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Old 07-18-2011, 12:58 PM
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My husband and I (mid-thirties, no kids, two cats) are thinking about accepting job offers in Laguna-Niguel. I've been searching on forums for general information about the area (best neighborhoods, walkability, best places to rent, traffic conditions - commute to work, how close can you get to water view for around $2,000 per month, parking conditions at most rental places, how are the people - generally nice? materialistic? realistic or fake?, is the weather and lovely geography worth the move? pet friendly rentals?), but I can only seem to find answers that are a couple of years old.

Dana Point sounds interesting to us as well as Laguna Niguel itself and maybe Mission Viejo. We're pretty quiet and don't party much if at all so we want a sleepier place where there are plenty of outdoor activities and lots of little mom and pop restaurants/shops within walking or very short driving distance.

Anyone have any advice/suggestions?

Thanks so much!!!

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Old 07-18-2011, 01:04 PM
Location: GLAMA
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Here's one from yesterday: Laguna Niguel/surrounding communities

As far as the people go, like anywhere else they run the gamut from A to Z. You can't pigeonhole them.
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Old 07-18-2011, 01:26 PM
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Thanks for the speedy reply! I did see that post, but it looked like it was more focused on buying vs. renting and didn't really address walkability or whether there would be locally-owned stores/restaurants near by or mostly chains and strip malls. I did take note of the community suggestions and will further research them. As for the people, I agree with you for the most part, but there is usually an overall vibe to a place and was just trying to get a feel for what it would be. Again, thanks for the info!

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Old 07-18-2011, 02:27 PM
Location: South Bay
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there's 2 different definitions I've picked up on for walkability while reading these forums. the first is related to being able to walk to local amenities (shops, markets, restaurants, etc.). the second has to do with being able to walk the dog to a park along well maintained side walks. not many places in OC have walkability similar the former definition, but many places have walkability of the latter definition (this certainly holds true of laguna niguel as well as most of inland south OC). there are exceptions, but the vast majority of non-coastal OC is filled with national chains and big box stores. the coastal areas are the exception, but they are also very expensive. you won't find anything like DC in OC, unless you are living in the bedroom communities in VA or MD.
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Old 07-18-2011, 02:30 PM
Location: Everywhere and Nowhere
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how big a place do you need for your $2K? Dana Point has more mom and pop than Niguel. You should be able to get a 2br place pretty easily for $2K there. Rents look about comparable to DC and a bit cheaper than the nicer parts of Northern VA. You can get a 2br place in DP for what you'd pay for a studio or maybe a 1br in Old Town Alexandria if that gives you some point of reference. Also, if you prefer Old Town to Reston, you'll probably prefer DP to Niguel. I grew up out there and now live near where you do.

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