Located in northeastern Orange County, Yorba Linda is an affluent suburban community well-known for its spacious lots and expansive horse trails. It is often identified as the wealthiest city in the United States and has a population of just over 65,000. The often-controversial President Nixon was born there, and the city is home to the Richard Nixon Presidential Library and Museum.
The name Yorba dates back to the 1760s when Jose Yorba was a member of a Spanish expedition. Jose Yorba petitioned the King of Spain for a land grant in 1809 and was awarded over 60,000 acres of land. The land came to be known as Rancho Santiago de Santa Ana. Approximately one century later, Jacob Stern sold large areas of the Yorba land to the Janss Corporation. The corporation began to sell off parcels for agricultural use and renamed the area Yorba Linda.
The early residents planted citrus groves and constructed ranch houses between 1910 and 1920. With the construction of the Pacific Electric Railroad, the farmers at Yorba Linda could easily transport their produce to major markets. This important transportation link was the impetus for a growing community, and soon packaging houses sprung up in the area.
Yorba Linda continued to thrive during the 1920s with agriculture the mainstay of its livelihood. Fortunately, the farmers were able to withstand the economic hardships of the Great Depression, and the agricultural economy of the area was maintained. Yorba Linda kept its small town character during the post-World War II era; however, the growth in the 1960s transformed the once rural community into a modern community.
Today, Yorba Linda is a residential community with over 20,000 housing units ranging from the upper $300,000 to over $1.5 million. With over 100 miles of equestrian trails, it is a mecca for horse lovers. The city is family-oriented and maintains 130 acres of sports fields and over 25,000 square feet of gym space for activities including Pop Warner football, little league baseball and soccer. The community is also served with the well-acclaimed schools of the Yorba Linda Unified School District.
Within a half-hour drive to some of California’s most stunning beaches, residents at Yorba Linda can take in the sunny skies and sparkling waters at Huntington Beach, Laguna Beach, Newport Beach and much more. These striking coastal towns are dotted with sidewalk cafes, art galleries, strolling boardwalks, chic boutiques and offer plenty of watersport activities. Sailing, swimming, surfing, jet skiing and body boarding are just a few of the fun activities available. Snorkelers and scuba divers take in the magnificent marine life along the colorful reefs and many rocky coves.
Yorba Linda is also close to some of the best theme parks in the world. Nearby Disneyland Park is packed for a fun-filled day with lively Disney characters, splashing waterparks, exciting rides and spectacular life show. Knott’s Berry Farm Theme Park features thrilling roller coasters, children’s rides, specialty shopping and engaging shows, such as Aztec dancers and can-can girls at the Ghost Town Saloon. SeaWorld San Diego offers incredible marine shows with dancing dolphins, jumping whales and whimsical sea lions. Legoland is trimmed with decorative legos and features fun rides, factory tours and waterparks.
Orange County is home to many cultural venues, including museums and performing art’s establishments. Residents can take in a Broadway show or ballet at the Segerstrom Center for the Arts in Costa Mesa. This venue houses the Pacific Symphony, the Philharmonic Society and the Pacific Chorale.
Yorba Linda offers a gracious lifestyle within a close-knit community that is unparalleled. Open spaces picturesque with rolling hills and sycamores, it is absolutely beautiful.