5 Top Reasons to Love Fullerton, CA

Late summer Thai basil flowers

Late summer Thai basil flowers (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Before my wife and I bought a home here in Fullerton, we found ourselves coming here for the wonderful dining, theatre, warm people and quaint down town atmosphere.  Since we made the move, 14 years ago, we have come to realize that there is even more to love than we had ever imagined.

First, lets talk about the dining.  I didn’t get to my stately size by being shy about great dining experiences.  There are so many great restaurants in Fullerton, that I can only begin to scratch the surface and I’m sure I’m going to hear, from more than a few people, that I forgot an important one.

Much of the dining in Fullerton is World renowned, as evidenced by the recent publishing of the Orange County Register‘s “Best of Orange County” (September 15, 2013).  Five of our local restaurants placed in the top 2 or 3, out of all the restaurants in the OC (in their respective categories), with many more making the top ten.  Those 5 are The Cellar, Summit House, Rutabegorz, Thai Basil & Kimmie’s Coffee Cup.  More information, on these and many more (such as Bourbon Street, Angelo & Vinci’s, Florentines, Heros, Roscoe’s, Ye Old Ship, Stubrik’s, Mulberry Street), can be found at; http://www.orangecountyrealestates.com/community/area/Fullerton/.  More information about the Register and The Best of OC can be found at; http://www.ocregister.com/.

After a great meal, the second thing one might think about is entertainment.  Fullerton has a deep seated history of art & the preservation of its past.  The historic “Plummer Auditorium” hosts fabulous shows year round, The “Mukenthaler Cultural Center” http://themuck.org/ is a wonderful museum & event venue, “The Concert in the Park” series is attended by thousands every year, some enjoy the “Ghost Tours” in the downtown area, the museum & historic art throughout the city will impress (ranked #3 in The Best of) and hopefully the historic “Fox Theater” will be reopening soon, and the “Fullerton Arboretumhttp://fullertonarboretum.org/home.php is always a plethora of beauty and great information for the green thumb in you.

If shopping is your thing, Fullerton has it, and its number 3 on my list of the city’s attractions.  The entire downtown area is a treasure of different kinds of stores, and the tree lined streets are lit up with miniature lights every night.  This stroll around the quaint downtown area is ranked #2 by the Register.  “The Farmers Market” (ranked #2) has lots of great produce, beer gardens, music & more.  If a big mall is your idea of fun, the Brea Mall is only a 1/2 mile north of the city’s border.

Attraction number four on my list would have to be the wonderful outdoor areas and open space available in and around the city.  There are many lush parks open to the public, including the very large Craig Regional (with a lake, several ball diamonds, trails and more).  Several top notch golf courses bring people to the local links from miles around.  Laguna Lake, rumored to have a monster in it for 40 years (http://blogs.ocweekly.com/navelgazing/2012/08/old_bob_fullerton_laguna_lake.php) was dredged recently and is now one of the most beautiful walks in all of North Orange County.  The Bike Trails seem to be endless (the Fullerton Loop ranked #2 by Register readers) and intertwine with the city’s horse trails.

Last and certainly not least are the neighborhoods (I say neighborhoods because it includes the wonderful people and the gorgeous homes).  This city is full of homes and people with an abundance character.  The rolling hills are covered in sprawling estates of opulence and of history.  Some of the beautifully restore Craftsmans date back to the late 1800s.  The new trend for space use and popular with today’s urban professionals are the lofts, downtown.  Binding all these dwellings together into neighborhoods, are the people.  I grew up in the mid-west and there are very few places in California that boast that home-town friendliness, like Fullerton.

Please come visit us…often.

About Scott Stephens

I have been a licensed Realtor in North Orange County since 1994 and a hard working community leader, since buying my first home here, in 1988. Having been the recipient of many awards in both these areas of my life, I guarantee that you will love my service. "I'm Just Here to Help"
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