If you want to live somewhere truly archaic with genuine perfectly preserved architecture then consider moving to Orange, California. This is a beautiful, traditional town of 136,416 located about three miles west of Santa Ana. The homes here are real treasures that were built in the 1920s and earlier. Some homes date back to the 1870s.
The pride and joy of Orange is the city’s historic district that contains many original structures including Orange County’s oldest operating soda fountain. It has one of the largest concentrations of historic buildings in the country including intact examples of the California Bungalow style, the Craftsman Bungalow, the Hip Roof Cottage, Mediterranean and Mediterranean Revival style, the Prairie style, the Spanish Colonial and the Victorian.
The poshest part of Orange is known as Villa Park, which is in the Anaheim Hillls. This is where you can find about 1000 single family homes on huge lots that can be about a half-an-acre in size. This area has its own little main street with a grocery store, drug store and library.
Orange also has an extensive, more modern suburbia that is both culturally and ethnically very diversified. The center of the area is a huge mall called The Village at Orange that has a Sears, Walmart and JCPenny. The city has a large African American, Hispanic and Mexican population, and it is also known for having a large Middle Eastern community, including Armenians, Iranians and Arab people that all live in proximity to the enormous Village Orange mall.
Orange is home to many small parks with fountains and ponds and the town has a central gathering place downtown called the Orange Plaza with a fountain that dates back to 1937. This is the setting for all kinds of special events including a Flower Show and the Orange International Street Fair that is held every year.
Residents here enjoy the convenience of having Metrolink connections to Santa Ana, Los Angeles, Riverside and San Diego. This is the same railway line that has been facilitating trains transporting olives, oranges and walnuts from farms in the area for over a century.
There is no real designated gayborhood according to our Orange gay realtor, but there are many great gay bars and hangouts all over Orange County including the Velvet Lounge in Santa Ana, the Tin Lizzie Saloon in Costa Mesa and The Frat House in Garden Grove.
Orange is a posh, historical place and the average listing price for a home is quite expensive at $721,339 as of winter 2013. The price of a home here has also been risen 17.5% since the fall of 2012. It is best to consult with an Orange gay realtor to find the best area for you to live in should you decide to live here.
For more information about Orange and its many attractions visit the official City of Orange website at www.cityoforange.org.