Yorba Linda is the land of gracious living
Yorba Linda, California, is best described as a residential community with a small town feel and easy access to the Los Angeles metro-area. The city's gorgeous parks cater to equestrian sports, family activities and nature-lovers. Yorba Linda's population of 68,000 enjoys excellent schools, abundant natural beauty and open space, a wonderful library and community center, and impressively active youth sports organizations.
The city of Yorba Linda sits in the Anaheim Hills in the northeastern corner of Orange County, California. Yorba Linda is just southeast of the City of Brea. The Imperial Highway bisects Yorba Linda from north to south, and Highway 91 runs along the southern border of town. The Chino Hills State Park and the Black Gold Golf Club are located on the north side of town.
Yorba Linda is located in the in the Los Angeles-Long Beach metropolitan area. It is approximately 40 miles southeast of downtown Los Angeles and 13 miles northeast of downtown Santa Ana, the Orange County seat. Anaheim, with a population of over 200,000, is just 20 minutes away. Yorba Linda offers the best of both worlds - a rural-like setting close to everything.
Yorba Linda is small in size, about 19 square miles. One of the best things about the town is its semi-rural feel. Residents enjoy an extensive system of landscaped streets and greenbelts throughout the city. Also, the city's north and northeastern sides are bordered by open space. Yorba Linda sits at 397 feet above sea level and it is about an hour away from the beach.
Yorba Linda is a residential community of primarily single-family homes on large lots. There are a very nice variety of housing options in Yorba Linda including condos/townhouses starting in the $400,000s, detached single-family homes with a median price of $825,000 (as of June 2017), and gorgeous, private estates starting at $1.5 million. Some of the 1920s-era "craftsman" style homes can be found in quaint neighborhoods as well as modern California architecture.
Interesting Facts/Historic Buildings and Places
The area where Yorba Linda now sits was once occupied by the Juaneño Indians. In 1769, a Spanish expedition passed through, and a soldier named José Antonio Yorba petitioned the King of Spain for a land grant to the hills there. In 1810 he received the 62,000 acres that became Rancho Santiago de Santa Ana. In 1834, his third son Bernardo Yorba combined his father's lands with those granted to him by Governor José Figueroa, creating one of the greatest ranchos of the time. Bernardo Yorba lived as a farmer on the land and raised his 20 children in the area.
After changing hands three times, the Yorba land turned over to the Janss Investment Co. of Los Angeles. The Janss Co. developed the town of Yorba Linda as a family community. The original town was smaller than today; much of the eastern portion of Yorba Linda has been annexed through the years.
Yorba Linda has had a development boom since residents voted to incorporate as Orange County's 25th city in 1967.
One of the early families to settle in Yorba Linda was the Nixons. Frank and Hannah Nixon and their son, Harold, built a home on Yorba Linda Boulevard in 1912. On Jan. 9, 1913, their second son, Richard, was born.
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Updated: 15th January, 2021 2:44 PM (UTC).