Orange County property is much in demand and generally desired. Many of the schools in Orange County are among the best in the nation. With the vast Pacific Ocean down one side of the county, and the Santa Ana Mountains running parallel, this prime location boasts a mild climate and attractions galore. No wonder an Orange County property search is so popular. Orange County has a wide variety of unique boutiques, ethnic shops, and exclusive designer flagships in centers such as the South Coast Plaza and Irvine Spectrum Center. Whether you are in the mood for fine or casual dining, there are many delicious places and options to choose from that will delight any foodie.
Whether you are looking for Orange County property for sale or OC property rentals, it is good practice to search the various cities and neighborhoods which make up this beautiful area of California. Here is a brief overview for your use.
Main cities and neighborhoods
Regarded as one of the largest master-planned communities ever built under a single project in the United States, the City of Mission Viejo is suburban in nature and culture and features a beautiful manmade lake and with a variety of amenities. Mission Viejo is ranked as one of the safest cities in the country.
Cota De Caza is a guard-gated private community of about 4,000 homes and one of Orange County’s oldest and most expensive master-planned communities.
The City of Lake Forest was originally known as El Toro. The two man-made lakes from which the city gets its name are the Lake Forest Beach and Tennis Club; and the Sun and Sail Club. Condominiums and beautiful single family homes line their shores. Along with Mission Viejo, Lake Forest is ranked as one of the safest cities in the country.
Aliso Viejo features a movie theater, a wide variety of casual dining restaurants, many well recognized chain stores, and other shops. It also includes Grand Park which is a center for community concerts and events.
As a predominantly residential area, the City of Laguna Niguel houses many of the employees of the job centers of northern and central Orange County. An affluent city, with median household income 31 percent above the Orange County average, Laguna Niguel is known for its mild coastal climate, low crime rate, and its numerous parks and public trails.
Dana Point known for its breath-taking coastal resorts and beach activities. Dana Point offers plenty of pristine oceanscapes, romantic overlooks and beach strolls – it’s a comfortable, surfer town that invites one and all. Dana Point Harbor is a welcoming community, serving as hub to more than 2,500 boats and yachts. Three yacht clubs, stand-up paddle (SUP) and kayaking companies, as well as “pirate ship” adventures, whale watching, an ocean marine institute, deep sea fishing and sunset wine cruises offer endless options. Sea-side picnicking and camping on the beach attracts many visitors from far and near.
Rancho Santa Margarita – a master planned community set upon rolling hills – is One of Orange County’s youngest cities but highly coveted for it’s wonderful schools and public amenities including a man-made recreational lake.
Midway between Los Angeles and San Diego, with remarkable ocean, hill, and mountain views, is the City of San Clemente. Known for its Spanish Colonial style architecture, the city slogan is “Spanish Village by the Sea”.
Orange County real estate agents Cheryl Newton and Linda Caddick with Berkshire Hathaway Home Services are the dynamic duo who have helped many happy clients their ideal piece of Orange County.