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Old 03-20-2012, 07:49 PM
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I'm going to be moving to Cali in the next few months to start a job in Riverside. I think the best option would be Orange County, but I'm open to other suggestions. I've looked at Yorba Linda and close areas.

I'm younger professional and would like to find an area where I could at least drive to some fun areas.

House wise, I have to limit it to under $350,000 and I need to have outdoor space for a dog. So I'm guessing this eliminates some of the higher priced areas.

Thanks for any help!!!!!
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Old 03-20-2012, 08:29 PM
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Yorba Linda is expensive. Very expensive. Your budget eliminates the majority of Orange County. A $350k home is either a nicer condo, but is unlikely to have more than a 15' x 10' patio slab for your dog, or a house in a shady neighborhood.

Since you're going to be working in Riverside, live out there. You'll be closer to work and have many more housing options in your price range.
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Old 03-20-2012, 10:22 PM
Location: Laguna Hills, Ca
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Your budget definately puts you into Riverside Co. I have a friend who just bought out in Lake Elsinore, close to Canyon Lake, a really nice place for about 250,000, with a nice yard. But it is pretty out there as far as her commute to Anaheim (that sucks).
But her budget of around 300,000 was only getting her small condos in Orange County. Good luck with your search
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Old 03-21-2012, 08:36 AM
Location: Huntington Beach, CA
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You may want to look into Chino Hills. Nice community, about 1/2 way between Riverside and the Beach communities
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Old 03-21-2012, 12:39 PM
Location: Grosse Ile Michigan
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Riverside has some stuff going on downtown and there are some very nice neighborhoods (and some really rotten ones). Orange County is mostly suburbia. It is not a real hopping place for nightlife and such. There are places, but you will probably have to drive to them. What it is great for is outdoor activities and beach stuff.

Riverside is no more exciting. It is a bit more concentrated. It is considerably hotter in the summer, smoggy (more than beach communities, not much more than Yorba Linda). Instead of beaches you have mountains nearby. You could live in the foothills where it is cooler, cleaner and less hectic. Some people even live up in the mountains and commute to Riverside, but that is a long drive - about an hour I think, it depends on how high up you are (and you get snow up there).

If you are set on OC, look at condos. You can probably get a decent condo for $350,000. I woudl suggest that you rent there first. You do nto want to buy in, find out the commute is intolerable, and then discovrer it takes a year to sell your place.
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