My family and i are coming to LA in November, and we have a few days on our own before meeting up with cousins. We are going to go to Encinitas, and then i thought we could go up to Santa Monica/Venice/Malibu and stay somewhere in that area, probably inland - we're looking for pretty cheap, like $100/night. I found some places in Thousand Oaks and am wondering if that's a somewhat nice place to stay [scenic? safe?]. Open to any suggestions of locales. Thanks!