With picturesque vistas of the Anaheim Hills and Saddleback Valley, the rural enclave of Anaheim Hills is a well-planned community with over 50 neighborhoods in eastern Anaheim. Although incorporated in 1970, the community’s history spans back nearly two centuries. In 1810, the area was a part of land granted to Jose Antonio Yorba and was known as Rancho Santiago de Santa Ana. Much of the land was used to raise livestock, plant vineyards and large orchards. By 1868, many of the nearby Yorba lands were partitioned to A.B. Chapman and Andrew Glassel. Two decades later, the Jotham Bixby family had also acquired interest in the eastern side of the Santa Ana Canyon.
In 1943, the Nohl family was granted a deed to the Bixby properties, and the 5,800 acres became known as the Nohl Ranch. The land was used for cattle grazing and to raise oranges and avocados. As north Orange County development began to burgeon in the 1960s, land values were higher valued than grazing lands, and the Nohl family began to sell parcels of property to the city of Anaheim. In 1970, 4,200 acres of the Nohl Ranch was deeded to Santa Anita Consolidated with the plan to build a new community called Anaheim Hills.
Throughout development, careful attention was given to preserve the atmosphere of the area’s natural beauty. Long standing groves of eucalyptus, oak and sycamore trees still stand. Over 1,000 acres of the land has been dedicated to public agencies to maintain its innate ambiance. Today, Anaheim Hills is dotted with affluent neighborhoods that offer a wide array of recreational opportunities, including hiking and riding trails, saddle clubs, tennis clubs and parks as well as commercial shopping centers. The area is also served by the academic excellence of the Orange County Unified School District.
Close to world-class theme parks, the beautiful beaches of California, cultural museums, designer shopping and fine restaurants, Anaheim Hills is a great location. Residents can take a short trip to nearby Disneyland Park and Knott’s Berry Farm Theme Park. Old and young enjoy the classic storybook characters at Disney and get a thrill on the gut-wrenching rollers coasters at Knott’s Berry Farm. SeaWorld San Diego is just a hop, skip and splash away. Visitors can take in the delightful marine shows of jumping whales and dancing dolphins. Legoland is also nearby and features over 60 rides, factory tours and a fun water park.
With over 40 miles of alluring coastline, Orange County is home to six beach cities, each with its own unique brand. Lively beach towns dot the coastline and are ideal for nighttime bonfire cookouts, romantic strolls or watersports. The moniker of surf city, Huntington Beach is a favorite of surfers and those just looking to get a tan. In the downtown area, visitors can take in the surf culture at the International Surfing Museum and the surf wear shops. Newport Beach is the quintessential Orange County Beach with miles of sand beaches. There’s an array of championship golf courses and aquatic recreational activities, from kayaking the Newport Bay to enjoying a trip on a chartered harbor cruise.
The area surrounding Anaheim Hills has a vivacious art scene with classic museums, performing arts venues and fun festivals. The Segerstrom Center for the Arts in Costa Mesa features ballet companies and leading Broadway shows and concerts. It is also home to the Pacific Chorale, the Pacific Symphony and the Philharmonic Society. The South Coast Repertory showcases classic productions on the Julianne Argyros Stage.
Anaheim Hills offers the best of two worlds, a private world of tranquility amid rolling hills and a world of adventure outside its doors.