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Published: Sep 16, 2019
suburban development in chino hills, california
Courtesy of Chino Hills

This relatively calm Southern California city is adjacent to the bustling metropolis of Los Angeles. What started as a home to ranchers and farmers is now a growing family-oriented city that has maintained a laid-back attitude.

As expected, homes are on the pricier end (the average home price clocked in at $648,371 in 2018), but there's still a high percentage of homeowners (76.6%) in the city. Residents are drawn to the strong school system, and there's also a high rate of diversity.

While Chino Hills might be an escape from the busy city, it's still easily accessible to a wide variety of attractions. Chino Hills State Park is a lovely recreational area with trails nestled against the foothills of the Santa Ana Mountains and the Puente-Chino Hills. Disneyland in Anaheim is 25 miles away, and various beaches, like Huntington Beach, are only an hour away.

Multiple national forests and parks — Angeles National Forest, San Bernardino National Forest, Joshua Tree National Park — are all within driving distance, and quaint city parks like Rincon and English Springs Park are available for a closer trek outside. A modern outdoor shopping mall, The Shoppes at Chino Hills is also close by if you don't want to travel all the way into downtown Los Angeles. — Chloe Wilt