Orange

Welcome to Orange

Featuring beautiful, historic architecture and a vibrant commercial district

Filled with Prairie, Spanish Colonial Revival, and Victorian architecture, the City of Orange is home to some 140,000 residents and a bustling commercial district.
 
Located 32 miles southeast of Los Angeles, this 27-square-mile city is punctuated by the Plaza, which contains many of the original structures built in the period after the city's incorporation. Now a vibrant commercial district containing Orange County's oldest operating bank and the oldest operating soda fountain, this Historic District was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1997 and is the largest National Register District in California. The Old Towne Preservation Association is a nonprofit organization dedicated to maintaining the district.
 
Home to various parks, lakes, the Orange County Zoo, and Chapman University, a private research university that encompasses 10 schools and colleges, including Fowler School of Engineering, Dodge College of Film and Media Arts, Fowler School of Law, and Schmid College of Science and Technology, this city is popular among families and maintains a substantial student population.
 
Repeatedly voted Orange County’s favorite downtown, Old Towne Orange’s streets are lined with antique and collectibles dealers, specialty shops, art galleries, restaurants, and more. Its central Plaza Park has been the gathering place for Orange residents and visitors for more than a century. 
 
The Outlets at Orange, an extensive outdoor shopping and entertainment center, is located at the southwestern edge of the city and boasts stores like Neiman Marcus, Hollister, and Saks Fifth Avenue. 
 
Locally famous restaurants include the Orange County Mining Company, a traditional steakhouse, and Sunday brunch spot offering panoramic views of Orange County, Citrus City Grille, Bosscat Kitchen & Libations, Tutto Fresco, Lucille’s Smokehouse Bar-B-Que, The Filling Station, and Haven Craft Kitchen + Bar. The Hobbit and Orange Hill Restaurant & Events are great spots for fine dining.
 
Cute coffee shops are also prevalent throughout the community —  Contra Coffee & Tea, Tru Bru Organic Coffee, and CJ Coffee are among the most popular. Visitors also enjoy attractions like the Orange County Zoo at Irvine Regional Park, Peters Canyon Regional Park, and The Hilbert Museum of California Art.
 
Since 1973, the Plaza has played host to the Orange International Street Fair each Labor Day weekend, attracting food and alcohol vendors as well as local artists and small business owners. There are also multiple parks and hiking trails, and the city is near Anaheim Stadium and Disneyland.

Families relocating to Orange may want to consider these highly rated schools: McPherson Magnet School, El Modena High School, Orange Lutheran High School, and Orange High School.
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