Picking a Location Based on Your Commute?

Picking a Location Based on Your Commute?

Grace Shu
Aug 21, 2009

Whenever new people move to a place like Los Angeles and they're looking for apartments, the advice heard 'round town is always: "Pick a neighborhood that's close to your job!" But as we've gotten older, we're slowly realizing that there are two sides to this bit of advice, especially in regards to spending time with your family and friends...

Having done the commute shuttle when we were living in Bay Area, we have to say that while it IS a luxury not to have to drive, the bottom line is that we were still spending two hours a day commuting. As one of our co-workers said, "I lived 45 minutes away from the office because I loved my neighborhood. But after I got married and we started talking about having a kid, I realized that I'd rather spend two hours with my family every day than in traffic. And I don't feel like it's giving up the 'culture' that my old neighborhood offered--I can always go there during the weekend and share it with my kid."

On the other hand, a friend of ours who lives in South Pasadena commutes to Santa Monica--mainly so her child can attend South Pasadena's stellar public school system. She says, "I want to give my child as much as I possibly can--so if that means having to sit in traffic for upwards of an hour and half one way to get to work, so be it."

What do you think? Weigh in with your thoughts in the comments...

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