Live In North Tustin

North Tustin is one of Orange County’s best kept secrets. Situated just north of the city of Tustin, North Tustin is an unincorporated community of about 24,000 consisting of Cowan Heights, Lemon Heights, East Tustin, Panorama Heights, Rocking Horse Ridge and the Red Hill area.

Since the 1960’s the Foothill Communities Association, a non-profit organization has strived to preserve the low density character of the community.

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Almost all homes in North Tustin are situated on 10,000 square foot or larger lots, and are unique in their architecture and character. Most homes in North Tustin were built in the 1960’s and 70’s, and many are still owned by the original buyers. Architectural styles reflect Spanish, colonial, mid-century modern and variations of Ranch style from cottage to split level to 2 story.

Elevations are varied, and many homes in North Tustin have spectacular views of the hills, ocean and surrounding canyons.

Tustin Unified School District

The Tustin Unified School District services the North Tustin area. Elementary schools include Arroyo, Redhill, Tustin Memorial, Guinn Foss and Loma Vista. The Middle Schools are Hewes & Columbus Tustin (magnet school), and the High School is Foothill. All schools are recipients of either California Distinguished Schools and or National Blue Ribbon School awards. Foothill High School offers the International Baccalaureate program, and 16 advanced placement courses to students. It is typically ranked as one of the top 500 schools in US News and World Report’s annual ranking

2010 North Tustin Census

The 2010 United States Census reported that North Tustin had a population of 24,917.
The population density was 3,733.7 people per square mile (1,441.6/km²).

The racial makeup of North Tustin was:
20,836 (83.6%) White,
148 (0.6%) African American,
104 (0.4%) Native American,
1,994 (8.0%) Asian,
52 (0.2%) Pacific Islander,
908 (3.6%) from other races, and
875 (3.5%) from two or more races
Hispanic or Latino of any race were 3,260 persons (13.1%)

The population was spread out with:
5,857 people (23.5%) under the age of 18,
1,709 people (6.9%) aged 18 to 24,
4,613 people (18.5%) aged 25 to 44,
7,979 people (32.0%) aged 45 to 64, and
4,759 people (19.1%) who were 65 years of age or older
The median age was 45.6 years.
For every 100 females there were 96.3 males.
For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 94.0 males

The Census reported that 24,726 people (99.2% of the population) lived in households, 161 (0.6%) lived in non-institutionalized group quarters, and 30 (0.1%) were institutionalized.
There were 8,580 households, out of which 3,036 (35.4%) had children under the age of 18 living in them, 5,971 (69.6%) were opposite-sex married couples living together, 685 (8.0%) had a female householder with no husband present, 310 (3.6%) had a male householder with no wife present. There were 200 (2.3%) unmarried opposite-sex partnerships, and 69 (0.8%) same-sex married couples or partnerships. 1,276 households (14.9%) were made up of individuals and 764 (8.9%) had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.88. There were 6,966 families (81.2% of all households); the average family size was 3.19.

There were 8,866 housing units at an average density of 1,328.5 per square mile (513.0/km²), of which 7,676 (89.5%) were owner-occupied, and 904 (10.5%) were occupied by renters. The homeowner vacancy rate was 0.9%; the rental vacancy rate was 3.4%. 22,095 people (88.7% of the population) lived in owner-occupied housing units and 2,631 people (10.6%) lived in rental housing units.

Community Events in Tustin and North Tustin

Though a city of over 50,000, Tustin and North Tustin have that small feeling. The “City of Trees” is all about family, fun & an active lifestyle. There are several annual events which add to our quality of life including:

Tustin Tiller Days: The first weekend in October enjoy an old fashioned parade and carnival.

Chili Cook-Off: Local chefs and Restaurants set up booths in Old Town to compete for bragging rights for the best chili ever!

4th of July Fireworks: Held on the grounds of Tustin High, this is a very good show including live entertainment.

Dino Dash: Benefiting the Tustin Public Schools Foundation the Dino Dash is can be a recreational walk for regular folk or a competitive run for top athletes. Proceeds benefit local public schools.

Concerts in the Park: Located in Pepper Tree Park several Wednesdays in the summer. Local talent ranging from pop to country to rock entertain the lawn chair crowd.

Broadway in the Park: Also located at Pepper Tree Park, for a week in August enjoy quality live plays and musicals such as Oliver, South Pacific and Fiddler on the Roof performed by local talent.

Rental Opportunities in Tustin and North Tustin

There are few rental options in North Tustin other than single family homes. Current rental prices range from $3,000 – $5,000 per month, and homes generally rent quickly due high demand. Because Tustin has a higher density and is a larger area, there are more opportunities to rent, especially in Tustin Ranch. Clustered around the 5 freeway are a collection of older apartments and town homes for rent. Prices range from $1,500 per month to a 1 bedroom apartment to $2,500 for a 3 bedroom condo.

Newer construction apartments and town homes may be found on the former helicopter base now known as Tustin Legacy. Single family homes are also available for rent – a good source of supply is Tustin Meadows. Single family homes in Tustin rent in the $2,700 – 3,500 range in Tustin and $3,100 – $5,000 range in Tustin Ranch.

There are 14 parks within the City of Tustin. The most prominent are:

Pepper Tree Park: Home of Broadway in the Park & Concerts in the Park

Tustin Sports Park: 3 baseball diamonds and several multi-use playing fields

Citrus Park: Walk and picnic among a preserve of local citrus trees.

Cedar Grove Park: Featuring an amphitheater, access to local trails, basketball courts & picnic areas and beautiful grove of cedar trees.

The unincorporated area of North Tustin features Bent Tree Park & many equestrian & hiking trails that lead to Peter’s Canyon Regional Park.

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