Relocating to Orange County,
your upcoming move to Orange County, California!!
OC has a lot
to offer including great weather, top-rated schools, 45 miles
of beautiful coastline, and great employment (learn more about
Orange County, here). If
you will be relocating or moving to Orange County, California, one of
your main concerns will be housing. You may be asking, where
will I live, how will I find a home, and where do I
start? Orange County has many communities and with so
many choices, "where to live" and "what
to buy/rent" can become a challenge. Let's begin by answering the following
do you wish to buy or lease? If you are selling your current
home, you may prefer to buy rather than rent. Other people
prefer to lease or rent for a while until they get to know
the area and can decide where they want to live.
will your job be located? This is the second question because
many people prefer to live fairly close to work. You
may want to start by visiting my Orange
County Map web page to see where your city of
employment is located and which cities are in close proximity.
For example, if you will be working in Irvine and you wish to
live closer to work, you may want to consider a home in Irvine
itself, or in Tustin, Newport Beach, Laguna Hills or Aliso Viejo.
These areas will afford you the shortest commute.
What is your
budget? What is your price range for a purchase? Or for a lease, how much monthly rent can you
afford? For a purchase, condo prices typically start at
$250,000. Single family home prices start at $400,000. For
leases, condos and attached homes run between $1,500 and
$2,000 a month for entry level units. Single family homes
start around $2,500 a month. There are many pages on this
web site where you will be able to browse homes for sale
What home features will you need? Do you need a
large home with a yard or will a condominium do? How many
bedrooms will you need and what is the minimum square feet you
will need? Do you any have pets?
factors are important to you? Top rated schools? A cooler
climate close to the beach? A sunnier area? a home close to
freeways? Close to a horse boarding facility? To a place of worship?
Last, what is your
time frame? Will you be moving fairly quickly or are you
moving some time in the future?
Once you have
answered the questions above, I can begin to make home
recommendations for you. If you are
unfamiliar with Orange County, please feel free to contact me.
I'll do my best to help you decide on potential locations in
OC that will fit your needs. I also have some starting points
(further below), to help you choose an area. After you have chosen an area (or a few of them) I'll start by sending you listings
of homes. If you are not moving for a while, no problem -
I'll start sending you listings right away so that you can
start browsing the homes that fit your criteria. If you plan a
trip out to OC before your move, I'll be happy to take you to a
few of the homes so that you can walk them. We can do some of
the paperwork, especially for a lease, well in advance. As you
get close to your move, try to plan a trip to OC so that we can
do some final home shopping and lock down a house for you.
home in Orange County
you prefer to lease a home in OC, I'll be happy to help! There
are many home choices and a wide range of rental prices
available. You can shop homes for lease at any time, but try
to narrow down your home choice and apply for a lease about 30
to 45 days prior to move in. To apply, you will need to
complete a simple, 2 page application form, plus provide a
credit report. The landlord's agent may ask for additional
financial information such as proof of employment or a bank
statement, to ensure that you are qualified for the lease. Not
to worry - I'll walk you through the entire process.
shop for homes, you may use my general lease search link below
(left). This page includes home searches by price range, city,
and several specialty searches. It also includes information
on viewing potential homes and rental costs in OC cities. If
you have a pet, use my pet-friendly web page below to look for
homes that will accept or consider your pet. I can also set up
a custom e-mail search for you. The advantage of this is that
homes that fit your criteria are e-mailed to you when they
come on the market. This helps narrow down your search and
saves you time.
a home in Orange County
buying is the best option for you, you are in good hands!
First and most important - Write down all of your home
requirements, including price range, number of bedrooms,
minimum square feet, and any other features you will need in
your new home. Then focus on location. You may wish to live
within easy commuting distance to your new job, or your choice
may be dictated by wishing to live within an excellent school
district. Many people want to move to a community with newer
homes, one that has good recreational facilities for kids,
great "night life", or a city with a short drive to
you have an idea of which cities you are interested in, you
can shop for homes using any of my city pages (links to the
left). The beach communities are included under my Beach
Areas link. There are also many specialty pages where you can shop
for single level homes, homes in gated communities, 55+ senior
communities, golf course locations, houses with pools, or
vintage and mid-century homes. If I don't have a page for the
city you are interested in, I'll be happy to send you listings
by e-mail for any of those areas. I have several other pages that may be helpful. 7
buyer mistakes lists some of the common errors buyers make while shopping for
their home. If you need to sell your home first, you may find
a home with a contingency page to be helpful. Are you a first-time home buyer? My
resources pages will be very useful.
you need to get pre-approved? Contact me and I'll
provide you with several lender referrals. It's a great idea
to start this process well before you arrive so that you will
be ready to go when you find your home.
the best Orange County city to live in?
is a difficult question to answer, as It all
depends on what you are looking for. If you
search the Internet you will find dozens of
"opinion" web sites, where contributors discuss (or vehemently
advocate) the best place to live in OC. Again, these are all
personal opinions and if you read carefully, you'll learn that
they all have their own reasons for their choices. Read these
pages with a "grain of salt" - the best place to
live in OC is the one that suits you the best.
Here are a few starting points:
cities - There
are many sources on the internet where you can find
information on crime statistics, etc. One source noted 8 Orange County cities as among the safest 20 cities in
California, and they are: Irvine (rated #1), Laguna
Niguel, Mission Viejo, Yorba Linda, Orange, and San Clemente.
The source noted that Aliso Viejo and Rancho Santa Margarita
are also among California's safest. You are always
advised to do your own research when it comes to this
schools - My web page for OC
schools contains many links where you can look up school ratings. The
city of Irvine is consistently ranked as having top rated
schools, but there are many other cities with great schools and
top rankings. The schools ranked by API scores can be found here.
affordable cities - Some of the more affordable areas
to lease or buy in Orange County include, Anaheim,
Westminister, Santa Ana, Placentia, Fullerton and Rancho Santa
Margarita. Least affordable are the beach and coastal areas
like Laguna Beach, Newport Beach, Corona del Mar, and Dana
Point. You can see all of the home affordability statistics
for both sales and leasing on my home
price statistics page,
planned communities - These are newer communities that
were completely planned from inception. The parks, schools,
and shopping centers were carefully integrated into the
greater residential community. Many people love planned
communities because they consider them to be newer, cleaner,
safer, and well organized, while others feel they may be too "cookie-cutter". Notable planned OC
communities include Irvine, Ladera Ranch, Aliso Viejo, Mission
Viejo, Laguna Niguel, Rancho Santa Margarita, Anaheim Hills,
Tustin Ranch, Talega in San Clemente, Coto de Caza, the Lake
Forest communities of Foothill Ranch, Portola Hills, and
Baker Ranch, plus Rancho
Mission Viejo (currently in development).
with "character" - I would define these as
communities or areas that are the opposite of
"planned" communities. That being, older cities that
developed more randomly, have more custom homes than
tract-style homes, perhaps vintage homes or "old
town" areas, or cities that have some other form of
uniqueness, charm, or interest that separates them
from the rather homogeneous planned communities. OC areas with
"character" include Laguna Beach, Newport
Beach, Orange Park Acres, San Clemente (beach side), North
Tustin (Lemon heights, Cowan
Point, the canyon communities (Modjeska, Silverado, Trabuco),
areas of San Juan Capistrano, and "old towns"
in Orange, Fullerton, and Tustin.
cooler temperatures - Coastal areas and beach
communities in OC have overall cooler temperatures than the more
inland cities. These areas include San Clemente, Dana Point,
Laguna Niguel, San Juan Capistrano, Laguna Beach, Newport
Coast, Newport Beach, Huntington Beach, Fountain Valley, and
Costa Mesa. Many people use the I-5 freeway as a rough
reference point for "cooler" or "warmer",
with west of the freeway being cooler and east, warmer.
sunnier cities - These are the more inland areas like
Lake Forest, Mission Viejo, Rancho Santa Margarita, Irvine,
Fullerton, Orange, Yorba Linda, Anaheim, Villa Park, Tustin,
Brea, and Laguna Hills. These areas have far less of the
overcast, or "marine layer" that is typical in
- If you prefer the security of a gated complex, there
are many to choose from in OC and they are available for most budgets. Some
communities have a guarded gate while others are accessed
using a remote device or transponder. You can view all of the
homes for sale or lease in gated communities on my web page here.
If you are over 55 years old and wish to live in a gated, 55+
community, visit my web page here.
"space" - Many people who re-locate to
Orange County are looking for a home with some space around
them. Perhaps you currently live on an acre or more, or you
just want some room between you and your neighbors. First off,
stay away from newer, master planned communities like Ladera
Ranch, Rancho Santa Margarita, Laguna Niguel, and many areas
in South OC. Newer cities were built at a time when land
in OC became increasingly expensive, so housing in these areas
is very compact. Older areas tend to have more generous lot
sizes. You will find many homes with larger lots here.
Homes with a
view - For many people, a view of a panoramic
horizon filled with city lights is a must-have
Hilly communities along the coast like San Clemente, Laguna
Niguel, and Laguna Beach have many homes with ocean views.
Inland areas like Anaheim Hills, Fullerton, Shady Canyon in
Irvine, North Tustin, and Robinson Ranch include homes with
higher elevations for amazing city lights views .I have view
homes on most of my city pages (links to the left) If your desire
is a home with a view,
contact me and I will send you listings with ocean or
an ocean view - One of the most sought after features
in an Orange County residence is a home with an ocean
view. This can range from a view of the coast line, to
views of Catalina Island, one of the harbors, or even
white-water views. There are many properties along the coast
that can give you that ultimate view, usually at a higher
price of course. If this is your dream, check out my page with
ocean view homes for sale and lease, here.
you can keep or board a horse - OC has many equestrian
areas and if you are interested in purchasing a property, I
can help. There are very few horse properties for lease and
most horse properties for sale tend to start at around
$700,000, so many people choose to live instead near boarding
facilities. You can find properties for sale or lease on my
web page here.
Popular areas include San Juan Capistrano, Orange Park Acres,
Coto de Caza, Laguna Hills, Trabuco Canyon, Anaheim, Newport
Beach, and Yorba Linda.
"nightlife" - If you prefer to live in a
area that comes alive after hours, stay away from the sleepy,
bedroom communities in OC like Laguna Niguel, Mission Viejo,
Ladera Ranch, Aliso Viejo, etc. Look instead at cities with vibrant down towns, lots of tourist
attractions, or huge entertainment complexes. Examples would be
Fullerton, Brea, Irvine (by Irvine spectrum center), Laguna
Beach, San Clemente, Newport Beach, Anaheim, and Orange.
Fullerton and Brea have revitalized down towns with bars,
restaurants, and entertainment. Fullerton and Orange also
cater somewhat to college kids. Anaheim has increasing nightlife around Disneyland. Irvine Spectrum in the city of Irvine
is a huge entertainment and shopping complex. The beach areas
all have strips with restaurants, bars, art galleries, and
to Orange County, CA
moving advice, cost of living and climate in OC, lots
of moving tools and widgets, plus a handy moving check
condensed guide to Orange County neighborhoods,
restaurants, hotels, entertainment, professional
services, and various
brief, this web page will give you a rough idea of
some of the characteristics of OC cities and areas
main newspaper of OC
is a good guide
to stay while you're home shopping
arts, music, professional sports, golf courses,
amusement parks, or theater - Find it here
employers, best places to work, and more job search
If you are moving or relocating to Orange County, CA, let me help you
plan your move! I'll find a home for you for purchase or lease and
to save time, we can begin working together well before your move
date! Call me and let's get started!