Orangecrest Real Estate Living in Orangecrest: Amenities, Education and Real Estate
The Orangecrest name reflects its citrus-oriented past within the city of Riverside, because much of the area was utilized for citrus fruit production until as recently as the early 1980’s. The neighborhood is a relatively new addition to the city since a major portion of the neighborhood was annexed in 1986. The transition from a primarily agricultural area to the current suburban neighborhood that exists today began in January of 1984 when the County Board of Supervisors adopted the 1,514-acre Orangecrest Specific Plan. The neighborhood was developed as a master planned community with residential, commercial, educational, and recreational uses. The Orangecrest area has continued to grow with recent annexations expanding the city and neighborhood boundaries to the west by 947 acres, and covers a final total of 2,461 acres.
Since the original 1986 annexation, Orangecrest has become a well-established area and is one of the most desirable neighborhoods in the city. Many young families choose to raise their children in the area to take advantage of the many modern schools and public facilities. The neighborhood consists of predominantly single-family homes, and according to the 2000 Census, 91% of the homes in the neighborhood are owner occupied. A variety of retail amenities are concentrated in the neighborhood shopping centers located on Trautwein Road and Van Buren Boulevard. Many popular stores and shops, such as Kohls and Starbucks, are conveniently close to the residents of Orangecrest.
Many fine public and private schools are located within the neighborhood including: Benjamin Franklin, Thomas Rivera, John F. Kennedy, and Mark Twain Elementary Schools, Amelia Earhart and Frank Augustus Miller Middle Schools, Martin Luther King High School, and Woodcrest Christian Middle and High Schools.
The neighborhood is also well-served by public facilities and parks. The Orangecrest Fire Station proudly stands ready to serve the neighborhood as well. Recreational needs of the neighborhood are served by the Orange Terrace Community Park, a newly developed 30-acre community park with a 24,000-square-foot community center and a 13,000-square-foot full service library (Orange Terrace Branch), as well as Thundersky Park and Bergamont Park. These fine parks provide ample amenities such as athletic fields and courts, exercise courses, picnic facilities, and restrooms.
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