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4/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 4/5
  • Safe & Sound 4/5
  • Clean & Green 4/5
  • Pest Free 4/5
  • Peace & Quiet 3/5
  • Eating Out 4/5
  • Nightlife 2/5
  • Shopping Options 2/5
  • Gym & Fitness 3/5
  • Internet Access 4/5
  • Lack of Traffic 3/5
  • Public Transport 3/5
  • Medical Facilities 2/5
  • Schools 2/5
Oct 04, 2010

"Budding intersection for entertainment"

The area of Broadway between Harbor Blvd. and Anaheim Blvd. has undergone a huge transformation since the days I remember it as a child. What used to be the local post office has been changed into a trendy museum named The Muzeo. The post office has gotten an upgrade and remains on the same street just close to Harbor Blvd. than it used to be. The implementation of the Muzeo has created a vision of providing a whole downtown experience to this area of Anaheim since new lofts have sprung up in the area selling the fact that residents are buying into a whole cultural experience when they choose to live here. I think that’s a nice way to attract residents to the city. I’m not sure how affordable the lofts are but I do like the direction the city is taking to enhance the quality of entertainment. The MUZEO has hosted a number of exhibits ranging from artistic to musical to animal exhibits as well. The location also has a number of option to walk to including café’s and a few food chains near the Anaheim Public Library if you wanted to take a stroll around the city your museum visit.
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4/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 4/5
  • Safe & Sound 3/5
  • Clean & Green 3/5
  • Pest Free 3/5
  • Peace & Quiet 2/5
  • Eating Out 4/5
  • Nightlife 4/5
  • Parks & Recreation 3/5
  • Shopping Options 2/5
  • Gym & Fitness 4/5
  • Internet Access 4/5
  • Lack of Traffic 2/5
  • Cost of Living 2/5
  • Public Transport 3/5
  • Medical Facilities 3/5
  • Schools 3/5
  • Childcare 3/5
Oct 04, 2010

"Huge city campus in a good location"

I received my B.A. from this school as did many of my friends within various majors. While the campus is huge, beautiful and has plenty of courses to choose from there are a few things you should be aware of. The positives about the Cal State Fullerton campus is that there are hundreds of courses to choose from and a variety of very skilled professors on campus to help you get through it all. I think I enjoyed meeting the professors in my major course requirement classes more than I did when I was complete the general education courses though. The school has a good reputation for its baseball sports program so if you’re a fan of baseball that would be a perk. The biggest issue I had with this campus was that parking was one of the most terrible aspects of this school it was amazing to think that even with all the new parking lots and parking structures there was never enough room to find a space in a decent amount of time which always baffled me. The school itself also has a colorful history to it full of up and downs and spooky stories of murders and suicides that were some of the most interesting things I could learn about my campus.
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4/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 4/5
  • Safe & Sound 3/5
  • Clean & Green 3/5
  • Pest Free 3/5
  • Peace & Quiet 3/5
  • Eating Out 4/5
  • Nightlife 2/5
  • Shopping Options 3/5
  • Gym & Fitness 4/5
  • Internet Access 4/5
  • Lack of Traffic 3/5
  • Public Transport 3/5
  • Medical Facilities 2/5
  • Schools 4/5
  • Childcare 3/5
Oct 04, 2010

"Easy campus to go to"

Cypress College located on the corner of Lincoln Ave. and Valley View St. is one of the better colleges I experienced. What I liked most was that even during the morning hours when school was its most busy you could always find parking in the school parking lot, if you didn’t mind walking a bit. Having to get to school and hour or more before class just to make sure you could find parking 10 minutes before class was not my idea of convenient, and when you had an 8 am start that would mean like a 6 am alarm clock needed to be set. The class selection was a bit limited so it’s essential that you register as early as possible to ensure that you don’t have to waist a semester getting courses you don’t need. I like the college’s track area it makes for a great place to work out before or after class, and especially on the weekend. The campus also hosts a local swapmeet that is quite popular among the local residents. You can find cool knick knacks or great deals on clothes and jewelry. Over all I enjoyed my experience at Cypress College, I’m confident you will too.
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4/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 3/5
  • Safe & Sound 3/5
  • Clean & Green 3/5
  • Pest Free 4/5
  • Peace & Quiet 2/5
  • Eating Out 5/5
  • Nightlife 3/5
  • Shopping Options 5/5
  • Gym & Fitness 3/5
  • Internet Access 4/5
  • Lack of Traffic 2/5
  • Public Transport 3/5
  • Medical Facilities 3/5
  • Schools 2/5
Oct 04, 2010

"Busy retail locations"

Another very retail rich Boulevard is Garden Grove Blvd in the city of Garden Grove. While driving down this road you will run into a lot of traffic from business, hospitals and offices found along here. On weekends don’t expect to get through here quickly since many of the people will be visiting places like Mervyn’s, restaurants like the Boston Market Place, Red Lobster and so on. One of the busiest parts of this street to me has to be on the corner of Garden Grove Blvd and Harbor Blvd. You can find over 20 retail location near this intersection alone. One of my favorite places to visit while in this area varies from the local Dairy Queen which has some great chicken strips when you’re looking for a quick meal to go. Or The Boston Market Place is a bit more expensive but has that homemade flavor to its takeout food that sometimes is worth the extra cash when you have it. Red Lobster is another popular hangout. If seafood is something you’re into the Red Lobster here has a great atmosphere, good food and plenty of people to mingle with at the bar. It does get packed on night and weekends so make sure you arrive with plenty of time to find a good seat in the house.
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3/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 3/5
  • Safe & Sound 4/5
  • Clean & Green 3/5
  • Pest Free 3/5
  • Peace & Quiet 4/5
  • Eating Out 2/5
  • Nightlife 2/5
  • Parks & Recreation 3/5
  • Shopping Options 2/5
  • Gym & Fitness 4/5
  • Internet Access 3/5
  • Lack of Traffic 4/5
  • Cost of Living 2/5
  • Public Transport 2/5
  • Medical Facilities 2/5
  • Schools 2/5
Oct 04, 2010

"Secluded terrains"

If you’re looking for a park with more seclusion than inclusion with others then Hillcrest Park might be a great place to visit. Located on Harbor Blvd. the park has a number of ways to gain access. The park sits on a slope so you can drive around to the back end of the park and find a nice place to sit and relax, read a book or take a quiet nap away from the traffic. Another option is to walk the trails this park is definitely more suited for working out in or enjoying during the moments you’d like to just get away from the city. The park even has a small lake with adds to the serenity of the place. Along Lemon St. and the higher part of the park you’ll find a number of small residential streets with homes that also indulge in the seclusion of being located on the hill. The network of homes found here are very well kept and show signs of affluent residents. I would love to find a home here as well. It would be a nice retreat from the types of neighborhoods found in the heart of the Anaheim and Fullerton areas.
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2/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 3/5
  • Safe & Sound 3/5
  • Clean & Green 3/5
  • Pest Free 3/5
  • Peace & Quiet 4/5
  • Eating Out 3/5
  • Nightlife 1/5
  • Parks & Recreation 3/5
  • Shopping Options 2/5
  • Gym & Fitness 2/5
  • Internet Access 4/5
  • Lack of Traffic 4/5
  • Public Transport 2/5
  • Medical Facilities 1/5
  • Schools 1/5
Oct 04, 2010

"Industrial area"

This part of Anaheim is heavily industrialized and there isn’t much of a neighborly vibe. The few times that I’ve traveled this far into Anaheim has been for job interviews or finding my local cable repair shop. As a potential residential home owner I really don’t see much appeal to this part of town. The only accessible frwy would be the 91 frwy and schools, parks, and other entertainment type centers are not close by. If you did manage to find a few residential streets they would be one without much character and I suppose that would be subject to what your standards were for a nice neighborhood. I like to see more homes than business and parking lots. If you’re a potential business owner, perhaps looking at the real estate in this area would be beneficial. There are plenty of suites and office space for you to set up a corporate headquarters if needed. I wouldn’t plan on opening a business that relied on heavy customer flow due to the lack of homes in the surrounding area. This part of the city is definitely better suited for call centers, repair centers, dispatch locations or similar types of operating businesses.
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4/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 4/5
  • Safe & Sound 4/5
  • Clean & Green 4/5
  • Pest Free 4/5
  • Peace & Quiet 4/5
  • Eating Out 4/5
  • Shopping Options 3/5
  • Gym & Fitness 3/5
  • Internet Access 4/5
  • Lack of Traffic 4/5
  • Cost of Living 3/5
  • Public Transport 3/5
  • Medical Facilities 3/5
  • Schools 2/5
Oct 04, 2010

"Small but safe living"

As one of the many residential streets that run within the neighborhoods found near West St. and Chapman Ave., Samuel Drive is home to a fairly quiet community. You can find a lot of traffic running along West Street but only because this neighborhood is so close to Disneyland, Downtown Disney and the Anaheim Convention Center. Due to the tremendous amount of tourism that occurs in this area, living here can be seen as a bit of hassle during peak tourism seasons. When you drive away from the major street however Samuel Dr. only stretches a block or so to Robert Lane. I had a good friend that lived here and no matter the time, night or day the neighborhood always seemed safe. The neighbors were always friendly and have lived in the homes for several years so there was a nice report among the residents. You can find a string of tiny residential streets mostly ending in cul-de-sac’s surrounding much of the area around Samuel Dr. There were never any issues for parking since many homes had garages or driveways. If a peaceful place is something you’re interested in finding, I would suggest taking a drive down Samuel Dr. in Anaheim and seeing if something catches your eye.
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4/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 4/5
  • Safe & Sound 4/5
  • Clean & Green 4/5
  • Pest Free 4/5
  • Peace & Quiet 4/5
  • Eating Out 4/5
  • Nightlife 2/5
  • Shopping Options 3/5
  • Gym & Fitness 3/5
  • Internet Access 4/5
  • Lack of Traffic 4/5
  • Public Transport 3/5
  • Medical Facilities 3/5
  • Schools 4/5
Oct 04, 2010

"Close knit neighborhood"

I had the chance to check out the neighborhoods along Roberta Ave. a while back when I was visiting friends. The street itself is not very long and actually pretty secluded from the main traffic streets. It’s located between Euclid St and Brookhurst St. primarily. What I like most about the neighborhoods found here was how close nit everything seemed. The area was clean, neighbors always look friendly and houses were well maintained. On the corner of Brookhurst St. and Roberta Ave. you’ll find the Orangethorpe School Park. One thing I find strange is that west of Brookhurst St. Roberta Ave. changes to Page Ave. for about a block then back to Roberta which I always found odd. The area west of Brookhurst St. is also a very quiet residential neighborhood. It ends at a cul-de-sac which adds a nice touch of privacy to the neighborhood. I also like how close the freeways are to Roberta. You can catch the 91 frwy or the 5 frwy very quickly. The balance between privacy and quietude and access to the more fast paced streets of the city is done well in these neighborhoods. I wouldn’t mind finding a nice place to settle down in here.
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3/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 4/5
  • Safe & Sound 4/5
  • Clean & Green 4/5
  • Pest Free 4/5
  • Peace & Quiet 3/5
  • Eating Out 4/5
  • Nightlife 2/5
  • Parks & Recreation 2/5
  • Shopping Options 3/5
  • Gym & Fitness 3/5
  • Lack of Traffic 2/5
  • Public Transport 3/5
  • Medical Facilities 3/5
  • Schools 3/5
Oct 04, 2010

"Great street for retail locations"

Lincoln Ave. is a very busy street due to the tremendous amount of businesses that can be found there. The fact that it stretches across various cities adds to its retail appeal. I’ve lived in Orange County for the majority of my adult life and use this street to get around very frequently. You can find popular fast food location like Jack n’ the Box, Carl’s Jr., Rally’s and more as well as grocery stores such as Food 4 Less and Vons. A place worth checking out while driving down Lincoln is the East Anaheim Shopping Center. It’s undergone some renovations since the first time I remember visiting there. But all the upgrades have been for the best. You can find a Ralphs to some grocery shopping, a Sally’s beauty supply, K-Mart and Rite-Aid and a Home Town Buffet are some of the staples there that I haven’t seen leave. New additions includes a Anne’s Linnen’s for drapery and fabrics and they remodeled a corner of the center on directly on Lincoln Ave. and State College Blvd. that includes a T-Mobile store, a Coffee Bean and a few other retailers that adds a nice touch to the plaza I remember visiting as a child.
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4/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 4/5
  • Safe & Sound 4/5
  • Clean & Green 4/5
  • Pest Free 4/5
  • Peace & Quiet 3/5
  • Eating Out 4/5
  • Nightlife 2/5
  • Parks & Recreation 4/5
  • Shopping Options 3/5
  • Gym & Fitness 4/5
  • Internet Access 4/5
  • Lack of Traffic 2/5
  • Public Transport 3/5
  • Medical Facilities 3/5
  • Schools 3/5
Oct 03, 2010

"Plenty of food to choose from"

A recent relocation of the office I work for has led me to get to know the city of Tustin a bit better. A street I like to frequent is First Street. If you’re in the area or also work around here it’s a great place to check out for lunch. There are a variety of places to grab a quick bite to eat. From McDonald’s to Weinerschnitzel to smaller specialty café’s like the Sandwich Box there’s plenty to choose from. A small restaurant I just tried a few days ago was John’s Place. It can be found on the corner of First St. and Prospect Ave. I haven’t been able to make it inside yet, but from the drive thru window the smell of the kitchen aromas are wonderful. The chicken Cesar salad is one of my favorites there. The dressing has a tinge of sourness that compliments the grilled chicken neatly layered on top. The chicken itself is tender and flavorful enough to make you want to try other chicken platters as well. Served with a side of warm, fresh buttered toast the Cesar salad meal makes a great lunch option. So stop in and see if John’s Place is a place for you.
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4/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 4/5
  • Safe & Sound 4/5
  • Clean & Green 4/5
  • Pest Free 4/5
  • Peace & Quiet 3/5
  • Eating Out 4/5
  • Nightlife 4/5
  • Parks & Recreation 3/5
  • Shopping Options 3/5
  • Gym & Fitness 3/5
  • Internet Access 4/5
  • Lack of Traffic 3/5
  • Cost of Living 2/5
  • Medical Facilities 3/5
  • Schools 4/5
Oct 03, 2010

"GREAT College night school students"

No complaints from me about this college campus. After experiencing about three or four other campuses prior to calling Orange Coast College my college of choice, I felt comfortable and happy with attending this school to receive my Associates degree. First and foremost the thing that I like most was how easy it was to find parking during night school, which is when I went to class. Perhaps during the day the campus had a different aura. I liked that it was close to the 55 frwy as well, so it was no hassle to get home fast. I avoided the frwy however as my route to get to school though. Getting off work during rush hour traffic times (4:30pm-6:30pm) I opted for taking Fairview St. instead. After parking, I was happy with all my professors while I attended the campus. They all had interesting characters and managed to make my college experience, after many tries at other campuses, engaging. I was actually excited every semester to register and see what type of professors I’d experience next. If class was over early the college is also close to a few local hotspots, bars, restaurants and shopping malls that always made it fun to get off early. Orange Coast is definitely a college I’d recommend. Every semester there was quiet the adventure which is probably why they were the fastest two years I ever expereienced in my academic career.
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3/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 3/5
  • Safe & Sound 3/5
  • Clean & Green 3/5
  • Pest Free 3/5
  • Peace & Quiet 3/5
  • Eating Out 3/5
  • Nightlife 2/5
  • Shopping Options 3/5
  • Gym & Fitness 3/5
  • Internet Access 4/5
  • Lack of Traffic 3/5
  • Public Transport 3/5
  • Medical Facilities 3/5
  • Schools 3/5
Oct 03, 2010

"Nice park to run some laps"

Located on La Palma Ave. between the corners of Harbor Blvd. and Anaheim Blvd. I feel like La Palma Park definitely more of a sports friendly park than anything else. With it being half stadium and half open lawn there isn’t any playground set like you’d find at a typical park. Glover Stadium is commonly used to hold various high school and jr. high graduation ceremonies as well as countless orange county football games for many of the same schools. I had my high school graduation there and I remember it being a memorable experience. The park also serves as a fair ground during Cinco de Mayo. With rides, games and food to help entertain guests, La Palma Park is a tremendously popular destination during the Cinco de Mayo weekend. The park seems to offer a great location for gatherings and small city events because it’s easy to find and has ample room to accommodate most events. Old school car shows is another favorite hosted at this park. With fast food found nearby all along Harbor Blvd. actually, visitors can take a break from the park when they feel they need it and do a little city walking and find a place to eat with friends.
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4/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 4/5
  • Safe & Sound 3/5
  • Clean & Green 3/5
  • Pest Free 4/5
  • Peace & Quiet 2/5
  • Eating Out 5/5
  • Nightlife 4/5
  • Shopping Options 4/5
  • Gym & Fitness 3/5
  • Internet Access 4/5
  • Lack of Traffic 2/5
  • Public Transport 4/5
  • Medical Facilities 3/5
Sep 24, 2010

"Prime Retail Boulevard"

Harbor Blvd., talk about prime real-estate from a business owner perspective. The street itself stretches through several cities including Fullerton, Anaheim and Garden Grove. The particular area I find the most appealing is actually in Garden Grove but a drive down Harbor Blvd. any which way is bound to have something that catches your attention. Starting at around Chapman Ave. to just a little beyond Garden Grove Blvd. you can find Target, Mervyn’s, Outback Steakhouse, Joes’ Crab Shack, Red Robbin, fast food chains, banks, grocery stores and more. A personal recommendation for the sushi lover’s, if your ever in this area you should make a pit stop at Tokyo Love. It’s very much a local favorite, unpretentious and inviting. An ode to the city it resides in, the Garden Grove Roll is good to try but the must have, is the cucumber salad. Sweet, tangy, tart, it’s a house specialty and one of my favorites along with the owner and sushi chef, Joe. He’s a character and always willing to mingle with guests and share a few drinks when the time is right. Across the way from Tokyo Love on Harbor Blvd. between Chapman Ave. and Lampson Ave. is one of the best gilatto shops in the city. They’re flavors are unique and change daily so it’s always fun to see what’s on the menu. Make sure to pick a few favorites so your flavor of choice will always be available.
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4/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 4/5
  • Safe & Sound 4/5
  • Clean & Green 4/5
  • Pest Free 4/5
  • Peace & Quiet 2/5
  • Eating Out 5/5
  • Nightlife 4/5
  • Parks & Recreation 3/5
  • Shopping Options 5/5
  • Gym & Fitness 4/5
  • Internet Access 4/5
  • Lack of Traffic 2/5
  • Cost of Living 4/5
  • Public Transport 4/5
  • Medical Facilities 4/5
  • Schools 3/5
  • Childcare 3/5
Sep 03, 2010

"Busy avenue for business and entertianment"

I have worked and lived near Chapman Ave. in Orange and it has transformed into a very commonly visited avenue especially near the intersection of City Dr. because this is were you’ll find The Block which is an outside mall and shopping center, the University of California Irvine’s Medical Center and some of Orange County’s justice system facilities. The morning and afternoon traffic from the high rise offices around City Drive and Chapman creates a hotbed for traffic in this area so be prepared for that. A great feature this intersection does have is its accessibility to freeways like the 5, the 22 and the 57 which is very convenient since they are some of Orange County’s major freeways to get around the county. One interesting thing about Chapman Ave in Orange is that it oddly enough runs parallel to Chapman Ave in Fullerton, which is something I could never quite understand how it could be possible. The street itself does not loop around from city to city which was my first guess as to how this could be. For this reason when you need to make your way to Chapman Ave. make sure to pay attention what city it is associated with because you could end up on very opposite sides of the county if you’re not careful.
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4/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 4/5
  • Safe & Sound 4/5
  • Clean & Green 4/5
  • Pest Free 4/5
  • Peace & Quiet 3/5
  • Eating Out 4/5
  • Nightlife 4/5
  • Parks & Recreation 4/5
  • Shopping Options 4/5
  • Gym & Fitness 4/5
  • Internet Access 4/5
  • Lack of Traffic 2/5
  • Public Transport 3/5
  • Medical Facilities 3/5
  • Schools 3/5
  • Childcare 3/5
Sep 03, 2010

"Fun and fascinating city"

I adored the city of Costa Mesa and still do for a number of reasons. The option of the beach was close by but still far enough that you didn’t have to deal with the constant summer beach traffic that places like Huntington Beach and Newport Beach have to deal with. Access to freeways like the 55, 405 and 73 which could get to you to just about anywhere in Orange County was a great plus. I also attended Orange Coast College for a few years and during that time there was no better place than Costa Mesa for me. I was happy and secretly jealous when a good friend of mine scored an apartment near Del Mar Ave. I was always happy to visit on weekends and stay over after classes were done. I think Costa Mesa is a great city for singles especially if you’re taking care of school in the area, you have entertainment and a fun night life just a few minutes away up the 55 freeway if you want to head into Newport Beach. One minor pet peeve with the Costa Mesa neighborhoods I did visit, is parking. With such small residential streets and cul-de-sac’s it was never easy finding a place to park no matter what time of day. So if you can score an apartment or home with its own driveway or garage, that’s perfect.
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5/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 4/5
  • Safe & Sound 4/5
  • Clean & Green 5/5
  • Pest Free 4/5
  • Peace & Quiet 4/5
  • Eating Out 3/5
  • Nightlife 2/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 2/5
  • Gym & Fitness 4/5
  • Internet Access 4/5
  • Lack of Traffic 4/5
  • Cost of Living 4/5
  • Public Transport 3/5
  • Medical Facilities 3/5
  • Schools 3/5
  • Childcare 3/5
Sep 03, 2010

"Hidden gem of natural habitats"

I discovered the Fullerton Arboretum while attending school at California State University Fullerton. As part of the campus itself the arboretum lends itself as a learning facility, a recreational area with some historical value and just a wonderful place to visit when you want a small escape from the concrete jungle of the city. One of the most interesting features of the arboretum is the fact that it sustains a variety of ecosystems in one single area. In one day of walking through here you can visit the climates and see the vegetations of Redwood forests, tropical scenery, and dusty desert terrain and chaparral forests. It is very fascinating how they maintain such different environments so close together let alone in the midst of a busy city like Fullerton. The arboretum houses a nursery where visitors can buy plants of their own, the Orange County Agricultural and Nikkei Heritage Museum, and the Victorian style Heritage House. All year round you can even attend special events or host your own special occasion at this beautiful botanical garden. One of the major draws for the arboretum seems to be the wedding season, in which brides and grooms to be can check out the arboretums special wedding packages. I’ve attended some of the festivities held here and a few of their garden workshops and they have always been fun.
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4/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 4/5
  • Safe & Sound 4/5
  • Clean & Green 4/5
  • Pest Free 4/5
  • Peace & Quiet 3/5
  • Eating Out 4/5
  • Nightlife 2/5
  • Parks & Recreation 4/5
  • Shopping Options 4/5
  • Gym & Fitness 3/5
  • Internet Access 4/5
  • Lack of Traffic 3/5
  • Public Transport 4/5
  • Medical Facilities 3/5
  • Schools 3/5
  • Childcare 3/5
Sep 03, 2010

"Fast way to get around town"

During my full-time student/full-time employee days State College Blvd. was another one of my go to streets to get from point A to point B in real good time. As everyone might be familiar with rush hour traffic which starts around 4:00 pm and last until about 6:00pm the easiest route to school would have been the 57 freeway but in reality that was the worst option due to the tremendous traffic. My solution was to take State College Blvd. which runs parallel to the 57 freeway for at least the stretch of road that I was concerned about covering. State College Blvd is a heavy commercial street meaning you’ll find shopping centers, business, plazas, food chains, restaurants and more all along the way. With so much retail and business options it might seem ironic that it would be a quick way get from the city of Orange to the city of Fullerton in under 30 minutes but you’d be surprised. Over all the areas you encounter while traveling on State College Blvd. are clean, safe and driver friendly. If getting to work is a hassle on the 57 freeway I would suggest you try out driving down this street and see if it can work better for you.
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4/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 4/5
  • Safe & Sound 4/5
  • Clean & Green 4/5
  • Pest Free 3/5
  • Peace & Quiet 4/5
  • Eating Out 2/5
  • Nightlife 2/5
  • Parks & Recreation 4/5
  • Shopping Options 2/5
  • Gym & Fitness 4/5
  • Lack of Traffic 5/5
  • Cost of Living 3/5
  • Public Transport 2/5
  • Medical Facilities 3/5
  • Schools 2/5
  • Childcare 2/5
Sep 03, 2010

"Neat place to experience nature"

When you travel up along the city street of Chapman Ave. and follow it up until it converts to Santiago Canyon Rd and follow that still until it hits Modjeska Canyon Road, you are well on your way to The Tucker Wildlife Sanctuary. Owned and operated by Cal State University Fullerton and the schools College of Natural Sciences and mathematics I had the privilege of visiting the center as a volunteer. The sanctuary offers a number of things you can take notice of while you’re there such as a nicely shaded picnic area, a natural history museum, hiking trails, a gift shop and even a small amphitheater. While the preserve occupies 12-acres of land all of the amenities here are on a small scale. Leaving much of the beauty and appeal of the place up to nature, guests can find plenty of parking on the dusty trails of the sanctuary lots. If you ever get the chance to visit or are interested in finding out more you can expect to be very hands on which is a nice touch. I would recommend driving out to the Wildlife Sanctuary if you are interested in giving a helping hand to the natural community. The staff is beyond friendly and do really make you feel like you are part of an important team while you volunteer your time to make the sanctuary a better place for its visitor and its inhabitants.
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4/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 4/5
  • Safe & Sound 4/5
  • Clean & Green 4/5
  • Pest Free 4/5
  • Peace & Quiet 3/5
  • Eating Out 5/5
  • Nightlife 4/5
  • Parks & Recreation 3/5
  • Shopping Options 4/5
  • Gym & Fitness 3/5
  • Internet Access 4/5
  • Lack of Traffic 2/5
  • Cost of Living 3/5
  • Public Transport 4/5
  • Schools 3/5
Sep 02, 2010

"Friendliest street to the "Friendliest Place on Earth""

Katella Ave. is a very long street that cuts across Orange County cities like Garden Grove, Anaheim, Stanton and Orange but for the few mile stretch that lies within the Anaheim city limits it is a wonderful compliment to the Disneyland tourism. On and near this avenue is Disneyland itself, Downtown Disney, Disney’s California Adventure, restaurants, hotels and car rental locations like Enterprise and Avis if you need one. The area I like to visit most is on Katella Ave. in between Harbor Blvd. and Haster St. Anaheim invested in building a entertainment hub known as Anaheim’s GardenWalk. Some of the best features found here is definitely food. There are a variety of flavors to choose from when selecting a dining destination like California Pizza Kitchen, to Bubba Gump’s Shrimp Co., the Cheesecake Factory and P.F. Chang’s to name a few. I haven’t really done a lot of shopping at the retail locations they have here but they all look very inviting. At the far end of the GardenWalk there’s a movie theatre, great for date nights or a dance club called Heat if dancing the night away is more your style. You don’t have to worry about parking since the GardenWalk has its own parking facility you can take advantage of too for any of your day or night excursions here. Lots of fun to get into.
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3/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 3/5
  • Safe & Sound 3/5
  • Clean & Green 3/5
  • Pest Free 4/5
  • Peace & Quiet 2/5
  • Eating Out 3/5
  • Nightlife 3/5
  • Parks & Recreation 2/5
  • Shopping Options 3/5
  • Gym & Fitness 3/5
  • Internet Access 4/5
  • Lack of Traffic 2/5
  • Cost of Living 3/5
  • Public Transport 3/5
  • Medical Facilities 3/5
Sep 02, 2010

"A bit overrated"

I have worked at, visited and worked near The Block at Orange and feel like it is a tad overrated for what you can find here. As a mall, it doesn’t have anything extraordinary about it that makes it stand out in my mind. When it initially opened over 10 years ago and while I was working at one of the retail shops here one of its major appeals was that it was an outdoor mall which everyone seemed to love since there wasn’t too many of those at the time. It was a great hit during the hot summer and spring nights and still is since it has a major movie theatre and restaurants that doubl as bar hangouts like, Tu Tu Tango’s, Dave & Busters, El Torito and F.R.I.D.A.Y’S as well as a Van’s skate park that draws in a lot of youngsters. Being outdoors also meant slow winters though during the cold and rainy seasons which still remains true. With a lot of appeal also comes a lot of traffic and horrible parking accommodations which since its opening has not gotten any better to me on weekend nights. You have to come prepared with the mentality that there will be a LOT of young drivers, impatient drivers and too many cars with too few spaces to just arrive and park in under 10 minutes.
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3/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 3/5
  • Safe & Sound 3/5
  • Clean & Green 3/5
  • Pest Free 4/5
  • Peace & Quiet 3/5
  • Eating Out 3/5
  • Nightlife 2/5
  • Parks & Recreation 3/5
  • Shopping Options 2/5
  • Gym & Fitness 3/5
  • Internet Access 4/5
  • Lack of Traffic 4/5
  • Cost of Living 4/5
  • Public Transport 4/5
  • Medical Facilities 3/5
  • Schools 4/5
  • Childcare 3/5
Sep 02, 2010

"Convenient student living"

I consider Wilshire Ave. a very student friendly street because it sits close to any of the Fullerton schools you might be attending, be it Fullerton High School, Fullerton Junior College or the Cal State near State College and Chapman. The positives I see in living in the neighborhoods on Wilshire are that public transportation should that be a concern for you, is very close by, along with fast food places, decent night life locations and apartments upon apartments to choose from when deciding where to stay. The pros are heavily geared towards those looking for a convenient and affordable place to live while attending school. The cons are whether you’re a student or not the parking situation in this area tends to be rather bad. When school is in session students trying to save money by skipping out on parking permits are looking for small residential streets they can park in and Wilshire seems to be a favorite. Depending on which stage of your life you’re in Wilshire can be a blessing or a nightmare neighborhood to call home. If you prefer staying away from over populated living areas and are in search for a more serene and uninhabited neighborhood, then Wilshire Ave. will not be a great match for you.
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3/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 3/5
  • Safe & Sound 3/5
  • Clean & Green 3/5
  • Pest Free 3/5
  • Peace & Quiet 3/5
  • Eating Out 3/5
  • Nightlife 2/5
  • Parks & Recreation 3/5
  • Shopping Options 3/5
  • Internet Access 3/5
  • Lack of Traffic 4/5
  • Cost of Living 4/5
  • Public Transport 3/5
  • Medical Facilities 3/5
  • Schools 3/5
Sep 01, 2010

"Affordable renting neighborhood"

Chippewa Ave. was another location I lived at for a few years. One of the best features at the time we began renting was the affordability of the town homes. The street is fairly secluded from high traffic but major streets and freeways are not to far away, which was nice. Chippewa stretches from Crescent Ave. to Dogwood Ave. which is a very short distance. Most of the residential living is apartment complexes so if you’re interested in finding a place to rent here be aware that the parking situation isn’t all that great. There were times where I had to park a block away from my house. You will almost always be parallel parking and squeezing into any spot you find available because it tends to get crowded in the evenings and weekends. The safety of the area was getting rather questionable towards the end of our stay in this neighborhood and the pet friendliness of the apartments was also going down, which was a major reason why we relocated. If your curious to check out the neighborhood for yourself, I would recommend driving around a bit later in the evenings or weekend nights to see if the conditions are favorable to your expectations.
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4/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 4/5
  • Safe & Sound 4/5
  • Clean & Green 4/5
  • Pest Free 4/5
  • Peace & Quiet 3/5
  • Eating Out 5/5
  • Nightlife 3/5
  • Parks & Recreation 4/5
  • Shopping Options 5/5
  • Gym & Fitness 4/5
  • Internet Access 4/5
  • Lack of Traffic 3/5
  • Public Transport 4/5
  • Medical Facilities 4/5
  • Schools 4/5
  • Childcare 4/5
Aug 31, 2010

"Love, love, love this street"

Two reasons why Tustin St. is one of the stretches of pavement I simply adore to travel on. It’s yet another one of those major streets in Orange County that can take you from city to city with interesting places to visit along the way. If you start on Tustin near the intersection of Lincoln there’s a strip mall with a Walmart, food chains and privately owned business like pet stores and specialty shops. A place I highly recommend while traveling up Tustin is the Tulsa Rib Company found on the intersection of Tustin and Collins. If you love ribs and goodbarbeque you’ll love this place too. Another location for food but for the breakfast aficionados is Arthur’s. It’s a charming restaurant with famous home style cooking and portions that will not leave you hungry, but maybe ready for a power nap afterwards. Second reason why I love Tustin St. is that it runs parallel to the 55 frwy , so on those mornings when I don’t make my alarm and need to get to work fast, instead of sitting in 20-25 minutes of stop and go traffic on the 55 frwy, I can take the 22 frwy, exit Tustin and deal with about 10 minutes of traffic to get to the same destination. It’s such a life saver and even on my early days I still like taking Tustin to work because who really likes sitting through sluggish traffic jams anyway right?
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4/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 3/5
  • Safe & Sound 3/5
  • Clean & Green 3/5
  • Pest Free 3/5
  • Peace & Quiet 2/5
  • Eating Out 5/5
  • Nightlife 5/5
  • Parks & Recreation 3/5
  • Shopping Options 4/5
  • Gym & Fitness 4/5
  • Internet Access 4/5
  • Lack of Traffic 2/5
  • Public Transport 3/5
  • Medical Facilities 3/5
  • Schools 3/5
  • Childcare 3/5
Aug 31, 2010

"Enjoy todays commodities with a bit of historical flare"

Main Street in Santa Ana is known to have a little bit of everything for everyone. It’s impossible to ignore that there is a whole lot to see driving down Main Street which stretches through various cities like Orange, Santa Ana and Costa Mesa. From museums to shopping malls, plazas with grocery stores and fast food, café’s, small clothing boutiques and restaurants there is plenty to get into. Sometimes the traffic is frustrating to deal with but it comes with the territory of having such a retail saturated street. There are times were the overwhelming crowds closer to Downtown Santa Ana in the Artist Village flood the streets during the day walking from store to store or gallery to dining spot. But with the bad there is always some good. One of the most charming things I like about Main Street is the architecture in and around the Artist Village area which includes the cross streets between Civic Center Dr. to about 1st Street. If you take a moment to look past the crowds and traffic and appreciate the buildings and the designs found along Main Street there is some rich history to be found. Amidst the strip malls, centers and plaza’s it’s nice to find locations that display an interesting character with their exterior façades. If architecture is something you appreciate I definitely recommend taking a trip down Main St.
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4/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 4/5
  • Safe & Sound 4/5
  • Clean & Green 3/5
  • Pest Free 4/5
  • Peace & Quiet 2/5
  • Eating Out 5/5
  • Nightlife 4/5
  • Shopping Options 5/5
  • Gym & Fitness 4/5
  • Internet Access 5/5
  • Lack of Traffic 3/5
  • Cost of Living 2/5
Aug 26, 2010

"South Coast Plaza"

The South Coast Plaza is a high end haven for some of Orange County’s trendiest natives. The range of affordability spans across the scale from affordable to down-right outrageous, but then again I guess that scale is tentative to what every consumer would consider “affordable” and “outrageous”. From Bloomingdales to Macy’s, H&M clothing store to Nordstrom’s, the Disney Store to Dolce & Gabbana, to Gucci and the GAP the South Coast Plaza can be an overwhelming place to tackle in one day. I remember the first time I visited there I felt lost in the grand scheme of what seemed like infinite store fronts. Since I tend to stay on the frugal side of the spending wheel I enjoyed the South Coast Plaza more for a window shopping experience but would not knock anyone who had the money to spend and decided to spend it there. But if the prices become to overzealous don’t fret. There are so many other options near Bristol St. and the 55 frwy where South Coast is located. There is the Crystal Court Shopping Center on Bear St. just behind the mega mall, The Bristol Place Shopping Center about a block away as well as the Bristol Center Shopping Center across the street. Now that’s a whole lot of shopping and centers to choose from.
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4/5 rating details
  • Safe & Sound 4/5
  • Clean & Green 3/5
  • Pest Free 4/5
  • Peace & Quiet 2/5
  • Eating Out 4/5
  • Parks & Recreation 3/5
  • Shopping Options 3/5
  • Lack of Traffic 3/5
  • Public Transport 4/5
  • Schools 3/5
Aug 26, 2010

"Fabulous street for the on-the-go, cross-city driver"

This street goes the distance-literally. If you’re like the millions of people juggling work, school, a social life and scraping up enough hours in the day to cram in sleep just to do it all over again, any advice on how to get from point A to point B 10 minutes or more ahead of the rest, is a blessing. That brings me to my “diamond in the rough street” I discovered during my time as a full-time employee/full-time night student. Working in Orange and having to make it to class in Costa Mesa in under an hour seemed more than reasonable on paper. Add to that the inevitable jam of rush hour traffic though and you’ll be lucky to make it in a little over an hour and that was just unacceptable for me. Long story short a friend recommended I take Fairview Rd. one night, which I was skeptical how the street would beat the convenience of the freeway to Costa Mesa but boy, was I wrong! I NEVER took the freeway to school again. The stretch of Fairview Rd. clear to Adams Ave. was heaven, compared to the nightmare of the 5 frwy, the 55 frwy and the 405 frwy it took to get to class. It took some getting used to the flow of traffic lights but there were days I even had a few extra minutes to spare and pick up a burger before school and that was the cherry on top of my Fairview Rd. sundae.
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5/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 3/5
  • Safe & Sound 4/5
  • Clean & Green 3/5
  • Pest Free 4/5
  • Peace & Quiet 2/5
  • Eating Out 5/5
  • Nightlife 3/5
  • Parks & Recreation 3/5
  • Shopping Options 5/5
  • Gym & Fitness 4/5
  • Internet Access 5/5
  • Lack of Traffic 2/5
  • Public Transport 3/5
Aug 26, 2010

"Busy, busy, busy."

One of the places I absolutely love in Cerritos has to be located in the area near the city’s huge mall and shopping plaza’s culminated on the intersection of South St. and Gridley Rd. First things first though, be prepared for the possibility of horrible traffic. Weekends present a fifty-fifty chance of congested streets and forget Christmas and holidays. The amount of traffic can be exhausting to bare but what place isn’t around the holiday season, right? With that said, once you get over the issue of busy streets and traffic shock, this area of South St. has the Cerritos Auto Square down Studebaker Rd., perfect place to go car hunting, of course the Cerritos South Town and County Shopping Center, a Target Greatland across the way and the Best Plaza Shopping Center located on 183rd, which has some good restaurants and a fun skating rink to check out. When time is of the essence, as it is for many people these days it’s great to find places where you can get the most for your travel time. As a multitasker’s favorite type a place the errands you can check off your to do list here makes the traffic headaches seem like a small price to pay for the benefits.
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5/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 4/5
  • Safe & Sound 4/5
  • Clean & Green 3/5
  • Peace & Quiet 3/5
  • Eating Out 5/5
  • Nightlife 5/5
  • Parks & Recreation 3/5
  • Shopping Options 4/5
  • Gym & Fitness 4/5
  • Internet Access 4/5
  • Lack of Traffic 2/5
Aug 26, 2010

"Fabulous spot for an all day adventure"

Hundreds of cars can be seen orbiting the intersection of Glassell St. and Chapman Ave. no matter what time of day. Whether it’s the business men and woman meeting clients for lunch, local residents trying to maneuver around town for some shopping along the various storefronts or the evening traffic checking out the area for the nightlife, this particular intersection commonly referred to as the “Orange Circle” is a great place to spend some time. It hits the trifecta of entertainment my friends and I usually look for in any hotspot. Good food, fabulous shopping and stellar nightlife options. The selection of food ranges from fast food, burgers and fries, sit down dining, or quick café style eateries with fresh pastries and delicious signature sandwiches. While most of the shopping ties into the theme of antiques and bargain hunting there are plenty of unique stores to rummage through to find something special for yourself or a loved one. And once the sun goes down the life of this historical neighborhood doesn’t go down with it. While it’s no hustle and bustle mecca, it does offer a good variety of options for its nightly audience. Harboring bars, small night clubs and extended restaurant hours for the drinkers and late diners the “Orange Circle” is a one-stop locale for fun.
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4/5 rating details
  • Eating Out 5/5
  • Nightlife 4/5
  • Shopping Options 4/5
  • Lack of Traffic 2/5
Aug 21, 2010

"Popular nightlife location"

Easy to see off to the side of the 5 freeway, I remember visiting the Irvine Spectrum and being blown away with the variety of things to do there and how time consuming finding parking was. I definitely recommend taking advantage of the valet on weekends and busy nights you don’t feel like dealing with the hassle of the parking lot or the parking structure, which by the way keeps count of how many open spaces are available in big huge digital numbers off to the side of the driveway entrance which I thought was a great feature. The option of retail stores varies from clothing, high end accessories and collectable shops, there are restaurants, fast food, a comedy club and theatre. And I can’t forget about the huge Ferris wheel which is a major focal point. I really feel there’s something for everyone to make the most of a night at the Irvine Spectrum. If you’re looking for a sports bar venue, it’s there, a casual setting for drinks and arcade games, it’s there, music and a dance floor spot, it’s there, or a laid back bar scene at the countless restaurants found at the Spectrum, it’s all there and you can’t beat that.
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4/5 rating details
  • Eating Out 4/5
  • Nightlife 4/5
  • Lack of Traffic 2/5
Aug 19, 2010

"Perfect place for a creative and artsy escape"

Another one of Orange County’s cities that contains a concentrated hub of entertainment is Downtown Santa Ana. Serving as more than just a party locale I feel like the vibe of Downtown Santa Ana captures more of a lifestyle. Also referred to as the Artist Village, this area is just the place for you if the creative spirit and atmosphere is what you’re looking for. One of the major features of the area is Cal State Fullerton’s Grand Central Art Center. Serving as one of CSUF’s satellite campuses it houses dorms for art graduate students, guest artists and showrooms for some of Orange County’s most talented artists. I always find it special to visit the center to check out the new exhibits. It’s very inspirational to witness what some of the up and coming students create or get to check out exhibitions of seasoned guests artists. Galleries and café’s sprinkled throughout the downtown Santa Ana accentuate the creative experience for visitors. If you stay long enough to participate in the nightlife the variety of venues is always fun. Aside from the interesting to do’s, one fair warning. Parking is probably the biggest flaw I see in the village. Between parking meter restrictions, parking structure fees and tiny one way streets, be prepared to take some time driving in circles every now and then till you can get situated.
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4/5 rating details
  • Eating Out 4/5
  • Nightlife 4/5
  • Shopping Options 4/5
  • Schools 4/5
Aug 19, 2010

"A Fullerton Hot Spot."

The stretch of South Harbor Blvd. between Commonwealth Ave. and Berkeley Ave. can transform from a day time hangout spot to an entertaining nightlife strip. From restaurants to antique shops, café’s and clothing stores the street is lined with plenty to do no matter what time you chose to stroll through. Much of the usual people traffic walking the avenue or driving the strip has a lot to do with the student life surrounding the street. There’s a high school, junior college and a Cal State University in fairly close proximity to South Harbor Blvd., that if you attend any of those schools, you’re sure to run into a familiar face in Downtown Fullerton. The busiest evenings to take advantage of the nightlife on Harbor Blvd., definitely have to be Tuesdays and Thursday through Saturday. The bevy of bars with and without dance floors, sports bars and chic, intimate nightclubs scattered up and down the avenue make for an eclectic mix of personalities on any given night. With so much to do and see, concentrated on the few blocks of Downtown Fullerton the driving traffic is obviously not the best. So be prepared to see lots of stop lights, stop signs and heavy foot traffic.
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4/5
Aug 14, 2010

"Effecient city road"

Jamboree Road in Tustin stretches through the city taking drivers from the bustling shopping and entertainment locations at the Tustin Marketplace to the corporate avenues of the city’s business plazas. Like any major city street it has its moments when it’s packed with traffic but when on the lighter side it serves as a great street to get you through town. One warning though, watch out for the transition of Jamboree from road to highway near the Walnut Ave. intersection because there won’t be many exit options that lead to too much of anything until you get to Barranca Pkwy. I found this out my first time driving in Tustin.

As a side note, a minor hobby of mine is to sometimes learn what I can about the history behind city street names. To my surprise Jamboree actually had a quaintly colorful past when I looked into it. Created in 1953 in preparation for the third National Boy Scout Jamboree, the then gravel road served as a perfect stretch for the first ever Jamboree celebration held west of the Mississippi River.

Now, the name Jamboree Road serves as a token of nostalgia for the festivities that took place on this once gravely road way back when.
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