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Old 03-08-2018, 07:16 AM
 
Location: Wilmington, DE
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Considering a job offer in Santa Ana where I would be making between $100k/$125k. Wife can hopefully find something in hospitality or senior care making $25k/$35k So a combined income of $150k+

We have a daughter that will be entering 11th grade in HS coming from a top ranked Charter School where she is doing very well. A son that is graduating this year and going to school in Burbank for a year. (he will commute in his Prius or live near school)


Questions:

Where is an affordable and safe place to rent a 3br house/townhouse?

Is it possible to find a decent community at our salary or will we end up homeless or in the ghetto?

High School transfer for my daughter is extremely important to me as I don't want her in a sub standard HS to finish her last two years.

Any help will be greatly appreciated.

We do have friends in Newport Beach and my brother lives in Venice.
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Old 03-08-2018, 07:44 AM
 
Location: Charlotte
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What do you consider affordable?

Is $2,400 a month affordable to you? $2,800 a month?

Getting in a good high school district + affordable don't typically go hand in hand, so what is your budget?
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Old 03-08-2018, 09:23 AM
 
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There are excellent and highly ranked high schools throughout Orange County (School Rankings for the Orange County, California).

Working in Santa Ana, which is in the middle of the county, I'd suggest looking north to Fullerton, Placentia, or Brea. Many of the southern and coastal cities are going to be out of your budget and/or make for an unpleasant commute.

Rentals with three bedrooms are going to be $2500 or more in any decent area near Santa Ana, so you will need to run the numbers to see if that is doable on your salary.

Be careful when looking because there are some bad areas of Santa Ana, Anaheim, Garden Grove, etc., that may very well be cheaper but you don't want to live there.

Also, Santa Ana to Burbank is about 1.5 hours, one way, through horrible traffic. That's not a commute I would wish on your son. Is having him live near the school going to be a strain on your budget?
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Old 03-08-2018, 10:17 AM
 
Location: San Diego, CA
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We do have friends in Newport Beach and my brother lives in Venice.
Looks like a great backup plan, if they’re willing. Use your friends Newport Beach address whe enrolling your daughter in school, and have your son stay with his uncle M-F for the year. You and your wife should have no problem finding a good rental with your income.
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Old 03-08-2018, 11:00 AM
 
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Looks like a great backup plan, if they’re willing. Use your friends Newport Beach address whe enrolling your daughter in school, and have your son stay with his uncle M-F for the year. You and your wife should have no problem finding a good rental with your income.
Ha, not a bad idea.
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Old 03-11-2018, 12:55 PM
 
Location: Wilmington, DE
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What about Irvine?
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Old 03-11-2018, 09:45 PM
 
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Irvine is extremely safe and has great schools but is expensive. It is majority Asian and a magnet for wealthy Chinese investors. There are other OC cities that also have great schools and are safe, but are not the "big name" that Irvine is, so they are a little cheaper.

It really would be helpful to have an idea of your housing budget.
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Old 03-15-2018, 10:50 AM
 
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Considering a job offer in Santa Ana where I would be making between $100k/$125k. Wife can hopefully find something in hospitality or senior care making $25k/$35k So a combined income of $150k+

We have a daughter that will be entering 11th grade in HS coming from a top ranked Charter School where she is doing very well. A son that is graduating this year and going to school in Burbank for a year. (he will commute in his Prius or live near school)


Questions:

Where is an affordable and safe place to rent a 3br house/townhouse?

Is it possible to find a decent community at our salary or will we end up homeless or in the ghetto?

High School transfer for my daughter is extremely important to me as I don't want her in a sub standard HS to finish her last two years.

Any help will be greatly appreciated.

We do have friends in Newport Beach and my brother lives in Venice.
Decent 3 bedroom rentals will cost around $3k in the nicer parts of OC. you can find 3 bedrooms lower than that but you'll be looking at homes that are somewhat older.


If your son will live with you then I would look at Fullerton or Brea. Fullerton has both Troy and Sunny Hills High which are ranked among the top schools in California. Brea Olinda high school is also pretty good and Brea is also a desirable place to live. Yorba Linda also has great schools but even from Brea/Fullerton it's already a painful drive to Burbank and Yorba Linda is even farther.


If your son ends up living near his school then I would choose Irvine due to highly rated schools and easy drive to Santa Ana. But do keep in mind that Irvine has a certain master planned (cookie cutter) feel that some like and some don't.
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Old 03-20-2018, 10:31 AM
 
Location: Grosse Ile Michigan
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Does your daughter have any artistic talent? OCHSA is a decent high school, and you could live in some of the nicer areas of Santa Ana, Tustin or Orange and still be reasonably close. These areas are considerably less expensive.

https://www.usnews.com/education/bes...-the-arts-3371

https://www.niche.com/k12/search/bes...nge-county-ca/
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