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Old 05-20-2017, 02:38 PM
Location: Clemson, SC by way of Tyler,TX
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Family of 4
Budget -2200-2500 a month, would love to rent a 3 br at this price.
We love diverse food options, scenery, and obviously schools are important, but looks like both cities have great schools. Willing to live in a surrounding suburb if it's cheaper.

Not important: weather, night life.
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Old 05-20-2017, 02:51 PM
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I think your housing budget is going to go further in the Bellevue area versus Irvine which will make for a better day to day experience. Neither city proper has much in your budget but in WA neighboring towns like Redmond and Kirkland have some nice options in your price range, especially too if you can bump it to $2700. It's amazing how little is in/around Irvine at that price even and those that are you'll find quite unimpressive.
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Old 05-20-2017, 10:14 PM
Location: Washington State desert
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Finally a good comparison, (sort of), with Bellevue and Irvine.

Bellevue is much closer to its major city, (Seattle), than Irvine is to Los Angeles. FWIW.

Both cities have high-rise development, but I see more residential in Bellevue than Irvine.

Rentals are high in both, but if you can get just a bit out of Bellevue, you will pay less. Not sure that is the case with Irvine. If so, then perhaps lesser cities like Santa Ana.

I prefer Bellevue and/or other eastside areas to Orange County, due to overall lower costs, overall lower traffic, (though 405 is just as bad in WA as CA!). Of course, you need to factor in the weather, which is not as nice as SoCal, and then there is the cost of living, which is lower in Western WA, and there is no State income tax.
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Old 05-22-2017, 08:35 AM
Location: Clemson, SC by way of Tyler,TX
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Thanks guys. I prefer clouds over sun, but that's pretty easy to say when Ive never lived in the PNW. I'm a strange bird, clouds give me peace of mind and I love a good storm.

Been to both areas several times and am very happy when I'm at either place. Of course, visiting and living at a location are two different things.
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