With beautiful natural parks, a wildlife sanctuary, and a bustling historic downtown, it’s appropriate that illustrious movies such as That Thing You Do starring Tom Hanks and Accepted starring Justin Long chose the city of Orange as their settings—a testament to its deep and proud roots.
Originally named “Richland,” ranchers chose the area for its rich soil and water source from the Santa Ana Canyon. As demand for agriculture grew—especially for its namesake, oranges—the town saw a boom in population and development. Today, Orange is home to 130, 000 residents, 52,000 of whom are happy apartment residents.
Shaped by its deep historical roots, the city of Orange, California is the perfect melding of past and present. In the late 18th century, the area was one of many destinations for Father Junípero Serra’s expeditions.
The city was the first California town to be served by the California Southern Railroad, and even today, transportation options for apartment residents are plentiful. A bustling Metrolink station is located in downtown Orange and links to the cities of Los Angeles, San Diego, and Riverside. Other forms of transportation, such as Orange County Transportation Authority (OCTA) and airline services at nearby John Wayne Airport, connect residents with neighboring areas.
Recreationally, Orange’s Old Towne District is home to nationally-recognized and boutique retail merchants, entertainment venues, popular local restaurants, and the prestigious Chapman University.
Annually, the location also plays host to the Orange International Street Fair and Flower Show, both high-anticipated city events.