I love walking through the streets of downtown Orange. Many of the buildings and houses are historically sites dating back as far as 100 years. People take pride in their houses and the streets are lined with beautifully manicured lawns and gardens. The residents in Orange are incredibly friendly and I am often greeted by people walking their dogs or bike riding with the kids.
The city is community oriented. At the heart of the city is the Plaza, or Orange Circle as some call it. With quaint cafes, unique gift shops, beautiful antique stores and a friendly ambiance, it is the perfect place to meet with friends and neighbors for a leisurely lunch or night on the town. Several different community events take place there throughout the year, including the annual Orange International Street Fair. The Orange Public Library and History Center, which is located near the Plaza, also hosts several family events every week.
While Orange prides itself in being one of the most historic cities in Southern California, it is not without modern amenities. The Block at Orange is a fantastic entertainment destination with a movie theater, restaurants, and exclusive shopping. Orange is a full service city with police and fire departments, excellent schools and full utilities services.