A young city, being incorporated in 2001, Aliso Viejo is located in the San Joaquin Hills of Orange County. It’s bordered by Laguna Beach to the west and southwest, Laguna Hills to the east, Laguna Niguel to the southeast, and Laguna Woods to the north. The city provides a stunning golf course, library, performing arts center and ample shopping, dining and entertainment at the Aliso Viejo Town Center.
Home to the world famous Disneyland Parks, Anaheim is the center of family entertainment and tourist destination from across the globe. Founded by fifty German families in the mid 1800’s, it’s name comes from “Ana” meaning near to the Santa Ana River and “heim” - the German word for “home”. Its expansive size has lead to the blossoming of diverse neighborhoods throughout the city. It is also served by seven public school districts.
Because of its substantial public arts program, with artworks installed throughout the city, Brea has since become a model for for many other art programs across the nation. It’s bordered by Los Angeles county to the north, La Habra to the west, Fullerton to the southwest, and Yorba Linda to the southeast. It’s served by an award winning school district comprised of six elementary schools, one middle school and one high school.
Just a short jump from Los Angeles -- right down the 5 freeway -- this up-and-coming city is known as the Center of the Southland. Buena Park is home to beautiful views and lush landscaping, not to mention countless tourist attractions. For several years it’s been in the midst of a complete communal revitalization program where it’s residential desirability will only increase in the future.
Bordered by Newport Beach to the south, Huntington Beach to the north, Santa Ana to the northwest, and Irvine to the northeast, Costa Mesa originated as a rural farm town and blossomed into a center for retail, commerce and manufacturing. It hosts the Pacific Amphitheatre where the likes of Madonna, Kelly Clarkson, and Boston have performed. It’s also home to Vanguard University, Orange Coast College, Whittier Law School, and National University.
Cypress is a small city located in the northern region of Orange County. With its area just over six square miles, this suburban oasis is close to the 405 freeway, Long Beach, and centrally located to a plethora of other Los Angeles and Orange County cities. Cypress is a great commuting city with a lot of beautiful two-story homes, and served by several great schools.
Beginning at the Pacific Coast Highway just south of Capistrano Beach and expanding northward, Dana Point is a peaceful and picturesque community in Orange County. It has a rich surf culture, and during low tides -- attracts an array of interesting marine life. The city is served by Dana Hills High School within the Capistrano School District where their Cross Country Program has won state titles three years in a row.
Named after the artesian wells in the area, Fountain Valley is a community in Orange County lying just northwest of the Santa Ana river. It’s bordered by Huntington Beach to the south and west, Westminster and Garden Grove to the north, and Costa Mesa on the southeast. Lying within Fountain Valley is the expansive Mile Square Regional Park and every year they hold the annual Summerfest in June with rides, a car show, music, and booths.
Fullerton is bounded by La Habra to the north, Yorba Linda to the east, Anaheim to the south, and Buena Park to the west. It has a rich and lively music scene producing national and world renowned artists like Gwen Stefani from No Doubt and it’s also birthplace of the Fender Music Company. Its vibrant culture of the arts is also served by an impressive amount of colleges and universities including California State University, Fullerton; Hope International University, and Marshall B. Ketchum University among others.
Garden Grove saw its boom in the post WWII era and was officially incorporated in 1956. Being centrally located in Orange County, it’s served by the Garden Grove school district as well as Westminster School District and Huntington Beach Union High School District. Every year in May, the city holds the Garden Grove Strawberry Festival featuring carnival rides, booths, games and food.
Right on the edge of the sandy shores in Orange County just north of Newport Beach and south of Seal Beach, Huntington Beach is a magnet for tourists and locals alike, famously known as “Surf City, USA.” This beach community provides a playground for the relaxing beach goer, the active ocean sports enthusiast, and the vivacious bar crawler.
Chosen as the fourth best place to live in the United States by CNNMoney.com in 2008, this affluent suburban city is known for its attractive aesthetics and highly rated public schools. As one of the most well educated populations in all of LA, Irvine is home to a number of influential technological corporations including, Gateway and Western Digital. It’s array of public parks amongst a friendly community make it a great place for families.
La Habra is bordered by Hacienda Heights to the north, La Mirada to the west, Fullerton to the south, and Brea to the east. Meaning “Pass through the Hills,” it served as a gateway to the north by Spanish explorers. For almost a century, La Habra Heights has grown the Hass avocado and has since become one of the most popular avocado planters around the world.
Ranked one of America’s Best Places to Live, by CNN’s Money magazine in 2007, 2011, and 2013, this affluent neighborhood is known for its quaint, friendly vibe and high-ranking schools. Located in Northern Orange County, La Palma is named after the region's Spanish heritage and its main thoroughfare. Here, gorgeous homes cover every inch of this suburban enclave.
Known for its scenic beaches, coves, and artist community, Laguna Beach is a seaside resort city located in southern Orange County. As an avid tourist destination, Laguna Beach boasts endless activities and events throughout the year, while its natural landscape of beaches, rocky bluffs and craggy canyons have inspired many from around the world to relax on its shores.
This beautiful community owes its name to the proximity of Laguna Canyon and neighboring Laguna Beach. It sits at the intersection of the 5 freeway and 73 freeway expanding northward from there. Mission Viejo lies to the northeast, Aliso Viejo to the southeast and Laguna Woods to the northwest, and it’s just one town away from the serene shores of the Pacific Ocean.
One of the first master-planned cities in California, Laguna Niguel saw a population boom after the construction of the 5 freeway in the area. To the north lies Aliso Viejo, and separated from the ocean by the smaller Dana Point. It holds the million-square-foot ziggurat building owned by the United States Government where the Western Regional Department of Homeland Security is held. Laguna Niguel is served by the award winning, Capistrano Unified School District.
This scenic city is set between the Laguna Coast Wilderness Park to the west, Laguna Hills to the north and east, Aliso Viejo to the south, and Irvine to the northwest. The land that is now the de-commissioned Marine Corps Air Station El Toro is being developed for the Orange County Great Park -- an expansive land that will feature botanical gardens, a cultural terrace, performing arts venues, sports parks, and so much more.
Named after two lakes nearby, Lake Forest is an affluent town in Orange County. It’s bordered by Irvine to the west, Laguna Hills to the southwest, Mission Viejo to the southeast, and Trabuco Canyon on the east. It’s home to a wide array of notable businesses’ manufacturing plants including Oakley, Panasonic Avionics and Kaiser Aluminum amongst others. Every Thursday, the town hosts a farmer’s market at the local town center where consumers can purchase products from local vendors.
Known as “The Little Cottonwoods” in Spanish, Los Alamitos is a sort of gateway to Los Angeles County with Long Beach as a close neighbor. Its history is steeped in the aircraft industry that served WWII, and one of the first military posts in Orange County. Rossmoor, though unincorporated, uses the Los Alamitos mailing address and also takes advantage of the great youth programs it has to offer.
Situated in the Saddleback Valley of Orange County, Mission Viejo is the perfect picture of pre-planned suburban culture. It is one of the largest master-planned communities ever built in the United States. It’s passion for youth sports is reflected in the array of public parks in the town, and it’s served by two highly regarded school districts.
While most of Orange County consists of homes built in the 1950’s and especially later on, Orange has residences that date back to the 1920’s. Its dedication to history is shown through the preservation of the second largest concentration of historical buildings in the state. It’s also home to Orange County’s oldest operating soda fountain and bank located within in the Orange Historic District. It also hosts the esteemed, Chapman University.
This upscale coastal community, where homes consistently rank as some of the highest property values in the entire nation, is a picturesque and serene town full of attractions like the Orange County Museum of Art, The Boardwalk, and Balboa Pier to name a few. Home to Newport Harbor -- one of the largest recreational boat harbors on the U.S. west coast -- Newport is a popular destination for all types of outdoor and ocean activities.
Located in the northwestern region of Orange County, Placentia -- derived from the Spanish word for pleasant -- is just that. It’s a quiet and notably safe neighborhood bounded by Fullerton to the west,Yorba Linda to the east, Anaheim and Orange to the southwest and south respectively. Placentia is served by ten public elementary schools, three middle schools and three high schools
This beautiful and upscale community is situated amongst the rolling hills of southeastern Orange County. It’s another example of master planned desirable suburban living. It’s nestled between Mission Viejo to the west and Cleveland National Forest to the north and east. It’s served by the highly regarded Capistrano Unified School District and Saddleback Valley Unified School District.
Known as the “Spanish Village by the Sea” for its Spanish Colonial style architecture, San Clemente has breathtaking views of the ocean, the hills and the mountains. It’s the Surfing Media capital of the world and a surfer’s paradise because of its year-round swells. San Clemente is bordered by Dana Point to the north and San Diego county to the south. It’s also served by the award winning Capistrano Unified School District.
Home to the widest-variety of homes in Orange County, San Juan Capistrano is a picturesque town steeped in history. It’s home to the oldest residential neighborhood, building, and first vineyard and winery in California. It’s bordered by Laguna Niguel to the north, Dana Point to the southwest, and San Clemente to the south. It’s served by the Capistrano Unified School District as well as four private and college-prep schools in the area.
Santa Ana is the second largest metropolitan city in the nation and fourth safest city with a population over 250,000 according to Forbes Magazine. The Santa Ana River runs through the western portion of the city while Tustin and Irvine lie to the east and southeast respectively. Perfect for families, Santa Ana has an array of museums, attractions and it’s only minutes away from Disneyland and Knott’s Berry Farm.
A tranquil escape just on the edge of Los Angeles County near Long Beach, Seal Beach is a quiet town along the San Pedro Bay. Though it’s 13 square miles, it provides a smaller town atmosphere due to most of its acreage being devoted to Naval Weapons Station Seal Beach. Along with the many museums and attractions, Seal Beach has the second longest wooden pier in California.
Hosting some of the widest array of public parks that have been redeveloped in recent years, Stanton is a family oriented picture of Southern California suburbia located in western Orange County. With Cypress to the west, Anaheim to the north and east, and Garden Grove to the south -- it’s relatively centrally located and in close proximity to Disneyland and hosts Orange County’s third amusement park, Adventure City.
Chosen by Forbes Magazine as one of the 25 top places to live well in America due to its high ranking in start-ups and sole proprietors, Tustin also has one of the shortest commutes in Southern California. Its Unified School District is home to two of California’s Distinguished schools, Tustin High School and Foothills high School. Most high school graduates in the area attend University of California, Irvine -- a highly accredited public Ivy university.
The smallest city in Orange County, Villa Park is a quiet residential community located in northern part of the county surrounded by the city of Orange and Santiago Oaks Regional Park nearby to the east. Its windy roads bordered by manicured landscapes provide a backdrop of peaceful and welcoming suburbia. Villa Park is served by two elementary schools, one middle school and one high school.
This large city in Orange County is bordered by Seal Beach to the west, Garden Grove to the north and east, and Huntington Beach and Fountain Valley to the south. It was founded by a reverend of a Presbyterian temperance colony and named after the Westminster Assembly of 1643, where the tenants of the faith originated. It’s served by four different school districts that overlap the area.
Ranked as CNN’s 21st best place to live in the United States, Yorba Linda is an affluent and expansive city in northeast Orange County. It’s been identified by the U.S Census Department as one of the richest cities in the nation. It’s bordered by Anaheim to the south, Placentia on the west and southwest, Brea to the northwest, and Chino HIlls State Park to the north.