What is a good place to raise kids that are 10 and 13, working in Cypress CA area?

Asked by Tdcpm, Orange County, CA Tue Jan 25, 2011

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Louri Groves…, Agent, Fountain Valley, CA
Thu Jan 27, 2011
Hello Tdcpm:

As an FYI, Long Beach was listed last year as one of the dirtiest air cities in the U.S., according to the American Lung Association 2010 State of the Lung Report.

Rossmoor and Los Alamitos have great schools and nice neighborhoods. Prices start at about $650K and $500K respectively.

You can speak with a member of the Garden Grove Gang Suppression Unit at (714)741-5588 to get an update if you are considering any areas of Garden Grove. I called them the other day to confirm the phone number and the sergeant agreed with Emily's suggestion that west of Beach Blvd. is a good area. Price points are lower there too.

Westminster bordering Huntington Beach (HB) and HB may also be a good area to look at. There are very nicely remodeled homes in HB starting at approximately $450K. There is a commute. Fountain Valley is a great city. Prices start around $500K.

Mission Viejo and nearby areas have at least a 45 minute drive w/ no traffic, but there are more newer homes in the inventory within the $450K range.

Also, here are a few resources you may want to check out when deciding on a location to move to and raise your children.

1.) http://www.city-data.com/city/California.html (Has city data, including sex offenders. For example: Cypress has 26 sex offenders registered in the city.)

2.) http://www.greatschools.org/ (Ranks schools by city)

3.) http://sciencedude.ocregister.com/files/2010/07/toxictracts.jpg (OC Register lists areas that are toxic sites in Orange County)

4.) You can call (916) 445-5716 to get a copy of an orange county map of liquefaction/landslide areas (You may want to know up front if the house is on liquefaction soil or on a landslide before you open escrow and spend money on inspections. Not necessarily a big consideration for many folks. But we are in earthquake country and we have issues of landslides.) Some people make that a priority.

5.) Also you can call each city or visit their website for information on crime stats on specific neighborhoods. Some cities will direct you to their website’s neighborhood watch articles which may list current crime stats.

Basically, there are pros and cons to every area, every neighborhood and every home. Listing your priorities (i.e., length of commute, city’s amenities and reputation, safety issues), family’s specific needs (large yard for kids, newer homes,), and price points will help when you start narrowing down to your top choices.

Shoot me an email if I can be of assistance or answer any questions. Hope the above info is helpful!

Best,
Louri Groves
Prudential CA Realty
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Sindy Verdugo, Agent, Long Beach, CA
Tue Jan 25, 2011
I have heard that Rossmore has great schools. I also like that it has cul de sac type streets. The people I know that have raised their kids there seem very happy.
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Emily Knell, Agent, Huntington Beach, CA
Tue Jan 25, 2011
Cypress itself is a great place for kids. Other great choices nearby to Cypress would be Los Alamitos or Rossmoor, Rossmoor is actually an unincorporated "island" of Orange County, it consists of approx. 3400 homes, there are 4 elementary schools in Rossmoor, one is year round. Or you can hop over the 605 fwy & live around Eldorado Park in Long Beach. Also don't rule out West Garden Grove near the Seal Beach border, there are some great neighborhoods over there, as low as mid $400's as well.

It all depends on your price range, you can get a house in Long Beach from about $450K in the area just on the other side of the 605fwy, in Los Alamitos prices start at about $500K, in Rossmoor prices start at about $650K, some have sold for a little less for foreclosure or fixer.

I'd be happy to let you know what else is available, I grew up in this area, alternatively you can go to my website link below & search the MLS just like I do to see about pricing around Cypress.
Email me directly, I won't respond to any further postings on this same Trulia thread.

EmilyKnell1@yahoo.com
562-430-3053 cell
Realtor Since 1996
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Rob Peterson, , Orange County, CA
Tue Jan 25, 2011
There are many options to consider. Depending on your tolerance for length of commute, you may want to consider Fountain Valley and Huntington Beach.

http://www.ochometalk.com/fountain-valley-homes/

http://www.ochometalk.com/huntington-beach-homes/
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Joseph Fleis…, Agent, Irvine, CA
Tue Jan 25, 2011
You have many great choices in Orange County, it really depends on what is important to you and your family. School Scores?, Size of house?, Price point of home, etc.

Call me and we can discuss your family's parameters.

Joseph Fleischaker
Platinum Pacific Brokerage, Inc.
17772 E. 17th Street, Suite 201
Tustin, CA 92780
(949) 250-3153 x101 Office
(949) 480-0705 Fax
(949) 705-9889 Cell
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