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Old 01-18-2014, 12:28 PM
 
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Hello everyone,

I recently got a job offer in Irvine and since I'll start by the beginning of next month, I have 2 weeks to look for a place to stay (I'm currently in San Diego so hopefully it's not that bad). I know Irvine is generally expensive so I might look around Orange County, Tustin...pretty much as close to Irvine as possible, to be more specific my workplace is on Bake Parkway just right before the 405. Do you have any recommendations/suggestions for a safe and quiet area for a working professional? I probably look for a 1-bedroom apartment, budget around $1000-$1200/month.

Thanks in advanced!
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Old 01-18-2014, 02:56 PM
 
Location: Corona the I.E.
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Hello everyone,

I recently got a job offer in Irvine and since I'll start by the beginning of next month, I have 2 weeks to look for a place to stay (I'm currently in San Diego so hopefully it's not that bad). I know Irvine is generally expensive so I might look around Orange County, Tustin...pretty much as close to Irvine as possible, to be more specific my workplace is on Bake Parkway just right before the 405. Do you have any recommendations/suggestions for a safe and quiet area for a working professional? I probably look for a 1-bedroom apartment, budget around $1000-$1200/month.

Thanks in advanced!
Having just gone through the process, your budget is low. Up it to $1500 or look in older areas of south Tustin, MV, or Lake Forest.

Check padmapper or hotpads/CL and get the local paper, Register, some private owners list there esp those not wanting to pay for a realtor.
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Old 01-18-2014, 07:25 PM
 
Location: SoCal
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Having just gone through the process, your budget is low. Up it to $1500 or look in older areas of south Tustin, MV, or Lake Forest.

Check padmapper or hotpads/CL and get the local paper, Register, some private owners list there esp those not wanting to pay for a realtor.
Agreed, budget is low. Perhaps try Orange as well. And also check the Pennysaver.

Landlords usually require your income to be at least 3 times the rent, so that should give you an idea of what you will qualify for.
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Old 01-18-2014, 10:41 PM
 
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Thank you all for the replies, I thought it's possible to look for a place around $1200/month in Tustin or Costa Mesa, which is not that far from where I work. For example, I just looked at the McFadden Village apts (seem to have good reviews), they have a 1-bedroom for $1250 and it's about 10 miles from my workplace.
I'm not necessarily looking for a place that very close to work, about 10-15 miles radius from my company is okay. You guys have other suggestions?
Also, my income is about $70-$75K per year but I still have student loans, car payment and more importantly I wanna save up so I'm trying to stay within budget.
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Old 01-19-2014, 11:38 AM
 
Location: San Diego
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craigslist, there are 1bd apts for around $1200 if you look hard enough...heck a friend of mine got a 770 sqft 1 bd with 2 car garage for $1275 Private owners are usually cheaper and more flexible than big investors/rental companies who jack up the rent a lot.
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Old 01-20-2014, 03:36 PM
 
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I did look up on CL but since I don't really know much about the area, that's why I come here for help. I got a few suggestions that I should look around Tustin or Mission Viejo, and to be honest I don't mind to pay a bit more as long as I can find a safe, clean, and quiet place to live. Any more inputs are greatly appreciated.
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