Ana Boyer

A Property Manager at Santa Ana Area Rentals

Ana Boyer

Santa Ana Area Rentals

A Property Manager based in Anaheim, CA

 
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Renter Friendly

Renter Friendly

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The national average for “percent of a town/city’s housing market that is for rent” is 25%. In West Covina this is nearly doubled at 47%, which tells you that there are a lot of apartments available to rent here. Meanwhile, only 22.8% of the market is for sale. So the number of vacant rentals doubles the amount of for sale properties. The variety of apartments means that no matter what your requirements are, whether it be pet friendly, four bedrooms, or a gym and pool included, you should be able to find something that suits your needs here.

 
Restaurants

Restaurants

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If you like original, locally owned restaurants or American chain favorites, either way you’ll be happy. In-N-Out, Mr. Pollo, Red Robin, Senor Baja are either regional or national chains that have been recognized for their quality food and currently have a location in West Covina. Cozy Thai Cuisine, One World Vegetarian Cuisine, Pizza Supreme, and Fujin Ramen are great local restaurants that may not be as well-known, but still have killer menus.

 
Pet Friendly

Pet Friendly

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Prospective Chino Hills renter with pets? No problem. There are quite a few properties that will allow your furry pal to live with you, and some even provide amenities for them. For pet friendly rentals check out the Village Crossing at Chino Hills, The Heights, and Eagle Canyon, to name a few apartment complexes. Though complexes list their animal policies online, a lot of the time individual apartments don’t, and it varies based on the landlord. So you can search MyApartmentMap for pet friendly housing Chino Hills, and you may find a great place, but don’t feel limited by them. Contact me and I can check around individual apartments if need be.

 
Public Transportation

Public Transportation

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Chino Hills has public transit that is provided by Omnitrans, the largest public transportation company in the county. They have an Omnilink demand-response service, where someone can call them up and for $2.50 one way the Link will take them to their Chino Hills destination. If they want to go outside of Chino, the Link will take them to an Omnitrans public bus. These buses can take them to neighboring communities, or to a nearby commuter rail so they can take it to Los Angeles.

 
Weather

Weather

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Officially, Walnut has a “Mediterranean” climate, which means that the summers are steamy hot and the winters are relatively warm. The average highs for summer months hang around the mid-80s and low 90s, peaking at 92 in August. Lows in the winter usually stay around the mid-40s, which is much warmer than winter in most other parts of the country. Almost all of annual precipitation occurs in the winter: there’s usually around 15 inches of rain from November-March, and only 2.5 inches fall from April-October.

 
Schools & Education

Schools & Education

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Walnut’s public education is without a doubt one of the greatest things about living here, and is a large reason why it was the highest ranked Californian town on CNN Money’s list of America’s best small towns in 2009 and 2011. Walnut schools average a 9 out of 10 rating on GreatSchools based on their state test scores, and three schools earned the rare 10 out of 10 rating. The administration at the schools are very involved and care a lot, and the kids are engaged. There are also a number of great private schools in Walnut too.

 
Traffic & Commuting

Traffic & Commuting

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A lot of Diamond Bar residents love their location because they are able to have access to three large cities at once. Diamond Bar is just 20 minutes north of Anaheim, 30 minutes east of Los Angeles, and 30 minutes north of Santa Ana. If you polled the people who live here, you would probably find that they a fair amount of their jobs are split between these cities. One member of a family can work in LA, and another can work in Anaheim. Though the traffic can sometimes be hectic, the location of Diamond Bar is very convenient.

 
Demographics

Demographics

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Asians make up 55% of the population, and Whites are 33%. There is a strong sense of Asian culture here, which is especially prevalent in the restaurants in the area. You can find some of the best Japanese, Korean, Chinese, Vietnamese, and so on here. Diamond Bar takes pride in its diversity, and all of the residents work together to build a vibrant community without limitations.

 
Crime & Safety

Crime & Safety

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Families who I have helped find a home in Hacienda Heights usually call and thank me -- not because I found the right apartment for them, but because I found the right community. Hacienda is perfect for families and bachelors alike, as it’s one of the safest places in the state and has so many friendly people. A site I always rely on to help with apartment searches for clients, Neighborhood Scout, said Hacienda’s crime rate was one of the “one of the lowest in the nation for its size.” Once I read that, I started looking more for properties there, and I haven’t had one unhappy client who has moved there. It’s a great place to rent, and a solid choice to start a family.

 
Recreation

Recreation

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Because I’m a huge fan, I have to mention right off the bat that the Puente Hills Mall was a filming location for the blockbuster Back To The Future. Cool, right? Nerdiness aside, there are a lot of cool places to hang out in Hacienda Heights. It’s home to the biggest Buddhist temple in SoCal, which has beautiful gardens and a gorgeous interior. There are also five parks here with all the recreational amenities anyone could ask for. If the weather’s beautiful, you will be itching to go outside and enjoy Hacienda Heights!

 
Apartment Costs

Apartment Costs

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Renting here is a bit lower than the average in California. In fact, the state’s median rent is $1,149, and Whittier’s is $1,124. The difference may not seem like much, but when you look at the variety of “great value” apartments, as I call them, where you can get a nice place for cheaper than in most of SoCal, you’ll really want to look more into Whittier’s market. Typically when you add a bedroom to your apartment search, the price increases $200-300. For example, the average studio is $800, the typical one bedroom is $1050, two bdrm is $1350, and three is $1650. Happy searching, get in touch with me if you need help.

 
Restaurants

Restaurants

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You won’t find many cities in the area that have as many popular and acclaimed restaurants as Whittier. If I were to recommend a certain culinary experience for you to try here, I would definitely go with Mexican. La Chiquita Mexicana, El Camino Mexican Grill, Bizarra Capital, Munguia’s Mexican Restaurant and La Casita Olvera are all remarkable places to eat. They serve up dishes that are truly authentic and perfectly homemade. Other flavors like Chinese, Italian, Japanese, French, and of course, American, are also represented here by delicious establishments.

 
Traffic & Commuting

Traffic & Commuting

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Rowland Heights is about the same distance away from Santa Ana as it is from Los Angeles; it’s around a half hour drive to both. In that respect it’s unique because it could be considered part of both the Santa Ana metropolitan area as well as Los Angeles’. The proximity to both cities is convenient for residents for a number of reasons: they can work in either city, they can experience both of their nightlife, they can visit friends in either city, etc. The traffic can sometimes make the drives to both places a little longer than a half hour, but overall the proximity is very useful.

 
Schools & Education

Schools & Education

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The Rowland Unified School District, which is in charge of public education here, is one of the best districts in the state. They have won numerous Golden Bell awards, which are given to excellent school programs every year. Among the schools in the district, four are National Blue Ribbon Schools and another 16 are California Distinguished Schools. The public side of education has flourished, and so has the private side. Schools such as the Ivy League School and the Oxford School have heightened the quality of private education in Rowland Heights.

 
Pet Friendly

Pet Friendly

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If you’re looking for a place that accommodate you and Fido in Mission Viejo, I have a few suggestions: the Vista Del Lago, Saddleback Ranch Apartments, or eaves Mission Viejo. These complexes are just a few that take pets, individual properties vary on a case-by-case basis. You have to talk to the landlord about their policy, a lot of the time it’s not listed online whether they accept pets or not. But overall, I’d say there are a fair amount of pet friendly properties in Mission Viejo, contact me if you are looking for one and I can help you out.

 
Crime & Safety

Crime & Safety

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Mission Viejo is considered not just one of the Safest Californian communities, but in the U.S. too. On Neighborhood Scout’s list of the top 100 Safest Cities in the U.S., Mission Viejo ranked #49 overall, and is poised to climb even higher in future editions of the list. With incredibly low crime rates (only 1 out of every 1333 residents are victim to a violent crime), and a friendly community that genuinely cares about safety, MV is a wonderful place to live in, especially for families.

 
Renter Friendly

Renter Friendly

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The housing stats for Aliso Viejo will tell you that two out of every three properties here are owned, and one out of three are rented. This may make it seem like it’s a buyer’s market, but if you look at the properties for sale, you’ll see it’s a renter’s market. For every house for sale, there are four apartments for rent. The ratio of vacant apartments to houses is currently almost twice the national average. So there’s a lot of selection here, and a lot of opportunities for renters.

 
Apartment Costs

Apartment Costs

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The average apartment in Aliso Viejo fetches a pretty penny. The median rent is $1,745. By comparison, the national average is $950. Here are the price ranges (these are averages, but it fluctuates by season and when the market is up or down): a one bedroom is around $1400, $1850 for two bedrooms, and three is $2400. When you consider these prices and the surrounding communities, living here is about average. There are definitely more expensive places, but also cheaper. Contact me and I can try to find something that fits your needs for a cheap price.

 
Schools & Education

Schools & Education

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The Brea Olinda Unified School District is in charge of public education here, and have been doing a good job as of late. In fact, the go-to reference for the quality of schools, GreatSchools, gives the district a 9 out of 10 based on its impressive state testing scores. Two of the elementary schools, Olinda and Mariposa, and a high school, Brea-Olinda, earned perfect 10 out of 10 grades on the site. Three others got an 8 out of 10. As for awards, two schools have earned the distinguished Blue Ribbon award, and seven schools were given the certification of California Distinguished Schools.

 
Restaurants

Restaurants

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In Brea, you can enjoy an ale at the TAPS Fish House & Brewery, an authentic Italian dish at Lomeli’s Italian Restaurant, an enchilada or burrito at Sol De Mexico, an Egg Foo Young at Red Lantern Chinese Cuisine, or sushi from the Kabuki Japanese Restaurant. Of course, there are also chain favorites like Chick-Fil-A, the Cheesecake Factory, and Red Robin. There really are a lot of dining options here, but if you are a die-hard foodie, Santa Ana is just 20 minutes away, and Los Angeles is 40 away.

 
Recreation

Recreation

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The city of Lake Forest is always trying to find new ways to keep their residents busy. To begin with, they maintain 27 parks, which include a skate park, sports fields/courts, trails, etc. These are beautiful facilities that are great places to spend the day when the weather’s nice. In the summer they have Movies in the Park, where they show flicks outdoors for free. In the winter is Snow Fest, and in the spring is the annual Easter-themed Bunny Fest. All of these events and facilities make Lake Forest a great place for families.

 
Economy and Jobs

Economy and Jobs

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The unemployment rate in Lake Forest - 5.6% - is currently well below the national average of 8.2%. There are quite a few notable companies that have a headquarters here. Oakley, manufacturers of the famous sunglasses, is one such company. They employ more people here than any other corporation in town (2,740). Some other businesses with headquarters here: Panasonic Avionics, Greenlight Wireless, Johnny Rockets, Del Taco, and Kaiser Aluminum.

 
Traffic & Commuting

Traffic & Commuting

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Yorba Linda’s location makes for a convenient commute to Santa Ana, which is just 13 miles away, and a bit of more difficult, although doable, commute to Los Angeles, which is 40 miles away. The average commute time is 33 minutes, which is a bit longer than the state and national averages. This can partly be explained by the traffic in the area, and also because of workers commuting to LA every day and driving up the average. Mostly everyone drives a vehicle to work, and barely anyone takes public transportation. The difference is 92% of residents to 0.45%, respectively.

 
Demographics

Demographics

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Yorba Linda is an incredibly wealthy area, where it’s been said that “six-figure incomes are the rule.” In fact, the most recent estimate put the median income for a family living here at $121,075. This is from the U.S. Census Bureau, which named it the richest city in the U.S. CNN Money named it one of the richest as well. Because the community is so wealthy, naturally the renting prices are very high. The median rent here is $1,656.

 
Pet Friendly

Pet Friendly

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A lot of people recently have asked me where they can find pet friendly rentals in Huntington Beach. Luckily that’s not as tough of a task here as it is in other places. There is a lot of selection for pet friendly places. I would recommend checking out Huntington Breakers, Regency Palms, Pacific Shores, and Huntington Villas. That’s just my shortlist, contact me if you want a more detailed list of properties. Another sign that pets are welcome and loved here: most towns and cities have dog parks... Huntington does too, but they also have a dog beach! A beautiful space that’s dedicated to just pups. If you rent here you are welcome to bring your pet there and enjoy the great outdoors with them.

 
Local Events

Local Events

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Huntington Beach is called “Surf City” because of its “killer swells,” as the kids would say, and because it’s the host of the annual world surfing championship, as well as the sport’s U.S. Open. Other fun in the sun events here are a biathlon and a AVP professional volleyball tournament. In September is the SoCal Independent Film Festival, and in the winter is a Cruise of Lights Boat Tour and a Kite Festival. There are also popular car shows in the area too. There’s a lot of cool stuff happening in Huntington Beach, and if you rent here you’ll have access to all of it.

 
Crime & Safety

Crime & Safety

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Placentia’s recent crime stats show that it is twice as safe as the national average in both violent crimes and property crimes. The rate of residents who are involved in violent crimes every year is just two per one thousand (or one per 595 residents), and for property crimes, only 16 out of every thousand. Most, if not all, of the communities in Placentia are friendly, and are kept safe by caring Placentians. The area is very family friendly too. If safety is a big priority for you, then you should take a serious look at renting here.

 
Public Transportation

Public Transportation

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Transportation options in Placentia have a very bright future. The Orange County Transit Authority is helping Placentia build a metrolink station downtown that will begin in 2013, which will connect the city to other major rail lines. This will make commuting much easier for residents, and because more people will take public transit now, there will be less drivers and less traffic. There will also be more housing built near the station so renters such as yourself can have an easy walk to the station every morning. To find out more about the project and the city’s exciting future in public transit, call the city hall.

 
Apartment Costs

Apartment Costs

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You should know that if you want to rent in Newport Beach, you should expect sky high prices. The median rent here is $1,811, which is nearly double the national average of $950. Many of the properties exceed $2000, and it’s tough to find a nice place with more than two bedrooms for less than that. Even the studio apartments, which are the cheapest to rent in, go for around $1200-1300 usually. Once you live here you will see why the rent is so high -- it’s a beautiful area, the people are friendly, and the weather is amazing. If you can pay it, you’ll be able to enjoy one of the best places to live in in the U.S.

 
Schools & Education

Schools & Education

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Newport Beach has one of the best public school systems in California. Their nine public schools average a 9 out of 10 on GreatSchools, which was earned through excellent state test scores. They are run by the Newport-Mesa Unified School District. There are about five private schools in Newport Beach for parents who don’t want to enroll their children in public schools. If you’re considering sending your kids to private, I would highly suggest you at least take a look at the public schools here and do some research, because they are great schools.

 
Traffic & Commuting

Traffic & Commuting

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Fullerton sits ten miles to the north of Santa Ana. It’s only about a fifteen minute drive if you take State Route 57. It’s a great commute for residents who work there and drive back and forth every day. The drive to Los Angeles is a little bit longer. It’s usually around a half hour but can be 45 to 60 minutes in the dreaded rush hour traffic. Nonetheless, it’s still accessible and can be an okay commute if you don’t mind traffic.

 
Restaurants

Restaurants

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Want to know some of the best restaurants in Fullerton (and there are a lot of them)? Here’s a short list for you to consider: The Cellar (French), Roman Cucina (Italian), Orange Sushi (Japanese), Summit House (American), Les Amis (Mediterranean), Pho Lover (Vietnamese), Pita Hot (Mediterranean), and Matador Cantina (Mexican). This is just a taste, so to speak, of the selection that Fullerton has. If you rent here you’re going to want to try all of these restaurants.

 
Pet Friendly

Pet Friendly

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You’ll be able to find a lot of pet friendly apartments in Costa Mesa. A few examples: Harbor at Mesa Verde, Pine Brook Village, Villa Venetia, and Camden Sea Palms. You can find more listings on MyApartmentMap, or if you contact me I can get you a full list. The community also is very welcoming to pets; there is a “Bark Park” that is very popular among residents. It’s a park where you can take your dog to exercise or play. However, the accommodations in the community aren’t limited to dogs -- plenty of local businesses like groomers, vets, etc. offer services for other animals.

 
Recreation

Recreation

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Costa Mesa is well-known for its South Coast Plaza shopping center. It’s the largest mall in California. It has 322 stores, and makes over a billion dollars a year, which ranks among the highest in the U.S. Outside of the mall is a commercial district that surrounds it. There are also 26 parks in Costa Mesa, and a huge fair, the Orange County Fair, which attracts over a million people every July. The Pacific Amphitheater in Costa Mesa is also a great place to spend time at, as popular musical acts from around the country perform here.

 
Economy and Jobs

Economy and Jobs

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When most people think of Anaheim, Disneyland comes to mind. They are the top employer in the city, as they have 22,660 employees. Kaiser Foundation Hospitals is a distant second with 3,660 employees. The Anaheim Canyon business park is the second largest in Orange County, and the largest industrial district. There are a number of important companies with headquarters or corporate offices in Anaheim: AT&T, Hewlett Packard, Pacific Sunwear, Sunny Delight, and the Kaiser Foundation.

 
Recreation

Recreation

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Anaheim has incredible nightlife when you factor in the city’s proximity to both Los Angeles and Santa Ana (25 minutes and 10 minutes away, respectively). If you like sports, you can stay in Anaheim and watch the MLB’s Angels, or if you’re a Dodgers fan, you can watch them or the other major sports franchises in LA. But staying in Anaheim will guarantee you a fun night too -- there are music venues for popular bands as well as unique local shows, bars, restaurants, lounges, and theaters. Contact me if you want to know more specifics about the nightlife.

 
Renter Friendly

Renter Friendly

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Irvine has a high quality of life, which is represented in the numerous awards it has won. Businessweek named it the fifth best U.S. city in 2011. CNN Money ranked it fourth on its famous annual list of Best Places to live in the U.S. in 2008. In 2010 the FBI announced Irvine had the lowest crime rate out of any city with a population of 100,000+ people. The awards go on, but I won’t list them all. Irvine is a great place to live, and to rent: out of all of the housing properties on the market right now, 27% are for rent and only 14.7% are for sale.

 
Crime & Safety

Crime & Safety

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Irvine is consistently one of the safest cities in the nation. Since the early 2000s it has ranked high on the FBI’s lists of the safest U.S. Cities. Just in 2010 the FBI named Irvine the safest city out of all U.S. communities with 100,000+ people, as it had the lowest crime rate. Additionally, NeighborhoodScout, an online database for community crime in the U.S., named Irvine one of its top 100 safest U.S. cities. Whether you have a wife and kids, plan to have a family, or want to feel safe living on your own in a city, you will be welcomed into Irvine’s friendly and safe community.

 
Weather

Weather

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Fountain Valley has been classified as having a Mediterranean climate. Basically this means that the summers are hot and dry, and the winters are very mild, yet rainy. January and February both average around three inches of rain, whereas the summer months average less than half a inch. The average highs in the summer typically hover around the mid-80s F. In the winter the lows don’t often fall below the mid-40s, and are usually closer to 50 F. Like the rest of southern Cal, the weather here is beautiful.

 
Schools & Education

Schools & Education

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K-12 students who live in Fountain Valley are served by three school districts: Garden Grove Unified, Huntington Beach Union, and the Fountain Valley. Overall, there are nine elementary schools, three junior highs, and three high schools. Out of these schools, twelve have an 8 out of 10 rating or better on Great Schools, which measures schools’ success on their state testing performance. One of the schools, Los Amigos High, ranked second in a U.S. News & World Report ranking of the best high schools in the country a few years back. Overall, your kids are in great hands in Fountain Valley.

 
Local Events

Local Events

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Garden Grove is famous on the west coast for hosting one of the largest festivals in the country. It’s called the Strawberry Festival, and is held every Memorial Day weekend. It typically attracts a quarter of a million people. There’s a parade, rides, vendors, and the largest strawberry shortcake on the planet to celebrate the city’s rich agricultural history. Although Garden Grove is known for its Strawberryfest, it also has a wealth of other fun events, such as the annual Shakespeare Festival.

 
Apartment Costs

Apartment Costs

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By now you’ve probably figured out that renting in California isn’t cheap. As a state it has some of the highest renting prices in the nation. However, there’s a reason for that -- it’s a great place to live. Whether or not it’s worth the price tag is up to you, but I can say from experience that rarely anyone regrets moving here. Garden Grove is right around the California average in terms of renting costs: the median rent here is $1,193 per month, and the state median is $1,149, so they’re almost identical. They’re both a bit more than the national average, which is $950.

 
Recreation

Recreation

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There are almost a hundred acres of open space to enjoy in Tustin, all of which are open to everyone who lives here, both young and old. 14 parks split this space, and they vary greatly in size; one is as small as 0.4 acres and another is 20. Regardless of how much space it has, every park here has great amenities such as trails, picnic areas, amphitheaters, sports fields, etc. You’ll want to take advantage of Tustin’s beautiful weather year-round at these parks. There are also two local shopping centers, the Tustin Market Place (an outdoor mall) and the Jamestown Village Center (has small shops and great restaurants). The Village Center is located in Old Town Tustin, which is a charming historic district.

 
Traffic & Commuting

Traffic & Commuting

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One of the major reasons why Forbes named Tustin one of the “Top 25 Towns to Live Well” in 2009 was that it has one of the shortest average commutes in the country -- 22 minutes -- which is especially noteworthy considering that it’s located in the SoCal-Los Angeles area that’s notorious for its congested traffic and long commutes. If you decide to rent in Tustin, you will definitely appreciate the short commute times, which are largely because of people being employed in local businesses and Tustin’s proximity to Santa Ana (two miles away).

 
Pet Friendly

Pet Friendly

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There are two excellent and well-maintained dog parks in Orange for you to take your pups to. They’re just a couple of the amenities the city has to offer to animal lovers. To get started, there are a lot of pet friendly apartments in Orange. Check out the Windsor at Maine Place, Allure Apartments, and Renaissance at Uptown Orange, to name a few. And, of course, the community provides all the services needed to keep your pets happy, healthy, and if you choose, pampered. There are stores, groomers, vets, the aforementioned parks... you name it, Orange has it.

 
Restaurants

Restaurants

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Santa Ana’s metropolitan area is full of towns and cities who take great pride in their culinary offerings, and Orange is a shining example. There are establishments specializing in Italian, French, Mexican, American, Indian... but also lesser known types such as Persian/Iranian and Taiwanese. It’s very fitting that a city named after food would have a great restaurant scene, which is absolutely the case in Orange.

 
Public Transportation

Public Transportation

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If you don’t have a car, getting around Santa Ana is still very possible. The city is served by Amtrak’s rail service, and Greyhound’s bus service. There are also two local commuter rails that have stops in the city: the Inland Empire-Orange County line, and Orange County line. Both are run by Metrolink. The Orange County Transportation Authority provides bus services. A streetcar system is currently in planning as well, meaning that the public transit system will continue to develop well into the future here.

 
Recreation

Recreation

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Plenty of culture here in Santa Ana. A popular place for locals in the historic districts downtown. There are a lot of retail shops and restaurants here, making it a popular place to shop ‘til you drop, then eat lunch or dinner. For live music, nothing can beat Santa Ana’s Observatory. There are also cool museums, like the Discover Science Center and the Bowers Museum. The city also has a huge following for its schools’ sports teams. Add it altogether and you have a cumulative cultural scene.

 

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