Welcome to Fullerton, a pleasant, palm-tree lined city spotted with spunky neighborhoods, huge parks, and plenty of golf courses. But, there's far more going on than meets the eye. Let's fill up on Fullerton facts, shall we? Read Guide >
Cost of Living. It takes a careful planner with a strong will to afford living around here. Like many cities in SoCal, the rental rates will eat up a large chunk of your income. On top of that, gas prices are among the highest in the country. College students compensate by living with multiple roommates in walkable areas with public transportation stations nearby. Families will often have multiple generations and extended family living in one apartment. And, both formal and informal carpooling is quite popular.
Commute. Traffic is brutal around here. However, public transportation is very convenient. Buses run all over the city, and the train station in downtown serves two commuter rails: Amtrak and the Metrolink. A quick train ride can get you to downtown LA in just 30 minutes!
The Bad Part of Town. Like most older cities, there are some nice neighborhoods and some not-so-nice neighborhoods. If you don't want your kids wandering over to the "wrong side of the tracks", then stay north of the railroad. South of the tracks is rundown with a little bit of gang activity, however it's not bad enough to fear for your safety. Drug violence is not all that common, and very rare among people who keep their noses clean. Even the worst parts of town don't feel blatantly dangerous, they just don't feel like a nice place to live and raise kids.
Art, Theater, and Rock n' Roll. The culture of Fullerton is full of creative activity. The Muckenthaler Cultural Center, the Fullerton Museum Center, and the university all contribute to the art and theater scene. There is also an established music scene, based on a history of Rock n' Roll. Early hardcore punk raged through Orange County, fueled locally by Leo Fender's revolutionary guitars. Popular bands such as Social Distortion and The Offspring got their start in this growing music center, which continues to entertain and evolve in Fullerton today.
Nearby Nirvana. Every once in a while, a withered soul needs to escape the normal routine and find peace in their own little "heaven on earth.” For some, that nirvana is found on a warm and sunny beach, which is just a 20 to 30 minute drive away. For others, it is snowboarding down powdery mountains, or biking through the crisp, cool air of higher elevations, just about an hour away. And, for those who find nirvana in the glitz and glamour of Hollywood or downtown LA, these hot spots are just about an hour away as well.
City Center. The hip, the trendy, the urban-minded, and the cultural sophisticates gravitate to City Center. And, why not? There are plenty of art galleries and museums, live music, coffee shops, pubs and clubs, college activities, and the train station... all connected by wide bike lanes and walkable streets. It's the perfect location for people of the hip, urban breed. $$$
Artisan Hills. Simple, charming, and convenient, this neighborhood is near the Brea Mall, Craig Regional Park, and right next door to California State University. $$ - $$$$$
East University. A popular spot for families and college kids alike, this location is close to California State, Troy High School, the train station, the 91 and 57 Freeways, as well as all of the eateries and nightlife of downtown. $$$
North East. Tree-lined streets and adorable homes make this neighborhood very easy on the eyes. It is surrounded by the Coyote Hills Golf Course and Gilman Regional Park, so there is plenty of open green space to enjoy. Plus, the Brea Mall and the Brea Golf course are practically next door. $$$$
Sunny Hills. Here comes the neighborhood! Sunny Hills has always been a coveted location, with nearby shopping, a diverse population, proximity to downtown, and the expansive Robert E. Ward Nature Preserve. Sunny Hills High School's here, and it's very competitive, academically demanding, and one of the best schools around. $$$$$
West Coyote Hills. In between the Robert E. Ward Nature Preserve and Ralph B. Clark Regional Park, this suburban enclave is a quiet, comfortable place to call home with lots of opportunity for outdoor fun. Ralph B. Clark features a large amphitheater, baseball fields, volleyball courts, miles of hiking and biking trails, fire rings and barbecue pits, horseshoe pits, fishing, playgrounds, and a small museum featuring ice age fossils and local geology exhibits... all for free! While there are few rentals within the neighborhood, you can always find an apartment right along the border. $$$ - $$$$$
If so, you better get in while the gettin's hot. Fullerton is filling up quick. With its constantly growing nightlife and cultural scene, as well as its prestigious education system, affordable apartments will soon be a thing of the past.
Fullerton is one of the larger, older cities in the county, bridging the wealthier areas of Yorba Linda and Placentia with the central heart of Anaheim, Orange and Santa Ana. Fullerton has placed an emphasis on historical preservation and an artistic/cultural renovation of their downtown district, giving certain neighborhoods the feel of a 1930's or 40's movie set, with wide quiet streets and towering elm and oak trees. At the same time, being the home of the gigantic Cal State University, Fullerton has always had a population that has skewed younger and faster, and the city has always been quick to accept and foster that relationship, giving the city a mix of carefully tended history and fast-and-loud immediacy. Prices vary widely here depending on the district within the city, but Fullerton offers different tastes for different lifestyles.
Pros: •Vibrant SoCo/Downtown district, with restaurants, bars, clubs... •History is important here; great pride and care in older houses. •Great variety: quiet hillside neighborhoods, or young/fast center •Musically progressive: an OC punk birthplace, plus a jazz club!
Cons: •CSUF is a commuter school; traffic can get scary on streets. •Downtown SoCo can get wild and loud after dark. •Home prices still relatively high, and not many for sale.
"If you enjoy night life then you'll probably love Fullerton. This city has emerged as one of the top hot spots in Orange County on any given weekend. During the week, the city is quiet and well maintained. However when the weekend rolls around, break out the champagne and get your dancing shoes on because Downtown Fullerton comes to life. The best part about this area is that there is a wide mix of people due from locals to students at Cal State Fullerton. An eclectic mix of cultures and lifestyles that makes living here a treat. Being a recent college graduate, I love spending a night here with friends, having a few drinks and dancing the night away." - geunjin