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Old 10-25-2011, 10:51 AM
 
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I'm trying to rent a 1-bedroom apartment for under $2000 in Newport Beach or Irvine. I was hoping to find something newer, with good maintenance, good interior finish, and good construction (so it's not noisy when upstairs neighbors move like elephants).

I am considering Newport North, Avalon (Irvine), Calypso (Irvine), and a few others. All of them (except maybe Newport North) are reported on yelp and apartmentratings.com to be very loud, poor quality, with maintenance problems, etc.

Since apartmentratings.com is often biased towards complainers, I would trust city-data a lot more. If anyone has a good experience living in any apartment complex within 2-3 miles from Jamboree and 73, please let me know!

Thanks!
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Old 10-25-2011, 02:07 PM
 
Location: So. Cal
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I stopped by Avalon when I was looking to move and it was quite beautiful. I have been living at Villa Siena for about 4 years now and have no serious complaints. However, I don't require much from where I live other than a place to keep my stuff and rest at night. :P Perhaps because I have a corner unit I don't hear too much noise unless we have people living above us, which seems to be rare (or they're super quite). Never had a problem with maintenance, they're usually out the next day when we call. The grounds are lovely, nice to walk around in, and they often have community events like movies on the lawn, mini carnivals, and such. I often go down to the maintenance office to rent movies if I'm bored. Parking spots are assigned so I've never had a parking issue.

The only thing I dislike - tile countertops in the kitchen, but I believe if you live on the top floor then you get granite countertops instead..and high ceilings. As for the noise, we do have trash pickup that comes at some early hour about once a week and it makes it tough to sleep in.

Anyway, just thought I'd share my personal perspective on this place. I know it has negative reviews on places like yelp and apt ratings, but I think it just depends on what kind of things are important to you. Good luck!
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Old 10-25-2011, 02:11 PM
 
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Pay more money and live in Newport. You won't be disappointed you picked location over the flavor of the week for kitchen countertops.
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Old 10-25-2011, 08:35 PM
 
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I'm trying to rent a 1-bedroom apartment for under $2000 in Newport Beach or Irvine. I was hoping to find something newer, with good maintenance, good interior finish, and good construction (so it's not noisy when upstairs neighbors move like elephants).

I am considering Newport North, Avalon (Irvine), Calypso (Irvine), and a few others. All of them (except maybe Newport North) are reported on yelp and apartmentratings.com to be very loud, poor quality, with maintenance problems, etc.

Since apartmentratings.com is often biased towards complainers, I would trust city-data a lot more. If anyone has a good experience living in any apartment complex within 2-3 miles from Jamboree and 73, please let me know!

Thanks!
I don't know much about the complexes themselves, but I drive by Avalon & Calypso everyday on the way to work. They are both located in a more business park part of Irvine and nothing - parks, gym, shopping - is close or within easy walking distance. Both are right on top of Jamboree road which has a ton of traffic. Personally, I'd rule out both of these. For $2K you could do alot better.
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Old 10-25-2011, 08:47 PM
 
Location: California Mountains
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I checked with my daughter and son-in-law, and here's the answer:

"It's possible to rent a good one-bedroom for under $2000. In fact, $2k is what we're paying for our two bedroom at Enclave (Costa Mesa). For Irvine Apartment home complexes, ours is one of the best. I would highly recommend it -- I've seen more than two dozen complexes owned by Irvine Company now and lived in four of them already. It's not Irvine/NB, but it's less than 10 minutes from 73/Jamboree.

Newport Bluffs is also good. It's not on the list, but it's a pretty property and only two minutes from the 73/Jamboree.

For the other properties on the list, here are our impressions:

Newport North - older, meh. Paying a Newport Beach markup for a property that's not that nice.

Avalon/Calypso - Next to each other, nice, slightly "urban" feeling because of a few restaurants nearby, but still very quiet Irvine.

Not on the list: Colony at Fashion Island is also very, very nice but it costs a bit more."

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Old 10-25-2011, 08:49 PM
 
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I think Irvine is boring!

There, I said it!
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