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Old 11-23-2012, 07:02 PM
 
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Yes, and many of the VC cities also have their own laws that mandate permanent open space areas and no building on hilltops or wildlife corridors
I missed quoting you on that, but glad you expanded. OC will always have the Trabucco ranger district of the Cleavland National Forest, but that is it. All the private property that butts up to it is slated to one day be developed, the completion of the James Irvine's dream of sustainable development.

BTW, my experience with Oxnard? One sentence: I have my window open and hear surf, not neighbors or cars (renting at inland OC prices too).
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Old 11-23-2012, 07:27 PM
 
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BTW, my experience with Oxnard? One sentence: I have my window open and hear surf, not neighbors or cars (renting at inland OC prices too).
Shhh! Everybody will know!

(Hearing coyotes, owls and precious silence in inland VC is great, too)
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Old 11-23-2012, 07:47 PM
 
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Shhh! Everybody will know!

(Hearing coyotes, owls and precious silence in inland VC is great, too)
New here. I take it bragging about a gem of a find isn't worth the online recognition for the risk of change.
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Old 11-23-2012, 07:59 PM
 
Location: TOVCCA
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New here. I take it bragging about a gem of a find isn't worth the online recognition for the risk of change.
I was kidding! Would never want to curtail spontaneity!
This forum is not exactly main stream media, of course, and most of LA and OC beach people would never move to Oxnard anyway, as it lacks the status factor.
So brag away!
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Old 11-23-2012, 09:06 PM
 
Location: In a room above Mr. Charrington's shop
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...and most of LA and OC beach people would never move to Oxnard anyway, as it lacks the status factor.
This is true, which says more about the superficiality of those particular LA and OC people than it does about Oxnard.
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Old 02-12-2014, 10:19 PM
 
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Lots more to do in the OC than VC.
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Old 02-17-2014, 10:37 PM
 
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Grew up in Newbury Park and also lived in Oak Park. I live in South Orange County (Rancho Santa Margarita), and it's pretty similar to Oak Park.

I think the two areas are very alike people/shopping/school/housing wise. More jobs in OC though (Irvine). And with the University, you get a bit more diversity.

Hiking is great in both areas, but we're closer to the beach in OC, and I like the ammenities much better (parks, pools, activities centered around families).
It is interesting to hear that you find Rancho Santa Margarita to be more family friendly than Newbury and Oak Park. Do you mind telling me about typical family life in RSM? We are looking at Ventura county and Orange county and we have children. Thanks!
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Old 02-19-2014, 02:08 AM
 
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It is interesting to hear that you find Rancho Santa Margarita to be more family friendly than Newbury and Oak Park. Do you mind telling me about typical family life in RSM? We are looking at Ventura county and Orange county and we have children. Thanks!
Oh, jaynetarzana, let me save you from yourself here -- based on what you have posted here and in other threads, TRUST ME, you do not want to live in RSM, and probably not in any other South OC city (except perhaps one of the beach cities if you won the lottery). That life is great for some people, but it would not be for you.

1) The ballroom dancing studios (of which there are many in OC) mostly seem to be clustered in the Costa Mesa/Irvine/Santa Ana/Tustin area (with an outlier here or there in places like Laguna Hills).

2) There are no mid-century modern homes, nor any 50's or 60's ranch homes that you could "modernize" in RSM, Ladera Ranch, Mission Viejo, etc. -- those cities/communities are all too new for that (in many cases..

3) You may think the TO swim team omnipresence is bad, but you haven't seen anything yet! South OC in general is set up to encourage "organized sports mania," thanks to all of those master-planned communities (I know, I know, there are some nice beach cities in South OC that were developed "pre-master-planned community" craze) with their emphasis on sports fields and community association swimming pools. For the most part, these South OC master-planned communities are geared toward families with kids playing on school and club soccer teams, lacrosse teams, water polo teams, football teams, baseball teams, basketball teams, softball teams, swim teams (two famous swim clubs, one in Irvine, one in Mission Viejo), cross country teams and…(the list goes on and on). This means that you frequently see SUVs and minivans with painted windows reading "Go #___!!!". "Go Hush Puppies!!!," "Jayden Rocks!!!" and the like; this also means that families are doing that insane drill you wrote about (in another thread?), where they are driving from school to practice, or school to conditioning for their sport, or from school to a game, and often both Saturday and Sunday are spent shuttling kids to games, the parents sitting on the sidelines (often different sidelines and in different cities [heck, sometimes even in different counties or different states], since most families in South OC seem to have more than one child, with both/all playing at least one sport (working their way toward that college sports scholarship!). So yes, you probably would find yourselves living once again amongst many couples who seem platonic, rather than romantic, because hey -- between work and sports schedules like that, what do you expect?

4) Your artistic, dancing daughters might have a hard time finding friends to hang out with, because it seems that everyone is so busy with their sport(s) and their church activities (the famous Saddleback Church in Lake Forest is just one of many, many evangelical churches in South OC , plus a smattering of other houses of worship, and sharing space with the aforementioned "Go #____!!!" on the SUVs and minivans are the church decals, so you had better be prepared for that, like it or not) and it sometimes seems like everyone goes to a different school (whether it is to go to a private school, an intra-district transfer to hang out with friends, or because of a class that is offered at one school and not another, or an inter-district transfer because of a special program).

5) South OC has a terrible drug problem. There -- I've said it. Yes, I know, thankfully, many, many (most?) kids manage to not fall into that hellish, and often deadly trap, but, if I were thinking about relocating my young family, I would at least appreciate it if someone gave me a 'heads up' warning about it before I forked over a small fortune for a house, so that I could go in with my eyes (and ears) wide open (or decide not to move there). I went to many a parent/community meeting where OC Sheriff's deputies spoke about the pervasive drug problem in South OC schools (both public and private), and listened to grieving moms and dads speak about their son's or daughter's deadly overdose. Two South OC moms even made a documentary about it. Really tragic...
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Old 02-19-2014, 02:30 AM
 
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Sorry about the typo at the end of #2, above. Forgot exactly what I meant to say there, but I think it was something like: "in some cases, WAY too new." MV is by far the oldest of the South OC master-planned communities, and its first neighborhoods were built not too long past your preferred time period, but I think they were built after your preferred time period,nonetheless (don't know exactly what year the first MV neighborhood(s) were built -- 1970-ish maybe?)
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Old 02-19-2014, 01:10 PM
 
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Lots more to do in the OC than VC.
I would say that depends on what one likes to do and how one prefers to spend time.
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