Located in central Orange County, the city of Fountain Valley, California, is a middle-class residential area that is home to almost 60,000 residents, as of 2009 California Department of Finance estimates. The city is located at an elevation of about 20 feet above sea level, a lower elevation than most of the rest of the area, which accounts for its sloping hills in the southwest region of the city. It is bordered to the east by the Santa Ana River.
The area was originally inhabited by the Tongva people and then was settled further when Manuel Nieto was given a land grant for Rancho Los Nietos, which included more than 300,000 acres, including what today is Fountain Valley. The city incorporated in 1957, and today makes up an area of nearly nine square miles. It gets its name from a reference to the area's high water table and the artesian wells that existed at the time it was named. Median household income for city residents is nearly $80,000.
The city is home to two hospitals: the Fountain Valley Regional Hospital, with 400 beds, and Orange Coast Memorial Hospital, with 230 beds and a medical clinic. Main businesses in the city include the headquarters for Hyundai Motor Company, D-Link Corporation, Kingston Technologies and Surefire, LLC. There are 18 churches, one synagogue and one mosque in town. Attractions include Mile Square Regional Park and three 18-hole golf courses. The city has its own newspaper, the Fountain Valley View.
Public schools in the city are operated among the Fountain Valley, Garden Grove Unified and Huntington Beach Union High School districts. In Fountain Valley are three high schools, three middle schools, nine elementary schools, one K-12 school and two K-8 schools. Additionally, Coastline Community College offers degree programs and continuing education courses. For getting around the area, several bus lines are operated by the Orange County Transportation Authority, and most of the city's major roads contain bicycle lanes in addition to traditional vehicle lanes.
Garden Grove Real Estate InformationA mid-sized city in central Orange County, Garden Grove, California, is located in the southern part of the state, not far from the Pacific Ocean. It is home to around 170,000 residents is lies about 30 miles southeast of Los Angeles and just a mile from Anaheim, home to Disneyland, and less than 10 miles from the local beaches and the nearest commercial airport, John Wayne Airport in Santa Ana.
Garden Grove was founded in 1874 by a man named Alonzo Cook, but its development really took off in the beginning of the 20th century with the arrival of the railroad. It grew as an agricultural center where oranges, walnuts, chili peppers and strawberries were grown, but much of this industry was destroyed by an earthquake in 1933. The city officially incorporated in 1956 with more than 50,000 residents and now makes up an area of around 18 square miles.
Throughout the area, Garden Grove is best known as being the home of Robert H. Schuller's Crystal Cathedral, a religious building where a number of Christian broadcast shows are filmed. Its other claim to fame is its position as host of the annual Strawberry Festival, which is held over Memorial Day weekend and attracts nearly a quarter-million people to the area. Other annual celebrations held here include four cultural events commemorating Vietnamese, Korean, Arabic and American heritage.
Public schools in the city are run under the Garden Grove Unified School District and include 45 elementary schools, nine junior high schools, eight high schools. There also are five community colleges that offer degrees and continuing education courses. Arts and cultural attractions in Garden Grove include sites like the Orange County Symphony and three theaters: the Garden Grove Playhouse, the Gem Theater and the Festival Amphitheater, home to Shakespeare Orange County, which hosts an annual Shakespeare Festival in the summer.
Orange Real Estate Homes For SaleThe city that shares its name with the county where it is located, Orange, California, is a city of around 130,000 residents. It is in central Orange County, about three miles north of the county seat, Santa Ana and about 30 miles southeast of Los Angeles. The city (and subsequently, county) got its name from its originations as a popular place to grow citrus fruits. Today, Orange's Villa Park Orchards Association packing house is the only operation still remaining of that heritage.
Annual house income for residents of Orange is around $60,000. The city, which makes up an area of almost 24 square miles, was settled in the mid 1800s and incorporated in 1888. It is still home to several historical buildings in its Old Towne, Orange Historic District, where visitors and residents can see the county's oldest operating bank, its oldest operating soda fountain and the Lewis Ainsworth House, which also serves as the local museum.
One of the city's most popular attractions is the almost 500-acre Irvine Park, which is home to the Orange County Zoo. Other popular sites to see in Orange include the Block at Orange, an outdoor shopping and entertainment center, the Ridgeline Country Club and Vans Skate Park. Each year over Labor Day Weekend, the city is the host of the Orange International Street Fair.
Schools in Orange are operated under the Orange Unified School District, with an enrollment of more than 30,000 students spread across 29 elementary schools, five middle schools, four high schools, a continuing-education high school, and a K-8 math and science magnet school. Colleges in the city are Chapman University and Santiago Canyon College. For transportation around the region, the Orange County Metrolink regional commuter rail network offers several stops in Orange.
Tustin Real estate Homes For saleA mid-sized community located in the heart of central Orange County, Tustin, California, is right next to Santa Ana, the county seat, and was estimated in 2009 to be home to a population of around 75,000. Contrary to its name, the city does not include the Tustin Foothills. Median household income for residents of the city is around $56,000.
Tustin makes up an area of just over 11 square miles, all of which is land. It was originally inhabited by the members of the Tongva and Juaneño/Luiseño Native American nations. In 1801, the Spanish Empire gave more than 60,000 acres to a man named Jose Antonio Yorba, who named the area Rancho San Antonio. Columbus Tustin, a carriage maker from the northern part of the state, then founded the city in the 1870s on 1,300 acres, and it derives its name from him. The city officially incorporated in 1927 with a population of around 900.
The city was the site of a Naval anti-submarine airship base during the World War II era, established in an unincorporated area that lies just south of the city. Today, the two hangars that still stand account for some of the largest structures made of wood ever built, and they are listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
The public schools here are operated by the Tustin Unified School District. Popular points of interest here include The Tustin Museum, summer Concerts in the Park at Peppertree Park and the various events and performances sponsored by the Tustin Area Council for Fine Arts. Annual events celebrated include a tennis festival, a Cinco de Mayo celebration, a street fair and chili cook-off, July 4 celebrations, movies in the park and the Tiller Days festival and parade.
Westminster Real Estate Homes For saleA mid-sized, landlocked city located within the central region of Orange County, Westminster, California, is a city with a population of nearly 90,000, as of 2000 census figures. Residents here have a median household income of around $50,000, and the city has one of the largest Vietnamese communities in the nation. It encompasses an area just over 10 square miles, all of which is land. The city is bordered by Seal Beach to the west, Garden Grove to the north and east, and Huntington Beach and Fountain Valley to the south.
Westminster was founded in 1870 by Rev. Lemuel Webber as a Presbyterian temperance colony, and as such the city takes its name from the Westminster Assembly of 1643, which designed and conferred the basic tenets of the Presbyterian denomination. The city incorporated in 1957 with about 11,000 residents. In the 1970s, during the height of the war in Vietnam, a large number of refugees from the country fled and arrived here, settling into an area now officially known as Little Saigon.
Public schools in the city include five elementary schools, three middle schools and two high schools. Kindred Hospital Westminster provides medical services and care to residents. Today around a third of the city's population is Vietnamese, and the city has a strong presence of that country's heritage, culture and cuisine. There is a large Vietnam War Memorial.
Popular points of interest here include the Westminster Mall, with a food court, 180 specialty stores and four department stores; Liberty Skate Park; Westminster Ice Palace skating/hockey rink; the Hoover Golf Practice Center; and the Blakey Historical Park and Museum. Annual events include summer concerts, Saint Patrick’s Family Festival and the Blessed Sacrament Parish Festival. The Westminster Rose Center is a nearly 34,000-square-foot banquet hall with a theater that seats nearly 500.