The Area West of the base is Rossmoor, and it has just been named one of the best places to live in according to the Orange County Register!
School are in the Los Alamitos Unified School district, and are excellant.
My son went K thru 12 in the Los Alamitos School district,and I can not say enough great things about the education and overall quality of life he received.
The base does have some flights but nothing to be alarmed about.
The air traffic is minimal.
If you go a bit farther west you will be in the Eldorado Parlk area of Long Beach, which is also a nice place to live.
Good luck on your move to California, The sunshine state welcomes you!!!
Best of luck to you,
Kawain Payne, Realtor