It’s Orange County’s least populated city, but Villa Park, surrounded by the city of Orange, has some of the top-value real estate in the area. Claiming barely more than two square miles and about 6,000 residents, it has a median home value of $1.15 million. That’s nearly twice the countywide value of $617,700 and comparable to those in Newport Beach, where February 2015 Zillow data puts the median price at $1.3 million.
The city’s neighborliness might help its home values. “I can easily say there’s a real sense of community and closeness in Villa Park,” says Bill Baker, a resident since 1979. An attorney who has served on boards for the Villa Park Elementary School and other local organizations, he says the homes have gotten bigger and the number of horse trails has gotten fewer.
Nestled among palm and fruit trees, this 1969 home on Taft Avenue has touches of Craftsman style. The 5,470-square-foot house offers two stories of living area, six bedrooms, five baths, and three garages. The kitchen has granite countertops, and the movie theater has stadium seating. In the backyard are a pool, an enclosed above-ground spa with skylight, and a built-in barbecue. Nancy Moeller, 714-276-7006