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Orange County, California is the sixth-largest county by population in the USA with over three million residents. It’s a part of the Metropolitan area of Los Angeles and has no less than thirty-four incorporated cities.
It’s famous for Disneyland, as well as being home to some of the Fortune 500’s major corporations. It’s a multi-ethnic, largely prosperous and generally liberal-leaning place that attracts visitors from around the globe.
Here we focus on some of the lesser-known highlights of this varied and sprawling county – the special places which the locals like to frequent!
Homes for Sale in Orange County
Best Places To Live
Here are just a few places that offer a good range of Orange County Real Estate opportunities.
Principally a metropolitan and suburban county, you can still find some tucked away places with great value properties.
Oak Creek, Irvine
Oak Creek has a population of just over 12,000 and is considered a great place to live.
It’s home to a younger crowd, young couples and professional singles, and the variety of restaurants, bars, and local stores reflect this demographic. The schools in the area have a particularly good reputation.
Peaceful, generally affluent and with a low crime rate, Northwood has a varied offering of stores, restaurants and bars, and is noted for having very good schools.
There is a lot of rental property in this area, and so the population tends to be more transient, but it’s a good choice for the person looking for a quiet life.
Corona del Mar, Newport Beach
With a population of about 12,000, Corona del Mar offers suburban living in an area where most people own their homes.
There are plenty of good restaurants and other amenities, and this tends to be a place that attracts retirees and families, and in general, has a somewhat old-time, conservative feel.
Perched between Orange County and Los Angeles, Seal Beach offers a slightly quaint yet urban vibe, with the majority of the 24,000 plus residents owning their own homes.
Properties here average in the $350,000 range, with a wide choice at all price points.
And Now To Eat…
Orange County offers some of the best dining experiences in the state, ranging from extravagantly gourmet to down-home offerings. Here are some of our favorites.
Journeyman’s Food and Drink, Fullerton
This is the place to go if you want to eat food which comes to your plate looking like a work of art, and which tastes absolutely divine.
It’s very modern, very chic, but also very reasonably affordable for a special night out. Wines are selected from the very best, with tasting menus available. Booking is essential.
Burritos La Palma, Santa Ana
Hand sized tacos filled with slow-cooked meats, the lines can stretch for this iconic fast food joint, perfect for a lunchtime snack.
JA Jiaozi Authentic Dumplings, Irvine
Authentic is the word for this Chinese spot which specializes in dumplings, as the name suggests, but also does a mean line in traditional favorites such as braised pork belly. Food is hearty, delicious, and beautiful.
Terrace By Mix Mix, Costa Mesa
Headed up by Chef Ross Pangilinan, Terrace offers an eclectic blend of French, Italian and Filipino food, served with flair in attractive surroundings.
Notable for great value is the $20 five-course fixed-price lunch menu; Terrace is a must-try destination.
Olea, Newport Beach
For casual dining and lunching, and for something just a bit different, Olea is a favorite spot.
Classics like beef cheek stroganoff are served with verve and without fuss.
Good clean flavors, prime local ingredients and a nice change from the plethora of Mexican and Chinese restaurants in this area.
Louie’s By The Bay, Newport Beach
If you are longing for a good old fashioned steak, pasta, or some good seafood, this smart new dining spot with a magnificent view of the bay is the place for you.
Crisply presented American dining at its best, this is a good place to take your folks or your boss if you are aiming to impress.
Oliver’s Osteria, Newport Beach
If you are longing for great Italian food – not just pizza and pasta – then head to this excellent restaurant which offers classy Italian food from Emillia Romagna region and accompanying great wines.
Drawing inspiration from both Italy and the raw ingredients of California, this is a great spot for both romantic evenings and family celebrations.
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