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The Tustin real estate markets are made up of many smaller communities and neighborhoods. These present variety and each has its own unique characteristics. Whether it’s location and what’s in the neighborhood or nearby, or it’s simply the price ranges of the homes in the area, there will be differences and we want to help our site visitors to understand those differences and use the information here in making lifestyle decisions.

Use our neighborhood profiles here and map resources to determine the best areas for you, or just to familiarize yourself with the Tustin real estate markets from a “neighborhood–up” approach. Knowing the amenities and culture of these various neighborhoods will give you a better perspective on living in the Tustin real estate markets, or in selling your home’s neighborhood to potential buyers.

Tustin Old Town

 is an area centered around a group of historic buildings located on Main Street and El Camino Real which date back to the 1880s. Among the early businesses and structures in Tustin were a blacksmith shop, a combined grocery store/meat market, a business and feed store building, churches and school buildings. The present day museum is located in a historic old building which has housed many businesses over the decades.

Main Street runs from Williams Street on the west to just past Newport Avenue on the east. Today, its one-and-a-half miles reveal over twelve decades of Tustin’s past. Tourists are advised to park their cars and follow a map to “Take Main Street to Tustin History.” This sidewalk tour has three short side trips to expand the study. The total walking distance is just over two miles, but in that distance Southern California’s past is illuminated in a special way.

Mcas Tustin

Located in the heart of Orange County, the nearly 1,600 acre former Marine Corps Air Station (MCAS) Tustin was commissioned in 1942 and played a critical role in Navy and Marine aviation for over 50 years. In 1991, a portion of the former MCAS Tustin was selected for closure, and additional portions of the facility were selected for closure in 1993. In late 1991, the City of Tustin was selected as the Lead Agency, or Local Redevelopment Authority (LRA), and was charged with preparing the required reuse planning documents. On July 3, 1999, MCAS Tustin was officially closed, 57 years after the base and its iconic hangars arose from the farm fields of Orange County.

After years of extensive study and public outreach, a Reuse Plan was adopted by the community in 1996 which was subsequently amended and adopted also as a zoning document entitled the MCAS Tustin Specific Plan/Reuse Plan in 2003 and has been subsequently amended. The document includes detailed planning standards, policies, regulations, and implementation strategies to guide the reuse and the development of the site. The ultimate build-out of the Tustin Legacy project is expected over 20+ years.

“TUSTIN HANGARS: TITANS OF HISTORY”

The Tustin Hangars: Titans of History, a 25 minute award winning video documentary featuring the acquisition of the former Marine Corps Air Station Tustin by the U.S. Navy and the design, building and life of the Tustin hangars premiered on September 21, 2009. Over 200 members of the community attended the premier, many of whom commented on the superb quality of the presentation and how moved they were by the documentary which revisited WWII, the catalyst for the acquisition of the base and construction of these icons of Tustin. The hangars continue to be under the purview of the U.S. Navy. Their disposition as part of the Tustin Legacy Redevelopment Project has not been finalized.