Home to 22,980 people, Ladera Ranch is a master-planned community in Orange County, Calif. This attractive and desirable area is located on more than 4,000 acres of beautiful SoCal land, and offers its residents the amenities, lifestyle and aesthetic beauty to match its price tag. Those searching for Ladera Ranch apartments for rent will appreciate the areas family-friendly lifestyle, safety, beauty and incredible range of convenient and attractive amenities.
Ladera Ranch was constructed on land from the Avery, Moiso and O'Neill families' 23,000-acre Rancho Mission Viejo cattle ranch. The ranch, which is still operational today, is one of the largest working cattle ranches in Orange County. Builders broke land in Ladera Ranch in 1999, and the area's first resident moved in on December 14. Between 2000 and 2010, residents moved in and populated this attractive community. Now more than 22,000-strong, Ladera Ranch still holds appeal for those looking for an Orange County lifestyle.
Residents living in Ladera Ranch appreciate the area's aesthetic quality and master-planned vibe. Residents flock to Bridgepark Plaza for its small-town reminiscence and quaint shopping district of hang out at the Avendale Village Clubhouse, a plantation-style structure that brings back memories of old-fashioned living. When driving around the area, residents use the Crown Valley Parkway Bridge, which was designed to reflect the Pasadena-style bridges of the early 20th century. These and other attractive architectural styles appeal to residents desires.
A Ladera Ranch membership card allows residents access to a variety of superb amenities. Four clubhouses, more than 10 pools, amphitheatres, numerous parks, hiking and biking trails, tennis courts and more provide constant recreational opportunities for membership holders. For kids and active adults, numerous sports and recreations clubs give residents the opportunity to meet one another.
Although Ladera Ranch isn't home to any colleges or universities, a few institutes of higher learning are located within the surrounding areas. University of California, Irvine, and Concordia University are both located just 12 miles from Ladera Ranch. Vanguard University, La Sierra University, California State Fullerton College, California Baptist University, Biola University and University of California, Riverside are all located within 30 miles of the area.
Because Ladera Ranch is a census-designated place rather than a city and serves primarily as a residential community, most residents commute to work in other areas. Some of the top employers in Orange County include Allergan Inc., Anaheim City Hall, Blogtagon Social Media, Boeing Co., Broadcom Corp., California State Fullerton College, Emplicity, Experian, Quiksilver Eyewear, Hoag Hospital and UC Irvine Healthcare.
The cost of living index in Ladera Ranch is 165, which is 65 percent higher than the U.S. average. This is typical of southern California and Orange County communities. Those searching for Ladera Ranch rentals should note that the city has an average rental market with 26.9 percent of its homes being renter-occupied units. The median gross rent in the area is $1,852 per month. New residents will also want to take commuting and driving costs into consideration, as the area is considered car-dependent.
Within Ladera Ranch, numerous attractions and activities are centered on the area's clubhouses, sports facilities and other amenities. If residents feel like taking a day trip, Ladera Ranch is a 30-minute drive from Disneyland in Anaheim, California. Residents also enjoy the other Orange County attractions, including its many scenic parks and beaches.
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