What Are The Good/bad Areas To Live In Orange County?

What Are The Good/bad Areas To Live In Orange County?

My wife and I are moving from northern California to Orange County in January. I will be attending CSU Fullerton and my wife will be attending Orange Coast College in Costa Mesa. We know that one of us will have to drive, but we are not sure about the areas/cities in OC. Where are the places to avoid when apartment hunting? Our budget is 1300/mo for an apartment and we have a dog. Can anyone shed light on this?

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Lo W says:

I lived in Costa Mesa for 5 years and can say that I loved it there. (I too went to OCC). Rent has gone up A LOT since I lived there, but a $1300 budget may get you a studio or a small 1 bd in a decent area. There are a lot of apartments in Costa Mesa -but not a lot that accept dogs. (This is true for a lot of OC and LB). And if they do accept dogs, there may be a weight/breed restriction. I lived right next door to OCC and that complex accepts just about any kind of dog. Here’s their link if you want to check it out: http://www.harbormesaverde.com. Costa Mesa is conveniently located to freeways, so driving from there to Fullerton isn’t too horrible. You may also want to check out apartments in the “South Coast Metro” area of Santa Ana. Its the area right around South Coast Plaza. There are some nice areas right next to Cal-State Fullerton that house lots of students, but again not sure on the pet policy. Be careful if looking in some areas of Santa Ana and Anaheim. Orange, Huntington Beach, Newport Beach and Irvine are all very nice -but PRICEY. Check out craigslist.org because you can sometimes find good places for cheaper rents in these areas. And I definitely suggest taking a trip down here before school kicks in to actually see the cities and the areas. The OC is huge and each city has its “better” parts. See what vibes best for you and get a feel for driving the freeway traffic b/c it can be pretty rough at times.

paulcrsm says:

So sorry that you only have 1300/mo. You might have to share with someone. The areas to avoid are in downtown Santa Ana, and parts of Anaheim, Fullerton. You will probably not be able to find a decent place for that little. Costa Mesa is nice. My son is moving there, but is paying about 500 more than your budget. He will be sharing with a roommate. You might look near South Coast Plaza in South West Santa Ana. Many of the apartment complexes are gated. It will be very hard to find one that takes dogs. You also might look in some areas of Brea, but it gets pretty hot there.
Good luck.

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