The Old Towne Preservation Association is a nonprofit organization dedicated to maintaining the district.

Welcome to Orange

This family-oriented college town offers a great downtown area and bustling commercial district.
Filled with Prairie, Spanish Colonial Revival, and Victorian architecture, the City of Orange is home to some 140,000 residents and a bustling commercial district.
Located 32 miles southeast of Los Angeles, this 27-square-mile city is punctuated by the Plaza, which contains many of the original structures built in the period after the city's incorporation. Now a vibrant commercial district containing Orange County's oldest operating bank and the oldest operating soda fountain, this Historic District was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1997 and is the largest National Register District in California. The Old Towne Preservation Association is a nonprofit organization dedicated to maintaining the district.
Named for railroad magnate Henry Huntington, who orchestrated its development, the city is now an epicenter of activity and entertainment featuring a diversified economy, a wide variety of housing, and an excellent educational system.

What to Love

  • Populated by beautiful, historic architecture
  • Home to a vibrant commercial district
  • Filled with a variety of parks, lakes, and other outdoor attractions

People & Lifestyle

There are close to 45,000 households in Orange, and the median age of this town is 34 years. Home to various parks, lakes, the Orange County Zoo, and Chapman University, this city is popular among families and maintains a substantial student population.

Dining, Shopping & Entertainment

Repeatedly voted Orange County’s favorite downtown, Old Towne Orange’s streets are lined with antique and collectibles dealers, specialty shops, art galleries, restaurants, and more. Its central Plaza Park has been the gathering place for Orange residents and visitors for more than a century. Old Towne Orange contains the largest Nationally Registered Historic District in California, and its distinct look makes it a popular location for film and television production. Old Towne is also home to Chapman University, Orange City Hall, and the Orange Public Library & History Center.
Chapman University is a private research university that encompasses ten schools and colleges, including Fowler School of Engineering, Dodge College of Film and Media Arts, Fowler School of Law, and Schmid College of Science and Technology.
Great shopping and dining options exist at The Plaza, complete with a range of specialty shops and more than 60 antique dealers.
The Outlets at Orange, an extensive outdoor shopping and entertainment center, is located at the southwestern edge of the city and boasts stores like Neiman Marcus, Hollister, and Saks Fifth Avenue.

Thing to Do

Since 1973, the Plaza has played host to the Orange International Street Fair each Labor Day weekend, attracting food and alcohol vendors as well as local artists and small business owners. There are also multiple parks and hiking trails, and the city is near Anaheim Stadium and Disneyland.


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