Thanks for the responses. My spouse just started a new job in SCV, and we currently live in the IE. No need for us both to continue commuting, although we're not looking to move anywhere for probably another year at least-we're only a year out from a short-sale. I don't plan to leave my job though, so it sounds like living in SCV isn't necessarily a good option - but is it a doable option? If I were to commute outside of what I would consider to be the peak hours, and instead leave SCV between 5 and 6 in the morning, would that address some of the traffic concern? Just considering what all options are, and trying to plan ahead. With a young family, we're definitely interested in finding a family friendly community with great schools, that's affordable for us, and it seems to fit the bill up that way. Thanks.