Best of Orange County

The Newport Center Skyline in Newport Beach, C...

Newport Harbor

What we like most about Orange County

My brother and I were just young kids when our parents arrived in Orange County from New York City in 1962. It was then, and still is a very magical place to live.

We watched as the new Orange County emerged from the old.  We rode horses on the beach between Laguna and Corona del Mar and dirt bikes in the hills above Irvine Lake. We enjoyed the smell of orange blossoms in the morning and the sweet taste of oranges and strawberries picked fresh from local farms.  Today, Orange County continues to evolve and continues to offer some of the best places to live, work, play, and visit anywhere in the world.

Whether you follow our Twitter (@OCLand) or this blog, we’ll make it a point to keep you posted on the latest and greatest that Orange County has to offer, with a touch of exceptional fashion, design, food, architecture, and entertainment from across the world.

Our favorite Orange County architecture

The striking modern architecture of Fashion Island set the trend for stylish living and working along the coast while strawberry and bean fields gave way to South Coast Plaza and a new era of shopping luxury and choices.

Simple beach bungalows on Balboa Island, in Laguna Beach, and along the Newport Pennisula once used for occasional summer retreats gave way and transformed into casual and comfortable year-round beach homes.

The hills above Newport Beach, Anaheim, Yorba Linda, Tustin and Irvine were once pasture lands for cattle grazing.  Today, they set the stage for fantastic estate homes with panoramic views of the Pacific Ocean and our surrounding mountains and valleys.

Newport Harbor and Huntington Harbour offer safe refuge for some of the world’s most beautiful yachts and spectacular waterfront homes.

Our gateway to the World

John Wayne Airport grew from beginnings as a small airport serving local private aviation, into a port-of-call conveniently linking us to the world.

Take the commuter train to San Diego or Los Angeles for a relaxing sightseeing tour of old and new.

Entertainment we enjoy

The Orange County Performing Arts Center opened the stage for world-class live entertainment, while Laguna Beach kept its charm with art galleries and unique shopping and dining choices.

Venues like the Honda Center, Disneyland, theaters, museums, galleries, and our many beaches, parks, hiking and biking trails, as well as world-class convention and exhibition centers ensure there is always something to do no matter what the mood or the kids call for.

On any given day, sports fans can choose from a wealth of spectator events.  From professional baseball and hockey, to surf contests in Huntington Beach, to motor sports, to college and high school competitions, to a pick-up game at the local park, the list is seemingly endless.

Arnold’s Tustin 1953

Reinvention

Cities across Orange County continually re-invent themselves into new places to live, shop, work, and visit, with a solid footing on preserving the best of our past.

Outdoor Living

Outdoor recreation and healthy living has been a part of our communities from its very beginning. From our signature coastlines and beaches to the numerous nature preserves set across out foothills, the diversity of outdoor recreation is nearly endless.  Nearly 50,000 acres of pristine wildlands and parks were recently designated as permanent open space on The Irvine Ranch.

No matter where you live in Orange County, you’re only minutes from a walk back into Orange County’s unspoiled wilderness. Or an hour’s drive into our local mountains for winter skiing or summer hikes.

Our Climate

Our Mediterranean climate zone exists in only five small areas of the world: around the Mediterranean Sea, in central coastal Chile, the Cape region of South Africa, southwestern and southern Australia, and coastal California – including Orange County.   The combination of balmy climate, nearby oceans and abundant natural resources means that our climate is unquestionably among the most desirable in the world.

Today, as always, Orange County is truly one of the great places to live.

About Me

In addition to having a great family and many lifelong friends made growing up in Orange County, I’m a licensed California Real Estate Broker (DRE #01886935), a graduate of the University of Southern California Marshall School of Business, and a current candidate for the Master of Real Estate at Realtor University.  I’m especially passionate about art, design, architecture,  sustainability, and most important of all, my family, friends and community.

Dan Stiel