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Old 01-14-2013, 08:27 AM
 
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My friend and I have been more than interested in moving to California, more specifically SoCal. We are aware of the vastly different lifestyle over there than here, but we would like to learn more.

We would like to know what a good location would be for 21/22 year olds. We have decided that anywhere between LA and San Diego would be ideal for us, we have been searching around the Oceanside area.

We want to be within a 10-15 minute drive to the beach, but we don't mind driving up to an hour for work.

Any and all information is more than appreciated! We just want to be in SoCal and know we'll enjoy ourselves no matter where we end up, we'd just like to find a nice area to live in!

Thanks!
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Old 01-14-2013, 11:32 AM
 
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My friend and I have been more than interested in moving to California, more specifically SoCal. We are aware of the vastly different lifestyle over there than here, but we would like to learn more.

We would like to know what a good location would be for 21/22 year olds. We have decided that anywhere between LA and San Diego would be ideal for us, we have been searching around the Oceanside area.

We want to be within a 10-15 minute drive to the beach, but we don't mind driving up to an hour for work.

Any and all information is more than appreciated! We just want to be in SoCal and know we'll enjoy ourselves no matter where we end up, we'd just like to find a nice area to live in!

Thanks!
You need to supply more information like what your budget is for rent, etc.
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Old 01-14-2013, 11:36 AM
 
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Oceanside is one of the few beach towns in Southern California that has a some shadier sections. They do have a few gang issues (nothing too major) and there is a big military presence (from Camp Pentleton, next door). All of this means it can have a slightly more ragged feel than other beach areas. It makes it cheaper too.

If you can afford higher rents (I have no clue what your budget is), I would shoot for Newport Beach, which I personally think is the best beach town in Southern California. There is lots to do, lots of young people, great access to jobs (unlike Oceanside), plenty of nightlife, and great beaches. It's just a beautiful place.

Look for a place around the Newport Pier, and the streets just north of there along Balboa Blvd, River and Seashore. You can get around without a car, walk to bars and restaurants, live steps from the beach and be around lots of young people.
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Old 01-14-2013, 12:14 PM
 
Location: Huntington Beach, CA
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For a 21-22 year old: Try any place within 1 mile of PCH.
expect rents of 1400 - 2200 for a decent two bedroom apt.
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Old 01-14-2013, 05:33 PM
 
Location: SE Portland
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I'd skip Oceanside. It's scraggly and not going to give you the SoCal feeling you seem to be going for.
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Old 01-17-2013, 12:56 AM
 
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More details are required like your age, interest, period for which you are looking to relocate, budget, your job and many more.

BTW I prefer Irvine or Huntington Beach.
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Old 01-17-2013, 03:16 AM
 
Location: Columbia, California
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The lifestyle in CA is not any different than where you are coming from. Just look at your monthly budget and add one more zero to it. If you were surviving on $500 a month it will cost over $5000 here in CA.
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