Spotlight on the City of La Palma

Located approximately 22 miles south of Los Angeles is the City of La Palma. Anyone searching for real estate in Orange County would be lucky to live in this vibrant community. The city's motto, "where tradition and vision come together" is one that certainly rings true as the metro prides itself on its responsive municipal government and hometown living atmosphere.

The city was first incorporated in 1955 as Dairyland. This Orange County community was much different than it is today as there were 18 dairy farms located within its 1.76 mile radius. Since then, the dairies have relocated and in 1965 the name was changed to La Palm to reflect the Spanish heritage of Orange County. La Palma Avenue was the city's main street and continues to be a bustling place for both commercial and residential purposes.

Residents living in La Palma like that it offers a small town sense of community where quiet and peaceful neighborhood can be expected. It boasts one of the lowest crime rates in Orange County, making it an area where parents are able to feel safe raising a family and simply enjoy living in beautiful Southern California.

Community festivities are especially popular in La Palma such as annual events like the Fitness Run for Fun, Halloween Carnival and La Palma Days. La Palma Days is a tradition that has been celebrated for over 27 years as a way to remember the city's rich heritage. The crowning of Miss La Palma is one of the many highlights of the festival. This year's event will take place on Saturday, November 10, 2012 with the theme "We Salute You!" honoring the Nation's military personnel, especially those serving from La Palma.

Other community events that take place throughout the year include the Holiday Tree Lighting Ceremony, Memorial Day Ceremony, Youth Fine Arts Program, Concerts in the Park and Quarterly Home Spotlight. The Home Spotlights Awards are given four times a year to recognize homeowners who have particularly maintained and renovated their La Palma residence. The Spring 2012 home spotlight winner was located on Montclair Circle.

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics' 2006-2010 American Community Survey, there are 4,858 housing units in La Palma and the vast majority of homes were built between 1960 and 1979. Approximately 48 homes were built in 2005 or later. The median value of owner-occupied housing units is $615,000, with the majority of homes valued between $500,000 and $999,999.