I will be working in the Disney College Program at Disneyland this upcoming Januarary. My problem is that I am not familiar with apartments or housing options in and around Orange County as well as drive times to and from the surrounding area. I'm currently up in Sacramento and hope to move in down close to the resort in early Janurary. I have been doing a bit of searching online for places as well that I have an Apartment Magazine for Orange County.
My problem that I'm currently seeing is 2 things.
One, I am not familiar with city reputations as well as which cities would be the best choice.
Secondly, the prices compared to Sacramento seem to be about $400-$500 more expensive all around. (I currently am renting a 3 bedroom/1 bath for $1050, and my previous 1 bedroom/1 bath apartment was $950 both being in nicer areas).
Now, there are a few things to consider if you are suggesting places to live. I have a cat and do not want to give it up to move. While I do have a lot of appliances and furniture, if things don't go so well I won't be staying down there long. Ideally this will be a permanent move though. So if a place without anything at all (No Fridge/Washer/Dryer) is available and cheaper, I'd be moving more stuff with me and putting less in storage. The other more probable option is that I will be renting a storage unit up here and attempting to move very little with me into a fully furnished place.
I know this is a lot to ask as well that I'm not giving full information about what's possible, but I'm hoping that some locals will be generous enough to help me get a good start for when I move down there.