Top 5 OC Neighborhoods

Known for it’s sun-kissed beaches, luxurious gated communities and some of the best shopping in the country, the OC lifestyle has attracted hundreds of thousands from around the country. OC is now the third most populous county in California, right behind LA and San Diego. MODTOWN loves the lifestyle here but more importantly we love the real estate that OC has to offer. It’s home to some of the most beautiful homes in America. We narrowed down what we think are the top neighborhoods to work, play and live the life. Decide which one is best for you!

1. Irvine: This neighborhood has a motto we admire; “to create and maintain a community where people can live, work, and play in an environment that is safe, vibrant, and aesthetically pleasing.” What more could you ask for? Because of its good schools, jobs and housing, Irvine was chosen in 2008 by CNNMoney.com as the fourth best place to live in the U.S. In 2012 it was ranked sixth. Home to the University of California, this neighborhood is bustling with fresh new ideas and some of the countries future pioneers.  As a planned city, designed by architect William Pereira, Irvine has integrated perfect plans for the perfect layout but you wont get to live in this perfect city for free. With homes in the upwards of fifteen million, this neighborhood houses only the best of the best.

2. Huntington Beach: A seaside community, with 8.5 miles of stunning sand, it offers not only excellent surfing but the quintessential beach culture. Hence it’s nickname “Surf City, USA.” With it’s Mediterranean climate and unobstructed view of the ocean, due to building restrictions, this city is not only a great place to live but to visit. It’s home to the International Surfing Museum, AVP Volleyball Tour, and gorgeous homes. The Real Estate ranges anywhere from $500,000 to $800,000, offering three to four bedrooms, and around 2000sqft.

3. Orange: As the “Antique Capital of California” this community vaunts good schools, affordable housing and the country’s favorite downtown. Home to the Orange County and Peters Canyon Regional Park, Orange is a great place for families to live. It’s Old Town District gives this area charm that other Orange County neighborhood just can’t. Orange has a “Unified School District” with over twenty elementary schools, six middle schools and six highschools, most of which have educational excellence awards. The housing market here is a little steep with pricing ranging from the $700,000’s and upwards of the millions. But with swaying palm trees and infinity pools you will surely get what you pay for and so much more.

4. Laguna Beach: Infamous for its teen-heart-throb TV series, this affluent seaside resort city and artistic community in the southern portion of Orange County lives up to all of its expectations and stigmas. Sunshine and girls in bikinis are abundant here as well as idyllic beachfront homes. Considered to be a “politically liberal enclave” in the conservation Orange County umbrella, it no surprise that it is home to local OC artists and hipsters alike but don’t underestimate the success that dwells within Laguna’s walls. Laguna Beach boasts some of the most expensive homes in the country such as a 24,ooo sqft home for $65 million. Now, thats not the norm but there are several homes in the $30 million dollar range. Prices drop down into the $3 million dollar range as well. With these views you really can’t ask for a bargain.

5. Dana Point: Offering one of the few harbors along the Orange County coast, this city has been said to have “the only romantic spot on the coast.” Now, this may be slightly overstated but Dana Point does live up to its motto, “Harboring the Good Life.”  With notable surfing history, it was home to some of the first companies that produced surfing products. You couldn’t ask for a better climate with temperatures reaching a max of 79F and a low of 65F all year round. It’s Dana Hills High School offers one of the strongest Cross Country programs in the country. Real Estate is far more reasonable than Laguna Beach as pricing ranges anywhere from the low $300,000 for Condos and up to a couple million for a decently sized single-family home.

For more questions on OC’s neighborhoods or where to find your beachfront, dream home, contact one of our LifeStyle Professionals at MODTOWNREALTY today!