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Old 08-07-2011, 10:42 AM
 
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Hi all,

I am planning to move to the Irvine/Costa Mesa area in the next 3 weeks and I am highly considering a studio in the complex 3400 Avenue of the Arts in Costa Mesa, which is located at Bristol and Sunflower in Costa Mesa.

Can someone tell me how the commute would be from that location to UC Irvine? Google Maps says 12 minutes, but I've heard that traffic can be a little crazy.

I am currently unemployed, but looking for a job within the area. I am taking classes at nighttime, so I was wondering could fill me in on how the traffic is on the I-405S during off-peak and peak hours. There's also a route that takes me through Main St. and Culver Dr. Would that be a better alternative?

If anyone knows anything about the complex or the surrounding area, that would be great. I'm particularly interested in:

- Costa Mesa in general, such as neighborhood, food, night life, safety, etc.
- The commute to nearby beaches (Newport, Huntington, Long Beach) and more specifically, the best surf spots
- Nearby areas to go for a run
- How accessible the location is to LA and SD during the weekends (I've heard LA is about 50 min and SD is about an hour and a half WITHOUT traffic)
- Also, am I making a wise choice by living further from campus (though its only 4 miles away)? Will I regret it when I'm stuck in bumper to bumper traffic?

I was also considering some Irvine Company apartments such as Turtle Ridge and Villa Siena, but the online apartment reviews are a bit of a turnoff. Same goes for the "cheaper" apartments in Newport Beach such as Park Newport and Coronado. I also don't want to spend more than $1550-ish for a studio.

I am in my mid 20's and also going to be in grad school, so that will definitely keep me busy. Regardless, they say the West Coast is the best coast, so I am looking forward to every aspect of my move with an open mind!

Thanks in advance!
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Old 08-08-2011, 01:33 PM
 
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I'm relocating to OC later this year, and have had quite a few trips out to visit; the reason I am replying is because I've always been booked into the Wyndham hotel that is right next door to 3400 Ave of the Arts.

As a hotel guest for long periods I have loved the location - there are a few groceries near by, TONS of restaurants and there is a walkway straight into South Coast Plaza mall. I've wandered around a lot and found it to be very walkable and pleasant. I've never felt in the least bit threatened, it's extremely safe.

Traffic-wise, I've driven around there at both rush hours and coming from Houston roads it's been a total breeze.

We are also considering a few months at 3400 when we get out there so we can really get our bearings. Good luck!
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Old 08-08-2011, 01:42 PM
 
Location: Huntington Beach, CA
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The distance is Bikeable from South Coast to UCI. Although there are plenty of apartment communities that are walkable with great local amenities near the UCI campus.
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Old 08-08-2011, 07:19 PM
 
Location: Chandler, AZ
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That's a fabulous area in which to live; no doubt about it.
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Old 08-10-2011, 07:51 PM
 
Location: Orange County, CA
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It is not far at all, I used to live in the Irvine Enclave which is down the street from where you are considering to live and worked at the Research Park adjacent to UCI campus. In the mornings, I would take Bristol St. down to the 73 Toll Road and exit on Bison Ave.(right before the toll booth) and it would take me less than 10 minutes. The afternoon might take a little longer depending on what time I leave the office but it is usually not more than 20 minutes if I leave before 5pm or after 7pm.

HTH
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