There are many any areas in Orange County that you could go to, in my personal opinion the best school district is in the city of Irvine. Irvine is a family oriented community and one of the safest cities in the country. It's about 25 to 30 minutes from Brea. Look into Tustin Ranch and Anaheim Hills as well...these are great communities too. If you need any further assistant don't hesitate to contact me.
I'd recommend doing a home tour of all the areas before you settle on one specific area. I do this all the time for my clients who are relocating from out of state. I have two boys ages 5 and 8 so I understand your concerns with schools. We do have some great communities in Orange County but your home will be much smaller than you'd get if you did go to Corona. We can talk about that when you get here. Congrats on the job. You will love living in SoCal!
Let me know how I can help.
Aaron Zapata, MBA, Relocation Certified
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As mentioned, your price range would most likely place you in a larger condo in Brea. However, Orange, Placentia, Anaheim, and Fullerton are neighboring cities where we could easily find you 3 bedroom, 2 bath homes for $350k or less, and they're all in close proximity to CHOC (Childrens Hospital of Orange County), located in the city of Orange.
In addition, schools in Fullerton are nationally acclaimed; Troy High School (Fullerton District) is always ranked within the top 1,000 high schools in the nation (according to Newsweek's annual publication), and usually within the top 10. Many schools in Orange are also wonderful, and some Orange, CA neighborhoods fall within the Villa Park School District, which is highly sought after.
Placentia and portions of Anaheim fall within the Placentia Yorba Linda Unifiied School District, which are also nationally recognized, award winning schools, and always rank very high in Newsweek's Best 1,000 list each year.
As for boarding your horses, Corona, Fullerton, Orange Park Acres and Yorba Linda, would be areas to check into, that are close and equestrian friendly.
I believe that your family will love California, and I'm so glad to hear that you're moving to our beautiful area!
If you'd like to look at available homes in the cities that I've mentioned, please click on the included link to my website. You can also read about all of these "North Orange County Communities" in detail, on my site.
If I can be of further assistance, or send you a list of homes in your price range, please contact me.
Good Luck & welcome to Southern California!
Lemme know if you would like an intro to an Agent in that office, I do a lot of training for them, and know them well. they are also #1 in that city for ever!
and Welocome!!! =)