I noticed that you are researching areas including Newport Beach, Costa Mesa, and Huntington Beach. You mentioned that you want:
1.) a safe and child friendly neighborhood
2.) great public schools
3.) suitable neighborhoods trumps space.
To determine which neighborhood you and your husband would most likely be interested in will be determined by price, as there are many wonderful areas in Huntington Beach. But some areas demand higher prices than others and inventory is still a somewhat sparse.
For example there is one SFR (Single Family Residence/house) with an asking price of $500,000. At this time there are no detached (no shared walls) SFRs under $500,000. There are 20 listings with an asking price of $600,000 or below.
Also there are various condos and townhomes that are priced at $325,000 and above.
Here is a link that will provide information on crime/police activity by street.neighborhoods. Just type in the zip code or street name: http://www.crimereports.com/#
Zip codes in HB are: 92647, 92646, 92648, and 92649.
Greatschools.org will rate schools from a scale of 1 to 10 based on test scores. This site also offers individual reviews from the community (parents and former students tend to post reviews).
A few elementary schools in HB that scored a 10 on Greatschools.org include Seacliff Elementary, Moffett Elementary, Hope View Elementary, and Circle View Elementary. I know of various families whose children attend these schools and are very happy with their schools.
The lowest priced condo/townhome is about $325,000 in the Huntington Beach City School District which includes Seacliff, Moffett and J.R. Peterson (#9 on greatshcools.org).
is a map of the various school districts in Huntington Beach.
Please feel free to give me a call, text, or email if you want to chat in greater detail. I hope this has been helpful and welcome to So Cal!
Prudential California Realty