Known as the City of Trees, Tustin was founded in the late 1800’s by Columbus Tustin. Approximately 75,000 people call Tustin home and for the homebuyer there are several distinctive housing areas.  Whether your style is turn of the century, 50’s ranch house or new construction, you will find an area just right for your taste.

OLD TOWN TUSTIN: Historic homes & buildings dating back to the early 1900’s within walking distance to quaint shops and great restaurants.

TUSTIN RANCH: Newer homes built from the 1980’s to 2000’s. The focal point is Tustin Ranch Golf Course, a beautiful 18 hole public golf course and event center.   There are several prestigious gated communities and estate quality homes as well as condos.

TUSTIN FIELD: Brand new construction on the former Tustin Helicopter Base. Condos to executive homes.

TUSTIN MEADOWS & South Communities: Built around a cross shaped public park, Tustin Meadows is a 900 home community of single family homes built in the 1970’s. There are 2 clubhouses and community pools.

EAST SIDE: North of the 5 freeway, east of Newport and south of La Colina, the east side offers modest 3-5 bedroom single family homes in quiet neighborhoods.

WEST SIDE: West of Newport, west side homes range from condos to large family homes on large lots.

Tustin Unified School District

The Tustin Unified School district serves all of Tustin with 1 exception – a small area of the newer Tustin Field area is served by the Irvine Unified School District. TUSD has 24,000 students, 18 elementary schools, 6 middle schools & 3 comprehensive high schools. In 2013-14, 850 classrooms were upgraded with interactive whiteboards, Apple TV, voice amplification and new computers for teachers. Over 10,600 iPads were deployed to kindergarten through 8th grade students. In 2014-15, TUSD will deploy iPads to students in grades K- 8 and laptops to grades 9-12 for a total of 18,241 devices. 96.8% of TUSD students graduate from high school, as compared to 87.5% for Orange County and 80.4% statewide.

Tustin Unified offers enriching Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics (STEAM) programs at each of the high schools. Foothill and Tustin have award-winning engineering programs. Beckman is making a name for itself with “Beckman Academy for Media Arts.” Each middle school is expanding its STEAM program through Project Lead The Way (PLTW) courses. PLTW classes (at both secondary levels) emphasize hands-on project-based learning focusing on creativity, problem solving, design, building, and math and science skills. TUSD has joined forces with other school districts, colleges, universities and business partners throughout Orange County to create college and career pathways.

Beckman High School offers The Early College Program which is a partnership between the Tustin Unified School District and Irvine Valley College. By enrolling in and completing college courses, Beckman’s Early College students receive transferrable college credit while earning an associate’s degree at IVC.

Tustin High’s world-class MUN program is a rigorous course of study that encompasses global issues, world history, American history and comparative government and economics. MUN offers an opportunity for students to hone skills in researching, writing, negotiating, speaking and debating, and competing at local, state, national and international levels.

2010 Tustin Census

The 2010 United States Census reported that Tustin had a population of 75,540.
The population density was 6,8167 people per square mile (2,632.0/km²).

The racial makeup of Tustin was:
39,729 (52.6%) White,
1,722 (2.3%) African American,
442 (0.6%) Native American,
15,299 (20.3%) Asian,
268 (0.4%) Pacific Islander,
14,499 (19.2%) from other races, and
3,581 (4.7%) from two or more races
Hispanic or Latino of any race were 30,024 persons (39.7%)

The population was spread out with:
20,212 people (26.8%) under the age of 18,
6,856 people (9.1%) aged 18 to 24,
25,033 people (33.1%) aged 25 to 44,
17,006 people (22.5%) aged 45 to 64, and
6,433 people (8.5%) who were 65 years of age or older
The median age was 33.4 years.
For every 100 females there were 94.7 males.
For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 91.6 males

The Census reported that 75,020 people (99.3% of the population) lived in households, 340 (0.5%) lived in non-institutionalized group quarters, and 180 (0.2%) were institutionalized.
There were 25,203 households, out of which 10,465 (41.5%) had children under the age of 18 living in them, 12,969 (51.5%) were opposite-sex married couples living together, 3,494 (13.9%) had a female householder with no husband present, 1,472 (5.8%) had a male householder with no wife present. There were 1,568 (6.2%) unmarried opposite-sex partnerships, and 193 (0.8%) same-sex married couples or partnerships. 5,178 households (20.5%) were made up of individuals and 1,403 (5.6%) had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.98. There were 17,935 families (71.2% of all households); the average family size was 3.46.

There were 26,476 housing units at an average density of 2,389.2 per square mile (922.5/km²), of which 12,813 (50.8%) were owner-occupied, and 12,390 (49.2%) were occupied by renters. The homeowner vacancy rate was 1.3%; the rental vacancy rate was 5.8%. 36,783 people (48.7% of the population) lived in owner-occupied housing units and 38,237 people (50.6%) 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 to a 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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