Old Town Tustin dates back to the 19th century. The roots of the community stem from agriculture (the high school teams are still named the “Tillers”). It’s amazing to think that in 1900, this was the place the local farmers came to visit the blacksmith shop (it still exists!), see the doctor, and attend church. Old Town Tustin is much smaller than Old Towne Orange and the homes are much less homogenous, the streets a bit sleepier. Depending on what you’re looking for, that could be a good thing.
The majority of homes in Old Town Tustin were built between 1900 and 1930. However, there are a sizable number of homes built before the turn of the century. Outside of San Juan Capistrano, Tustin features some of Orange County’s oldest homes. Like Old Towne Orange, there are many styles of homes. Craftsman Bungalows, Victorian, Spanish Revival, and even Mediterranean styles are all examples of historic homes you can find in Old Town Tustin. Tustin also features several of Orange County’s historic mansions. Tustin is unique in that many homes were built on larger lots, especially on the corners. It’s a great community for those who are looking for substantial garden space in addition to just the historic homes.
Don’t let the smaller size fool you, Old Town Tustin features many of the activities that make living in a historic area fun. Every June the streets of Old Town are transformed into the West’s largest one-day chili cookoff. Every fall features an homage to Tustin’s agricultural past with Tustin Tiller Days. There’s also a farmer’s market and seasonal art walks. Residents also quick access to more modern shopping as well, with the nearby Tustin Marketplace.
Crime and Schools
The City of Tustin has its own, local police department. In practice, this means a lot more community involvement with policing. In fact, the police station is located just a few block from Old Town Tustin, right next to the city hall. Tustin also features award-winning schools and has recently embarked upon a massive capital improvement project, updating facilities at the high schools.
Old Town Tustin Links
- Tustin Area Historical Society
- Tustin Preservation Conservancy
- City of Tustin
- Tustin Chili Cookoff
- Tustin Tiller Days
- Beach Pit BBQ