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3/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 3/5
  • Safe & Sound 3/5
  • Clean & Green 2/5
  • Pest Free 4/5
  • Peace & Quiet 2/5
  • Eating Out 3/5
  • Nightlife 2/5
  • Parks & Recreation 3/5
  • Shopping Options 4/5
  • Gym & Fitness 4/5
  • Internet Access 5/5
  • Lack of Traffic 2/5
  • Cost of Living 3/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 3/5
  • Public Transport 4/5
  • Medical Facilities 4/5
  • Schools 4/5
  • Childcare 4/5
Aug 26, 2010

"Noisy"

Beach Boulevard is the major road that connects Huntington Beach to the 405. As a result, it is constantly full of cars. And it seems every single light is timed differently so it takes FOREVER to make it up Beach. And you say you want to get from the 405 to the beach during the summer down Beach Boulevard? Forget about it- that thing is a parking lot! There are side streets you can detour down, but, what do you do if you live on Beach Boulevard?

As you get closer to the beach, there are some nice condos and apartment complexes. However, unless you are lucky enough to live in a complex with an area that is set off of Beach Boulevard, there is constant traffic noise. Even at three in the morning, traffic is zooming up and down Beach Boulevard and a lot of the drivers have their windows down and music blaring.

Beach Boulevard is pretty safe, but, the further away you get from PCH and the beach, the shadier it gets. There are abandoned and outdated buildings from Talbert on, although some of those are being torn down and newer places built. I wouldn't be afraid to walk down Beach Boulevard at night by myself, but, I definitely would be very vigilant.
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3/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 3/5
  • Safe & Sound 4/5
  • Clean & Green 3/5
  • Pest Free 5/5
  • Peace & Quiet 3/5
  • Eating Out 3/5
  • Nightlife 3/5
  • Parks & Recreation 4/5
  • Shopping Options 4/5
  • Gym & Fitness 4/5
  • Internet Access 5/5
  • Lack of Traffic 3/5
  • Cost of Living 4/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 3/5
  • Public Transport 4/5
  • Medical Facilities 4/5
  • Schools 5/5
  • Childcare 5/5
Aug 26, 2010

"Cheaper part of HB"

It is not that I have anything personally against Warner Avenue; it just kind of sticks out like a sore thumb in Huntington Beach. There are all these nice streets filled with fancy houses and gorgeous lawns and then there is Warner Avenue. It is so random. There is a Home Depot, an abandoned Ralph's, a dirty strip mall and then a super nice apartment complex. Then there is a decent strip mall and then a trailer park. And that weird pattern continues all along Warner Avenue (although it does get nicer as you continue along it into Huntington Harbor). True, if you live on Warner, you literally have access to everything as that street houses tons of strip malls, but, it is also very noisy as it is a major street. Some parts of it are clean, but, since it is so industrial and filled with crappy strip malls and abandoned stores, those nicer areas of Warner shrink into the background.

The schools in Huntington are really good and if you live on Warner you would be very close to them. However, you can probably find nicer areas to live in Huntington, unless you are on a very tight budget. In that case, I would try to stick as close to the beach portion of Warner as possible. That area is actually pretty nice, but, then the prices go up. It is a lose-lose.
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4/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 3/5
  • Safe & Sound 4/5
  • Clean & Green 5/5
  • Pest Free 5/5
  • Peace & Quiet 4/5
  • Eating Out 3/5
  • Nightlife 4/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 3/5
  • Gym & Fitness 4/5
  • Internet Access 5/5
  • Lack of Traffic 4/5
  • Cost of Living 2/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 4/5
  • Public Transport 3/5
  • Medical Facilities 3/5
  • Schools 3/5
  • Childcare 3/5
Aug 26, 2010
Editors Choice

"Secluded location"

Most people do not even know Pacific Avenue exists, which is great because as it is also a dead end street, you do not get a lot of traffic noise. What is even better is that on the other side of the street from you is a cliff that overlooks the ocean - if you are lucky enough to be on the "right" side of the street, you have an amazing view.

Although Pacific Avenue falls in the city of Costa Mesa, you would swear you were in Huntington Beach; it is that close. If you take Victoria Street to Brookhurst, you will be at the beach in five minutes. Even better, take your bike and enjoy the beautiful coastal weather. Just beware – you have to take your bike back up the Victoria Hill on your way home! You can easily shop in Huntington, too, and take advantage of the Vons or Albertsons, both on nearby Atlanta, or head the opposite way on Victoria to Triangle Square.

For cons, traffic does back up a little on Victoria during the summer seasons, so, occasionally, it is a pain to get out of Pacific. Also, Wilson Street, which ends on one end on Pacific Avenue has a bit of a reputation as being "ghetto". Pacific Avenue is safe, but, keep your vehicles locked and remain alert.
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4/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 4/5
  • Safe & Sound 5/5
  • Clean & Green 5/5
  • Pest Free 5/5
  • Peace & Quiet 4/5
  • Eating Out 4/5
  • Nightlife 4/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 5/5
  • Gym & Fitness 4/5
  • Internet Access 5/5
  • Lack of Traffic 5/5
  • Cost of Living 4/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 4/5
  • Public Transport 3/5
  • Medical Facilities 5/5
  • Schools 5/5
  • Childcare 5/5
Aug 26, 2010

"Best part of Aliso Viejo"

It is great when they name a street appropriately, as they did when naming City Lights Drive. It has a really amazing view! City Lights Drive is also as close to the action as you can get in Aliso Viejo - it is located right next to Aliso Viejo Town Center, which is a huge shopping mall with a variety of shopping options, restaurants to satisfy any taste, a movie theater and a book store (just in case people still do that reading thing these days).

Due to City Lights Drive proximity to the Town Center, traffic can get a little dicey around Christmas time, but, normally it is pretty tame. You also have the benefit of living close to the freeway so you can escape Aliso Viejo easily (not that you would ever need to, with that Town Center literally being right there)!

The only con of living on this street is the fire station. My friend used to live on this street and the sirens would occasionally wake him up. However, he has a tendency to take naps during the day when normal people are at work, so, I, as should you, take that complaint with a grain of salt.
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5/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 4/5
  • Safe & Sound 5/5
  • Clean & Green 5/5
  • Pest Free 5/5
  • Peace & Quiet 4/5
  • Eating Out 3/5
  • Nightlife 2/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 4/5
  • Gym & Fitness 5/5
  • Internet Access 5/5
  • Lack of Traffic 4/5
  • Cost of Living 4/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 3/5
  • Public Transport 4/5
  • Medical Facilities 5/5
  • Schools 5/5
  • Childcare 5/5
Aug 26, 2010

"Green and private!"

The motto for Fountain Valley is “A Nice Place to Live”. It is fabulous when mottos are spot on and this is definitely the case here!

El Gorra Circle is walking distance to Mile Square Park which has endless recreation activities available to you, including walking around the square (that would be a four mile walk, for those of you who are not math geniuses out there :-p). El Gorra Circle also has it own twenty-two acre park within the community, which is known as the “Green Belt”.

The neighborhood is quiet and full of very friendly people. There are always lots of places for parking except for during the holidays when people are either utilizing Mile Square Park or the Green Belt. However, the good thing is that the neighborhood El Gorra Circle is in blocks out all non-residents and provides parking passes for guests of the neighborhood, which is great when you are trying to enjoy the pool!

And, if being surrounded by smiling people and beautiful greenery is not enough, grocery stores, shops, restaurants, schools and the local hospital are all within one square mile! And, if you go a little farther, the beach is just about a fifteen minute drive away!
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2/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 3/5
  • Safe & Sound 2/5
  • Clean & Green 4/5
  • Pest Free 5/5
  • Peace & Quiet 2/5
  • Eating Out 3/5
  • Nightlife 3/5
  • Parks & Recreation 4/5
  • Shopping Options 3/5
  • Gym & Fitness 3/5
  • Internet Access 5/5
  • Lack of Traffic 4/5
  • Cost of Living 4/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 3/5
  • Public Transport 3/5
  • Medical Facilities 3/5
  • Schools 3/5
  • Childcare 3/5
Aug 26, 2010

"Overall, not so great"

Talk about a convenient location! North West Street has apartment complexes, a local park, an elementary school, the US postal office and a 7-11 all on one corner! However, along with conveniences such as these, come inconveniences. Due to the number of apartment complexes, this is a very crowded street where you feel like everyone is on top of each other. Kids are also running wild all over this street.

There is a nice park near by. Every weekend, there are soccer games there. If that is a pro or con depends on your view of soccer and what you want to use the park for.

Parking is very hard unless you have an assigned space. Even then, it is still going to be difficult for your guests to find parking. And, once you do have your car parked, it probably is not safe. Remember all those wild kids running around? Well, they like to play a game called "Break Car Windows". This is lots of fun for them, but, pretty expensive for you in glass replacement bills. Plus, once your car window is broken, even if the kids don’t steal your stuff, who is to say someone else won’t?
4/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 2/5
  • Safe & Sound 4/5
  • Clean & Green 3/5
  • Pest Free 5/5
  • Peace & Quiet 2/5
  • Eating Out 4/5
  • Nightlife 4/5
  • Parks & Recreation 4/5
  • Shopping Options 4/5
  • Gym & Fitness 4/5
  • Internet Access 5/5
  • Lack of Traffic 2/5
  • Cost of Living 4/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 3/5
  • Public Transport 5/5
  • Medical Facilities 4/5
  • Schools 3/5
  • Childcare 5/5
Aug 26, 2010

"We'll see what happens..."

The Stadium Lofts, located on East Wright Circle, was the city of Anaheim's first attempt to turn Anaheim into a "big city". They are still on the right track, but, there is a lot of work left to turn this area into a true "downtown". There is an El Torito Grill, Subway, Juice it Up and a Kelly’s coffee shop at the base of Stadium Lofts. A few other apartment complexes have sprung up with restaurants built into their base and the long awaited A-Town on Katella has promised to be a little city within itself.

If you are a sports nut, you are in the right area! Angel Stadium is literally right across the street from you and the Honda Center is a little bit down Katella. The Grove of Anaheim is also across the street. During the year, they hold concerts and comedy shows.

Getting out of East Wright Circle might be the hardest part of your commute as Katella and State College slow down a little during rush hour and a lot whenever there is a sporting event on. If you use the train, the station is conveniently located across Katella.

For shopping, The Block and the Orange Mall are very close, however, the nearest grocery store is a bit of a drive down State College.

This street has a lot of potential, especially if you like to be where all of the action is. However, it remains to be seen how soon they will complete A-Town, which, right now, is just a dirt pit. The only other con is that in the parking garage of Stadium Lofts, every once in a while, there is a slight sewer smell.
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4/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 3/5
  • Safe & Sound 4/5
  • Clean & Green 4/5
  • Pest Free 5/5
  • Peace & Quiet 3/5
  • Eating Out 4/5
  • Nightlife 4/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 5/5
  • Gym & Fitness 5/5
  • Internet Access 5/5
  • Lack of Traffic 4/5
  • Cost of Living 4/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 4/5
  • Public Transport 4/5
  • Medical Facilities 5/5
  • Schools 5/5
  • Childcare 5/5
Aug 25, 2010

"Near some of Irvine/Tustin's action!"

Do you want the security that the Irvine and Tustin areas bring, but do not want to be stuck out in the middle of suburbia paradise bored out of your mind? This area of Irvine is perfect for you, then! Bryan Avenue where it hits El Camino Real is actually walking distance to the Tustin Marketplace. For those of you that do not know the Tustin Marketplace, it is filled with a variety of dining options, as well as plenty of opportunities for shopping and a movie theater. How could you ever be bored when you live so close to that?!

Bryan Avenue is close to the 5 and 241 freeways, which is great if you need to get out of town fast. However, that is also a tiny bit of a con as there is a little bit of freeway noise (just a little bit, though). Several big businesses have their headquarters nearby; if you can get a job at one of those places and live on Bryan, you are set (and your gas bill for your car will be non-existent).

If you are into hiking, biking or have a horse to ride, the West Irvine Trail actually starts right off of Bryan Avenue. The track is separated so the joggers and horse riders do not get run over by the bikers, which is fabulous, as they definitely zoom along!
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5/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 5/5
  • Safe & Sound 5/5
  • Clean & Green 5/5
  • Pest Free 5/5
  • Peace & Quiet 5/5
  • Eating Out 4/5
  • Nightlife 2/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 2/5
  • Gym & Fitness 5/5
  • Internet Access 5/5
  • Lack of Traffic 5/5
  • Cost of Living 1/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 5/5
  • Public Transport 2/5
  • Medical Facilities 4/5
  • Schools 5/5
  • Childcare 5/5
Aug 23, 2010

"Quiet street in a well off neighborhood"

If you have the money, this is the ideal place to be in Yorba Linda! The homes and lots are huge and the streets above and behind it are all stacked so that everyone has a great view! There are trees and bushes everywhere as well as plenty of horse and walking trails to keep you in shape!

Fern Circle is a cul-de-sac, which is great for teaching your kids how to ride their bikes or letting them run around in without fear that someone will come tearing down the street and accidentally hit one of them. There are only six or seven homes on this street and everyone knows each other well and gets along. There are even neighborhood dinner parties!

Everyone maintains their house and yard and during the holidays, they get in the spirit and light their homes up festively.

Just down the road is a little strip mall with a Vons for your grocery needs. Although this street is set back in Yorba Linda, it is only a few minutes drive to the freeway and Bastanchury will actually take you all the way to Fullerton. Nearby is Esperanza High School which has a great football team!
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5/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 4/5
  • Safe & Sound 5/5
  • Clean & Green 5/5
  • Pest Free 5/5
  • Peace & Quiet 5/5
  • Eating Out 4/5
  • Nightlife 4/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 4/5
  • Gym & Fitness 5/5
  • Internet Access 5/5
  • Lack of Traffic 4/5
  • Cost of Living 4/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 4/5
  • Public Transport 3/5
  • Medical Facilities 2/5
  • Schools 4/5
  • Childcare 4/5
Aug 23, 2010

"Live like a king on a pauper's wage!"

I loved living on this street! All of my neighbors were super friendly, but, no one got in each other's business. Although the complex this street is located in is large, hardly any one was ever at the pool, hot tub or barbeque area when I wanted to use them. The area is beautifully landscaped with rich green grass and tall, leafy trees. Huntington Harbor is a short walk away where you can enjoy the view of the canals and million dollar homes.

If you can rent or own a property in this complex, go for it! Considering the location, these condos are going cheap! This is partially due to the fact that they exist on leased land, so, either factor that monthly cost into your mortgage, or rent and let your landlord worry about it.

The location is great because you get to be a part of Huntington Beach and Huntington Harbor with no traffic. Most people don't even know this area exists! And across the street from you is the Naval Station which is quiet and empty all the time.

There are always tons of places to park because the complex is really good about making sure visitor spaces stay free for visitors as everyone has at least one garage space and a driveway space for parking.

I regret selling my place there, but, that land lease was hefty!
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5/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 4/5
  • Safe & Sound 5/5
  • Clean & Green 5/5
  • Pest Free 5/5
  • Peace & Quiet 5/5
  • Eating Out 3/5
  • Nightlife 3/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 3/5
  • Gym & Fitness 5/5
  • Internet Access 5/5
  • Lack of Traffic 4/5
  • Cost of Living 2/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 4/5
  • Public Transport 2/5
  • Medical Facilities 5/5
  • Schools 5/5
  • Childcare 5/5
Aug 23, 2010

"Super cute, but, you have to have $ and show it"

One of my friends lives on this street in this complex and I think the area is super adorable. Everyone has cute planter boxes and the streets are immaculate. Parking is a breeze and, even though it is a large complex, everyone isn't right on top of each other. From what my friend has told me, her neighbors are very friendly and social.

Even though Ladera Ranch is huge, the entertainment and shopping options are limited, so, if you live here, be prepared to run into everyone you know. And that includes the "Real Housewives of Orange County" cast as they film the show there. My friend is constantly complaining that the local bar is filled with camera crews whenever the girls go out. Warren G lives there, too. It was kind of funny running into him in a place that is definitely suburbia! But he, just like the rest of Ladera Ranch’s residents, was super friendly and he even hung out talking with us for awhile after we bugged him for group pictures.

This is a great area if you don’t mind frequenting the same spots over and over again. The neighborhoods are beautiful and green and if you work north, your commute southbound on the 5 freeway will be a breeze. My only issue with Ladera Ranch is that you have to be fairly wealthy to live there and while they are very nice, it seems that people there are a bit superficial and are a little too concerned with where you live, what kind of car you drive and the brand of clothes you are wearing.
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5/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 4/5
  • Safe & Sound 5/5
  • Clean & Green 5/5
  • Pest Free 5/5
  • Peace & Quiet 4/5
  • Eating Out 4/5
  • Nightlife 4/5
  • Parks & Recreation 3/5
  • Shopping Options 5/5
  • Gym & Fitness 5/5
  • Internet Access 5/5
  • Lack of Traffic 5/5
  • Cost of Living 2/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 4/5
  • Public Transport 2/5
  • Medical Facilities 5/5
  • Schools 4/5
  • Childcare 5/5
Aug 23, 2010

"Sweet place to live, if you can afford it!"

The homes on this street are absolutely adorable! They have an old world vibe and everyone maintains their homes beautiful. Well, either they do or their gardeners do, as you have to be pretty well off to live in this area. It is the perfect place to live! Even though the houses are pretty close together, it is a quiet neighborhood and the only time it is hard to find parking is when the nearby church is in session.

You are surrounded by entertainment options here. Nearby, there is Triangle Square which has a movie theater and Chronic Cantina and Yardhouse for a tasty meal or late night entertainment. Triangle Square also has Sutra Nightclub. It's actually one of the better nightclubs in the OC, but, drinks are super expensive and there is a hefty cover (even if you know someone who can get you in, guys usually have to pay the cover). If you want a dive bar, there is Goat Hill Tavern, which is usually filled with young college boys, but, if you like them and cheap beer, you're in luck! For shopping, Newport Beach's Fashion Island and South Coast Plaza in Costa Mesa are very close by.

I have nothing bad to say about this neighborhood - it really is a great place to live for everyone…if you can afford it!
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1/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 4/5
  • Safe & Sound 4/5
  • Clean & Green 4/5
  • Pest Free 5/5
  • Peace & Quiet 1/5
  • Eating Out 3/5
  • Nightlife 2/5
  • Parks & Recreation 4/5
  • Shopping Options 2/5
  • Gym & Fitness 3/5
  • Internet Access 5/5
  • Lack of Traffic 3/5
  • Cost of Living 4/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 4/5
  • Public Transport 3/5
  • Medical Facilities 2/5
  • Schools 5/5
  • Childcare 4/5
Aug 22, 2010

"Noisy doesn't even being to explain it!"

This neighborhood is in an ideal location. It is close to the 57 and 55 freeways and also offers various side street routes if those freeways are congested. It is walking distance to the grocery store, which is contained in a strip mall which has some great little restaurants. It is even super close to the great school high school, Esperanza. The houses are large and original and filled with friendly and social people. At the end of the day, though, none of these positive factors make up for the fact that it is right across the street from the train tracks! The train is so loud that if you are on the phone or watching tv, you have to stop your conversation or pause your show until the train passes. This is even with dual paned windows shut tight! You might not think that is such a big deal for the few times a day the Metro Link train passes by, but, that track is also used by cargo trains that run all the time. To make matters worse, there is an intersection right there that the trains have to honk their horn at. If the rumbling of the train does not startle you, that horn certainly will! And, for some reason, trains park in that area and idle. I'm not sure if they switch carriages there or what is going on, but, having a train idle outside of your home for an hour is not cool, no matter what the time of day!
4/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 3/5
  • Safe & Sound 3/5
  • Clean & Green 3/5
  • Pest Free 5/5
  • Peace & Quiet 3/5
  • Eating Out 5/5
  • Nightlife 4/5
  • Parks & Recreation 4/5
  • Shopping Options 5/5
  • Gym & Fitness 5/5
  • Internet Access 5/5
  • Lack of Traffic 5/5
  • Cost of Living 3/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 3/5
  • Public Transport 3/5
  • Medical Facilities 3/5
  • Schools 5/5
  • Childcare 5/5
Aug 22, 2010

"Always a lot to do!"

I love Costa Mesa! It is centrally located near the beach cities and the areas where most people work (Irvine, Anaheim, etc.). Traffic is pretty much non-existent (it does get a little bit backed up on Baker Street around 5pm each work day, but, that is it) and the 405, 55 and 73 make getting any where a breeze.

Culturally, Costa Mesa has a lot to offer. The Orange County Performing Arts Centre is located there. They hold concerts, musicals and plays throughout the year. In the summer, every Monday they project a classic movie on the wall outside and people are encouraged to bring blankets, wine and food and enjoy the free event. The Costa Mesa Fairgrounds always have something going on. There are car shows, sand expos and the annual Orange County Fair. On the weekends (excluding when the Fair is going on), they have a good sized market selling clothes, fresh fruits and vegetables, items for your home, beauty products, bakery goods, carved wood decorations and tons of other things. The best part is they sell beer!

Costa Mesa houses South Coast Plaza. It is fancier than your typical mall and there are very fancy stores inside. It’s cool to window shop at those stores, but South Coast Plaza also has the normal stores such as Macy’s and Victoria’s Secret for people that shop in my budget. It’s weird, because at one end of the mall, towards Sears, it definitely starts to get a ghetto vibe, while the rest of the mall is super fancy. Maybe it’s just me. Or maybe it’s just Sears.
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4/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 4/5
  • Safe & Sound 4/5
  • Clean & Green 4/5
  • Pest Free 5/5
  • Peace & Quiet 2/5
  • Eating Out 5/5
  • Nightlife 5/5
  • Parks & Recreation 4/5
  • Shopping Options 3/5
  • Gym & Fitness 4/5
  • Internet Access 5/5
  • Lack of Traffic 2/5
  • Cost of Living 1/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 4/5
  • Public Transport 3/5
  • Medical Facilities 5/5
  • Schools 5/5
  • Childcare 5/5
Aug 22, 2010

"Lots of fun in the sun!"

It is a lot of fun to ride your bike along the Newport Beach boardwalk. You get to people watch, see some amazingly huge homes literally right on the sand and enjoy the beauty of the beach and the sun on your shoulders. Just watch out for the people on their bikes that aren’t paying attention! One of my friends cracked his ribs the other weekend after a bike collision there. Biking or walking is the preferred method of travel down by the beach as parking is vary scarce. And do not even think about parking illegally in the hopes that you will get away with it; cops are every where and your car will be towed away in about five minutes.

The best part is stopping off at one of Newport Beach’s many bars, like Mutt Lynch’s or Sharkey’s, to enjoy a cold one and meet up with your friends. I prefer Mutt Lynch’s over Sharkey’s, as it’s a little more laid back, but, still packed. Over at Sharkey’s, you are shoved in there like sardines. I guess it just depends on what you’re looking for! For great seafood, Rockin’ Baja has delicious buckets of seafood that are perfect for sharing.
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3/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 4/5
  • Safe & Sound 5/5
  • Clean & Green 5/5
  • Pest Free 5/5
  • Peace & Quiet 5/5
  • Eating Out 5/5
  • Nightlife 4/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 5/5
  • Gym & Fitness 5/5
  • Internet Access 5/5
  • Lack of Traffic 4/5
  • Cost of Living 3/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 3/5
  • Public Transport 4/5
  • Medical Facilities 4/5
  • Schools 5/5
  • Childcare 5/5
Aug 17, 2010

"Perfect if you're ready to settle down"

Irvine is a planned, by the book, bland community. Which is great, if cookie cutter homes and flawless lawns and parks are what you are in the market for. However, due to Irvine’s size and house after house and condo after condo, you might know everyone that lives in your immediate neighborhood, but, beyond that, there are just way too many people shoved in there. Basically, Irvine is for you if you want to be part of the norm and another member of the masses in suburbia.

For me, however, the only reason I go to Irvine is for awesome concerts at the giant, grass lawn Irvine Amphitheater (I heard a rumor that was being torn down?) and occasional visits to the Irvine Spectrum. The Spectrum really is great. They stay open until 11 most nights and have tons of stores and tasty restaurants, like The Cheesecake Factory and P.F. Chang’s. Add in Dave and Buster’s, an Edwards theater with an IMAX screen and the Improv and why would you need to go anywhere else? And, for random fun, there is a giant ferris wheel; a great place for a first date, because no matter what you decide to do, the Spectrum has it!
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5/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 4/5
  • Safe & Sound 3/5
  • Clean & Green 3/5
  • Pest Free 4/5
  • Peace & Quiet 3/5
  • Eating Out 5/5
  • Nightlife 5/5
  • Parks & Recreation 4/5
  • Shopping Options 5/5
  • Gym & Fitness 5/5
  • Internet Access 5/5
  • Lack of Traffic 2/5
  • Cost of Living 3/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 3/5
  • Public Transport 4/5
  • Medical Facilities 4/5
  • Schools 4/5
  • Childcare 4/5
Aug 17, 2010

"This city has it all!"

Brea is very similar to Yorba Linda in that it is pretty suburban, but, where Yorba Linda fails in the nightlife and entertainment portion, Brea more than makes up for! Not only does Brea have the enormous Brea Mall filled with every store you could possibly think of, but, just a little further down the road, on South Brea Boulevard, Brea holds even more gems! This area has some great restaurants, like Taps Fish House and Yardhouse, a movie theater and the Improv, as well as even more stores to shop in, including an Old Navy. To top it all off, Brea actually planned its city well and has ample, free parking at both of these areas. Can you believe it? Yes, sometimes, if you are hitting the Yardhouse up late, you may have to park at the top of the parking structure, but, to be able to park some place so close to where all the action in gives this city bonus points!

The sense of community is not as tight here as it is in Yorba Linda, but, Brea is a much bigger city, so that is understandable.

Traffic to get in and out of Brea is a pain during rush hour on the 57, so, save your traveling outside of those times.
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  • Singles
  • Families with kids
4/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 3/5
  • Safe & Sound 4/5
  • Clean & Green 3/5
  • Pest Free 5/5
  • Peace & Quiet 1/5
  • Eating Out 4/5
  • Nightlife 5/5
  • Parks & Recreation 4/5
  • Shopping Options 5/5
  • Gym & Fitness 4/5
  • Internet Access 5/5
  • Lack of Traffic 2/5
  • Cost of Living 1/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 4/5
  • Public Transport 4/5
  • Medical Facilities 2/5
  • Schools 4/5
  • Childcare 3/5
Aug 16, 2010

"Like a permanent vacation, but with lots of tourists"

Huntington Beach is just like any other city, until you get down by Main Street – that is where the beach and all the action are. In addition to the surf and sand, Main Street has plenty of surf shops, bars and great restaurants. The whole vibe of this area is very casual and flip flops and shorts are allowed every where. However, if you are ever looking for a semi-fancy place to take someone for dinner, Sparks and Cucina Alessa will do, but, if you want something a little more high class, you’re better off going to Newport.

If you live near Main St., the numbered streets, due to their proximity to the beach, has the most transient portion of the population – there are a lot of rental properties there and a lot of partiers. Sometimes that works out though, as you might be the one making the noise – no one will call the cops on you. In the summer, parking is a nightmare, unless you have an assigned parking space or make it to the parking structure on Main before it fills up. The area south of Main Street is a bit more subdued, but, it doesn’t have the easy access to the beach.

There are plenty of grocery stores around Main Street, but, commuting from there is a pain. Beach Boulevard is always jam packed with traffic and that’s the main way to get to the nearest freeway (the 405).

Lately, due to the popularity of UFC, going out to the bars at night has gotten to be a bit sketchy and Huntington has taken a turn for the worse. One of my friends got punched for no reason by a UFC wanna be because he accidentally bumped into him at the bar. If you want to avoid that crowd, Perqs and Fred’s are good choices. Other than that, Huntington Beach is very safe and you’ll feel like you’re on a permanent vacation!
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  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Retirees