The City of Orange is the stuff California dreams are made of. Only about 30 miles south of Los Angeles, the city is located smack dab in the middle of Orange County, aka, “The OC,” and has a population of just under 140,000. The prosperity of the area is due to equal parts hard work, perseverance and, of course, location, location, location. Orange residents are literally surrounded on all sides by job opportunities, whether in L.A. or any of the other booming communities in and around Orange. A longtime center of the California agricultural community, Orange boasts plenty of other career paths, especially those with a medical focus, thanks to Orange’s Healthcare Corridor. Currently, Orange homes for sale are listed at a median price of $699,000. Homes for sale in Orange — from historic, Spanish-style houses to modern condos and beyond — can be found to suit all price points.
Southern California offers some of the most idyllic weather in the world, and residents take full advantage by hitting the beaches, trails and other natural offerings with relish. World-class beaches can be found in nearby Newport Beach, Laguna Beach and Dana Point. Cyclists, joggers and walkers in particular, love the Santiago Creek Bike Trail, which is six miles’ worth of paved trail with picturesque views. Peters Canyon Regional Park, William Harding Nature Center and Tucker Wildlife Sanctuary also offer visitors unique opportunities to commune with nature, particularly the native wildlife.
Orange also features much in the way of shopping, particularly in Uptown Orange on the western end of the city. Outlets at Orange is located there, and is surrounded by live/work/play residences, hotels and some of the best dining options in California. Historic Old Towne Orange is another must-visit spot, and is full of antiques dealers, unique boutiques and quaint restaurants.