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Old 03-01-2014, 08:52 AM
 
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Does anyone have advice on which community to relocate, family of 6 (2x HS students, 1x elementary student), will commute to Long Beach. Renting for the 1st year (budget is 3000 to 3200 rent, based on a 4BD projection). Adtly commute estimates please. Wife likes Irvine however I am thinking Mission Viejo?
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Old 03-01-2014, 09:30 AM
 
Location: Riverside Ca
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Fountain Valley, Huntington Beach, Cerritos and even Long Beach is closer and not as expensive as Irvine. 3-3200 for a 4 bed in Irvine is gonna be pretty thin. You're at the low end of cost for 4bed home in Irvine. As for drive time depends on what time you leave. When I gave to go to LB on Ocean Drive it takes me 20 minutes at 5 am. It takes me 10 to get to Irvine. So call it 30 from Irvine doing about 70 at 5 am. During normal traffic add 20 minutes to 1 hr more if a wreck. Lots of choke points from Irvine to LB.
Seriously look into Fountain Valley, Costa Mesa etc. You'll save a lot of sanity and have more family time instead of driving time. I'm assuming you're working a typical office hrs job.
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Old 03-01-2014, 11:49 AM
 
Location: Riverside Ca
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Just wanted to add if you're looking at mission viejo you're looking at a 40 min commute minimum with no traffic. You're talking 40+ miles one way give or take a few with about 40 min drive time. With traffic make that x2 easy. I just drove from Long beach to Tustin Friday and it took 1 hr 20 min and that was at about 9 am light rain average traffic.
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Old 03-01-2014, 04:16 PM
 
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I recently just moved from Austin, Tx to Aliso Viejo, Ca. I would suggest you look in Aliso Viejo/Laguna Hills/Laguna Niegle area because you could take the 73, which is a little pricy of a toll road (especially compared to the toll roads we have in Texas) but it will save you a ton of time.

Other than that I would suggest not living in South Orange County, even though some will say the schools are better you should be able to find good schools much closer in Costa Mesa/Fountain Valley/Hunigton Beach area.
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Old 03-01-2014, 05:38 PM
 
Location: Riverside Ca
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How much is the toll road fee these days? I rarely take it. It's been years since I've been on it

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Just looked it up. 6.75 average toll charge one way. Holy crap 13.50 per day. 67.50 per week. 472.50 per month on toll fees. That's not counting the added cost of fuel and accelerated car maintenance.

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Old 03-01-2014, 05:44 PM
 
Location: Laguna Niguel, Orange County CA
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I think it is 6 or 7 one way which I can handle since it isn't daily. I took it last night for dinner in Costa Mesa and was reminded that I really like the 73: No traffic, great drainage, and amazing views.
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Old 03-01-2014, 07:35 PM
 
Location: Huntington Beach, CA
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Commute to MV to LB is a haul.
Try Huntington Beach, Seal Beach, Cerritos or Los Alamitos.
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Old 03-02-2014, 01:43 AM
 
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I agree with those who are advising you against living in Irvine, Mission Viejo, or anywhere in South Orange County, for that matter, as your commute (unless you would be working a non-traditional schedule, like starting work at noon and ending work at 8:00 or 9:00 p.m.) would be hellish, and life is too short for that. (Wouldn't you rather be able to sleep a little later in the morning, get a workout in, spend time with your family, etc., rather than being stuck in your car in bumper-to-bumper traffic for an hour-plus each way, every day? )

I second the Los Alamitos ("Los Al") suggestion, subject to the rental costs working out. If you lived in Los Alamitos you would have a really easy and short commute to work. Weaver Elementary school in Los Alamitos was just named one of the top elementary schools in Orange County once again (Orange County Register annual ranking came out in February), and I believe Los Alamitos High School is also well regarded. Note that the Los Al school district boundaries also include the cities of Seal Beach, Rossmoor, and small sections of Long Beach and Cypress, so those places could be options, too (but if you want Weaver Elementary, you might want to make sure you stay within Weaver's borders, in case there is no room for intra-district transfers).
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Old 03-02-2014, 03:35 PM
 
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Just a quick update…

For that elementary student who will eventually become a middle school student, you might be interested to learn that McAuliffe Middle School in Los Alamitos made the list of the top middle schools in Orange County, published in today's Orange County Register.
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Old 03-08-2014, 08:10 AM
 
Location: Orange, California
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Agree with all the advice re commute. The closer you live to where you work, the better your quality of life will be (at least for the person commuting). Bryan/College Station is a nice little college town. Metropolitan Los Angeles is a whole other kettle of fish. There is a lot to like here, but driving from Point A to Point B is not one of them. Good luck with your move.
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