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Want to be near downtown Los Angeles without actually living there? One option is Simi Valley, city located only about 30 miles from the downtown location. That might seem kind of far, but when you’re talking about LA, it’s not. Simi Valley is a major commuter city with some 111,000 people living in it. Almost everyone travels into LA or the San Fernando Valley to work, though.
That doesn’t mean Simi Valley is without its own attractions or charms. The city is home to the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library and Reagan’s grave. For those who love the outdoors, there are more than 5,600 acres of land in the area that’s used for parks, trails, and other recreational use. All of this outdoor space and the great cost of living when compared to many of the surrounding cities has helped Simi Valley rank on the list of Happiest Cities in the U.S. and on the safest cities list.
Simi Valley is something of a contradiction when it comes to the LGBTQ community. Studies show that it’s quite conservative in many ways, but in other ways, the city is very welcoming. The number of same-sex couples living in the area has increased over the last several years, helping to create a more welcoming atmosphere.
Thinking of living here? Condos in Simi Valley range from $280,000 to $515,000. For a single-family house, you’ll find prices range from around $350,000 to $2.495 million.