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Old 02-12-2010, 07:41 AM
 
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Hi all,

I am in the process of interviewing for a job in Irvine. I live in Canada right now and could use help in learning as much about the area as possible.

Cost of living is a big question to me as I would need to understand what salary range would be necessary to support me, my wife and out 120lb dog Me being Canadian complicates things as our different tax and social benefits situations makes a comparison to my current position nearly impossible. Its also important to note that my wife will likely not be able to work for a while due to visa restrictions. If someone could help me break down the big ticket items such as what percent of salary I should expect as take home pay, health insurance costs, housing expenses (we plan on renting for now), transportation (is public transit an option in Irvine?)

The other question is around location. I'd be willing to commute for up to an hour each way, but would prefer to take public transit if possible. With those criteria, where in the area could I live that would minimize my cost of living while still placing me in a safe neighborhood.

Thanks a lot for your replies.
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Old 02-12-2010, 10:15 AM
 
Location: RSM
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Are you looking to rent a house or apt? Is the dog breed a restricted breed(typically pitbulls and some other breeds can be restricted)? Do you want suburbia, an urban area, something else?

I'd say if you're looking to rent an apt, you'll want to make at least $85000 USD, preferably more since you're going to need to buy a car(public transport isn't great, but there is a Metrolink train stop in Irvine and OCTA runs bus service in the county). The car will be necessary for shopping and recreational travel. You can look up the two services I mentioned above to see if they have service near the work location.

You can find rent for a 1bd apt under $1400, depending on where you want to live, but most places will charge pet rent, and probably a lot for a big dog like that. Just looking at the Irvine Co apts(in Irvine), minimum $1250 or so with a few more options in the $1300 range.

Take home pay depends on your tax bracket. I'd search the internet for an income tax calculator and use that.

Health insurance will be provided by your employer(except small business generally), so you'll need to ask the employer for options. They will provide you with a packet(or website) that will detail costs to you and you'll make a selection off the options provided. Depending on the plan you choose and the plan options available, I'd say it could be as little as $100 a month for the cheapest PPO or as much as $500 a month for the HMO to cover two people.
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Old 02-12-2010, 11:18 AM
 
Location: Everywhere and Nowhere
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and out 120lb dog
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Is the dog breed a restricted breed(typically pitbulls and some other breeds can be restricted)?
How horrific would a 120lb pit bull be?
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Old 02-12-2010, 11:53 AM
 
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The dog is a Lab, think "Marley and Me". While I would love a house, I think renting an apartment is all I would be able to afford on a single salary. Suburbia is preferred to an urban area. I own a car and I would either bring it with me (hell of a road trip though) or sell it and buy one there.

The big question for me now is where do I look. While I would be working in Irvine, I suspect there are cheaper places to live while being within 1 hour of my job.

Thoughts?
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Old 02-12-2010, 12:17 PM
 
Location: Irvine
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There are areas in Tustin, Santa Ana, Costa Mesa, Lake Forest that are cheaper than Irvine, somewhat safe and more like 10 minutes from Irvine.

But even Irvine rentals are coming down... not knowing what your salary is, what do you think is affordable for you as a monthly rent? Once you have that number... you can do a search on any real estate site. Irvine has its own site for most of the apartments there run by The Irvine Company:

Rental-Living.com - California Apartment Communities

You can even rent from private parties but since this would be a big move for you... I would stick with renting from an apartment complex so you don't get taken advantage of by some landlord who is in default on their mortgage.
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Old 02-21-2010, 07:50 PM
 
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If you want to live comfortably in Irvine you need to make the median income which is around 90-95k. Renting a house is around 2500 at month minimum. Most people here are FOBs (Indian, middle eatern, or aian) and don't talk to you if you're a pasty white guy. You will really, really have to go out of your way to meet anybody. People are not friendly here, more so than the rest of orange county. Irvine is very plain and almost creepy. I've been here for a little over three years and will be moving soon because it too difficult to make friends and meet people as a 28 year old.

It is however extremely safe..I've never had anything stolen, the people are respectful enough (but maintain their distance). It just not a community environment, at least where I live in woodbridge. Btw woodbridge has tons of parks, tennis courts, and two nice lakes if you are into walking or jogging.
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