Orange is a city in central Orange County, California, about 30 miles southeast of Los Angeles. Old Towne Orange, a one-square-mile historic district surrounding the city's original plaza, is the largest National Register of Historic Places district in California. There are neighborhoods featuring Victorian, Craftsman, Bungalow and Spanish architecture from the 1880s to the 1930s. Orange is also home to Chapman University, the oldest university in Orange County. In addition to its historic bonafides, Orange is known for its easy access to nearby cities. Commuters use four major freeways and the Metrolink rail system.
Renting in Orange puts you close to a lot of action. Anaheim is about 7 miles away, putting Disneyland, Angel Stadium (home ballpark to Major League Baseball's Los Angeles Angels) and the Honda Center (home to the National Hockey League's Anaheim Ducks) all within easy reach. Surfers and beach-goers appreciate that Newport Beach and Huntington Beach are less than 30 minutes away by car. Shopping enthusiasts can make the 13-mile trip to Costa Mesa to enjoy South Coast Plaza, the largest mall on the West Coast. Weekend getaways in San Diego, Palm Springs and Big Bear Lake are about 90 miles away.
Renting in Orange, CA
With its central location and easy access to commuting options, Orange is desirable, so there can be a lot of competition among renters. Apartments for rent in Orange are generally priced lower than in Orange County as a whole, but higher than in the greater Los Angeles area and most areas of the state.
Attractions and Events Irvine Park ? In addition to a nature center, lagoon, mini railroad, pedal boats and miles of hiking, biking and equestrian trails, this 477-acre park is also home to the Orange County Zoo, which features 130 birds and animals.
Vans Skatepark ? This 46,000-square-foot facility is the world's largest and most technically advanced skatepark.
Watson Drugs & Soda Fountain ? Established in 1899, this is the oldest business in the city and has been featured in many films including "That Thing You Do" and "Cannonball Run."Concerts in the Park ? The city provides free entertainment for music fans all summer long.
Orange International Street Fair: Held every Labor Day weekend, this fair celebrates the city's diversity with food, handmade arts and crafts, games for kids and eight entertainment stages.
Fountain in the center plaza at Old Towne Orange. (Photo Courtesy of Ken Lund)
Chapman University in Orange. (Photo Courtesy of Tracie Hall)