City of Orange spotlight

As you search for perfect homes for sale in Orange County, consider living in the beautiful City of Orange. Situated approximately 32 miles southeast of Los Angeles, it is located in central Orange County. Purchasing your next house here will allow you to live in a vibrant community, right in the middle of this thriving yet laid back county.

According to the City of Orange City Hall, the town's roots go back to 1869, when lawyers Alfred Chapman and Andrew Glassell received 1,385 acres of land for legal fees. Today the city includes 35.0 square miles that consists of many single-family homes, office buildings, recreational parks and a variety of shopping and dining options.

Rolling hills surround Orange to the north and east while the Santa Ana River is to the west, creating a scenic view in every direction. The picturesque surroundings are perhaps what keeps attracting new residents to the city, as the population has grown tremendously over the years. The 2010 United States Census Bureau reports the population was 136,416, and it is projected to be at 147,957 by 2020. 

The city's motto is "A Slice of Old Town Charm," and this can be seen easily when touring through the neighborhoods of Orange. Each has its own distinctive look and inviting charm that allows visitors and guests to feel at home instantly. Some of the popular neighborhoods include Mabury Ranch, Old Towne and El Modena, while the Alphabet Streets and the Presidential Tracts also have many lovely houses. DQ News reports the average price of a home in Orange was $410,000 in April 2012. 

There are many fun things to do in Orange. For example, the Outlets at Orange, the only outlet shopping destination the county. Located at 20 City Boulevard, the outlet allows you to visit designer shops and then see a movie at AMC Theatres. The Orange County Zoo is another favorite destination for families, located at 1 Irvine Park Road. Here, you can see animals ranging from black bears to mountain lions, and admission is only $2 per person over the age of 3. Of course, you can always spend the day at the beach, less than 30 miles from the city.

There's so many activities and welcoming neighborhoods in the City of Orange that you'll feel at home in no time when moving to this Southern California area.