Did you know that the highest rated schools in Orange County are in Irvine, CA?
I am sending you addresses to a few Jewish Organizations in Irvine.
A beautiful city ranked the #1 safest place to live in the USA!! Really # 1. I would be happy to help you if you whould you like to see this area this weekend.
Hope this helps you,
Prudential CA Realty
You shoud consider a Neighborhood called Stoneridge In Lake Mission Viejo ,CA! South OC!!!!!!!
Stoneridge houses are built in 1998-2001, 3 to 7 Bedrooms, 2.5 to 6 Bathrooms, 2 to 4 Car Garages, & Multiple Stoneridge Homes have a third level Bonus Room w/ over 500 Square Feet! Right Now there houses that have dropped from 1.0 Million to 1.7 Million in 2004, 2005, & 2006! Now $550,000 5 Bedroom, 3 Bathroom, 3 Car Garage, Pool, & tons of upgrades galore to $1,010,000 5 Bedrooms 4 Bathrooms Beautiful Views of Lake Mission Viejo!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Consider
You stated what you would like to live around but didn't say anything about style, number of rooms, house size, yard size or any other specifics about the house you desire. There are many wonderful areas in OC but what you are expecting in a home is also a very important factor.
There is an area, not far from Ladera Ranch that is called Dove Canyon. It is located right next to multimillion dollar homes in cota de caza. It is beautiful, highly desireable, has less forclosures and is a guard gated community. If you name is not on the list, you do not get in. You can give people a one day pass, a month pass or always on the list. Everytime you enter you must pass through the guards with verification. I would be happy to send you a list of available homes if you like.
The reason that Ladera Ranch is underwater with foreclosures is due to the timing of the purchases. It was built and developed partly during the period of the height of the market. Thus, homes purchased during that time frame are going to have a high rate of foreclosures. Irvine is great and centrally located and has a more estabished area. Orange Hills have some beautiful homes with breath taking views. Really... so many wonderful areas with much to offer. To come and visit the entire area will give you a better idea of what appeals more to you.
Also please keep in mind the newer construction here have a much higher property tax rate. This is also an important consideration to many so please be aware, they can vary greatly. Here is a blog regarding property taxes if it is a concern to you, just click the highlighted section http://www.trulia.com/blog/dianne_hicks/2009/07/buyer_beware
Best of Luck to you and let me know if you need assistance..
After a little more research (without seeing the area yet - we are going this weekend for a quick trip), we are thinking as top contenders so far (subject to change): Ladera Ranch (based on community feel, lots of kids based on school numbers, newer construction options), Mission Viejo, Trabuco Canyon, maybe Laguna Niguel if prices come down a little. While Coto seems nice, some of the houses are a little older and it maybe a little far east for commuting and from other things. There is also some new construction in Laguna Niguel (Summit at San Joaqin Hills- Shapell homes) and in Irvine -- (Portolo Springs, Standard Pacific Homes). A little too much $ but hoping maybe they will come down.
Also, LOTS of short sales out there, especially Ladera..how does that effect pricing of those who just want to sell their house?
Schools are very important as my kids will be in public elem. and middle school next fall.
I know there are a bunch of reform synagogues in Irvine and Tustin (and 30+ of them scattered in the county) but how far are they in relation to the above areas and but does anyone know anything more specific about Jewish population of Orange County?
You could sell your home by the end of Jan. or mid Feb. & RENT it back from the new owner until you move out here. I know Texas has been hit hard & I fear you will be cashing out a lot less by waiting to close escrow in Texas by next summer. This way, you'll have your Cash & you can shop with confidence in CA & move when the kids are out of school!!
OK; so you will most likely know the area by the time you are moving. Sounds like you will have plenty of opportunity to check out all the areas near work. I have found greatschools.com to be very helpful for people new to the area. Where are you going to be commuting to? Which city specifically? How exciting for your family!
One poster suggested that prices are going up, but in the ranges over $800k that is not likely to be the case. There is, and in my opinion, will continue to be, great negotiability in the higher ranges through next summer.
One problem with renting for a while is that most rental properties want a 12 month lease. There are some large apartment complexes that are perfect for interim occupancy, unless your family is too large for them.
Personally, I have 33+ years serving the South Orange County area, with experience in all the communities you've mentioned.
Any comments on Standard Pacific Homes? They seem like a smaller version of Toll Brothers but with new homes in eastern part of Irvine (a little $ but hey, you never know) Thank you!
Like your Trulia name! There are many great places in Orange county. There are beautiful homes in the million dollar range that are forclosures; or standard sales that are very good deals. Are you prepared to move without selling in Texas if you have to? I know you said you have a home to sell but is that a neccessity? If so, be prepared to sell under what appears to be market! I know so many people including my own brother who have been trying to sell in Texas for a very long time. Remember everything sells for a price! Is the price in Texas more important or is the move to California more important?
Also I would not count on a better deal in the Spring out here. Our prices have begun to edge up! Not a huge amount but they are on the upward side. If you have to move I strongly suggest you price in Texas to sell now and allow yourself the opportunity to buy here while we still have the great deals with the great interest rates.
Also comming from Texas will be a lot diffrent when commuting to and from work. Keep that in mind. I know from visiting Texas that everything seems to be 15 to 30 miles away and my brother thinks nothing of that drive. Here during rush time, and I will not say rush hour cause itis more like rush 2-3 hours! It can take well over an hour to go what would normally take you 15 minutes no traffic. Keep that difference in mind when looking. Where exactly will you be driving to for work? Try to stay close!!!
I think California is the greatest place to live, and you will be very happy for the move! Best of luck to you!
Below is link to a venue for conducting your searches, directly from the MLS, but allowing you ti tweak criteria to your heart's content. Good luck in your search, and to a successful transition.