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Cities in Orange County

Orange County is home to nearly 3 million residents, who get to reap the benefits of the coastal life by living in a perfect climate surrounded by beautiful beaches and parks. This is exactly why you will spot many locals staying active outdoors throughout the year. From a wide range of tourist attractions like Disneyland, to professional sporting homes of teams like the Anaheim Ducks and Anaheim Angels, Orange County residents do not miss any action. Within Orange County, there are so many different cities that each offer unique traits, when put together like a puzzle, they make up the amazing county that it is.


Related: Orange County Remodeling Projects



Map of the city of Orange

Within the County of Orange, there is also the City of Orange. Although its existence dating back to 1869, the city of Orange was incorporated in 1888 under the State of California. Prior to its officiality, it was because of the lawyers, Alfred Chapman and Andrew Glassell who accepted 1,385 acres of the land from Rancho Santiago de Santa Ana as legal payment.

As time went on, the bustling center of the town became known as the Plaza and was the center of the community. Today the City of Orange is home to about 138,640 people and is in Orange County, about 32 miles southeast of Los Angeles. The city of Orange stretches over 27 square miles and has a planning area with a sphere influence area covering about 55 square miles.

Santa Ana

Map of Santa Ana

The city of Santa Ana is the second largest city in Orange County and is the eleventh largest in the State of California. The area stretches over 27 square miles and has a population of over 335,000 residents. Discovered by a Spanish expedition party leader and later turned into farmland, Santa Ana was purchased from the Yorba family and deemed as a town in 1869. In 1886, Santa Ana was incorporated as a city. In 1889, Santa Ana became separated from Los Angeles and was designated the County Seat.

This family-filled city is surrounded by many attractions like the Bowers Museum of Cultural Arts, Discovery Science Center, Santa Ana Zoo, Santa Ana Public Library, and more!


The City of Anaheim

The city of Anaheim, located in Orange County is home to many big attractions like Disneyland, California Adventure Park, Anaheim Angels Stadium, and more. The busy city got its name “Ana” from the Santa Ana River and “Heim” after the German word for home. Anaheim includes land and water a little over 50 square miles and is home to over 336,000 residents.


Map of Irvine

The city of Irvine was incorporated in 1971 and is in Orange County, California. Irvine is known as one of the biggest planned urban communities and is over 65 square miles. The population of Irvine has grown from about 10,000 in the year of 1971 to over 281,000 in 2020. Full of community parks, sporting fields, bicycle trails, and more, the city of Irvine is popular to live among families.

Newport Beach

Map of Newport Beach

The city of Newport Beach is known for its beautiful coastline stretching along the Southern part of California. Located on the coastal center of Orange County, Newport Beach has a population of over 86,000 people, but as you can imagine, during the summer season, it can grow to more than 100,000. Newport Beach was incorporated in 1906 and is now popular for its gorgeous ocean views, shopping malls, and outdoor activities.

Newport Beach is also the home of Newport Bay where about 4,300 boats are docked in the magnificent 21 square mile harbor. You can catch tourists and residents along the eight-mile beach fishing, swimming, and surfing.

Huntington Beach

Map of Huntington Beach

The city of Huntington Beach is another beautiful coastal city within Orange County that covers 31.9 square miles with a population of over 189,900 residents. Huntington Beach is a hot spot for ocean activities as the beach extends 8.5 miles. The year-round warm climate is a main reason why the city is popular for outdoor activity like surfing, swimming, and outdoor sports. Huntington Beach is said to be the epitome of the ultimate California lifestyle.


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Flagstone patio

Orange County is one of the most popular destinations to live in in Southern California due to its warmer weather, abundant amount of sunshine, beautiful beaches, and wide range of opportunities for outdoor activities. With more demand for property in Orange County, comes higher cost. According to the OC Register in 2020, the median selling price for residences hit $800,000 in Orange County. This was the highest in SoCal as the median in Los Angeles followed around $700,00, and Riverside and San Bernardino were much lower in the $400,000 range. Orange County does provide residents with helpful resources such as Real Property Assessment, Tax-Saving Programs, Property Info and Maps, and more.


Property Taxes

Street view of southern California home

Orange County property taxes sit below the national average, at 0.69%, which is a bit less than the state average of 0.73%. The national rate is 1.07%. According to the Orange County government, California real estate is valued per year for property tax purposes. Homebuyers of new energy-efficient homes with built-in active solar energy systems can even qualify to exclude part of their cost from property tax assessment. Orange County provides property tax tips to the public, which can be found online.


Office nook in kitchen

Orange County offers essential County services to provide a safe, healthy, and desirable place to live, work, and enjoy leisurely. There are plenty of services that are offered and used on the daily such as adopting a pet, obtaining social services, or even requesting a copy of your birth certificate. Other services include reviewing or paying your property taxes online. From children and family services, to employment, to financial assistance, to housing and real estate, you can view all offered services here.


Kitchen remodeled in white and stainless steel.

Bathroom with blue and white hexagon tile

Bedroom with sliding patio door

White bathroom with blue tub

Remodeling in Orange County has increased in demand over the years as many properties are aging making them due for an appropriate upgrade. Sea Pointe Design & Remodel, a design/build remodeling firm in Irvine, California has been remodeling homes in Orange County since 1986. Sea Pointe Design & Remodel offers home remodeling services from kitchen remodeling, bathroom remodeling, outdoor living, accessory dwelling units, and whole home remodeling.

Each city within Orange County requires certain permitting and the process is not always the same. Our professionals work with you from start to finish since we are a design/build remodeling company. This includes a complimentary design consultation so we can get an idea of the type of remodeling project you are looking to do as well as an appropriate budget amount. In addition to working along with a designer, you will also have a project manager who will be handling everything from the city permits to making sure your project is being completed on time and within budget.

Sea Pointe Design & Remodel has an immense amount of wisdom and experience that we have gained over the years, paving our way through residential construction in Orange County. That means that we know your city inside and out. We already have been through the permitting process with the cities in Orange County and this makes it an easier and smoother process for you when remodeling your home.

We have remodeled homes all over Orange County including Coto de Caza, Orange, Santa Ana, Anaheim, Irvine, Newport Beach, Huntington Beach, San Clemente, Lake Forest, Laguna Niguel, and more!  Each city in Orange county has its unique environment that may play into what kind of remodeling project you are looking to do. If you are in Newport Beach or San Clemente and are looking to remodel, you may be looking to incorporate an outdoor living space or deck where you are able to enjoy the ocean view while sipping on a glass of wine. If you are in Laguna Niguel on the hills, you may be looking to remodel a kitchen and living area that is open-concept to allow more natural light into your home. Each city has its own unique remodeling values.


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Room Additions

Kitchen leading to French doors

In Orange County, there are many properties that have extra space from the original home, where adding square footage by doing a room addition remodel can really transform your space and how you use it. Room additions can vary in price depending on the space and complexity of the remodeling project. Examples of different kind of spaces include remodeling a kitchen, bathroom, master suite closet, a home-office, bedroom, or even an at-home gym.


Remodeling Webinars

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Before remodeling your home, it is always a good idea to do as much research as you can to at least get an idea of what you would like to transform your space to. Creating a vision board or gathering inspiration photos from Facebook or Instagram can help a lot when speaking with a designer about your true vision. Another great resource is tuning into remodeling webinars. This can be such a useful tool in your pursuit of finding the right remodeling company for you. Sea Pointe Design & Remodel offers a free remodeling webinar every Thursday, where designers and remodeling professionals break down everything you need to know before remodeling your home. Click here to view upcoming topics and register!

Attendees have the opportunity to learn valuable information about residential remodeling and the process when going through a design/build firm like Sea Pointe Design & Remodel or if you choose to go the route of hiring a general contractor. Each webinar focuses on a unique home remodeling space or topic including kitchens, bathrooms, accessory dwelling units, outdoor living space, California Rooms, and some topics even include financing. These webinars are designed to eliminate the fears and answer all the questions you may have about remodeling.


Custom Cabinets

White kitchen with ornate cabinets

Sea Pointe Design & Remodel offers our clients the ability to customize your home with our designers and that includes custom cabinets. We have a custom cabinet shop in our showroom located in Irvine and a warehouse, where we work closely with custom cabinet manufacturers to provide tailored products with trusted warranties.

When choosing between what kind of cabinets are right for your home, there are three options to choose from: stock cabinets, semi-custom cabinets, and custom cabinets. The price difference depends on the materials used as well as sizing, style, and finish. When working with a Sea Pointe Design & Remodel designer, we make sure to lay out all your options, so you can make the right fitting decision for your home.


Outdoor Living in California Rooms

Open floorplan kitchen and dining room

Outdoor pool with fountain

Orange County is known for its warm and sunny weather during most of the year and this makes for the perfect excuse to remodel your space to build an outdoor living space or California Room. Remodeling your California Room comes with many opportunities to incorporate design with function. California Rooms can include an outdoor kitchen area, BBQ area, fireplace, bars, and even media entertainment areas. If you are looking to bring your home a more cohesive feel, there are other options in outdoor living like having bi-fold doors that really open your space for inside outdoor living. Our designers guide you through the process while taking into consideration the purpose for the space.

Home remodeling in Orange County has grown over the years and there are so many different factors to consider before choosing the right company to work with when it comes to transforming your personal space. Each city in Orange County is unique and has different surroundings that can influence the design of your home. Each city also has a different permitting process and our professionals at Sea Pointe Design & Remodel are well versed in this language and have completed many beautiful home remodels within Orange County.

When you are ready to bring your remodeling visions to life, give us a call at (949) 861-3400 to schedule your complimentary design consultation.

To view what cities in Orange County we have remodeled in, click here!


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Orange County Cities and Services was last modified: February 5th, 2021 by admin