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Old 01-13-2008, 06:20 PM
Location: Hermosa Beach, CA
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Hey all, I've been reading these threads and they're realllly helpful. Thought I'd throw this out there...

I'm graduating from Michigan State in May and have a job out in the city of Orange afterwards. Lots of younger people at my office say they live in HB. I'm torn, because I would like to live near the beach but I don't want to be broke. I am just nervous that the city of Orange won't really have things for a young single professional like me (running paths, nightlife, walkable parts, etc.) ...

I have been looking at places like Seal Beach, Belmont Shores, Huntington Harbor, etc. as well. They say to work near your job in socal obviously, but I won't be too annoyed with a 45 minute-ish commute. Soo anyways I'm really excited to move near where most of my family is, but also terrified that I will be bored and/or broke! I will be able to afford about $1200/mo rent. I am going out there in March to look at a few areas/places.

Nowhere is perfect, but am I looking at the right places to live? Am I missing something? Thanks in advance!!

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Old 01-13-2008, 06:31 PM
Location: Grosse Ile Michigan
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Look at Balboa peninsula (not the island). Talk to Jana at balboa realty if she is still there. There are some bargains. Not on the beach, but still close enough to walk. If you want to rent only for the off season (move elsewhere in the summer), you will find better bargains. Balboa is nicer in the off season anyway.
enjoy the beach when no one is around then move inland and got to the hills/mountains to cool off in the summer. You may also find a room on a boat that you can rent (I did for a year, it was cheap and fun).

Costa Mesa is also a good possibility for you. You can bike to the beach.

We loved living in Old town orange, but we were older with children by then. Still it can be a fun place. There is a college in Orange (Chapman) so there are a few places that cater to your age group. I would highly recommend living within walking or biking distance of your work. even if you have to wear a suit, you can still work out waking or biking and your life will be much more pleasant.
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