Tustin is a city located in Orange County. It is bordered by the cities of Irvine, Santa Ana, Orange and the foothills of Tustin. Like many early cities in Southern California the earliest inhabitants of the area were Indians and lima bean and sugar beet fields, lots of trees and abundant water. Originally trees were apricot and walnut but eventually got replaced by Valencia oranges. It’s no wonder it used to have the nickname of “City of Trees”. In the Tustin of today the Indians that occupied this area were known as Gabrielinos.
If you wonder where the the city got its name, it was from a man named Columbus Tustin. For all of you interested in real estate, in the mid 1800’s, the story goes that he and a partner by the name of Nelson Stafford purchased approximately 1300 acres of land for approximately $1.50 per acre! Can you imagine? He was trying to create Tustin City and sales of homesites were slow. He carefully laid out the city streets and marking them with mustard and sycamore trees. It was his life’s work! He apparently ended up giving away the lots if you would build a home on that site. He died in 1883 and today the city is named after him. Maybe for his charity or his tireless work in meticulously detailing out the streets and trees. I think he would be proud of the city of Tustin today!
During World War II , 1942, they developed 3 military bases in Tustin (Hanger 1, 2 and 3). These hangars are massive. They were built to house the large blimps. In July of 1999 they closed MCAS Tustin (Hanger 3). Hanger 1 is still owned by the Dept of the Navy and is located near Valencia and Armstrong. Hanger 2 is located near Warner and Tustin Ranch Road. Hanger 2 is being reviewed by the city as to its future use but the city does allow use for events and activities. Hollywood has even used them for television shows and movies such as Pearl Harbor, the X Files, Star Trek and Austin Powers. If you are interested in renting the hanger for a venue/location event you can contact the city for more information.
Forbes once named Tustin as one of the top 25 towns to live well in America. The city itself is rich in legacy and history with tree lined streets and many historical homes and beautiful new ones. This city is diverse in its real estate offerings to meet all of your living needs. There are affordable housing communities where you can potentially purchase under $100,000 up to 7500 square foot homes on lots of 40,000 square feet which would sell in excess of $4 million dollars. There is ample housing, quality education as the schools are all top notch, and the city and its people have a great sense of community and pride of ownership and where they live!
If you are not from California, Tustin’s climate is typical So Cal weather which is often referred to as a Mediterranean climate. Per Wikipedia in 2019 Tustin’s population was 79,348. Most of the employment is professional with .1% being agricultural which is completely different in the 1800’s. If you commute out of the city for work, there is easy access to freeways and simple commutes into neighboring cities without having to drive on a freeway! Public transportation is readily available. There is city bus service and the Tustin Metrolink Station has a daily service.
What I love about Tustin is the variety of food. There are ample fast food restaurants, but many one of a kind or smaller franchised eateries. I used to eat at a sushi restaurant when I was in my 20s and in 2014 I met a young man who had a poke shop in the city of Anaheim and was opening one at Hollywood and Highland. He was the son of the sushi restaurant I used to love 20 years prior and it is still there getting rave reviews! I love when life circles back and shows you that some traditions carry on but in a new way! The coffee house I used to love is still there under a new coffee name, doing a fabulous roasting and brew business indeed! The District which is off Jamboree and Barranca is home to many eateries and shops. There big box stores, natural and organic grocery store and movie theater amongst the many eateries and smaller shops and banks. The Market Place is off the 5 freeway just North at Jamboree up to Irvine Blvd. If you are shopping for furniture, clothing, want a healthy lunch, buy a car, grab a movie, an adult beverage or a coffee; you can do it at the Marketplace!
If you are a golfer, you’ll love the Golf Club with a nice course and affordable membership fees. Sports enthusiasts and kids will enjoy the many parks. Here are some of the larger parks: Citrus Ranch Park, Tustin Sports Park and Columbus Tustin Park (he had a park named after him too!). There are well over 40 churches within the city as well so every denomination is represented!
The sense of community is embraced by holding annual events!
In June the city holds an annual chili cookoff and salsa competition. It is a street fair they have been having for 35 years. They have carnival attractions, family plaza, craft booths and non-profit food vendors there as well. Entertainment, music, friendly contests, beer and wine booths, and a kids area. It happens all day from 11am to 6pm in Old Town Tustin.
Since 1957 the city has celebrated Tustin Tiller Days which is a 3 day festival in October, with no admission fee! It celebrates Orange County’s agricultural heritage and it gives opportunity to all the non-profit organizations to raise funding for their independent causes! This festival has given opportunity to raise thousands of dollars that benefit a wide array of local needs!
Going on their 7th annual Tiller Days Backyard Brewfest, in also in October w/a $30-35 wristband charge, families are welcome but you must be 21 yrs old to enjoy Brewfest. There are rides and games, local breweries pouring different beers and food vendors for some grub! It’s a nice big event with a small town feel.
In December, there are various holiday events that occur in the city. Christmas Tree lighting, a menorah lighting, a talent show by Tustin Parks and Recreation. The Lions Club always holds a Holiday Craft Boutique, various churches hold pancake breakfasts, Christmas Dinners, toy drives all to benefit the homeless and families in need. On December 1st through the 22nd, Mr. and Mrs. Claus visit every street in the city on their sleigh on wheels. The city has a link on their website you can look up when your street will be visited! Makes it great for those streets who want to enjoy a progressive dinner or neighborhood/street event to celebrate the holidays! This is a great city to call home to whether your work here or live here!
About the Author – Tustin Real Estate Agent Kim Wells
Kim Wells exudes confidence, offering both patience and trust with an overall commitment to her client’s best interest. The real estate industry is ever changing and Kim knows how to move with those shifts. Gone are the days when a realtor would simply put a post in the front yard to sell a home. Or that a lender can take an application and magically make any buyer qualify. Now more than ever a seller truly needs realtor in their corner when making the decision to sell their most valuable asset. Having been an experienced lender previously, she has all the bases covered in keeping a solid pulse on her transactions! Kim assists with: Luxury Real Estate, Condominiums, Short Sales, Coastal property, LA and Orange County, Fixers, 1031 exchanges, Commercial, Industrial, Investment, Leases.
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