Orange County has several great places to live with very good schools, a mild climate, close proximity to the ocean and low crime rates compared to national averages. A lot of movers claim that they love providing moving services to and from OC just for the great scenery. Irvine is one city worth looking into since it has so many excellent features, including two lakes, extensive bicycle trails, a relatively small population (around 200,000), and is close to major freeways. Within Irvine are many neighborhoods, including Columbus Grove, Quail Hill, Westpark, Oak Creek and Portola Springs, to name just a few.
If you are looking to move to a smaller city, San Juan Capistrano, with a population under 50,000, could be the right place for you. The median price for a house in San Juan Capistrano is just over $300,000.Cultural and historic attractions include the Mission and the annual Swallows Festival and there are many large parks and other open spaces for families to enjoy.
Rancho Santa Margarita is another family-friendly city with excellent schools, extensive trails, a lake, a lagoon, dozens of parks and a median price under $400,000 make Rancho Santa Margarita an good place to live.
The city of Mission Viejo, California is largely residential, with just over 100,000 residents. There are a lot of activities throughout the year for family fun in this city and a large lake provides many water activities.
Fullerton might be just the place for you and your family, with Brea Dam, many parks, a large arboretum and historical sites to enjoy.
As for ocean front cities and towns, Dana Point offers spectacular scenery, the Ocean Institute, boating, site-seeing and shopping. The crime rate is low, the schools are excellent and the average price of a home in Dana Point is around $600,000. There are almost 40,000 people living in Dana Point.
Huntington Beach has a population of 200,000, and the average price for a house is $570,000. There are well over 500 acres of parks, and Huntington Beach has the longest beach on the entire West Coast. Cultural attractions include Bolsa Chico State Ecological Reserve and Imperial Woods Trail.
Anaheim has sports complexes and Disneyland, and has recently expanded, with better transportation facilities, as well as several hundred new rental properties and business and retail spaces.