Search for Orange County vintage
homes by price
Many buyers prefer to
search for homes by price range. The following links are arranged by
price and include homes built up to 1939. These homes are in all
Orange county cities that have large numbers of vintage homes. To
find homes built after 1939, use my links by decade here.
Search for Orange County vintage
homes by City
The following links are
arranged by Orange County City. These include homes built up to 1939,
with the exception of cities like San Clemente, where vintage style
homes were built well into the 1940s. OC's original cities of Anaheim,
Santa Ana, Fullerton, and Orange are cities that are rich
in history and have large inventories of vintage homes. Prominent
neighborhoods include Floral Park and French Park (Santa Ana), Anaheim Colony, the
homes around Fullerton's beautiful Brookdale street, Old Town
Tustin, and Old Towne Orange, the area around the famous Orange Circle. Old
Towne Orange has the largest concentration of 19th-century
homes in Orange County. Coastal
cities include San Clemente historic homes for sale,
especially those built by Ole Hanson. Other beach areas
include Laguna Beach and Newport Beach, which also have
many wonderful examples of homes and cottages built between the turn of the
century and the 1940s.
some OC cities have chosen the unfortunate path of tear down and
redevelopment, other Orange County cities have done remarkable jobs of preserving
and restoring their original down towns and neighborhoods The
cities of Orange, Fullerton, and Tustin stand out, in
that each of these cities have vibrant, beautifully restored down
towns and many wonderful, vintage neighborhoods and communities. Vintage
homes in the city of Corona.
for Vintage homes by style
Many of my vintage
homes buyers have requested searches by home style.
In addition to Orange County, the search will also include
Long Beach, Corona, and Riverside areas. Please remember that
the search will only be as accurate as the information entered
by each agent, and "style" can be a bit subjective.
Looking for a different style? Call me at 949-290-3263.
homes in Long Beach, CA
city of Long Beach, CA is widely recognized for it's historic
homes and communities, and the city has received high marks
for it's preservation efforts. Long Beach has 17 historical
neighborhoods, including Belmont Heights, Bluff Heights, Bluff
Park, Brenner Place, California Heights, Carroll Park,
Craftsman Bungalow Historic Village, Elliot Lane, Linden Ave,
Minerva Park Place, Rose Park & Rose Park South, Sunrise
Blvd, Willmore City/Drake Park, Wilton Street, and Wrigley.
The links below are for Long Beach vintage and historic homes for sale,
built 1939 or earlier.
Beach Historical Districts Map
Vintage Home searches
are some additional vintage home searches. These include searches by
bank owned homes, short sales, homes with owner financing or
assistance, ocean view homes, and homes with large lots. If you are
looking for homes with other search criteria, please feel free to
contact me. I will be happy to send you a customized list from the
Multiple Listing Service (MLS).
Vintage homes for lease
Use the following
links to search for a vintage Orange County home for lease or
rent. Older houses are primarily located in north OC or along
the coast. If you are looking for a historical home for rent
or lease, please visit the following links. The left link is
for rentals that are for 12 months or longer. The right link
includes shorter term, month-to-month, or vacation rentals.
For this link, the rent may be a weekly rate rather than
monthly, so call me on any of these to find out the actual
Orange County cities have the highest number of vintage
analysis, I looked at recent MLS combined activity* for
19 major Orange County, California cities. These cities all have significant
numbers of vintage homes (homes constructed up to 1949). Santa Ana leads all OC cities by a
wide margin, followed by Anaheim. Coastal community Laguna Beach
was next. Predictably, Fullerton,
Orange, Buena Park, and Garden Grove follow, as these are all
original Orange County settlements. After that, the beach
communities rise again with Newport Beach, Huntington Beach,
Costa Mesa, and San Clemente.
County vintage homes distributed by decade
For the following chart I analyzed recent MLS combined activity* for homes in 19 major
Orange County cities by decade. This includes the cities with
significant numbers of vintage homes (homes constructed up to
1949). Although generally the activity increases by each
subsequent decade, MLS activity is noticeably higher for homes
from the 1920s than for homes from the 1930s.
* Recent MLS combined activity - This is strictly a measurement
of total activity for the Orange County MLS within a
particular sort and within the current timeframe of the MLS
database. It is not a measurement of total homes sold, as it
includes many homes that have been listed, sold, or cancelled
on multiple occasions.
One of the first
things I always notice when I check vintage homes in the MLS
is whether the home
been restored (returned to period decor and
finish) or remodeled (renovated or updated with modern decor,
fixtures, etc). To me there is nothing less appealing than a
period home that has been updated with granite
counters, vinyl windows, modern fixtures, etc. I don't believe
that there is any point to buying a vintage home if you are
really looking for one with contemporary updates and features.
Over the years, some of OC's vintage homes have been remodeled
in this way. With all due respect to the current home owners,
these homes should be avoided when they do come up for sale,
as they do not accurately represent an original home of that
On the other hand, there are probably good reasons
why past homeowners may have replaced
some of the home's systems such as appliances, heating systems, plumbing, or
electrical wiring. Modern equivalents for these items are safer
and more efficient than their original counterparts. In an
ideal vintage home however, much of
the home should have been preserved or restored to reflect the period in which
the home was built. This includes features like windows, floors, woodwork and
trim, lamps, fixtures, tiles, sinks and tubs, paint colors,
furnishings, and decor. Here are a few articles that address this point:
or Restore, Which is Right for You?
to restore a vintage bathroom
upper may be a vintage home if repaired
are a few links that offer products or services to owners of
vintage and historic homes.
Heritage and Historic Area Links
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Thank you for
visiting my Orange County vintage homes web page! Vintage,
turn-of-the-century, and historic homes and lots in OC are an
endangered species due to the County's re-development efforts. I hope that you will
treasure these homes as
much as I do and that as a homeowner, you will endeavor to preserve, protect,
and restore your unique property. Each one of these homes
is a small piece of Orange County history!