My family is in the process of relocating to oc. I have 11 and 8 yr old daughters. We are moving from

Asked by Movingtocal, Laguna Niguel, CA Tue Jun 2, 2009

Spokane, WA so this is quite tramatic for all of us. My family is very active and my daughters love sports. I would love an area that is safe, fun and full of kids, but most importantly good schools. My oldest needs a little more one on one than my youngest, so very important. We have heard oc south but any specifics? HELP

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Steven Abrah…, Agent, LAGUNA BEACH, CA
Tue Jun 2, 2009

This is a wonderful school website- Try this website out:

I would recommend renting in an area you are considering first, for many reasons!
There are multiple areas in Orange County that are excellent and by renting first you are not married to an environment.
After one year, you will know where you & your family should be!
Also, within the next year you will have more supply to select from and hopefully at a better price!

If I can assist with either, please call me.


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Mission Viejo…, , Mission Viejo, CA
Tue Jun 2, 2009
Here is a web site that you can check out the schools from.
Once you decide that you like what you read about a school let me know the area and I'll see if one of my past clients has had kids go to that school and what they thought of it. You can search the MLS from my web site to see if there is anything in the area that fits what you need.
Good luck with your move and welcome to Southern Orange County.
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John Armijo, Agent, Laguna Niguel, CA
Mon Mar 24, 2014
Wow! Your family will fit right into the Orange County life style. Especially south OC. My office is in Laguna Niguel. An incredible school district. Most of the elementary schools in the area are 'Blue Ribbon" award winning. Check this link:

Sports? There are "Sports All Sorts". Park leagues to more competitive travel teams for both girls and boys. Proximity to the beach is just a few minutes away.

Contact me for more info;
John Armijo, Berkshire Hathaway Home Services,, 949-636-1450
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Jaleesa Pelu…, Agent, Laguna Beach, CA
Mon Mar 24, 2014
Hi there!

Well you're coming to the right place. We have several communities with great schools here in South Orange County.

For example Laguna Beach Unified, Corona del Mar (both schools), Coto de Caza, Dana Hills High, Fountain Valley, Irvine Unified School District, Certain schools in the Capistrano District, Orange Unified, Huntington Beach City Elementa (District), San Clemente and Newport Beach.

For more info:

Jaleesa Peluso
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Greg Glick, Agent, Mission Viejo, CA
Sun Feb 23, 2014
Here is another excellent resource for researching schools:


Greg Glick
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Cell/Text: 949-872-3456
Office: 949-282-0088
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Tony Florez, Agent, Corona del Mar, CA
Wed Feb 19, 2014
Orange County has so many great place to live that are not only safe but I think you and your children will really enjoy. Laguna Niguel has a great school system as does a lot of the beach communities. There is so much to offer here I think if you give it a chance get the children to pick good friends you will love it here.

I have had the pleasure of living and working in OC since 1980 and absolutely love it! I have 2 wonderful children with great values and goals. My office is in Corona del Mar and I live in Laguna Beach and have spent a lot of time in all the local city's.I love Laguna Niguel, Dana Point etc. The school systems are very good!

Welcome to OC I think you will really enjoy it here.
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John Armijo, Agent, Laguna Niguel, CA
Thu Feb 6, 2014
There are many nice communities in south Orange County. Based on your needs I would highly recommend Laguna Niguel. Most of the public schools are award winning Blue Ribbon. I have a client and friend who is a special needs teacher in our district. There are several programs depending on your childs needs. There are also several private schools to choose from. I moved from north Orange county 20 years ago and just love Laguna Niguel for so many reasons. Lots of activities, great weather, proximity to the beach, wonderful parks. I would love to show you around.
John Armijo
Berkshire Hathaway Home Services, 949-636-2450,
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Larry Webb,…, Agent, Ladera Ranch, CA
Tue Feb 4, 2014
I have relatives in Kent, WA that I relocated here to Ladera Ranch, CA. Very family friendly....and GREEN like Washington State with over 50,000 trees! If you're still looking I have some great homes for Sale and Lease and would love to help you and your family find a great place.

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Philip Heime…, Agent, Laguna Beach, CA
Fri Oct 25, 2013
South OC has great schools especially Laguna Beach, Irvine, Laguna Niguel, but as Steven said I would definitely consider renting first to get a good idea of where you would like to be for the longer term.
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Gregg McElwee, Agent, Aliso Viejo, CA
Sun Sep 22, 2013
The previous comments have great advice. Now you are probably more confused than ever.
Let me know when you will be in town and I will be happy to educate you and show you around.
I have been helping home buyers like you for over 26 years.
Please call:
Gregg McElwee
(800) 600-8506
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Tammysclinton, Home Buyer, Trabuco Canyon, CA
Fri Jul 27, 2012
Google the Club at Rancho Niguel. The Rancho Niguel Subdivision in Laguna Niguel has the best neighborhood center I have ever seen with heated olympic pool, racquetball courts and 8 tennis courts. Great for active kids and low tax base. Schools are Capo Valley Unified (see scores on line)
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Mission Viejo…, , Mission Viejo, CA
Wed Jun 3, 2009
Mission Viejo has good schools and lots of sport activities for children. There are 75 parks within the city Plus Lake Mission Viejo with fishing, boating and swimming. Named the safest city in the U.S. 4 out of 5 of the last years.
I raised my family here and now my grandchildren have been raised here. You can call me with any questions you my have or email me and I be glad to contact you. I have called this home for more than 35 years. I grew up with the city so I know my way around as to what will work for my clients.
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Michael G.Gr…, , Orange County, CA
Wed Jun 3, 2009
Hi Movingtocal,

Your new community is an important choice and it affects the entire family. You can get both community and school report information by clicking on my link below:
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Brad Davidson, Agent, Placentia, CA
Tue Jun 2, 2009
With a little research it will be hard to go wrong in South Orange County. I've lived in Dana Point and Laguna Niguel and have sold homes all over South Orange County.

After you've done some research you should set yourself up with an automatic search and familiarize yourself with the different communities. Redfin and Zip Realty have search capabilities that several of my clients choose over the searches I set up.

Call me once you've narrowed things down a bit and I can set up a custom search with your exact parameters and also tell you about my Real Estate Commission Rebate Program. I've saved dozens of clients Hundreds of Thousands of Dollars on their home purchases.

Brad Davidson
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Cynthia Flem…, Agent, Laguna Niguel, CA
Tue Jun 2, 2009
It really depends on your price range. I relocated to the area from New England and it was mid-year in high school for my daughter, so very traumatic. My husband was working in Lake Forest and we decided we wanted to be close to the coastal area since we had the opportunity. The coastal towns are a lot more pricey, so I'm not sure if it will be affordable for you. However, if it is, you may want to consider Laguna Beach - it is a much smaller school system than some of the other larger towns in the area. I felt my daughter would have been overwhelmed at Aliso Niguel High or Dana Hills High so we settled in Laguna Beach. You do have to live in town to attend and they are very strict about their district. Corona del Mar is also a very nice area and has great sports programs. In terms of ratings, Irvine and Laguna Beach are both highly rated, Distinquished Blue Ribbon Schools and two of the best in the South OC area. If I can be of any further assistance, please email me at: Best of luck with your relocation and feel free to contact me!
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Bob Phillips, Agent, Rancho Santa Margarita, CA
Tue Jun 2, 2009
Hello there,

I have been working in South Orange County for more than 32 years and have a lot of experience in just about every community mentioned by my peers, below. My children, and my grandson, have all been brought up in the area - quite happily.

I can share with you some of the nuances of each of these communities, literally having watched them, and helped them, grow up.

I would be honored to be your Realtor of choice, for South Orange County. Check out my home search venue, below, direct from the local MLS. Good luck in your search.
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Oc Buyer, Home Buyer, CDM
Tue Jun 2, 2009
Where do you need to commute to?
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Karen Parsons…, Agent, Laguna Beach, CA
Tue Jun 2, 2009

I know it's hard to move kids, especially that age.....but it's going to be ok! We have some great schools and sports programs.

I grew up in Mission Viejo and raised my kids here as well. Both school districts, Capistrano Unified and Saddleback have some really nice schools. These school districts will serve Mission Viejo, Laguna Niguel, Ladera Ranch, Talega....all very family oriented areas.

Of course there are a few schools I'd recommend against, and we will identify those as well as special schools which might be better for your kids based on their needs....but we can talk more about that.

This is going to be a good move....we have terrific weather and lots of ways for the kids to make new friends.

If you'd like to talk more....shoot me an email or give me a call.

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Hi Karen,

We are moving from Studio City to Laguna Niguel and I'm wondering what schools you wouldn't recommend. Thanks!
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Dave Osborne, Agent, Orange, CA
Tue Jun 2, 2009
That is a very big question and you will probably get a lot of different answers. The first thing I am wondering is what city is the job you are relocating to in? If you are working in Seal Beach, you may not want to go to far south at all. Conversely, if you are working in San Clemente, Fullerton may not be the best choice. It can take easily an hour each way to drive from on end of the county to the other.

Also, your budget is important. Orange County rents and home prices are fairly high compared to the rest of the country. As far as schools, if you haven't already, check out It is an extremely valuable resource in regards to studying schools and districts.

I am a life long southern California resident and know most cities quite well. Call me at 714-349-5454 and I will be happy to give you specific information about areas that might best suit you....obviously for free and with no obligation whatsoever. Good luck in your relocation. Orange County is a great place to call home!
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Vicki Lloyd, , Lake Forest, CA
Tue Jun 2, 2009
Laguna Niguel is very nice, as well as many other cities in South Orange County. The schools are very good in both Saddleback and Capistrano Unified School Districts. Some schools have special programs that may be appropriate for your oldest, but you need to check each school for specifics.

I work in the greater So Orange County area in the cities including Laguna Niguel, Mission Viejo, Rancho Santa Margarita, Lake Forest, Aliso Viejo and Laguna Hills. Please contact me if you would like to talk about the pros and cons of each area.
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Linsey Plane…, Agent, Rancho Santa Margarita, CA
Tue Jun 2, 2009
Moving from out of the area is always a bit overwhelming. I have 3 kids - all active in sports so I know how important that can be. South Orange County is amazing and filled with wonderful areas for families and great schools. My website has a page with the different school districts and that may get you started.

I would talk with a couple Realtors and find someone you are comfortable with that can describe the different areas, the pros/cons, etc. You'll want to become familiar with different tax areas, mello roos districts, etc. Personally, I would considering Mission Viejo, Ladera Ranch, Aliso Viejo, Laguna Niguel, Rancho Santa Margarita - to name a few.

I'd be happy to discuss some of the areas with you. Also, take a look at my website for further insight into some of the areas. may also help with photos, area description and market info.

Best of luck.
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Oc Buyer, Home Buyer, CDM
Tue Jun 2, 2009
You can have all of that in Irvine, but the trade off is that it is quite sterile and pricier than other cities.
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