Area Guides


Aliso Viejo

MEAN PRICES (2012): ALL HOUSING UNITS: $496,610 | DETACHED HOUSES: $621,565 | TOWNHOUSES & CONDOS: $365,257 | ESTIMATED MEDIAN HOUSE OR CONDO VALUE (2012): $434,063

The vibrant Orange County community of Aliso Viejo is located half way between Los Angeles and San Diego, with quick access to miles of beautiful coastline and beaches. Bordered by Laguna Beach to the West; Laguna Hills to its east; Laguna Niguel at the southern end; and Laguna Woods in the North, it is conveniently located only a 20 minute drive to John Wayne Airport and about an hour drive to the international LAX airport.

Lake Forest

MEAN PRICES (2012): ALL HOUSING UNITS: $485,982 | DETACHED HOUSES: $584,334 | TOWNHOUSES & CONDOS: $340,627 | ESTIMATED MEDIAN HOUSE OR CONDO VALUE (2012): $457,600

With the charm of a small community and the convenience of a large metropolitan city, Lake Forest is located in the heart of South Orange County and the beautiful Saddleback Valley. The City has two man-made lakes from which Lake Forest derives the first part of its name. “Forest” comes from the stately trees lining the streets between Ridge Route, Geronimo, Lake Forest Road, and Serrano Road.

Laguna Hills

MEAN PRICES (2009): ALL HOUSING UNITS: $756,690 | DETACHED HOUSES: $989,484| TOWNHOUSES & CONDOS: $379,579 | ESTIMATED MEDIAN HOUSE OR CONDO VALUE (2012): $520,491

Located where Interstate 5 freeway splits into the 405 (The El Toro “Y”), the city of Laguna Hills is an upscale suburban community located in southern Orange County, California. Its name is derived from its proximity to Laguna Canyon and the much older Laguna Beach.

Laguna Niguel

MEAN PRICES (2009): ALL HOUSING UNITS: $851,754 | DETACHED HOUSES: $1,000,000+ | TOWNHOUSES & CONDOS: $554,157 | ESTIMATED MEDIAN HOUSE OR CONDO VALUE (2012): $622,117

Located to the west of the 5 freeway in South Orange County, Laguna Niguel borders Laguna Beach, Dana Point, San Juan Capistrano, Mission Viejo, Laguna Hills, and Aliso Viejo. Primarily a hillside town, Laguna Niguel has designated over one-third of its land as open space, a key feature defining the character of this community.

Mission Viejo

MEAN PRICES (2009): ALL HOUSING UNITS: $681,492 | DETACHED HOUSES: $732,439 | TOWNHOUSES & CONDOS: $443,059 | ESTIMATED MEDIAN HOUSE OR CONDO VALUE (2012): $517,200

Located in South Orange County in the Saddleback Valley, Mission Viejo’s population is just over 100,000. As the first successful master-planned community in the Unites States, Mission Viejo has proven to be a major success story. In 2007, it was named the safest city in the US by Morgan Quitno Press, and this mainly residential community features a large number of single-family homes, a community college, a man-made recreational lake, regional hospital, and a popular mall, as well as other shopping and entertainment venues.

Rancho Santa Margarita

MEAN PRICES (2009): ALL HOUSING UNITS: $669,373 | DETACHED HOUSES: $804,514 | TOWNHOUSES & CONDOS: $414,290 | ESTIMATED MEDIAN HOUSE OR CONDO VALUE (2012): $485,974

An affluent, master-planned community, Rancho Santa Margarita is one of Orange County’s youngest cities. Located along the foothills of the Santa Ana Mountains, it is bordered by the city of Mission Viejo on the west, Coto de Caza on the south, Trabuco Canyon on the north, and the Cleveland National Forest on the east. Dove Canyon, a private residential community of approximately 1200 homes, is located within the eastern part of Rancho Santa Margarita.

Ladera Ranch

ESTIMATED MEDIAN HOUSE OR CONDO VALUE (2012): $492,200

With initial construction just beginning in 1999, Ladera Ranch’s young and vibrant, 4,000-acre master planned community is strategically located in the foothills of the Orange County Saddleback, halfway between Los Angeles and San Diego, and is adjacent to Mission Viejo, Rancho Santa Margarita and San Juan Capistrano.

Irvine

MEAN PRICES (2009): ALL HOUSING UNITS: $741,668 | DETACHED HOUSES: $882,918| TOWNHOUSES & CONDOS: $595,238 | ESTIMATED MEDIAN HOUSE OR CONDO VALUE (2012): $630,400

Located at the center of Orange County in coastal Southern California, Irvine is an affluent community and one of the nation’s largest master-planned urban communities, encompassing more than 65 square miles. The original master plan called for “villages” within Irvine, each to contain a distinct architectural style. These charming styles can be seen today:  Spanish Mission, Bungalow, Craftsman, Tuscan, California Modern, and Mediterranean, to name a few.