Yorba Linda Newcomers Guide

Nixon Library Yorba LindaIf you’re looking for a new place to call home in Southern California, Yorba Linda is an excellent choice. It combines the charm and quality of life of a small suburban town with a close-to-all location and easy access to major transportation corridors. Just 40 miles inland from downtown Los Angeles and 13 miles from Santa Ana, Yorba Linda is close to services, highly rated public and private schools, recreation, entertainment and employment centers. It also offers the convenience of a renovated downtown district, with shopping, restaurants and parks. Yorba Linda is also rich in history and culture. One of California’s oldest communities, it evolved from an early land grant made to explorer Jose Yorba by the King of Spain in 1769. It is also famous as the birthplace of President Richard M. Nixon and home to his presidential library.

This city of 67,000 consistently ranks as one of the best places to live in America, boasting a highly educated, affluent population (nearly 42% of adults here have BA, graduate or professional degrees and the median household income in 2011 was $111,379)1 and a mild year-round climate. It’s also one of Southern California’s safest communities, with crime rates that index well below those of comparably sized area cities.2

Relocating to Yorba Linda

Nixon Library Yorba LindaMoving for work or lifestyle reasons? There are many great reasons to consider relocating to Yorba Linda. TopTenNewHomeCommunities.com says Yorba Linda is “best known as an affluent residential community of new single-family homes on large lots…often identified as the richest city in the U.S. by the US Census Bureau.”3 They note that the city has a tradition of offering first-class recreation amenities and one of the finest city-owned golf courses in the nation, Black Gold Golf Club. The fact that several public schools in the district have received the California Distinguished School award is also a plus for families who want to relocate to Yorba Linda. NeighborhoodScout.com notes that Yorba Linda enjoys an excellent real estate appreciation rate: 98.53% since 1990, and 14.12% in the last year, one of the best in the nation.4

Yorba Linda Real Estate

Yorba Linda real estate has rebounded from the recession and is experiencing healthy growth. According to Zillow.com, the median home value in January 2014 was around $723,900, up 17.5% year-over-year. Zillow also notes that Yorba Linda’s median rental of $2,600, is up 10.6% since 2013.

Nixon Library Yorba LindaWith new Yorba Linda homes for sale are rare and rentals at a premium, Palisades at Vista del Verde by Taylor Morrison an exceptional opportunity if you’re relocating to the area. New, move-in ready three-story homes with three to five bedroom floor plans ranging from 2,204 to 2,509 square feet start in the $600,000s. With no master-community HOA and no Mello-Roos tax assessment, these new homes in Yorba Linda are an outstanding value and attractive alternative to high-cost rentals. As an owner, you’ll also have access to community amenities that include pool, spa, fitness center, children’s play area., two parks and miles of equestrian and walking trails. Palisades at Vista del Verde is just one mile from Yorba Linda’s charming Town Center, Yorba Linda’s downtown district. You can get driving directions to Palisades at Vista del Verde here.

Yorba Linda Economy

According to the City of Yorba Linda, the city’s top employers include CareFusion, Nobel Biocare, Costco and local government, along with area retailers. However, most of the city’s residents commute to nearby employment centers in Los Angeles and Orange Counties.

Yorba Linda Schools

Chapman University Yorba LindaThe city is served by the Placentia-Yorba Linda Unified School District, with 22 elementary schools, six middle schools and six high schools. There are also 20 private schools offering K-12 education in the area. Choices for higher education include Cal State-Fullerton, Santiago Canyon College, Chapman University, Fullerton College, North County Community College, Santa Ana College, Mt. San Antonio College and Cal Poly-Pomona.

Yorba Linda Living

Recreational, cultural and entertainment opportunities abound when you live in Yorba Linda. It is a golfer’s paradise with access to Black Gold, rated 4.5 stars by Golf Digest and one of Southland Golf Magazine’s top 2 best municipal courses. Parks and activities include the Yorba Linda Community Center, Thomas Lasorda Jr. Field House with tennis, youth sports and adventure playground, and Travis Ranch Activity Center for aquatics and adult sports. Main Street in the revitalized Town Center features fine and casual dining, entertainment and shopping.

Disneyland Yorba LindaYorba Linda has two municipal parks, Jessamyn West in the heart of the city and Hurless Barton Park, the site of free events including the annual summer concert series. The Richard M. Nixon Library and Home attracts 95,000 visitors each year and the Susanna Bixby Bryant Museum and Botanical Garden celebrates Yorba Linda’s heritage. There’s a farmers’ market each Saturday morning. Just a few miles west, you’ll find Chino Hills State Park, with miles of nature trails. And, you’re just 10 miles from Anaheim, home to Disneyland, world-class shopping, premier entertainment and major league sports. Learn more about local interests here.

Come and Make Yourself at Home in Yorba Linda

This vibrant community is waiting to welcome you to an exciting new life and lifestyle. For more information about available homes for sale in Yorba Linda and Yorba Linda real estate, send an email request to Taylor Morrison’s Internet Home Consultant.

1 “Yorba Linda, California,” http://www.city-data.com/city/Yorba-Linda-California.html#ixzz2pvd3PuQr

2 “Crime rates in Yorba Linda, California,” http://www.city-data.com/crime/crime-Yorba-Linda-California.html

3 “Welcome to Yorba Linda,” http://www.toptennewhomecommunities.com/?p=new-homes-in-yorba-linda-ca

4 “Yorba Linda appreciation rates and housing marketing information,” http://www.neighborhoodscout.com/ca/yorba-linda/rates/

Photo credit:
Nixon Library: Tim Evanson flickr cc
Nixon marker: Eli Pousson flickr cc
Nixon House: Eli Pousson flickr cc
Chapman University: Tracie Hall flickr cc
California Disney: Derek Key flickr cc