Lake Elsinore to Irvine commute, is it worth it?

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Mar 18 20 Comments

I'm looking to buy a house, first time buyer. I'm afraid if I don't buy now the areas housing market will keep rising making rent progressively more exoensive. When I can lock it in. I can afford either a condo in OC that essentially will be more monthly due to property taxes and HOA fees. Or a really nice new community, 2 story 4 bedroom house with a huge yard in the Inland Empire. Does anyone commute this? What's your average time to get to and from work? Was it worth it? What time would I need to leave on average if I wanted to be to work by 9am? Is it better to suck it up in Irvine and pay a 400-500 HOA and 200-300 dollar property taxes? And any other insights you want to share. Thanks, I appreciate any insights y'all can provide.

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TOP 20 Comments
  • New / Ops jimdang
    Just don’t. Don’t do lake Elsinore.
    Mar 18 1
  • Google sh@llow
    Is this where the Poppy Nightmare is currently?
    Mar 18 1
    • Activision Blizzard Rawr!
      OP
      Yuuuuup
      Mar 18
  • Oath / Mgmt Atinlay
    That’s something only you can decide
    Mar 18 6
    • Oath / Mgmt Atinlay
      I’d suggest test driving the commute at the same time of day you’d be going to/from work
      Mar 18
    • Activision Blizzard Rawr!
      OP
      The problem is there is this super flower bloom causing traffic delays on the main freeway and the highway I would use is down for repairs from flooding. So it's not really an accurate test bed for a 30 year commitment. 40 minutes vs 2 hour can definitely make or break my decision. Right now it's 2 hours but I'd be fine with it if I had to put up with it for a few months.
      Mar 18
    • Oath / Mgmt Atinlay
      Sounds like you already know the answer then.
      Mar 18
    • Google b6ioxdr
      If not the superbloom then the fires, or the rain, or Coachella or construction or for absolutely no reason at all traffic will be a shit show and your day will be ruined.

      A house in a bland suburb isn't worth it at all
      Mar 18
    • Amazon / Eng n0v
      Traffic rarely gets better. It usually gets worse. Unless you can walk there.
      Mar 19
  • Core Digital Media / Eng sjsidbsj
    I have a condo in Irvine and I pay hoa and mella-roos tax and I commute to play Vista every day to work but I love my home. Advantage of home in Irvine is it's easy to rent out or sell in the future if you decide to move. I am not sure how easy it will be for lake Elsinore area. But if you have a job in Irvine saving commute time and getting better standard of leaving and more security about future sounds like a better deal. Also Irvine has one of the best public schools not sure if you are married or planning to have kids.
    Mar 18 1
    • Google mksee
      I would love to live in Irvine (I used to live there but I'm in Switzerland now) but it's hard to transfer there and LA has more positions. How is your commute like? I didn't think it was possible to live in Irvine and commute to West LA every day...
      May 16
  • New jay10
    Have you thought about Chino Hills - it’s pretty nice and has good schools, restaurants, and is nice/safe. Yea there is traffic to OC/Irvine but it is more affordable.
    Mar 18 0
  • The Trade Desk adsadsads
    Buy somewhere like Fullerton and take the train to Irvine.
    Mar 18 2
    • Activision Blizzard Rawr!
      OP
      That's the thing even Fullerton is absurdly overpriced right now. It speaks volumes that Mission Viejo houses cost the same as Santa Ana houses. It's become Bay area 2.0 and Irvine is San Fran.
      Mar 18
    • The Trade Desk adsadsads
      Then you should probably rent and see if real estate prices drop.
      Mar 18
  • Indeed ralf
    I drove over the Ortega from Temecula to Irvine for a few years. It was soul crushing
    Mar 18 0
  • Amazon amazons
    No chance I’d make that commute. What about a townhouse in the cheaper OC neighborhoods like Lake Forest or Mission Viejo? Even corona would be easier than LE
    Mar 18 0
  • Panasonic Avionics JiFf68
    I work with ppl that do it but i dont know how they do it. Its a soul killer imo.
    Mar 18 0