Median home price (2006): $653,794
Average property taxes (2006): $4,148
Not many cities can brag about having more parks than it does developed space. But Moorpark has long enjoyed this anomaly (the ratio's 16:12, to be exact), and city borders are further buffered by state-protected green space, making it a prime residential hotspot for Los Angeles commuters. A quick ride on the Metrolink shoots you straight into the City of Angels, but residents often prefer the advantages of the outskirts: Moorpark is one of the safest cities of its size in the country, and it's hard to beat the mountain views and year-round nearly perfect weather. -I.T.
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