Located in the center of Orange County, the city of Villa Park is the County’s smallest city, but one of its friendliest and most welcoming places to live. Unlike more urban areas of Orange County west of the city, Villa Park has winding streets with few sidewalks and limited street lights. Throughout are trees and flower beds in planted medians and parkways. Surrounded by the city of Orange, Villa Park has the appearance of an enclave. Here, you will find people with a wide range of backgrounds, interests, and occupations; quiet neighborhoods and attractive residential streets; the lowest crime rate in the County; and four schools within walking distance.
Covering an area of 2.1 square miles, a population of 6,500 and approximately 2,050 homes, Villa Park is almost 99% built out. With the exception of one shopping center, the City is zoned for single-family residences, most of which are on half-acre lots. Many homes are custom built and include pools and/or tennis courts.
In the heart of the city lies the Villa Park Town Center, a shopping center that includes a Ralph’s grocery store, popular Rockwell’s Café, three banks, a pharmacy with a postal substation, and a variety of stores and offices. City Hall, including a community room, and a branch of the Orange County Public Libraries system.
In the Middle of Everywhere!
Due to Villa Park’s central location and proximity to the freeway system, the wealth of cultural, social, recreational, business and philanthropic activities that Orange County offers are all within easy access.
Of important note, Villa Park is also a city of artists. Villa Park has more artists, designers and people working in media than 90% of the communities in America. This concentration of artists helps shape Villa Park’s character.
For many reasons, Villa Park is a great place for families with children to consider. First of all, many other families with children live here, making Villa Park a place where both parents and children are more likely to develop social ties with other families, as well as find family-oriented services and community. The city’s good public school district and large population of college-educated adults provide an environment conducive to academic values. With regard to real estate, Villa Park has a high rate of owner-occupied single family homes, which tends to reflect stability in the local community. Finally, Villa Park’s overall crime rate is lower than average for the country.
Villa Park High, Cerro Villa Middle, Villa Park Elementary and Serrano Elementary – are a part of the Orange Unified School District and have been designated as California Distinguished schools.
Numerous Villa Park community events are held throughout the year, including:
- Summerfest Street Fair
- Kiwanis Summer Concerts In The Park
- Historical Society Ice Cream Social
- 4th of July Parade
- Holiday Dry Land Boat Parade
A Rich History of Agriculture and Commerce
Villa Park was, for many years, an agricultural area producing, in turn, grapes, walnuts, apricots, and finally, citrus, which was the major crop for about 60 years and is most closely associated with its development. It was the citrus ranchers and their families who molded Villa Park into a vital community and organized its incorporation to save it from what they felt were unwelcome zoning practices from the eastward-moving city of Orange.
These ranchers established the Serrano Water District, which still provides Villa Park’s water. (The district office is located on Lincoln Street.) They also founded the Villa Park Orchard’s Association, still a thriving business in Orange, although the packing house that was the dominant Villa Park landmark for many years, located west of the shopping center, was torn down in 1983. The citrus groves have yielded to the developers but these pioneers have left an enduring legacy in our half-acre zoning, which has been instrumental in shaping the City’s character, and in many of our street names; such as, Brewer, Nichols, Squire, Collins, Morrow, Regan, Knuth, Workman, Adams, Wulff, Abbott, Durfee, Sterling, as well as, Hazel, Mary and Florence.
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