You may want to contact an area professional to help you relocate. Good luck to you and congrats on your promotion
You can choose from urban style lofts near Angel Stadium in Anaheim to family oriented town homes in Fountain Valley.
Many of the developments in North Orange County are FHA approved so if you are a first time buyer you can take advantage of the FHA loan benefits.
If you would like to review some listing via email send me your email address. I will be happy to send you listings to review.
Kawain Payne, Realtor
The first thing you should consider is traffic! Although Lakewood may look close on the map, with our traffic it would be a tough commute to most of Orange County. I think Anaheim or Buena Park even may be the farthest you want to go. If you truly feel you can drive one hour the hills in Corona next to Anaheim will be FAR less money than anywhere in the OC. What is your top priority?
Prudential CA Realty
Below are some crime stats/map links for Anaheim, a pretty safe city ... use them in comparison with other cities. Most cities' web sites will have a way to ask for recent crime stats. It may take a couple days to get a response, but well worth it!
2010 Part 1 Crime Statistics by Reporting District -
January through March 2011 Part 1 Crimes by Reporting District - <http://user.govoutreach.com/anaheim/attachment.php?request=6
Reporting District Map with zipcodes -
complex that cost more, but honestly that would be a waste of money for just renting. There are plenty of safe areas with decent apartments within 30 minutes of Lakewood in cities like Buena Park, Cypress, Anageim, Fullerton, LaPalma, and even Lakewood or Long Beach it you do not have to be in Orange County . If you have a school age child or children, then that is a huge additional factor when considering where to live. Feel free to contact me at 714-231-8415 and I would be happy to discuss the specific benefits of each of these areas. My wife Laurie and I have worked as Realtors and lived in the same areas you will be moving to for over 22 years, and we also own a Real Estate Company in the Pittsburgh area, so we specialize in relocation clients.
Congratulations on the new job, and I look forward to talking with you.
I can set you up on our "Listingbook" program so you can search from home. It is current information on available properties direct from our MLS (Multiple Listing Service). This type of info is more up to date than the national web sites which can have properties on them that have already been sold.
Good luck to you.
There are some affordable places in Orange and Fullerton! Both have historical areas that are great fun to walk around in and have a nice home feel to them. The communities are quite nice as well. Lots of families and in some areas, college students. Feel free to contact me and we can get a better view of what your needs are.
Best of luck and welcome.