Orange County is an amazing place to call home. With nearly perfect weather year round, beautiful beach communities, and an unbeatable mix or suburban and urban cities, it’s no wonder it’s a highly sought after – and expensive – place to call home. That’s why we looked specifically at all of our amazing cites to find the top 10 most affordable places to buy in Orange County.

To help you decide where you to start your home search, here’s a list of the top communities with the most affordable real estate markets according to our January 2019 market reports. Based on MLS data, the current median sale price within Orange County is $790,000 with a total of 4,757 active properties on the market.

1. Buena Park

Home to Knott’s Berry Farm, Medieval Times, Pirate Dinner Adventure and more, Buena Park is certainly and entertaining city to live in! The selection of food has continued to grow in the area in addition to a brand new mall. Located next to Anaheim and just a few short miles from Downtown Santa Ana, Buena Park is also known as the “Center of the Southland”. Real estate in Buena Park tends to be older, but the city offers a wide variety of single-level properties and great starter homes.

Average Sale Price: $597,572
Properties For Sale: 90
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2. Anaheim

Obviously the biggest attraction in the city of Anaheim is the Disneyland Resort, but the city has so much more to offer residents – not just tourists. The diversity and convenience are a great draw for homeowners, with a wide array of real estate to choose from. Besides all the freeways you could ever need, there are tons of places to eat and quite a few local breweries popping up as well. The city is also home to Angel Stadium with several new urban condo and apartment developments surrounding the area, creating mixed-use streets and new communities.

Average Sale Price: $605,863
Properties For Sale: 201
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3. Santa Ana

The city of Santa Ana continues to grow and change with an eclectic mix or real estate and micro communities. The city includes several historic neighborhoods like Floral Park, Washington Square and Historic French Park, favored for period homes, spacious lots, tree-lined streets, vintage lampposts, and friendly neighbors. And the Downtown area or the Artists Village is constantly seeing new businesses including the 4th Street Market, escape rooms, sushi and more. Santa Ana is a great spot for first time buyers to browse!

Average Sale Price: $627,966
Properties For Sale: 218
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4. Garden Grove

If you like affordable homes with larger yards, we suggest starting your real estate search in Garden Grove. A diverse community located next to Westminster, Santa Ana and Anaheim, Garden Grove is a vibrant and progressive city. This bustling city offers residents employment assistance, educational programs, recreational programs, and family entertainment, as well as the highest number of churches and places of worship per capita in California, including the world-famous Crystal Cathedral.

Average Sale Price: $650,758
Properties For Sale: 114
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5. La Habra

A quiet bedroom community located in the northernmost corner of Orange County, La Habra is known for its Children’s Museum and friendly environment. The public schools in La Habra are above average and the city offers a well-rounded program of civic, recreational, social and cultural services to its residents. The community has a family-friendly, rural feel, and even hosts an annual Corn Festival every August.

Average Sale Price: $651,646
Properties For Sale: 89
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6. Westminster

Having won the All-America City Award in 1996, Westminster is admired for its rich heritage and diversity of population. The city is probably best known for its Little Saigon neighborhood where a large number of Vietnamese refugees settled in the 1970’s. Amazing food, cultural events, and strong economic development make Westminster a great place to live in Orange County.

Average Sale Price: $670,000
Properties For Sale: 55
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7. La Palma

If you enjoy a safe, small-town feel, consider purchasing a home in La Palma. Located on the outskirts of Orange County, the city offers everything residents need with a variety of seasonal events that show off local town spirit. Today, since many of La Palma’s residential structures were built nearly 30 years ago, the city’s homes are currently undergoing extensive remodeling, causing real estate values in the area to climb. Literally a small community, make sure to keep a close eye on the real estate market if you’re interested in La Palma real estate – it’s limited.

Average Sale Price: $678,333
Properties For Sale: 10
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8. San Juan Capistrano

Highlighting historical roots, the city was built around Mission San Juan Capistrano. It is home to the widest variety of homes in Orange County, with upscale and gated communities, working ranches in its foothills, and homes built prior to 1900 in its central district, including adobes from the 18th century. One of the oldest residential streets in California, with it’s adobe’s and European structures, is Los Rios Street, a favorite spot for locals and visitors lined with shops, galleries and restaurants, which help maintain its small town charm and preserve the city’s rich history.

Average Sale Price: $711,300
Properties For Sale: 96
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9. Brea

The Brea real estate housing market is booming with new developments and the city offers a wide range of cultural services for the growing community, from maintaining parks and planning annual community events, to hosting youth and adult sports, and more.The city is bordered by a significant natural wildlife corridor that serves as a rare scenic break within the area’s urban sprawl. Brea is also proud of its bustling downtown popularly known as Birch Street, a new, village-style promenade with pedestrian-oriented shopping and entertainment.

Average Sale Price: $713,205
Properties For Sale: 64
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10. Placentia

A quiet small town nestled between Yorba Linda and Fullerton, Placentia is a safe and diverse community. Rich with beautiful suburban homes, good schools, stately churches and wholesome recreation, Placentia is a great place to call home. Events such as the annual Heritage Festival and Street Faire showcase the city’s assets as well as its small town warmth.

Average Sale Price: $751,000
Properties For Sale: 58
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Now that you know the top 10 most affordable places to buy in Orange County, it’s time to start your home search!