You’ve debated about relocating, perhaps it is for work or simply for pleasure. Orange County crosses your mind. Endless summer. Pristine beaches. Beautiful homes. Where else can you drive 15 minutes west to hit the beach, 15 minutes east to hit the mountains, and 1 hour north or south to hit major metropolitan cities with diverse cultural centers? Orange County truly does have the best of all worlds and now you’re thinking, sign me up!
Let’s take a quick peak at what the top cities in Orange County have to offer:
For the artist: Laguna Beach, Modjeska Canyon, San Juan Capistrano, & Dana Point
“Laguna Beach is one of Orange County’s oldest and most eclectic communities. Tucked away on a small strip of beachfront land flanked by towering green hills, Laguna is a mecca for artists by profession or just in spirit. The city is home to a summer-long arts festival as well as the world-famous Pageant of the Masters, in which local residents use imaginative stagecraft to recreate stunning reproductions of famous masterpieces.”
For the beach bum: Huntington Beach & San Clemente
“If you’re a surfer dude, or just like the taste of fresh salt air in the morning, Orange County offers a wide variety of beachfront communities to fit your outdoor lifestyle. Seal Beach, Huntington Beach and Newport’s Balboa Peninsula offer a wide range of for-sale and rental housing that can keep you close to the waves as well as funky restaurants and, just a few minutes inland, thousands of major area employers.”
For higher end tastes: Newport Beach, Coto de Caza, Ladera Ranch, & Irvine
“If you’re a top-earner looking for a prestige address, they don’t come much higher than Newport Beach. With a median home price of $1.4 million, Newport Beach boasts some of the most lavish real estate this side of Beverly Hills.”
For families with young children: Brea, Aliso Viejo, Foothill Ranch, Placentia, & Rancho Santa Margarita
“If you’re raising children and are looking for a safe, stable neighborhood with lots of parks and good schools, several South County communities located along Interstate 5 fit the bill. Aliso Viejo and Lake Forest form a unique triumvirate of hilly, well-planned communities known for being especially kid-friendly. Here you’ll find lots of shopping, entertainment options, and recreational activities as well as safe streets and excellent schools.”
For down-to-earth families: Yorba Linda, Lake Forest, Buena Park, La Habra, & Tustin
“If it’s wide open spaces you’re seeking, your choices in modern-day, densely developed Orange County are fairly limited. But there are still pockets of communities that hearken back to the county’s historical roots like parts of Orange, Tustin and Yorba Linda. ”
For retirement: Laguna Woods, Laguna Hills, Mission Viejo, Laguna Niguel, & Fountain Valley
With a large community of retirees in the area, these cities provide ample services for senior citizens including some of the largest 55+ gated communities in the county. Many restaurants and retail establishments offer senior discounts as well.