Named after a Spanish family that settled on the East Coast in the 18thcentury, Yorba Linda is one of the richest cities in the country and, according to various reports, one of the best cities to live in. Whatever you have to say about the city, however, andwhether you consider it a blessing or a curse, Yorba Linda will forever be known first and foremost for one thing: being the birthplace of former president Richard Nixon.
As you might expect, a home in a city with such a high quality of life doesnt come cheap. In fact the median cost of a house for sale in the area was $674,500 from May-July 2013, and the average price from January-March 2013 was $725,952. These prices have risen despite a reduction in sales (262 houses were sold from May-July 2013, 12.4% less than the same period last year). The combination of home ownership rates (81%) and low vacancy rates (3%) means that finding rent to own houses in any neighborhood is a challenge.
Among the highlights of festivals and events in Yorba Linda is the cant-miss Lobsterfest, an annual all-you-can-eat fundraiser for the Sunrise Rotary club in May that involves the potentially endless consumption of delicious lobster. Meanwhile, every September you can enjoy some dumplings and a potato pancake before joining in with traditional Polish dances at the Polish Harvest Festival (Dozynki). More culture is on offer at the Celebration of the Arts festival, a family friendly event in June that is designed to celebrate inspirational creativity.
There are a number of small shopping centers and boutique stores in Yorba Linda that can keep you busy. The largest shopping center, Savi Ranch, straddles next-door Anaheim and is home to a number of larger national stores, while the Eastlake Village Shopping Center and the Mercado Del Rio are just two of the smaller complexes that offer a selection of stores selling everything from jewellery to sportswear.
Whatever your politics, it's no cover-up to claim that the Richard Nixon Library and Birthplace is the most popular tourist destination in Yorba Linda. While tourists might be most interested in the photographs, suits and other artifacts that detail the life of the president rocked by the Watergate scandal, academics will consider the 46 million pages of records housed in the archives as the real star attraction of the library. If Nixon isnt your cup of tea you can always learn about llamas while walking them along a country trail thanks to the friendly folks at the ShangriLlama. You certainly cant say Yorba Linda doesnt offer variety.
Foodies are rather spoiled in Yorba Linda, as the city has an eclectic range of cuisines to please palates of all persuasions and often at a more affordable price than you might anticipate. Along Yorba Linda Blvd, youve got scintillating sushi, mouthwatering Mexican and tempting Thai, while the Wild Artichoke on Yorba Ranch Road is a hidden gem serving traditional American dishes with a twist.
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