Updated 5/26/2022

Located in Southern California between Los Angeles and San Diego, Orange County is one of the most sought after destinations for businesses across a wide range of industries. In addition to being home to Disneyland and Knott’s Berry Farm, some of the most prized vacation hotspots are found along Orange County’s coast, making the area a major tourist center. Orange County has an established and growing office market in many of its major cities including Anaheim, Irvine, Costa Mesa and Santa Ana with a focus on the manufacturing, tech, and life science industries.

The key features for businesses in Orange County include:

  1. With a population of over 3 million, Orange County is the sixth-most populated county in the United States.
  2. Orange County boasts the seventh biggest economy in the U.S.
  3. Orange County’s beach communities -- Newport, Laguna and Huntington Beach -- are among the most desired and prized in the country.
  4. The country is a hub for manufacturing industries including automobile, tech and fashion. Automobile companies Mazda, Hyundai, Toyota, Kia and Mitsubishi Motors all have headquarters in Orange County as well as tech companies Toshiba and Samsung’s Executive Briefing Center.
  5. Access to the UC Irvine ecosystem, known as one of the nation`s top research universities.
  6. Attractions include Anaheim’s Disneyland Resort, the second most visited theme park in the world. The theme park features rides, shows and shops.

West County

Why rent an office in West County?

Just south of Long Beach, West County is home to the famed surf town of Huntington Beach. The ten miles of pristine California coastline that makeup Huntington Beach are among the best in the world. It’s no wonder the beachside community garnered the name “Surf City USA.” In addition, West County also features up-scale residential and urban areas like Cypress and Fountain Valley.

Popular attractions include the Huntington Beach Pier, the International Surfing Museum, the Los Alamitos Racecourse and water sports such as surfing and paddle-boarding.

What types of businesses are located here?

West County has vast amounts of office and professional areas. Many tech startups reside in Huntington Beach such as AnyMeeting and software company PKC as well as the headquarters of Mitsubishi Motors.

Transport links

The Orange County Transportation Authority provides bus services throughout the West County in addition to the Metro Orange Line which travels from the West County to Downtown LA. Los Angeles International Airport is a 45-minute drive while local airports such as John Wayne Airport or Long Beach Airport can be reached in 20-30 minutes.

North County

Why rent an office in North County?

Bordering Anaheim and adjacent to the San Gabriel Valley, North County features some of Orange County’s most expensive and oldest neighborhoods. What was once considered a distant agricultural and suburban area has recently evolved into a budding force in the OC office market.

The largest industries include manufacturing, retail trade, educational services, and health care & social assistance. The cities of Brea, Buena Park, Yorba Linda and Fullerton which make up the North County are cited as some of the top places to live on the West Coast. While still maintaining a strong sense of community and a laid-back atmosphere, North County’s rapidly growing corporate and manufacturing markets make it a stand-out live, work and play environment.

What's going on in North County?

Attractions include amusement park Knott’s Berry Farm as well as the prominent art scene displayed throughout Brea. Brea’s “Art in Public Places” began in 1975 and has expanded to 175 sculptures as well as other modes of art that are staged around the city. The area also prides itself on having some of Orange County’s best restaurants such as Porto’s Bakery & Café, Summit House and the Cellar.

Getting around the North County

Public transportation in the North County is accessible through the Metro Orange County Line Fullerton stop which takes you as far south as Carlsbad and as far northeast at Downtown LA. An average of 3,000 people travels through the Fullerton Transportation Center, making it the most used stop along Metrolink’s Orange County route.

Central County

What does Central County have to offer?

Home to Disneyland, among many other esteemed attractions, Central County is not only known for Mickey Mouse, but for its budding corporate office market and an array of world-class dining options. With Huntington Beach to the west, Irvine to the south and Fullerton to the northeast, Central County is a hub for the manufacturing, tourism, technology and entertainment industries.

The major cities in Central County include Anaheim, Santa Ana and Orange, all with their own specialization that devotes to the Orange County economy as a whole. Anaheim has a largely tourism-based economy with The Walt Disney Company both being the city’s largest employer as well as providing $4.7 billion annually from the Disneyland Theme Park and Resort. 

Manufacturing is also a major facet of the Central County economy. Much of the industrial space can be found in the Anaheim Canyon Business Park which is the largest industrial district in Orange County. Notable companies that have corporate offices or headquarters within Anaheim include AT&T, Kaiser Permanente, Panasonic and CashCall. The city features more than 13,000 businesses, many of which focus on retail trade, electronics, aerospace and manufacturing.

Things to do in Central County

There is no shortage of post-work or weekend activities in the Central County area. Central County has arguably the best dining options in the elite Orange County culinary scene like The Ranch, Blind Rabbit or Olive Tree. Central County is also known to have great bars, music venues, museums and theatre performances. Additionally, this county is home to two professional sports teams: the Los Angeles Angels and Anaheim Ducks.

Transport links in Central County

Public transportation in this area is made easy by the Amtrak rail system which travels to and from Santa Ana frequently as well as the Pacific Surfliner which spans south to San Diego and north to Los Angeles.

Airport Area

What types of businesses are located here?

Known as the Airport Area, this submarket of Orange County is located on the western shoreline, boarded by Huntington Beach and Laguna. The Airport Area’s main cities and corporate areas include Irvine, Costa Mesa and Newport Beach, some of the most prized and exclusive real estate in Southern California.

The Airport Area’s economy is driven by the technology, manufacturing, finance, insurance and commerce industries. The area is home to big-name corporations such as Broadcom, Pacific Life, Samsung, Ford and Mazda among many other companies that have headquarters here.

In recent years, Irvine has attracted many tech startups to the area and is now considered one of the fastest-growing tech economies in the country with tech startups Cie Labs, Protecht, Weedmaps and video-game company Blizzard Entertainment. While Irvine has distinguished itself as a hub for the tech industry, Costa Mesa has done the same in the retail and commerce market. Largely centered around the surf and skateboard atmosphere of the oceanside community, Hurley, Vans, RVCA, and Volcom all have headquarters in Costa Mesa. The Airport Area is also home to the South Coast Plaza, the largest shopping centre on the West Coast. The commercial center, known for its modern architecture and colossal size, generates more than $1.5 billion in annual revenue.

What does the Airport area have to offer? 

This idyllic burrow of Orange County is repeatedly ranked as one of the most prosperous, happy, safe and best areas to live. Attractions in Newport Beach include the Balboa Peninsula which features two piers and an amusement park with a Ferris wheel and picturesque ocean views. Newport Beach is also famed for its world-class culinary scene which emphasizes seafood and healthy, farm-to-table ingredients. Other attractions include gallery openings at the Orange County Museum of Art or soaring through the air in a giant balloon at the Orange County Great Park.

Transport links

Transportation in the Airport Area is made easy with the area’s implementation of a vast bike path system. For out of city transportation, The Metro Inland Empire-Orange County Line has many stops throughout the area and can take you north towards Los Angeles or south towards San Diego.

South County

Why rent an office in South County?

Situated between Newport Beach and Carlsbad, the major neighborhoods in the South County include East Irvine, Aliso Viejo and Laguna Beach. The South County has a vast corporate and office makeup and specializes in professional, scientific, and technical services as well as healthcare and social assistance.

The East Irvine Business Center pulls together ten massive office buildings in a campus-style, work, live and play environment. The business center is South County’s epicentre for office space and includes The Commons, the center’s outdoor creative space with onsite food trucks. The business center is conveniently placed just minutes from the Irvine Spectrum Center, a pedestrian-friendly, mixed-use shopping center with a Ferris wheel, carousel, comedy club, movie theater and hundreds of retail options.

Attractions in South County 

One of the biggest attractions in the South County is the beach community of Laguna. This relaxing oasis is a surf town known for its prized beached and countless art galleries. Aside from surfing, many enjoy swimming, paddle boarding, tide pooling and the vibrant gardens of Heisler Park. The Laguna Beach Art Association, which originated in 1918, has contributed to the town’s deep-rooted history of the creative arts. Now, the community features many art festivals like the Sawdust Art Festival and Festival of Arts.

Getting around this area

In addition to the bus system which repeatedly circles throughout the South County, the Metrolink Orange County Line travels to both San Diego and Los Angeles, with many stops along the way.

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