San Juan Capistrano
is a fantastic, historical place to live in southern Orange County. In fact, it
offers the widest variety in the area — many think of OC for its
glistening, modern buildings, but “SJC” even features adobe-style homes dating
to the 18th and 19th centuries. Many adobe-style
buildings can still be seen in the central district. The Los Rios neighborhood
is the oldest residential neighborhood in California. Additionally, you’ll find
spectacular hilltop homes in several gated communities in the hills surrounding
the picturesque community.
While the battles for
American independence were waged half a continent away on the east coast, Catholic
missionaries were settling the area. The legendary church for which the city is
named, the Mission San Juan Capistrano, was founded in 1776.
Today, the city’s
small-town size and feel (35,000 residents) and excellent location make it an
exceptional commuter city. Downtown Santa Ana is just 23 miles away, with
Irvine, Newport Beach, Laguna Beach, and Mission Viejo even closer. An
excellent place to live with impressive comfort and amenities at any price range,
San Juan Capistrano is one of my top picks in the southern Orange County area!