Tustin, California is a community in Orange County just to the east of Santa Ana. Approximately 77,000 people call Tustin home. In 2009, Forbes named it as one of the top 25 places in which to live in the United States.
Father Junipero Serra and his Spanish expedition visited the area in the latter part of the 18th century. In 1776, Mission San Juan Capistrano was established as the first permanent European settlement in the area. In 1801, Jose Antonio Yorba received a 62,500-acre land grant here from the Spain Empire. His lands included the areas that today comprise Tustin, Santa Ana, Villa Park, Orange, Newport Beach and Costa Mesa.
After the Mexican-American War, the area became a part of the United States. A carriage maker that moved here from northern California, Columbus Tustin, founded the city now named after him on 1,300 acres of land. When Tustin was incorporated in 1927, its population was less than a thousand. After World War II, orchards and farms were progressively converted into subdivisions and shopping centers.
Parks and Recreation
The city of Tustin maintains over a dozen parks
ranging up to 20 acres in size. The 20-acre Tustin Sports Park is the largest of the facilities in the system. Its extensive amenities include six lighted tennis courts, two lighted basketball courts, three lighted ballfields and playground equipment. A concession stand serves food and drink, and there's parking for over 200 vehicles. Citrus Ranch Park is unique in that it includes a lemon orchard amidst its 17 acres. There's also a scenic hilltop gazebo, a hiking trail, BBQ facilities and playground equipment.
Attractions and Activities
The Marconi Museum
is a non-profit venture that includes an estimated $30 million worth of classic, exotic and antique cars. There are also vehicles of historical significance on display. Dick Marconi founded the museum in 1994. There is no admission charge. Rather, there is a suggested donation that helps to raise funds for at-risk kids.
Tustin Tiller Days
pays homage to area's agricultural past. Now in its 57th year, Tustin Tiller Days is an October festival that features a pancake breakfast, parade and large carnival. Local civic groups are the recipients of funds raised during this major event.
Tustin CA real estate includes everything from condomiums to luxurious mansions. The homes for sale in Tustin also include modern residences in planned communities. The pricing of Tustin real estate often reflects the popularity of this part of Orange County. The potential Tustin home buyer would be well advised to work with a knowledgeable Tustin realtor to learn more about the best values among Tustin homes for sale. A Tustin real estate agent can also tell you more about the master planned communities here, and all the amenities that these Tustin properties offer. The real estate in Tustin includes Tustin CA homes with less than one-thousand to more than ten-thousand sq-ft of living space.