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    Irvine questions please

    I'm looking at a job interest in Irvine and don't really know much about the area. Being a mountain biker and having a family that loves the outdoors how are the trails there?

    Is it a good family town?

    In searching I found Santiago park and a trail called the San Juan. Are there others?

    Are they close enough to ride to the trail head living in Irvine?

    I know they home prices will be higher than where we live now. Are they astronimical like $500-600k for 1200 sqft?


    Thanks for the help.

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    The prices are high, but yes it's pretty nice. It depends what you like though - for raising a family it's a really nice city, but there's not a ton of night life.

    There are a lot of good trails nearby. You could also check out Shady Canyon, The Luge, Crystal Cove, and a number of others that are close.

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    Where are you now?

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    Also there is Whiting Ranch and Aliso Parks that get alot of riders, hikers and horses.
    Irvine is a good sized area and depending on which part you can ride anywhwere. There are great bike paths that the whole family can enjoy. You can even ride from irvine to the beach on the bike paths.
    the home prices can range from a small condo to million dollar homes so there is alot to look at. Good luck.
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    The real estate will be expensive due to the great public schools and relative 'safe-ness' of the area. There are tons of riding options in the area. However if you want to ride out your back door to something, probably 80-90% of Irvine won't fit the bill. It's a pretty big area.

    As for affordability, it USED to be costa mesa but that places you a little further from everything but El Moro and these days it's almost as expensive as Irvine anyway.

    Good luck though, there are lots of good shops that lead weekly rides to meet new people.

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    Id suggest living in one of the cities up by the foothills. Rancho Santa Margarita, Ladera Ranch or Trabuco Canyon. This will put you right at the trail head. Toll Roads will drop you right at work as well. If thats not doable then Tustin is right next to Irvine and not as expensive housing wise.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tahoeyeti View Post
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    Thanks for the info everyone. Much appreciated.

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