best neighborhood in Orange County

Asked by Evaboston, Rancho Palos Verdes, CA Tue Jun 19, 2012

what is the "best" neighborhood in the entire Orange County? I am looking to rent around $4000, 3000 sqft of living and 6000 sqft yard, best schools, view. Does that exist?

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Brittany Lei…, Agent, San Clemente, CA
Thu May 29, 2014
It completely depends on what you are looking for!

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Calvin Mackey, Agent, Mission Viejo, CA
Wed May 21, 2014
Well "best" would be defined by you. We as agents know what particular neighborhoods have to offer but only you can determine if they "best" suit your needs. The schools in Lake Forest, Mission Viejo and Rancho Santa Margarita are all not bad.

Check out these homes available for lease in those areas and let me know if you have any questions or would like to meet and discuss things more in detail.…
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jchhsu, , Aliso Viejo, CA
Mon May 5, 2014
Yes, Irvine has good schools but if your kid is not already a good student he will suffer more academically and probably get lower grades in an environment that's 70% Asian student population. Asian students get send to after school tutoring classes so be prepared to do that in order to compete with other tiger moms in the area. We live in Mission Viejo, schools are still very good. I want my kid to have a life outside of the classroom and participate in sports not just getting drilled in math and sciences.
0 votes, rons it's a TRUE statement. Trouble with the truth? Irvine schools are becoming mainland china schools. Not to mention your child will be an outcast if the first gens find out they don't drive a BMW and live in a rental.
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What an ignorant and racist statement.
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Marsha Morris, Agent, Mission Viejo, CA
Thu Jun 28, 2012
Hello Evaboston,

As far as the "best" neighborhood in the Big OC, I believe it would depend on who you ask. Many people love their areas (and that's probably why they live there), and would feel that it's the best area. I noticed you mentioned "best schools" which brings me to of course Irvine, that is well known for its school district. So, if you also want a view, then Quail Hill in Irvine might suit your needs. Some of the homes have views and the schools that are in this area have great reputations. The elementary school is Alderwood. It is newer and has unbelievable parent support. The kids playground has beautiful views of the hills and greenery everywhere. The High School is University High and is top in the Nation. It is surrounded by wildlife, hiking trails, community pools, parks, tennis and basketball courts, etc... I don't think you can go wrong with most places in Orange County. It is a great place to live and has many nice cities. Remember though, the nicer the place the more you will pay in rent. Feel free to contact me with any questions.


Marsha Morris

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Pamela Pedego, Agent, Mission Viejo, CA
Tue Jun 19, 2012
It does exist, in several areas. It depends on what type of living style you prefer. Ladera Ranch has excellent schools, and beautiful, newer homes. Laguna Hills has equestrian lots where you can accommodate your horse! Coto De Caza is a beautiful country club community with rolling hills and large lots. Laguna Niguel is closer to the ocean and is a bit cooler that the inland communities. Irvine has excellent schools and beautiful homes as well. You can check demographics and test scores on any of these areas on the internet. Broker Pam
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Cynthia Flem…, Agent, Laguna Niguel, CA
Tue Jun 19, 2012
Laguna Beach is a great city, schools are Blue Ribbon Distinguished Schools. Difficult to get a large yard here, but it's possible. I can email you listings if you're interested, if so, send me your email address.
Thanks, Cynthia :)
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Matt Babayan, Agent, Mission Viejo, CA
Tue Jun 19, 2012
One of the Prestigious neighborhood in Mission Viejo is Pacific Hills and I have listing match your criteria with 4bedrooms and 4 baths 3400Sq feet and 6000 lot size.
This is the discription:
Spectacular Property is in the Prestigious Neighborhood of Pacific Hills '. This Stunning Open and Spacious Floor plan Features a Gorgeous with 20 feet long custom drapery on living and family room, Formal Living Room with Fire place, Dining Room and a Separate Family Room. This Lovely Home features a main floor bedroom with full bath, Brand new custom paint, carpet and The Gourmet Kitchen with Granite counter top, have brand new Stainless appliances, which opens to spacious Family Room with a Cozy Fireplace, Master suite boasts a fireplace and private balcony, Master bathroom with dual sinks, built in Vanity, separate tub and shower. Large Private bonus room with balcony, and two spacious bedrooms and full bath, The back yard with Panoramic view, professionally designed with Beautiful entertainment island with granite counter with sink and Much More!. Large sized driveway leading to 3-car garage, Close to shops and HWY 5
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Shannon Adams, Agent, Laguna Hills, CA
Tue Jun 19, 2012
No 'steering' from this corner. "Best" is relative to what you enjoy the most about a certain area. Give us your criteria; ocean close, view, pool, etc. You have alot of options at $4000 a month.
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Totally agree !
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Brian Wilson, Agent, Laguna Beach, CA
Tue Jun 19, 2012
I agree with Ron,

Such a subjective question and so many different factors will affect each person's answers. Take into consideration your needs: schools, commute or commuter access, walk to shopping, close to beaches, warmer weather, cooler weather, time to work/school, near your favorite restaurants, and on, and on...

Only you can answer that question for yourself.

Brian Wilson, Realtor
DRE# 01321478
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horrible answer
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Missy Book, Agent, Fullerton, CA
Tue Jun 19, 2012
There are alot of great neighborhoods in Orange county and good schools!
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Ron Thomas, Agent, Fresno, CA
Tue Jun 19, 2012
You could start a riot with a question like this:
People are pretty protective of their environs, and they have some pretty nice environs:
Dana Point
Laguna Niguel
Mission Viejo
Not a ringer in the bunch.
Take your pick!
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