I was debating posting this in the "questions" section but, I thought this might be a better location instead. (I can always delete it and move it if I need to) in any case, there's a decent possibility that I might be landing a job in Irvine, if I do get the job I really hope I can come for one the meet ups!
So my question is, I've lived most of my adult life without a car and everyone keeps telling me that LA and orange county is impossible to live in without a car. I keep insisting that I hear that Irvine is very bikeable, and I see that there are plenty of neighborhoods near the Metrolink or near bus lines. Can any of you fine folks recommend any walkable, bikeable neighborhoods in the orange county area or near the inland Empire (pink), or orange county (orange) Metrolink lines? I'd like to get a house and split it with roommates, live near some sort of nature (even rural or near a big park would be nice option), near a library, farmers markets, and art, culture, and neighborhood festivals.
I was thinking Laguna Beach (maybe seems too far), the city of Orange, Irvine, Corona/Riverside or Santa Ana. My friends have said that Huntington Beach and Long Beach seem more my style but it seems like a long commute on bike or bus to Irvine?
In any case, thank you so much for any help you can give!