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Old 12-22-2011, 11:09 AM
Location: super bizarre weather land
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I live in north orange county, so irvine is only about 20 miles away. I had a training class that started at 8:00 in the morning, and it took me over an hour each way to get to class. on Friday it was more like 90 minutes. Granted it's all in the timing, but I would absolutely not live in LA and work in Irvine. If Irvine is out of your budget, I suggest you look in Costa Mesa, or maybe Tustin. You might find something there. The suggestion up thread to look in Fullerton was good, too. Or maybe orange, near old town. I can't believe an apartment in downtown LA is significantly cheaper than a 1 bedroom in Irvine.
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Old 12-23-2011, 12:55 AM
Location: Here&There
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... as we curiously await his reappearance.
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Old 12-23-2011, 08:57 PM
Location: Orange County
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Metrolink is the way to go! If you live in downtown, you just have to take the train from Union station to the Tustin Metro stop, or the Irvine stop. EASY PEASY! I do it all the time from the Tustin stop to Union station and back. No car, no gas, no waiting in traffic! The earliest train from Union Station to Irvine is at 6:45am and you arrive at 7:45am in Irvine. In the afternoon to get back home the latest train is at 5:10pm, you get to union station around 6:20pm. Amtrak has even LATER times, but I think its a bit more expensive. In my opinion, its a great idea since you would live in Downtown, and use the train to get to work. If you don't want to use the train, then no, don't commute. kIn Orange County, you could find cool condos, apartments or even lofts a lot cheaper than Irvine in Santa Ana, Fullerton, Costa Mesa, Orange etc.. You just have to look for them.
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Old 01-04-2012, 04:33 PM
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Ya, I'm afraid the commute gets old, REALLY fast. We tried it for a year, and had to move closer. The commute was turning my mild-mannered husband into a crazed yelling lunatic.

I'd agree that Long Beach could be a good solution. Huntington beach prices are decent too, but you'll see more high-rises in Long Beach. Ooh, check out old-town Orange. The city of Orange, that is. It's very cool, and would be an easy 15 min commute to Irvine!
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Old 01-05-2012, 04:35 PM
Location: San Francisco Bay Area
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The traffic will literally "kill" you. Find a place in OC.
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Old 01-05-2012, 05:20 PM
Location: EST
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Originally Posted by bhcompy View Post
I have a friend that commutes from Pasadena to Irvine. 90-120minutes each way. Don't do it.
Agree with this! I did the very same drive for one year, and though I loved my place down in the OC, I had to move up to Pasadena because the commute was just unbearable and exhausting.

There are lots of places for rent down closer to Irvine. Costa Mesa, the nicer neighborhoods of Huntington Beach, Fullerton, Fountain Valley, Laguna Beach and Dana Point are also options. Live in the OC...don't try to make that crazy commute, or you'll find yourself moving to Orange County within a year anyway.
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