I work as a Buyer's Agent in Orange County. Each area has a lot to offer and I can provide you with the resources to make your decision. What is best for one person may not be best for another but having someone to help you through the various web resources and to set up house hunting tours can help. I always tell my buyer clients to drive around any area they are interested in during different times of the day and to speak with some of the residents to give them a feel for the area. I have a blog that may provide you with local information along with house buying tips. Please visit it for more information on how to pick your search area. If you are not working with a Buyer's Representative I would love to meet with you and to be the one to help you find your new home.
If you're not already working with a REALTOR, contact me...I would be happy to work with you