I'm in Bel Air and have lived in Newport Beach. It really depends on what you want. OC is very suburban and can be sleepy in comparison to LA. OC has more suburban Yahoos. LA has more *******s. One thing I like about LA is that there is always a new place to go. In OC, you're going to get tired of going to the same old places. Another thing I like about LA is the anonymity. You can pretty much do anything you want and nobody knows who you are. Also, LA is practically speeding ticket proof. LAPD just doesn't have the manpower to deal with speeders. So go as fast as you can with no worries (when you can because the traffic is pretty much constant other than early Sunday mornings). Feel free to ask any questions. PS: You're going to get tired of going beaches. I haven't been in years. So don't make that a deciding factor unless you really love it then go live in Manhattan or Hermosa Beach.