For homebuyers who like to put on their shoes and go, walkscore.com ranks cities and neighborhoods according to how easy it is to handle everyday errands on foot. A highly walkable area receives a score of 70 or higher out of 100. Among the 50 most walkable cities in California, two fall within Orange County: Santa Ana and Costa Mesa. Other O.C. cities contain neighborhoods that rate higher. Life in these areas makes a stroll to the local gastropub, theater, or market a joy.
Walkscore.com deems Laguna Beach “car-dependent” with a score of 43, but gives the downtown area, The Village, a much higher 84. There, this 1933 Brayton-Eschbach Estate is a step back in time—steeped in local history. The primary ocean-view residence has three bedrooms, three baths, and a pool. The other has two bedrooms and one bath. William Rolfing, 949-689-4470
The city of Costa Mesa garners a score of 62, making it “somewhat walkable,” according to walkscore.com’s ratings. This 2015 home tells another story. It’s just a few blocks from East 17th Street and a mile’s walk from The Triangle center. The single-story midcentury modern home has four bedrooms, four baths, and a kitchen with Thermador appliances. Vicki Lee, 949-554-1247
With a score of 65, Santa Ana claims the highest citywide ranking of any Orange County municipality. Downtown Santa Ana, the location of this 2007 live-work loft, scores even higher at 88. The three-story loft has one bedroom and three baths, as well as a kitchen with granite countertops, and a two-car garage. Steven Ward,