Heck yes! My parents came from Ohio back in the early 1960's to a small town called, "Placentia". They stopped in several cities prior to Placentia, but Placentia won them over! Placentia and Brea would both be awesome places for your family. Both Brea and Placentia are some what small. Placentia is great because it does not have a lot of traffic, the schools are great , yet being small, it has a great location! Elementary Schools are Sierra Vista, Golden and Brookhaven, all great schools. Tuffree is the Jr. High in the better location and then...El Dorado is a great High school, I went to all three! Cal State Fullerton is minutes away. The rent in the area depends on the size of the home you rent and the location. The sales prices in the best locations of Placentia range from $450K all the up over $900K. I am currently working with a seller who is listing her short sale at $490K in a $700 neighborhood, but the home NEEDS a lot of WORK! Please let me know if you have any other questions in these communities. I was raised in North Orange County and can help you and your family. I have an extensive background in helping home buyers, as I am an investor myself and home several homes in Orange County.