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Old 06-25-2011, 08:16 PM
 
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Hello,

I just relocated to the Orange County area for a new position (started May 2) and I am mainly looking for some advice on relocation. (Most of the below is just a little background on why I am making this post... main questions are at the bottom).

Currently I live in Aliso Viejo, and from what I have seen it seems to be a nice area. The only problem I have with it is the lack of nightlife/younger atmosphere. I am a mid 20's, young professional male, which is quite different than the median age in this area (late 30's to mid 40's).

Don't get me wrong, it seems like a great place to raise family, but not so much equipped for a younger individual like myself. I am looking to relocate closer to a beach town, while at the same time keep my costs relatively low.

I have researched Costa Mesa, Newport, Huntington, Laguna, and so far the best areas seem to be in either Newport or Laguna (debatable I know...this just based on my personal experience so far). I currently work in downtown Anaheim and would like to cut down on my commute if possible, but would sacrifice that for a younger crowd/nightlife near the beach.

With that being said, I am considering moving to Long Beach, as I heard it has a great arts scene, good night life, tons of entertainment, etc. I have looked in the areas of Downtown, Belmont Heights, Belmont Shores, Naples and the surrounding areas. I am shocked at how much cheaper it is to live in these areas compared to pretty much anywhere else in OC. This is ultimately why I am considering moving to this area.

Finally, here are the questions I have and any advice is much appreciated:

1.) What is the downtown Long Beach commute like downtown Anaheim?
2.) What is the overall safety in downtown LB?
3.) Parking situation in downtown near Ocean and Atlantic and the surrounding areas?
4.) Nightlife/Entertainment in Downtown?
5.) Surf in LB? (I never have and really want to learn)
6.) High-rise apartment living in LB (thoughts and ideas)?

Thanks so much!
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Old 06-25-2011, 09:30 PM
 
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Hello,

I just relocated to the Orange County area for a new position (started May 2) and I am mainly looking for some advice on relocation. (Most of the below is just a little background on why I am making this post... main questions are at the bottom).

Currently I live in Aliso Viejo, and from what I have seen it seems to be a nice area. The only problem I have with it is the lack of nightlife/younger atmosphere. I am a mid 20's, young professional male, which is quite different than the median age in this area (late 30's to mid 40's).

Don't get me wrong, it seems like a great place to raise family, but not so much equipped for a younger individual like myself. I am looking to relocate closer to a beach town, while at the same time keep my costs relatively low.

I have researched Costa Mesa, Newport, Huntington, Laguna, and so far the best areas seem to be in either Newport or Laguna (debatable I know...this just based on my personal experience so far). I currently work in downtown Anaheim and would like to cut down on my commute if possible, but would sacrifice that for a younger crowd/nightlife near the beach.

With that being said, I am considering moving to Long Beach, as I heard it has a great arts scene, good night life, tons of entertainment, etc. I have looked in the areas of Downtown, Belmont Heights, Belmont Shores, Naples and the surrounding areas. I am shocked at how much cheaper it is to live in these areas compared to pretty much anywhere else in OC. This is ultimately why I am considering moving to this area.

Finally, here are the questions I have and any advice is much appreciated:

1.) What is the downtown Long Beach commute like downtown Anaheim?
2.) What is the overall safety in downtown LB?
3.) Parking situation in downtown near Ocean and Atlantic and the surrounding areas?
4.) Nightlife/Entertainment in Downtown?
5.) Surf in LB? (I never have and really want to learn)
6.) High-rise apartment living in LB (thoughts and ideas)?

Thanks so much!
If you look at Naples, Peninsula, etc., those areas apples to apples are going to be just as if not more expensive than most of OC. So if you are as you say looking for cheaper rent you're going to have to look closer to downtown LB. Even Belmont Shore is pretty expensive compared to much of OC except maybe Laguna or Newport.

Downtown LB is about 45 minutes to commute to Anaheim.
Downtown is pretty safe south of third. It's urban so it's what you might expect of an urban area. It gets grittier as you go north.
Parking is tough downtown.
Nightlife downtown is clubbish. For more of a beach / pub scene you need to go to Belmont Shore.
No surf in LB because of the breakwater. Hopefully that thing will be altered soon to allow some waves to sneak through but probably not for 5+ years. There are lots of other water activities in LB. Lots of sailing, yachting, paddle boarding, kayaking, windsurfing, etc.
People like the high rises for the views, urban living and so on.

You may also like the area around 4th street known as retro row.

In all I think you could like LB. It's a large city with a huge variety of neighborhoods from suburban to beachy to urban.
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Old 06-25-2011, 09:50 PM
 
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If you look at Naples, Peninsula, etc., those areas apples to apples are going to be just as if not more expensive than most of OC. So if you are as you say looking for cheaper rent you're going to have to look closer to downtown LB. Even Belmont Shore is pretty expensive compared to much of OC except maybe Laguna or Newport.

Downtown LB is about 45 minutes to commute to Anaheim.
Downtown is pretty safe south of third. It's urban so it's what you might expect of an urban area. It gets grittier as you go north.
Parking is tough downtown.
Nightlife downtown is clubbish. For more of a beach / pub scene you need to go to Belmont Shore.
No surf in LB because of the breakwater. Hopefully that thing will be altered soon to allow some waves to sneak through but probably not for 5+ years. There are lots of other water activities in LB. Lots of sailing, yachting, paddle boarding, kayaking, windsurfing, etc.
People like the high rises for the views, urban living and so on.

You may also like the area around 4th street known as retro row.

In all I think you could like LB. It's a large city with a huge variety of neighborhoods from suburban to beachy to urban.

Thanks Naples for your response, I actually have a lot of faith in your responses based on the kudos you have received from this forum.

Aside from that, I have looked a belmont shores/heights and housing prices are actually cheaper than in Costa Mesa, Irvine and even Huntington. Price is relative obviously, but I am trying to stay at or below the 1200 mo. range with a cap of $1650 at most. I have found numerous places that are at or below the 1200 mark which is why I am considering the move.

As for the commute, I am already traveling about 35-40 minutes from Aliso to Anaheim via the 5 every day, and it is daunting at times but traffic is traffic and there isn't much you can do. My only concern would be actually getting to my office within a reasonable amount of time. Not getting stuck in traffic and having be a 2 hour delay frequently.

In terms of the nightlife, I am more of a pub/bar type of person, that will venture to the club occasionally. The fact is that I know virtually no one out here, I am looking to meet and hang out with new people, and LB seems likes a good area to start.

The high-rise piece was more or less food for thought. If I can find an affordable solution, I would love to live in a unit that over looks downtown with a view of the ocean... but I am not banking on this as my only option.

Thanks again for your response.
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