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Old 10-31-2009, 06:02 PM
 
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Alright, looking for a place to live in or near Irvine. Looking at all sorts of data and forum posts, the southern area seems to be what I want (looking for a suburban area and don't have kids), with Lake Forest, Mission Viejo, Costa Mesa and Aliso Viejo currently in my list of places I should like. Main Budget issue is rent obviously, and ideally I don't want to spend more than $1000, or at least not much more.

Realistically, is there a place that would offer that without being a complete dump? Roughly looking for 600 sqft and 1 bedroom (no "studio" apartments). I don't care too much about demographics, as long as people speak English i'm fine.
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Old 10-31-2009, 06:18 PM
 
Location: Las Flores, Orange County, CA
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Old 10-31-2009, 06:34 PM
 
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Is this site really reliable? Just asking because many offers on rental sites seem to be scam (that is: They advertise cheap apartments which are then mysteriously taken when you inquire about them, but the agency is happy to offer you a "slightly more" expensive one) and I already identified some of the offers on that site as false advertising, hence I have a problem taking those sites seriously. I'm looking for some real experiences.
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Old 10-31-2009, 06:41 PM
 
Location: Las Flores, Orange County, CA
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Is this site really reliable? Just asking because many offers on rental sites seem to be scam (that is: They advertise cheap apartments which are then mysteriously taken when you inquire about them, but the agency is happy to offer you a "slightly more" expensive one) and I already identified some of the offers on that site as false advertising, hence I have a problem taking those sites seriously. I'm looking for some real experiences.
I don't know. But at least it gives you a rough idea of what you get for $1000, and it is such an easy site to use, with the google map interface.
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Old 10-31-2009, 09:01 PM
 
Location: Columbia, California
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$1000 budget and English speaking might find you a refrigerator box. Sorry!
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Old 10-31-2009, 11:33 PM
 
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Get a roommate.
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Old 11-01-2009, 12:22 AM
 
Location: RSM
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you might find an older complex in mission viejo or lake forest for that much, and probably in costa mesa as well(but not suburban), but your best bet may be santa ana.
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Old 11-01-2009, 07:29 AM
 
Location: Bella Vista, Ark
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Alright, looking for a place to live in or near Irvine. Looking at all sorts of data and forum posts, the southern area seems to be what I want (looking for a suburban area and don't have kids), with Lake Forest, Mission Viejo, Costa Mesa and Aliso Viejo currently in my list of places I should like. Main Budget issue is rent obviously, and ideally I don't want to spend more than $1000, or at least not much more.

Realistically, is there a place that would offer that without being a complete dump? Roughly looking for 600 sqft and 1 bedroom (no "studio" apartments). I don't care too much about demographics, as long as people speak English i'm fine.
Decent neighborhood, no roommate, no studio, $1000 a month, don't think you will find much, if anything.

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Old 11-01-2009, 12:46 PM
 
Location: Anchorage, AK to SoCal to Missoula, MT
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You will NOT be able to find a 1 bedroom for under $1000 in any "decent" area of OC. "Decent" one beds in OC run between $1200-all the way up to $2000+. Stay away from anything owned by The Irvine Company. Your cheapest option would be renting a room in someone's home. Even renting rooms in someone's home can easily be up to $800 per month. But at least this way you'd more than likely have a washer & dryer to use.
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Old 11-01-2009, 05:39 PM
 
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Thanks. I feared so, time to re-evaluate my budget then Not interested in a room mate, so I'll have to look for 1300$ then i guess.

AKgirlinCA: What's wrong with the Irvine Company? Just asking because they seem to own most places over here and I'm right now staying in one of their apartments, although I don't pay for it myself hence I don't know how much it is really.
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