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28
Nov

How to Buy a Vacation Home in Anaheim with Friends

Find out if teaming up to buy a second home is right for you and your friends.

Given the current strength of the fast-moving real estate market in Anaheim, you might be thinking about buying a second home close to Disneyland or miles from the beach. But what can your vacation home budget realistically get you?

If your vacation-home budget can only afford a fixer-upper instead of a dream home, going in on a purchase with friends or family can be a great way to get much more home for your money. If you are considering going this route, here is how to get started.

1. Decide if this is right for you

The number-one reason to consider purchasing a house with friends is that it lowers your investment amount. Unlike fractional ownership or timeshare opportunities, when people go in together and purchase a property at market price, they will enjoy the equity gains of the traditional real estate market.

The best candidates for shared property are those who want to use the house for a few weeks in the year, then rent out the home when they are not here.

Owners also need to be comfortable sharing ongoing expenses, like property management insurance, fees, utilities and repairs.

2. Lay down the legal groundwork

To protect all owners when unexpected events happens and to avoid hurt feelings, we recommend hiring an attorney to set up an LLC, then purchasing the home through the company.

Owning a home with friends or family is fun and exciting on the front end, but what happens three years later when an owner wants out?

Your lawyer could write an operating agreement that will clear up expectations on everything from how utilities are shared to how a buyout will work if one owner wanted to sell and the others did not.

3. Start searching for a home

Keep in mind that the vacation-home market moves rapidly. With multiple stakeholders needing to agree that a home is the one, it would be best to decide on your shared criteria before you start searching.

This is very important if you are searching from afar or if one person will be doing most of the home touring on behalf of the group. This way, when you find the right property, you could put an offer together quickly.

Treat the whole transaction like a business. Make a spreadsheet with a list of potential properties and a list of pros and cons.

You should also enlist a local real estate professional with expertise in the area where you would like to buy. This person is best qualified to help you identify houses that are a good value, that will do well in the local vacation rental market, and that are in areas likely to appreciate.

There is plenty of legwork in this process, but if you find the right people to partner with and act fast when you find the perfect home, you will be sitting back and enjoying your dream home before you know it.

Thinking of buying in Anaheim or the northern Orange County area? Contact Stacy and Nicole here!

21
Nov

5 Steps to Break Free of Mortgage Trouble for Good in Northern Orange County

The short sale process could seem intimidating, but getting a handle on the steps can make it a lot less scary. A short sale is where homeowners sell their home for less than they owe on their mortgage. This is often the last resort for people who cannot pay their mortgage and are facing foreclosure.

How does a short sale work? Read the steps involved below:

1. First consider a loan modification
Before you assume that you need to have a short sale, speak to your lender or housing counselor about your current situation. You might be able to get a loan modification and avoid having to sell your property.

The federal Home Affordable Modification Program is a project run by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and might be a good option. If you are eligible for HAMP, your mortgage company will most likely put you on a trial plan for three months. This will give you time to show that you can make timely payments at a new monthly payment level. If you make it through the three-month trial, you might have a new mortgage payment and avoid moving ahead with a short sale.

If you can’t make it through the trial, the next step would be to move forward with a short sale.

2. Speak to your lender about a short sale
Since a short sale means you are trying to sell your home for less than you owe on your mortgage, your mortgage lender will need to sign off on it. But initially, the lender is going to need proof that the short sale is necessary.

The sellers need to submit a short sale packet. This includes hardship papers that show the bank the seller is currently undergoing financial hardship.

That paperwork might include account information and bank statements, copies of bills, pay stubs, asset disclosures and more.

3. Call a real estate agent
You will need a real estate agent to sell your home. Since short sales are complicated, you will want an agent with experience in the short sale process to handle the deal.

The agent will then assess your financial situation as well as the property’s estimated value to estimate a listing price. Click here to get in touch with Stacy and Nicole to schedule an in-home consultation!

4. Listing your home
This is one step in the short sale process that is like any other home sale. The property in question is listed by your real estate agent, who will search for a buyer and get your home under contract.

When you get an offer from a buyer, it must be submitted to your lender for review. Further negotiations might be required between the buyer’s agent, your agent and the lender until a settlement is reached.

If your lender has approved your short sale under the United States Treasury’s Home Affordable Foreclosure Alternatives program, it will be done in about four months. If you did not qualify for HAFA, the process could take longer.

5. Closing the deal
If your mortgage lender approves your buyer, you will move out and the buyer will move in. The money used to purchase the home will go to your lender and your mortgage debt will be forgiven.You will also walk away with three thousand dollars in moving expenses if you qualified for HAFA. If you did not qualify, you simply walk away without the mortgage debt on your shoulders.

Do you need a real estate professional to sell your home? Contact us here!

20
Oct

5 Instagram-Worthy Food Halls in Orange County

Your friend wants carne asada tacos, but you want a steaming bowl of pho. What do you do? Go to a food hall, of course! Food halls are modern food courts offering a wide variety of food vendors and they are the hot, new trend in Orange County! Take a look at the following guide for five of the best food halls in Orange County. Your stomach and Instagram followers will thank us later!

 

TRADE

2222 Michelson Dr.

Irvine, CA 92612

 

One of the newest food halls in Orange County, TRADE has taken over Irvine by storm. Located near John Wayne Airport, TRADE is Irvine’s first food hall and home to tasty vendors like Dos Chinos, Slapfish, Afters Ice Cream, Two Birds, Butterleaf, and GD Bro Burger. TRADE has eight restaurants and one bar serving simple, classic cocktails, boutique wines, and 10 taps of craft beer. The open-air concept gives the food hall a fresh vibe, while the delicious food keeps visitors coming back for more.

 

Must try:

  • Avocado Bombs at Butterleaf: diced avocados rolled in crushed corn chips, deep fried and topped with kimchi tiger sauce
  • Maple Bacon Jam Burger at Pig Pen Delicacy: a beef patty topped with swiss cheese, maple bacon jam, chive aioli, crispy onion strings, and a pan fried egg
  • Calamari Bowl at Portside: fresh calamari topped with a bright array of peppers and onions

 

Anaheim Packing House

440 S. Anaheim Blvd

Anaheim, CA 92805

 

Built in 1919 along the Southern Pacific rail line in downtown Anaheim, the Anaheim Packing House is a historic landmark where local farmers would pack their freshly picked citrus to be sold around the country. The restored Packing House is now home to modern cuisine, live entertainment, and so much more. This two-story food hall features a huge central atrium with communal dining surrounded by a variety of vendors as well as outdoor picnic gardens and a huge porch overlooking Farmers’ Park. The Anaheim Packing House contains 25 delicious vendors and a secret bar that you’ve got to check out.

 

Must try:

  • Orange Mocha Chip Ice Cream at Hans Homemade Ice Cream: This unique blend of ice cream is one of their signature creations and just one of their 50 distinct flavors.
  • Short Rib Poutine at The Kroft: french fries and braised short rib topped with short rib gravy, mushrooms, pickled red onions, cheese curds, and parsley
  • Jardiniere Savory Crepe at Pandor Bakery: a crepe stuffed with roasted eggplant, zucchini, bell peppers, goat cheese, pesto, portobello mushrooms, tomatoes, and onions

 

4th Street Market

201 E 4th St.

Santa Ana, CA 92701

 

With 15 different vendors like Falasophy, Chunk N Chip, and Jinny’s Pizzeria, 4th Street Market is the ideal place for foodies. Located in downtown Santa Ana, 4th Street Market offers innovative food, open kitchens, and a fun community space. 4th Street Market also offers movie and trivia nights and tennis table tournaments. So grab your friends and enjoy a fun night with mouthwatering food.

 

Must try:

  • Stoner Papas at Dos Chinos: shoestring french fries piled with carne asada, bolsa roast pork belly, chorizo fried rice, a sunny side up fried egg, salsa verde, onions, and cilantro
  • Alchemistic Blend at Portola Coffee Lab: a blend of the Nicaraguan and Helsar de Zacero blends roasted a smidge darker with distinct notes of baker’s chocolate, dried fruit, toasted almonds and spice.
  • Hawaiian Punch Pop at Front Porch Pops: a seasonal blend of mango, strawberry, and orange on a stick

 

The Camp

2937 Bristol St.

Costa Mesa, CA 92626

 

Located across the street from The Lab in Costa Mesa, The Camp is the ideal spot for health and wellness with a hipster vibe. With unique spots like Milk and Honey, Umami Burger, and Black Market Bakery, The Camp provides visitors with a culinary experience. The Camp also offers more than just yummy food as locals enjoy purposeful shopping at various stores and monthly “Last Tuesday’s” Sobeca ARTwalk, film screenings, and special events.

 

Must try:

  • Wine Flight at Wine Lab: three organic red or white wine samples picked specifically for you and poured into picturesque test tubes. Hint: Go during happy hour for $2 off select wine and beer.
  • Bacon PB and J Tacos at Taco Asylum: roasted peanut butter, carrot-ginger jam, fresh greens, sweet and spicy bacon, and pickled fresno chili served on a 5” flour tortilla made from scratch
  • Sesame Kale Macro Bowl at Native Foods Café: seared tempeh atop creamy tahini sauce, tangy sauerkraut, steamed kale and organic brown rice served with toasted sesame seeds, green onions and crunchy cucumber salad

 

Lot 579

21010 Pacific Coast Hwy

Huntington Beach, CA 92648

 

Located in Huntington Beach’s fun, new entertainment complex, Pacific City, Lot 579 is named after the three lifeguard towers on the beach directly across the street from the complex. With a variety of vendors, Lot 579 serves everything from Australian meat pies to fresh seafood and more. Pick up a delightful snack after a day at the beach or grab lunch to go as you shop at the nearby stores. Lot 579 has it all!

 

Must try:

  • Spaghetti Grilled Cheese Sandwich at Burnt Crumbs: pressed spaghetti, fresh mozzarella, and meat sauce in between slices of sourdough bread with a marinara dipping sauce
  • Grilled Seafood Sandwich at Bear Flag Fish Co.: your choice of fish served with lettuce, tomato, onion & Tommy sauce on a C’est Si Bon baguette
  • Californipa at The Dudes’ Brewing Company: This local IPA is just one of 24 different brews on tap at their new tasting room.

With all the delicious food halls in Orange County, what’s not to love? Orange County is the ideal place to live! Contact Stacy and Nicole to make Orange County your home today!

06
Oct

5 Secrets About Living in Orange County You Have to Hear

From the magic of Disneyland to the chill vibes of Huntington Beach, Orange County is home to a lot of popular tourist destinations. But what people who are new to the area wouldn’t know is that Orange County is also full of a lot of other hidden gems. Check out these five secrets about living in Orange County that only locals would know!

 

1. It’s not always how it looks on tv

Orange County is known as the infamous backdrop to popular shows like Laguna Beach, The Hills, and The O.C. These shows often depict beautiful stars having the time of their lives as they cruise along the traffic-free coast in their Mercedes or frolic down the empty beaches in Newport. While these portrayals may have some truth behind them, others are pure exaggerations for the sake of entertainment. In reality, some of these shows weren’t even filmed in Orange County. So no, locals don’t actually call Orange County “The O.C.” and not everyone drives a Mercedes, but there are so many reasons why the reality of Orange County is even better than how it appears on television. Good food? Check. Awesome people? You bet. Fun adventures? Of course. Orange County really does have it all and television shows just don’t do this extraordinary place justice.

 

2. Traffic is no joke

…but there are ways to get around it! If you’ve ever been to Orange County, you’ve probably heard people referring to the 5, the 22, the 55, and the 405. These seemingly random numbers are actually names of freeways and talking about the best way to navigate the roads is like another language to Orange County residents. Orange County natives have mastered the art of the sometimes hectic freeways and you can too by following these tips. First, avoid rush hour. Although it varies depending on the freeway and your direction of travel, the weekday morning commute is generally from 7:30am to 9am, while the after-work commute typically lasts from 4pm to 6:30pm. Fridays, however, are a whole different story with the after-work commute starting as early as 1pm. If you’re traveling on the weekend, it’s best to start early or after dinner to avoid the potential traffic from people heading off to their next adventure. Another helpful tip is to download Google Maps or Waze. Unlike some other GPS systems, these apps offer alternative routes and route changes to help you get to your destination as quickly as possible. Since Orange County has so many exciting things to do and something for everyone in each city, the freeways can get a bit crazy, but the priceless memories you’ll make from your day trip to the beach or the many laughs you’ll have during your amusement park adventure will make the commute more than worth it!

 

3. The best day to go to the beach is Wednesday

…or any weekday really. It’s no secret that Orange County is home to some of the best beaches along the West Coast. There’s the infamous Newport Beach, tourist favorite Laguna Beach, and the holy grail of surfing, Huntington Beach, just to name a few! But with the wildly popular beaches comes the huge crowds and parking nightmare. So when’s the best time to go to your favorite beach without all the hassle? Well, from our experience living in Orange County, we found that the middle of the week is the best time to escape the crowds that tend to populate every Saturday and Sunday. If you are going on a weekend, however, try to beat the rush and head to the beach in the early morning. Nothing sounds better than a peaceful morning relaxing on the beach followed by a delicious brunch along the water. Another beach tip is to avoid the peak of summer if possible. Autumn is an ideal time to visit the beach and it’s Southern California so the weather is always perfect regardless of the time of year!

 

4. Orange County is home to a lot of foodies

From the octopus ceviche at Javier’s in Newport Beach to the soup dumplings at Din Tai Fung in Costa Mesa, Orange County hosts a wide variety of cuisine. Every city has their specialties, so almost every type of food is accessible as long as you know where to go. Want to find the best food without taking all the time and effort to do the research? Check out some of our past blogs to find the best dessert spots , top brunch destinations, and more!

 

5. Orange County really is the best place to live!

Orange County has more than just gorgeous beaches and yummy grub. The fantastic sights, relaxing vibes, and plethora of things to do are giving locals so much to love about their hometowns. Comprised of 34 cities with over three million residents, Orange County is much more diverse than television may lead people to believe. Looking for a quiet place where you can walk around the farmer’s’ market or browse antique stores? Old towne Orange is the perfect place for you. Maybe you want something with a bit more nightlife? Check out Fullerton and everything the city has to offer. In Orange County, there truly is something for everyone!

 

Interested in moving to Orange County? Let us know and we’d be more than happy to help!

24
Sep

5 Ideas for a Ladies Day in Orange County

With the kids back in school there’s plenty of time to take a day to yourself! Grab the girls and treat yourselves to a ladies day. Here are a few of our favorite activities to do with the girls on a free day!

1. Shopping and Lunch at Fashion Island

Known as one of the nicest outdoor shopping malls in southern California, Fashion Island has numerous boutiques, four major department stores- including Macy’s, Nordstrom, Neiman Marcus and Bloomingdale’s, many delicious restaurants and even some great dessert spots! A popular lunch spot at Fashion Island is a cafeteria-style dining spot called Lemonade. It’s the perfect way to mix a healthy lunch with some fun shopping.

2. Nails and Juice Bowls

Nothing like a manicure and pedicure to treat yourself and your girlfriends! Sitting in the massage chairs is the perfect way to relax and spend time talking. There’s plenty of great nail spots all over Orange County but some of the most popular spots are Pardon My French Nail Bar in Tustin and Lollipop Nail Studio in Costa Mesa. There are plenty of dining options around these nail spots but acai bowls seem to be a popular option lately!

3. Wine Tasting

Maybe not the best weekday activity if you have to pick the kids up from school, but wine tasting on the weekends is a great activity to invite the girls to! There’s plenty of wineries across Orange County but one of our favorites is the Laguna Canyon Winery!  

4. Spa Day at Monarch Beach

Although it’s a little bit of an expense, a spa day is a great way to relax and reboot. Monarch Beach Resort in Dana Point has a beautiful Miraval Spa that focuses on a “Life in Balance” mentality. After your treatments at the spa there are restaurants to choose from at the resort, and you also gain access to the stunning pool area that overlooks the Pacific Ocean. It is not hard to spend a whole day at Monarch Beach Resort. One of our favorite treatments offered is called the Endless Wave Experience, and can be great for anyone with sun-damaged skin. But, if Monarch Beach is not the place for you, there are plenty more spas and resorts across Orange County that offer top notch treatments and massages.

5. Brunch and Mimosas

Another great weekend activity with the girls is brunch! Although it seems cliche, it can be a great way to catch up and enjoy a tasty meal as well. Some of our favorite places to brunch on the weekends are at Pelican Hill in Newport Beach, or Cafe Mimosa in San Clemente. Both menus offer incredibly delicious choices and mimosas as well!
If you’re interested in more tips, advice and information on Orange County then take a look at some of out other blog posts! We’d love to answer any questions you might have or provide more information on the area and specific cities.

14
Sep

Fall Events in Orange County

The temperature might not be dropping too dramatically in southern California, but Fall is just around the corner and it’s time to start decorating, preparing and cooking for the season. Locals love this time of year because there is not only excitement about the holiday season approaching, but also so much happening in Orange County. Here’s your guide to all Fall events happening in these next couple months!

  1. Knott’s Scary Farm

Kicking off the Fall season is a fan favorite among Orange County locals! Knott’s Scary Farm is a tradition hosted by the Buena Park amusement park! This experience is so extreme that it calls for its own ticket! On select nights, beginning at the end of September and running through the end of October, visitors have the chance to visit this unique haunted house experience. Their tagline for the attraction is “where nightmares never end.” It’s certainly an ‘enter at your own risk’ experience, but many people love the attraction and even get big groups of friends to go together!

2. Newport Beach Wine and Food Festival

An event targeted at the over 21 crowd of Orange County, the Newport Beach Wine and Food Festival is a three day festival takes place at the end of September, and locals or visitors are welcome purchase different levels of tickets. In addition to decadent cuisine and tasty dishes, there will be over 60 different craft beer, specialty wine and even a few cocktail vendors. Although this event is not exactly Fall specific, it’s a great chance to find good holiday/ dinner party gifts.

3. Oktoberfest at Oak Gille

At this extravagant dinner hosted by Oak Grille in Newport Beach, attendees will be treated to a five course meal. In addition to the food, attendees will also be served a variety of craft beers that are special to the season. Seats are limited for this October 27th event so make sure you book your spot soon!

4. Holiday Faire in Irvine

Need to get some Christmas shopping done? What better way to do it than all in one place. This Holiday Faire takes place November 4 and 5, so you can get most of your shopping out of the way early. At the Holiday Faire there will be over 100 vendors of all different sorts. This is a great place to find holiday gifts for dinner parties, in laws or friends!

5. Surfing Santa Competition

Have you ever seen Santa surf? Well, if you head down to Salt Creek Beach, in Dana Point, on November 18 or 19 you can see hundreds of them! This fun and friendly competition requires all participants to dress up in some form of a Santa costume. The event raises money for the Surf Healing foundation, and surfers are awarded prizes depending on how extravagant their costumes are. This is a very fun event to bring the whole family to!
For more details on events happening this Fall in Orange County, feel free to reach out to us! We are more than happy to help!

21
Aug

Thing to Do This Halloween in Orange County

Finding Halloween activities in Orange County isn’t hard to do, but choosing between all of them is! This year is going to be even bigger than the previous years because everyone is finally realizing just how much fun the spooky events are. Plus, there are tons more family friendly options this year than ever, so you don’t have to wait until trick or treating to get the kids involved.

Check out a few of our favorite picks this year:

Mickey’s Halloween Party

With years and years of just decorating the park during Halloween, Disney finally got in on the action and created a family friendly experience where adults and children alike get to dress up and trick or treat together!

You didn’t misread that; everyone gets their own candy, both adults, and kids. It not only gets you out as a family, but it lets parents (and non-parents) get to rekindle the feeling they had as a child when they used to go house to house getting candy.

This isn’t the only feature of Mickey’s Halloween Party that you won’t want to miss. There are themed decorations, bags, collectors pins, spooky Disney villains, the Headless Horseman who leads a special Halloween parade, and the Halloween Screams fireworks show.

All of this and more are available only to those who go to Mickey’s Halloween Party (tickets are sold separate from day time admission.)

 

Knott’s Scary Farm

Adolescents and brave kids can make the trip, but leave the little ones at home because this is one Halloween event that is meant to scare your socks off! Knott’s Scary Farm has been a staple of SoCal scares for several years, and they are frequently changing the chills and thrills with each passing year.

The main attraction is the many creepy themed mazes scattered throughout the park, but there are tons of other cool features to enjoy! Among the attractions are all the usual rides like Ghostrider that will be fully functioning during the festivities, numerous shows including Elvira’s Last Show (a stage show), and cast members running around the park scaring all who dare enter.

Knott’s Scary Farm is a classic destination for all of the true Halloween junkies out there!

 

Tanaka Farms Pumpkin Patch

 

Tanaka Farms Annual Pumpkin Patch is a blast for the whole family! It also happens to be the most affordable to make our list, with free parking and $2 entry daily. If you’d like to ride the wagon that takes you on a tour of the 30 acres, it only costs $5 for anyone over the age of 2.

This is one place that the kids will absolutely love! Not only are there thousands of pumpkins of all shapes and sizes, but there is free face painting, balloons, and even a pumpkin cannon that shoots real pumpkins into the hills nearby!

 

Honorable Mentions

There are several other places that you can go to get your Halloween thrills, some of them year-round. There are even locations that require you to sign a waiver because they are so scary. 17th Door is one such location. These aren’t for the faint of heart, so research it before going!

Escape rooms are another awesome way to get into the Halloween spirit, and the good news is that most operate all year. They have horror themed problem-solving adventures that require you to solve the game to get out of a room within a certain time, or you fail.

Some are based on ideas like the movie Saw, and others require you to keep a pathogen inside to save the world! There are several different escape room locations throughout the OC, and each has their own unusual style!

 

Let’s Talk!

If you’re as excited about all the family outings in Orange County as we are, why not move here? Contact us here to learn more!

10
Aug

Best Family Outings in Orange County

Looking for some fun family outings in Orange County? Look no more because we have some great ideas for your family trips.

We understand life can get really hectic sometimes. No matter how efficient we think we are we could all use a break from the usual grind to get refreshed.  This holds even more true for kids as it does for the adults.

When you are exhausted, and you notice that the kids are bored too, it makes sense to step out of the house, get some fresh air, and have a rejuvenating time outside. After all, nothing can beat a family excursion, and why should the kids feel left out!

Some great destination ideas for family outings in Orange County include:

  • Parks: Parks are always great. You don’t have to plan anything special, and the fun of riding big balloons never grows old. Parks are a wonderful place even if it’s just a small picnic or get-together with the family. They are budget friendly and also allow you to have some quiet time. If you still want some help, check out this fantastic link http://funorangecountyparks.com that covers almost all of Orange County.
  • Zoos to Farms: Kids really love to interact, especially when they get a chance to be with nature and wild life. It’s like a new door has been opened to them, and we happen to love it too! There are various zoos and farms, where you can closely explore some wild life. Kids can feed the small animals, like turtles and rabbits. They can even touch snakes and other reptiles. If the idea sounds interesting to you, pack your bags and take your kids to Centennial Farm, Santa Ana Zoo, OC Zoo (Orange), The Reptile Zoo (Fountain Valley), or Tanaka Farms.
  • Disneyland: Does it even need an introduction? Come on; we are all huge fans of Disneyland. It’s a heaven for both kids and adults. From dining with characters to watching the firecrackers, from shopping to recreational activities, it’s a great entertainment place for all of us. So, what is stopping you? Visit http://disneyland.disney.go.com/ and book the tickets already!
  • Glowing Ocean: The Pirate Coast Paddle Co. lets you have amazing guided SUP Glow Night tours of Newport Bay. You can get there on Friday and Saturday nights in the summer. There are waterproof LED lightings, which let boarders see marine life in the calm waters. For detailed info, visit com.
  • Go ahead and jump: With kids, we too become younger. And kids never get bored of jumping. This time, along with your children, unleash the child in you and wiggle out at several trampoline places throughout Orange County. For some more sporty fun, explore dodge-ball, basketball, foam pits and an arcade area. The places to check are Sky Zone, Anaheim Hills, and Westminster; Big Air, Buena Park and Laguna Hills; Get Air Surf City, Huntington Beach; Sky High Sports, Costa Mesa; and Rockin’ Jump, Santa Ana.
  • Water Parks: We can never get enough splashing or cool water during the summer. Water parks are everybody’s favorite family outing spots. The best of them is Soak City. With new water slides and many more fun options, you can have an incredible time. Just click https://www.knotts.com/play/soak-city and you are ready to go! Some other water parks are Splash, Raging Waters, Heritage Water Splash Pads, and Frontier Park, etc.
  • Adventure Zone: At gov, you would find the Adventure Playground. It lets kids raft on a small pond, climb across a rope bridge and slide down a mud slide. As the activities can be a little muddy, you may need to bring some extra clothes and towels.  It becomes even better. There are not one but two such parks with the same name in Orange County. The Adventure Playground at Irvine’s University Park is not a traditional playground. The kids can have some unstructured play, use their imagination to build, create and interact at Cityofirvine.org.
  • Museums: Many of us love to visit museums. Museums are cool. They are full of info, a bit mysterious and take us into a different era altogether. They are food for the wondering, curious minds. The best museums in Orange County are Discovery Science Center, Bowers Museum and Pretend City.
  • Movies and starlit sky: What could be more mesmerizing than watching movies on giant screens, under the starlit skies? There are communities that arrange such movie screenings, where families bring beach chairs and blankets and enjoy the show. The locations are Brea, Dana Point, Fountain Valley, Irvine, Lake Forest and Placentia.
  • For the love of books: Hello, book-lovers! For some of us, spending time with and around books is equally thrilling and refreshing as any other outing option. Sounds even better, if you get free books to read, at places like Pottery Barn Book Club. There are other options too, like Local Library Programs.

If you feel like checking out more ways to a lovely and entertaining family outing, don’t get disheartened. There are various websites and blogs, flooding with places to get you going.

Some of them are:

  1. http://funorangecountyparks.com
  2. http://www.coastalgroupoc.com/blog/2015-awards-the-99-best-places-to-take-your-kids-in-orange-county.html
  3. sandytoesandpopsicles.com/orange-county
  4. https://www.planadayout.com/Things-to-do-with-kids-in-Orange-County-0

Isn’t it exhilarating, having so many options to choose from! What are you waiting for? Grab your bag, plan a day out and enjoy some beautiful family outings with your loved ones.

 

Let’s Talk!

If you’re as excited about all the family outings in Orange County as we are, why not move here? Contact us here to learn more!

20
Jul

Orange County Movies in the Park

There aren’t many places that can beat Orange County in the Summertime. Beach days are endless, picnics are easy and there’s always something to do or somewhere to go! Although we are nearing the end of July, there is still plenty of Summer left, so soak it up! In a recent blog we gave your opinions on some of the best Summer concerts happening in the area this Summer, but that is not the only night activity to take the family to. Movies in the Park are also a great way to bring everyone together, pack a picnic, and make a night out of it! There are multiple places that host movie in the park events, but here are a few of our favorites that are showing classics throughout the month of August!

Yorba Regional Park in Anaheim

The Summer movie series titled, Sunset Cinema, still has a few great showings left this season! On August 11, they’ll be showing A Bug’s Life,  then on August 18 The Sandlot  will be showing! Two great movies that many of your older kids will remember from their childhood!

 

Tustin

You can find movies in the park in Tustin at a few different locations! Tonight Centennial Park will be showing Moana! People tend to show up around 5:30 pm to play a few games and find a good seat, but the actual movie does not start until 8 pm. At the beginning of August, Peppertree Park will be screening The Jungle Book-  a great family film! The timing for this showing is similar to that at Centennial Park. Finally on August 10, Camino Real Park will be showing Finding Dory.

 

Anaheim

Aside from the Yorba Regional Park, there are a few other locations in Anaheim that have movie in the park showings throughout the rest of Summer! Tomorrow night Juarez Park will be showing Tangled for their Disney Summer Movie Series. This series continues on August 4 in Stoddard Park with Peter Pan. Following this classic, a newer film, Moana, will be screening at Eucalyptus Park on August 11.

 

Irvine

If you and the kids are looking for a new twist on movies in the park, the William Woolllett Aquatics Center puts on a Splash-In Movie & Recreational Swim event where families are welcome to bring swimsuits and floaties and lounge/play in the pool while Moana plays on a large screen. Because this event is so unique there is a small fee of $2 for children 1-17 and $4 for anyone 18 and over. The event begins at 6:30 pm so make sure not to be late!

 

Start packing your picnics and gathering your blankets because movies in the park are not an event to miss this Summer! It’s a great way to bring the family together and it’s an activity everyone can enjoy!

 

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4 Orange County Workouts to Check Out

Many Orange County locals are big fans of workout classes or discovering the latest workout trend. There are plenty of workout studios, gyms and classes in the area to meet everyone’s needs, but there are certainly a few that stand out. If you are a fan of the gym or a good class, check out some of these great workouts in Orange County. We guarantee you’ll be sore the next day!

OrangeTheory Fitness

You may have heard of this fitness studio before as it is a chain across California. However, if you have simply passed it off as just another gym, you are very wrong. OrangeTheory Fitness classes focus on heart rate-based interval training. Although the classes are designed like group personal training, each workout is designed to meet the needs of your body and your abilities. The classes are a combination of strength training and cardio, but each person is welcome to move at their own pace. This kind of training will target your metabolism and keep your body burning calories far beyond the 60-minute class. Spots fill up quick, so book your free trial class online today!

CKO Kickboxing

If you need a big kick in the butt, sign up for a class at CKO Kickboxing! The location in North Tustin is just down the road from Orange and it very easy to get to! This kickboxing studio uses hanging punching bags to provide more resistance and a better workout for your body! This class will keep you moving for the full 60 minutes and give your body the kickstart it needs. Taking one class at CKO will target muscles you are probably not used to working and jumpstart your metabolism. If you are unsure about this kickboxing workout, CKO offers new members a deal of three trial classes for $20. That flat rate also includes a brief introduction session before your first class, and gloves!

Bikram Yoga

Still want a great workout, but not as keen on the high intensity and moving workout classes? Bikram Yoga in Fullerton offers classes that are designed to work for attendees of all levels. Whether this is your first yoga class or you have been practicing yoga for years, bikram yoga will not only help your strained muscles, but also work your body in a different way than cardio or muscle training would. Bikram yoga classes are heated to 105 degrees and are typically referred to as “hot yoga” classes. This heat not only loosens your body and helps increases stretching abilities, but the heat also detoxifies your body and allows it to sweat out all the toxins. A 90-minute class is far from easy, but it is a great workout and a great meditation session to boot!

CycleLab Fitness Studio

You have probably heard a lot about cycling lately as it is one of the trendiest and most popular workouts today! There are plenty of studios now offering cycling classes, but not all of them are reliable or as good of a workout as they claim. If you want to get the ultimate cycling workout and reap the many benefits of a 60 minute session, then it’s time to try CycleLab Fitness Studio in Anaheim! Not only is the studio beautiful, but the instructors and staff are amazing! A class at CycleLab Fitness Studio is even more fun with a group of friends! There’s a variety of different types of classes to choose from depending on what you’re looking for: Fusion Cycle, Tone & Spin, Spin & Sculpt, and Group Training. Hop on a bike today to discover why everyone swears by a cycling workout!
These are just a few of the many great workouts Orange County has to offer! For more advice on Orange County give us a call today or reach out by email! We are happy to help with all your Orange County needs.