Seal Beach, a quaint and affordable Orange County city

It can be difficult to find the best place to live when you're unfamiliar with an area. As you search through MLS listings in Orange County, you might feel like you're restricted to only cities you're familiar with - the ones just about everyone has heard of, such as Newport Beach or Laguna Beach. However, there are a variety of other great cities in the area you may want to consider such as Seal Beach.

Located approximately 38 miles south of Los Angeles, Seal Beach is nestled between Long Beach and Huntington Beach. This small seaside town is quaint and welcoming, and many residents enjoy walking down the pier or visiting one of the many unique shops or restaurants. This is a pedestrian-friendly community, and there are several nearby parks to visit with the kids or the pets.

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the city population stood at 24,168 in 2010, and the median household income was $50,014. Furthermore, the median value of owner-occupied housing from 2006 to 2010 was $329,000, making it an affordable area to live in compared to other cities in Orange County and California.