A community located along the coast, making up the land on the seaward face of the San Joaquin Hills, the village of Corona del Mar, California, lies in coastal Orange County. The town's name is Spanish for "Crown of the Sea," and is rather affluent, with a median household income of more than $100,000 a year. It is a distinct village within the city of Newport Beach.
Corona del Mar is 50 miles south of Los Angeles International Airport, just a few miles west of John Wayne Airport and 70 miles north of San Diego. It has no locally run government, and instead receives municipal services from Newport Beach, whose city council it has a representative on. It does have its own ZIP code however, and its own Chamber of Commerce. Toe town was settled in the early 20th century.
The oceanside town is near to beaches like Corona del Mar State Beach, a half-mile long beach that forms the entrance of Newport Harbor, and Crystal Cove State Park. It is home to the Sherman Library and Gardens, a more than two-acre nature retreat with gardens, conservatories, flowers, fountains and patios. Its library specializes in researching the Pacific Southwest.
Annual events celebrated by Corona del Mar residents include a Christmas Walk, the Corona del Mar Scenic 5K in June, the Annual Sandcastle Contest in September and the Annual Coastline Car Classic, also in September. The town also hosts farmers markets regularly. McKibben Studios is a notable art gallery with surf- and island-themed art. The Newport Beach Public Library operates a Corona Del Mar branch. Children living here attend schools in the Newport Mesa Unified School District, and Hoag Memorial Hospital Presbyterian in Newport Beach is the hospital serving most residents.
Costa Mesa Real Estate InformationA suburban city located in coastal Orange County, the city of Costa Mesa, California, is home to a population of more than 116,000, as of 2009 estimates. The city makes up an area of over 15 square miles, with a population density of nearly 7,500 people per square mile. The town has an economic base that revolves around its retail commerce and light manufacturing industries. Costa Mesa is 37 miles southeast of Los Angeles, 88 miles north of San Diego and 475 miles south of San Francisco, and most importantly, just one mile from the Pacific Ocean. It was incorporated as a city in 1953. The city is one of the more modest in Orange County in terms of wealth, as its median income for a household is just over $50,000. The city began as a Spanish land grant in 1801.
The city's best known landmark is the South Coast Plaza, a large shopping center that is among the highest-selling retail centers in teh country, with more than $1 billion in sales annually. There are also some manufacturing centers in the south of the city, with some electronics, pharmaceuticals and plastics firms. Several bus lines operated by the Orange County Transportation Authority provide public transportation in and around town.
Attractions in the city include the Orange County Performing Arts Center, eVocal, the South Coast Repertory Theater and the Segerstrom Center for the Arts, which includes the Renée and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall and Samueli Theater. The city has its own daily newspaper, The Daily Pilot, which is operated by Los Angeles Times. There are 26 parks, a municipal golf course, 26 public schools and two libraries, and State Route 73 and State Route 55 both terminate here, while The San Diego Freeway runs through.
Costa Mesa is the home of the Orange County Fairgrounds, the site of the Orange County Fair every year in July and an attractions the brings in more than one million visitors annually. Next to the fairgrounds is the Pacific Amphitheater, a large venue that is home to various concerts and performances. Colleges here include Orange Coast College, Vanguard University and Whittier Law School.
Huntington Beach Real Estate Homes for saleA seaside city found in Coastal Orange County, Huntington Beach, California, is home to a population of around 195,000, as of 2006 estimates. It is bordered by the Pacific Ocean to the southwest, Seal Beach to the northwest, Costa Mesa to the east, Newport Beach to the southeast, Westminster to the north and Fountain Valley to the northeast. The city was incorporated in 1909, and gets its name because the original developer was a real estate firm owned by Henry Huntington, which still own much of the local mineral rights and some land in the city.
Huntington Beach makes up a total area of 31.5 square miles, with eight and a half miles of beach, popular worldwide for its surfing. The region was initially inhabited by the Tongva natives and Western settlement arose when Manuel Nieto, a Spanish soldier, obtained a land grant in 1784 for 300,000 acres as a reward for his military service. This land included what is now Huntington Beach. The beach is a maintained and cherished area, and construction on it is prohibited without first achieving approval by a vote of residents.
Annual median household income in the city was estimated at more than $80,000 in 2007. Two state parks, Bolsa Chica State Beach and Huntington State Beach, grace the northern and southern tips of the area. Between them, Huntington City Beach is operated by the town. The city sits atop a natural oil reserve that still is being extracted from, though to a lesser extent than in years past, with two off-shore facilities. The city's downtown is home to an art center, a shopping district and the International Surfing Museum. It is home to such annual events as The U.S. Open of Surfing and Beach Games, a stop on the AVP beach volleyball tour and the SoCal Independent Film Festival. Smaller, community events include a biathlon swim/run in July, a Fourth of July parade, a Cruise of Lights Boat Tour and a Kite Festival in February.
The schools in the community belong to the Huntington Beach Union High School District, which includes six high schools. There are also several middle schools and more than two dozen elementary schools in operation as well, in addition to several private schools. Post-secondary education can be obtained at Golden West College, a two-year community college. For other research and media materials, residents can visit the Huntington Beach Public Library, located within Huntington's Central Park.
Newport Beach Real Estate Homes For saleA rather affluent community in Orange County, the city of Newport Beach, California, is located about 10 miles south of Santa Ana, and is home to a population of almost 90,000, as of 2009 estimates. The community was made well known nationwide when it was used as the setting for Fox's fictional TV series, "The OC," and MTV's reality-based series, "Newport Harbor: The Real Orange County." The city is known for its residents wealthy lifestyles, with 2008 estimates putting its median household income at more than $110,000.
Ranchers in 1870 named the bay Newport, and its developed further in the early 1900s when the Pacific Electric Railroad established a point there connecting the beach to downtown Los Angeles. The city officially incorporated, with a population of just more than 200, in 1906. The city is bordered by Huntington Beach, Costa Mesa, the John Wayne Airport and Irvine. It is also bordered on the east by Crystal Cove State Park. It encompasses nearly 40 square miles, more than 60 percent of which is water.
Newport Beach is home to several distinct communities, including Corona del Mar, Balboa Island, Newport Coast, San Joaquin Hills and Balboa Peninsula. Its beaches include those on the Balboa Peninsula, Corona del Mar State Beach and Crystal Cove State Park.
Attractions in the city include Fashion Island, the Pacific Symphony, Balboa Fun Zone and Balboa Island Ferry, the Orange County Museum of Art, the Newport Sports Museum, the Balboa Bay Club, the Newport Aquatic Center and Pelican Hill Golf Club. Events here include an Independence Day celebration, the annual Corona del Mar Scenic 5K Race, the Newport Beach Food & Wine Festival, the decades-old whale launch, the four-month Newport Beach Jazz Series, and movies on the beach at Newport Dunes.
Santa Ana Real Estate Homes For SaleThe most populous city in Orange County and its county seat, Santa Ana, California, is a city with a population estimated at more than 350,000. It is located on the Santa Ana River, about 10 miles away from Pacific Ocean's coastline. It is considered a part of the Los Angeles-Long Beach-Santa Ana metropolitan area, which is the second largest metropolitan area in the country.
The city is near the Santa Ana Mountains which share its name, and is known for the Santa Ana Winds that arise there, responsible for many of the wildfires in the region. Santa Ana makes up an area of almost 28 square miles, nearly all of which is land, and it was incorporated as a city in 1886 with 2,000 residents. Median household income for residents is $43,412.
As the county seat, the city is home to all of the county government and office buildings, and many residents are employed in these occupations. The Santa Ana Unified School District provides education to children in the area through 37 elementary schools, nine middle schools, eight high schools, five special schools and one charter school. College and universities include Santa Ana College, a two-year community college, the California Coast University and the Orange County branch of the Art Institute of California.
John Wayne Airport is located within the city, providing commercial flights in and out of the region. Transportation can be found via the Amtrak train system, which runs several daily routes to San Diego, Los Angeles and Paso Robles during the weekdays, with reduced frequency on the weekends; via the light rails Metrolink's Orange County Line and Inland Empire-Orange County Line; or via bus service operated by the Orange County Transportation Authority. There are two golf courses, Riverview Golf Course and Willowick Municipal Golf Course, and several museums, including those focusing on firefighters, local history, art and the Discovery Museum of Orange County.