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Old 04-27-2019, 07:15 AM
 
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Hi,

We are a young family with a 4 yr old looking to move to SoCal from Asia in the summer. We are Asian and want to be close to Asian food markets and restaurants, and want good public school and safety. So we have narrowed down to Chino Hills or Irvine area for newer communities.

I know that the two cities are really far away, but we will be working from home so don't have to worry about commuting. From what I've read online, Irvine housing rent is about 20-30% higher than Chino Hills. Private PreSchools for kids in Irvine are around $1600 per month. Does anyone here know how much a good preschool in Chino Hills will be?

My biggest question is, I'm not sure if Irvine is worth the extra price if we don't need to work in Irvine. The location of Irvine still beats Chino Hills if we want to travel to the beach, Disneyland, San Diego Zoo, and South Coast Plaza. But Chino Hills seems to be less crowded and the schools/safety seems to be almost as good.

Besides Rent and Pre School costs, are there other aspects of living expense that Chino Hills is considerable cheaper than Irvine?

Does Irvine, besides the corporate headquarters and job opportunities, still offer a higher quality of life, amenities, children activities, than Chino Hills, that justify the higher costs?

Our family income is around 220K per year, don't plan on having another child. (scared by how high college tuitions are lol)
Thanks in advance for giving me some advice and suggestions!
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Old 04-28-2019, 11:35 AM
 
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As someone who has lived/worked in Irvine (mid-2000s) and currently lives in Chino Hills, I hope I can offer some useful insight. I'm half Asian (born and raised in So Cal) and my wife is Japanese (originally from Tokyo) to give you some background.

Another thing to note is that since Irvine is closer to the ocean, it doesn't get quite as hot as Chino Hills in the Summer months. Aside from that, I think you already know a lot of the more important distinctions. I would also add that while Irvine is closer to the beach, etc., Chino Hills is closer to San Gabriel Valley and Downtown LA.

A good pre-school around Chino Hills is closer to $1200/mo.

I'm not sure that there's much else, cost of living wise, that's considerably cheaper in Chino Hills than Irvine. You probably have easier access to cheaper gas stations in Chino Hills, but the difference is likely negligible.

I think whether or not the costs are justified in Irvine is more of a personal thing. I know a lot of people who absolutely feel that it is. What generally tips the scales for them is the renowned public schools, abundance of amenities (parks, shopping, restaurants, etc), and just how pristine most of the city and neighborhoods are. In a lot of respects, Irvine is hard to top as a desirable place to live. Chino Hills has a lot of the same perks, but at a much smaller scale. It's not quite as master planned, but it's a very nice and well maintained city. I don't know that I would choose Irvine even if housing costs were the same. I know my wife would prefer Irvine due to the proximity to great Japanese food and shops.

If you have the opportunity to visit both before you make your decision, that would be the best. If not, it sounds like you're renting anyway, so you don't have to be committed to either area for more than a year (or less if you find a short term rental). You could always try one out and spend some time in the other to see what suits you best before renewing your lease.
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Old 04-28-2019, 06:51 PM
 
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Hi,

We are a young family with a 4 yr old looking to move to SoCal from Asia in the summer. We are Asian and want to be close to Asian food markets and restaurants, and want good public school and safety. So we have narrowed down to Chino Hills or Irvine area for newer communities.

I know that the two cities are really far away, but we will be working from home so don't have to worry about commuting. From what I've read online, Irvine housing rent is about 20-30% higher than Chino Hills. Private PreSchools for kids in Irvine are around $1600 per month. Does anyone here know how much a good preschool in Chino Hills will be?

My biggest question is, I'm not sure if Irvine is worth the extra price if we don't need to work in Irvine. The location of Irvine still beats Chino Hills if we want to travel to the beach, Disneyland, San Diego Zoo, and South Coast Plaza. But Chino Hills seems to be less crowded and the schools/safety seems to be almost as good.

Besides Rent and Pre School costs, are there other aspects of living expense that Chino Hills is considerable cheaper than Irvine?

Does Irvine, besides the corporate headquarters and job opportunities, still offer a higher quality of life, amenities, children activities, than Chino Hills, that justify the higher costs?

Our family income is around 220K per year, don't plan on having another child. (scared by how high college tuitions are lol)
Thanks in advance for giving me some advice and suggestions!
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