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Old 04-22-2007, 01:00 AM
 
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I lived in Irvine while going to UCI and then moved to PA for graduate school. Me and my wife are thinking of moving back to OC shortly and are looking for affordable but nice locations in OC. Although Irvine is pretty nice, its a bit pricey. When I lived in OC I never really went outside of Irvine much, so I'm only vaguely familiar with the various areas. We are definitely more interested in south OC though. Thanks for any help.
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Old 04-24-2007, 07:21 AM
 
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These are areas I recommend in SC as affordable and nice: Lake Forest, Rancho Santa Margarita, Mission Viejo, and San Clemente. Huntington Beach is not in South County but is actually very nice and has some affordable finds. Typically, Huntington Beach is cooler as supposed to the cities listed above. On the other hand, those cities are further away from the riff raff and LA oversprawl craziness. It's a trade-off.

Something to take into consideration, is commute time. I'm not sure where you plan on working, but most of the jobs are in/around Irvine. Getting to Irvine from HB can be a royal pain on the 405, but if you lived in Rancho Santa Margarita you could take the 241-133 tolls. -Time-saver and stress-saver.

RSM is a new community and some people move solely because get more bang for their buck, but it is still very nice. Just a bit more secluded and peaceful. It's surrounded by some of the most lavish homes in Orange County. They sit behind gates in Dove Canyon and Coto De Caza. Private lakes.. 6,000 foot homes.. 5 acres.. you name it. The wealthy wouldn't choose this quiet corner for no reason at all.

With beauty like this, who could resist?

http://www.doveneighborhood.com/images/communities/dove/photoalbum/southeast%20Dove/golfer1.jpg (broken link)

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Old 04-27-2007, 09:47 PM
 
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So what exactly is your budget?
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