, 2013
Los Angeles is very diverse with many areas that are great for families including the ones you mentioned and many, many more!
Most people try to live within commuting distance from their employment, so that is a factor in choosing where you will put down roots. Also, what your personal lifestyles are like, do you love to hike? bike ride? Do you love city life? The Beaches? These are all things to consider and L.A. has it all.
Culver city and Venice are fairly close to each other in the West Los Angeles area. Redondo Beach is in South Bay( South of LAX). Some of the other areas you mentioned are "further afield" but each has it's own charm.
I love my area of Culver City and I have some other suggestions for you if you would like some input in your starting search, just send an email my way.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Sat Aug 17, 2013

The neighborhoods you've listed are great options for young families! Perhaps the next step is to narrow things down by school district.

In Silver Lake, for example, the Ivanhoe Elementary school consistently ranks 10/10 and the neighborhood is filled with young families (I live there too!). The Ivanhoe district is in the northern part of Silver Lake and most homes for sale in the district will note that in the description, since it's such a high selling point.

Culver City is another good school district. Unlike Silver Lake, Culver City is not part of the LAUSD and has it's own school disctrict. It has several highly ranked elementary schools, the middle school and high school receive an 8/10 and a 7/10 respectively.

Is your commute to work a consideration? Are you interested in living in the flats or the hills? What is the price range?

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Hello Soc1984!

The beach areas you have outlined are really great! Some areas that I think you should really look at are...

Santa Monica

Burbank is without a doubt where you can get the best value for your money.

All the best,
Kieran Jackson

Keller Williams Hollywood Hills
0 votes Thank Flag Link Sat Nov 3, 2012
If you can afford it, of all the cities you mention, I will go with Burbank; here's why. I don't know of any city in Southern California safer than Burbank. Here we walk / hike around midnight without any worries. In 2006 Money Magazine, name Burbank one of the top ten places to live in the U.S.

If you love riding horses or would like to, we have the LA Equestrian Center right next door. If you own your own horse, you will have miles and miles of riding trails in Griffith Park. We also have the Martinez area, where rodeo barrel champions come train.

If you or your kids like playing tennis, we have the Burbank Tennis Center. And countless tennis courts / parks around the city. For personal tennis coaching check out my friend at

For fitness, you can join the Burbank Athletic Club or the YMCA. But if you get tire of running in the treadmill, you can head over to Griffith Park right next door and run close to the Hollywood sign.

We have countless of Restaurants you can come get chow but my personal favorite is Chevys. I don't know what extra ingredients they add to the food because after a week of not going, I get this crazy craving for their taquitos and lemonade drinks.

Anyways, I can go on and on about Burbank but another great community will be in the high desert. A 60 minute drive from Burbank. Here in the High Desert area, you get more house for your money.

I will be happy to show you around when your ready.

Izzy (213) 221-1321
0 votes Thank Flag Link Sat Nov 3, 2012
Hi there

Did you move to LA already? Welcome and I hope all is well.

Send us another message if you still need any assistance.

Have a great day.

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0 votes Thank Flag Link Wed Feb 1, 2012
What is your budget and how many bedrooms are you wanting? Here is links to view some properties in Venice, Burbank, Glendale and Culver City, The Westside is a great area to live and raise a family.…

Also when moving to Los Angeles, your commute time. Will you have to commute to work? Traffic is always a concern when deciding where to live.

Feel free to contact me anytime.
Have a great day,
Heather Paul, Realtor
Coldwell Banker
0 votes Thank Flag Link Mon Dec 26, 2011
Westchester all the way. The community has a lot of young families. I lived there nine years. I've noticed a slow influx of young families on the street I lived on as well as the surrounding streets. There is a strong presence of various activities for the kids including YMCA, sporting leagues, and other youth activities. The weather is nice and cool, and the local police and fire stations are tied into the community, and always show up at school activities and other activities.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Fri Dec 23, 2011
I would recommend Moving to the San Fernando Valley; cities such asEncino, Woodland Hills, Calabasas, Tarzana, West Hills -- These are very nice, Suburban areas of LA. Very close to Ventura Blvd and the 101 free way which is the biggest freeway in California. You would be about 20 minutes from Hollywood (maybe closer if near the Studio City area) and about 30-40 from down town LA. Let me know if you have any other questions!
0 votes Thank Flag Link Wed Dec 21, 2011

You can search for long term and short term leases or properties for sale on

Use the property pull down menu to select Residential Lease

Good luck,
JB Fung | Director - Architectural Division
John Aaroe Group
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0 votes Thank Flag Link Fri Dec 16, 2011
Hi Soc1984:

Many great answers below and many wonderful areas too! You will find neighborhoods with young families all over Southern California. It again, all depends on what your needs are.

From Long Beach to Glendale, Burbank, Studio City, Silver Lake, Westchester, Torrance, West Los Angeles, Wilshire Park, Hancock Park, Brentwood, Laurel Canyon, Santa Monica, Venice, Culver City, and more, you will find what you are looking for.

What is your budget for purchasing or leasing a home?
How many bedroom/bathrooms do you need?
How old are your children? Are they in pre-school, elementary, middle or high school or a mixture of all or are you just starting out?
Where will you be working and how far will you be willing to commute?
Are there any special needs or requirements?

Many important questions that must be answered for you to find your ideal neighborhood!

Feel free to contact me directly if I may be of service to you. I am native to Los Angeles, born on Hope Street downtown and know Southern California extremely well.

Wishing you all the best and Good Luck!

Kat Becker, Realtor
Prudential California Realty
(323) 819-4760
0 votes Thank Flag Link Mon Nov 28, 2011
Great question: As mentioned by many of the agents below, L.A. is a vast county. What I tell all of my buyers is "L.A. is a bunch of different neighborhoods, trying to be a City". So, focus on what you want first. Is it schools, beach or mountain views, centrally located, flat neighborhoods? This will help narrow down your options.
As I do quite a lot of business on the NorthEast portion of L.A. Eagle Rock & Mount Washington may be a good option as the single family home prices are still realistic and you get the benefit of woodsy areas, shopping, freeways, downtown access, Pasadena, outdoor parks and a new high school. Google "Eagle Rock CA" or "Mount Washington CA" for more details.
We're happy to connect with you to narrow down your search. Reach out to us to help narrow down NELA (north east L.A.) questions.

Renee Kische
Keller Williams Realty
Hollywood Hills
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LA is a really big area. It can take 4 hours to get from one end to the other, so the first thing to identify is where will you be working. If you live in Long Beach and work in Venice, for instance, you could spend 2+ hours on the road, each way, driving to work.

Now if your place of business allows you to live in the South Bay, then you are lucky. Torrance, the entire PV Peninsula, even Redondo have great family neighborhoods because they have great schools. There are also lots of parks, equestrian trails, beaches, youth sports programs, etc. And when you want to get out for some fine dining, or just simple and good food, there are great restaurants too. If I can help you in this area, please let me know. You will not be disappointed with our wonderful community.

Hope to hear from you. Dare to Dream.

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Hi Soc 1984;
One of the best "young families centric" areas I've shown alot recently is Playa Vista. Playa Vista is the first new community to be established on the Westside of Los Angeles in more than 50 years. Nice, central location for westside and South Bay, close to the airport and beaches. Playa Vista is a planned community, and as such, has houses and condominiums/ townhouses. It is geared to young families, with ultimately more than 750 acres—approximately 70 percent of the original Playa Vista Master Plan site—devoted to parks and open space. These parks are easily accessible throughout the community, and are connected by a network of paths, sidewalks and nature trails. There are dog parks, sports parks, playgrounds, and a concert area. There is a library, shops, community and rec center, and a Saturday farmer's market.
The new, 650-seat elementary school in Playa Vista is still slated to be opened in the Fall of 2012. Students will have access to the adjacent seven acre sport's park and approved Discovery Center whose emphasis will be on the ecology and history of the area including Native Americans, Howard Hughs, and plant and animal life of the Ballona Wetlands. A block away is the recently built Playa Vista Library. The new school will also have a specialized math/science curriculum and Loyola Marymount University will offer teacher training for their education students.
I think PV is a must see as you begin your LA home search. Having lived and worked in LA all of my life, I would be happy to help you with your search.
Deborah Bremner
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All of those areas have great qualities - it simply depends on what you are looking for (i.e., school system, walkability, lifestyle).

I would love to assist you. Please feel free contact me at your convenience.

Thank you and I look forward to hearing from you!


Heather Schaible, Realtor, BA, CHS, SFR, GREEN
West Associates

1260 Huntington Drive, Suite 201A
South Pasadena, CA 91030

Cell (714) 390-4756
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Good Morning

The two biggest factors here are schools if you have a young family and proximity to work. I've lived in Silverlake which is a great neighborhood to live in and has Ivanhoe school which is one of the best for K through 5th grades.…

Beyond that Los Angeles is a large city with so many great neighborhoods lo live in and explore. I have clients from Glendale to Venice and would love to help you find the perfect family home.


Douglas Stockley
Keller Williams Sunset
9000 Sunset Blvd 11th Floor
Los Angeles CA 90069
DRE #01755158
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Hit me an email I can help you
0 votes Thank Flag Link Mon Nov 28, 2011
I can definitely search for properties in those areas. Please provide me with a price range and a little more detail as to what you and the family are looking for, so I can include only properties that meet your criteria. Please feel free to email me and I will be in contact with something that meets your specifications.

Best Regards,

DJ Bonner
Keller Williams Realty
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You've come to the right place! There are a lot of agents on Trulia with helpful info.

Do you know what part of town you will be working in? I would like to help find you a place that is great for families and convenient for a commute.

Burbank has an excellent school system and great municipal services. Silverlake has some good areas but some of Silverlake is still very sketchy. I don't know what your budget is, but Venice can be pretty pricey. Each of the areas you mentioned have their own set of pros and cons.

Feel free to contact me!

Dot Chance, Realtor®
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Keller Williams Realty World Media Center

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You are covering a vast geographic area here. I guess the first thing would be to live near your base, unless you are working out of your home. Commuting is not fun in L.A. Of course your affordability is another issue and if you are not paying cash a lender will establish this. Then you can narrow down to a neighborhood which meets your needs.
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All areas in Los Angeles and surrounding neighborhoods are great places to live. I would suggest you do a thurough checkout of the subject property and make sure it is the right one to move into. Also, rents seem to be increasing so perhaps it would be in your best interest to start looking at homes. Let me know if I can further assisst you. Best, Joshua Rabinovitz.
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