Five Orange County zip codes feature properties under $250,000

While there are many homes for sale in Orange County that will sell for over $1 million, there is a variety that can fit within a more stringent budget. The O.C. is one of the most sought after areas in the country to live for the year round temperate climate, picturesque landscape and close proximity to the Pacific Ocean. By living in one of the area's more affordable zip codes, you can have all this on a budget.

According to The Orange County Register, a DataQuick report released May 16, 2012, the latest by the real estate market trends research company, showed there were five Orange County zip codes where the median home sale price was below $250,000.

Some of the least expensive homes in the county were found in Santa Ana. Zip codes 92701 and 92707 had median home sale prices of $205,000 and $220,000 respectively. Stanton is another cost-effective city at $235,000. Laguna Woods zip code 92637 provides an affordable O.C. option at $238,250, whereas Garden Grove zip code 92844 was $242,500.