Dear Mr & Mrs. Thompson,
where are are you relocating from?
Irvine is one of the safest and cleanest cities with adjacent good neighbors. It is a master planned community -- they wont allow neon signs and weird colored homes, great schools, and 100,000 averahe household income (so you can expect professionals as your neighbors, and students renting if you get close to UCI). It is a very family-oriented community with a lot of parks, libraries, and close enough to work. It is also the center of business in Orange County.
There are less expensive parts of Irvine, and there are more expensive ones bordering Newport Coast.
I had renters come out to my listing before showing their proof of their employment offers, brought in by the relocation companies. Deposits are high for condos and homes (so you need to come up with a large amount of cash -- plan on 2-3x monthly payment for your move-in cost), and would be close to 2000-3000/month for a 3 bedroom. there are some 1 bedroom condos.
You can't explore your options if you don't get out there and see for yourself --or talk to a professional like myself and tailor a targeted search based on your constraints (timeframe, money, lifestyle, driving time, etc) I have been in the business since 1992 as a co-owner of a small mortgage and real estate office in the south bay .. and moved/ travel between LA and Orange County .,.
so I have a wide area of coverage-- past the 40-mile radius of Irvine -- whether you are renting first or buying later. (I lived in Irvine and had listings there and placed both buyers and renters.)
If we meet,
- I will brief you on your options and show you alternatives, and discuss sample pricing scenarios and refer you to lenders.
- The apt I was telling you about is tested and know friends and clients who had lived there once too when they were transitioning. They do allow 6 month leases but a bit higher priced than 1 -yr leases. There is a promo right now .. you can walk or drive to the nearest shopping plaza (restaurants, groceries)..and close to 2 churches (within 1-2 miles).
The biggest thing to fear is fear itself! Pick up the phone and call or text. 714-308-8117.