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Old 08-18-2014, 06:49 AM
 
Location: Pittsburgh
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Hi All,

I have a choice to select between new work locations Orange, CA and Plano, TX. the work at both locations are new and challenging.

I need to decide between the 2 locations. I see that Orange, CA is way too expensive w.r.t. the accommodation. I would like to know which would be a good place to move in considering all the options such as saving money, and cost of living and standard of living.

Please do help me out with the selection.

Thanks in Advance

NottyHead
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Old 08-18-2014, 08:53 AM
 
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We'll need more details on your preferences. What does standard of living mean to you? How much do you value weather and landscape? Is the pay very different to justify the higher COL in OC?
Both are very similar (I am comparing Irvine with Plano and not the entire OC) - cookie cutter homes, good schools, quintessential suburban living. The COL, weather, landscape and accessibility to other major cities and recreation are the major differences.
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Old 08-18-2014, 01:24 PM
 
Location: Denver, Colorado U.S.A.
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I lived in Orange for many years... and at times traveled to Plano for work. I don't care much for Texas, but if you can put up with the intense heat and humidity for half the year, Plano is much cheaper.

Orange is a perfect climate, IMO. Plus with its central location, you have access to so much more, compared to Plano. Not that Dallas is a cultural wasteland, but it's a rather distinct culture.

If you want to buy a 2 bdr. condo in Orange, it'll cost you probably at least $300K. A decent apartment would probably be at least $1500 a month. So that right there might make the decision for you. I don't know specifically what rent/home prices are in Plano, but from what I've seen on Househunters, you could probably get a 4 bdr. house on a quarter acre in Plano for cheaper.
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Old 08-18-2014, 01:29 PM
 
Location: California → Tennessee → Ohio
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RUN fast to TX!!!!!
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Old 08-18-2014, 03:16 PM
 
Location: Willowbend/Houston
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I lived in Orange for many years... and at times traveled to Plano for work. I don't care much for Texas, but if you can put up with the intense heat and humidity for half the year, Plano is much cheaper.

Orange is a perfect climate, IMO. Plus with its central location, you have access to so much more, compared to Plano. Not that Dallas is a cultural wasteland, but it's a rather distinct culture.

If you want to buy a 2 bdr. condo in Orange, it'll cost you probably at least $300K. A decent apartment would probably be at least $1500 a month. So that right there might make the decision for you. I don't know specifically what rent/home prices are in Plano, but from what I've seen on Househunters, you could probably get a 4 bdr. house on a quarter acre in Plano for cheaper.
What do you mean by that?
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Old 08-18-2014, 03:26 PM
 
Location: Austin, Texas
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If your major consideration is the COL, then go with Plano, Tx. You might also check out the other surrounding areas like -- Carrollton, Frisco, Richardson, Allen and Flower Mound/Lewisville. All of those areas have good restaurants, shopping malls, highly-rated public schools, so on. Actually, so many out-of-staters (especially from CA) are moving to the major Texas cities mainly because of the lower COL.

If you don't like the intense heat, then you should go with Orange. it also has excellent amenities like those of Plano, but the weather is pretty much better.
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Old 08-18-2014, 03:36 PM
 
Location: Denver, Colorado U.S.A.
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What do you mean by that?
lol! Well, maybe I was a bit harsh. I lived in San Antonio for a couple years and the Texas culture is a bit much for some of us "outsiders". But Dallas has all the standard big city cultural things anyone could want. Just no beach, beach culture, or the excitement of L.A. (that I miss!)
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