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City Spotlight: Corona, California

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Corona, California

When thinking about awesome cities in Southern California, most people immediately think of cities like Los Angeles, Carlsbad, Palm Springs or San Diego. One amazing city that my not come to mind is Corona, California. Corona is affectionately known as ‘The Circle City’ because of the curious layout of its streets, with a standard grid enclosed by the circular Grand Boulevard. Originally situated in San Bernardino County and known as ‘South Riverside’, this city became part of Riverside County in 1893 and was renamed to “Corona” in 1896. It was founded at the height of the citrus boom in the late and quickly became the “lemon capital of the world”, but now this Inland Empire gem is known as an up and coming suburb with its affordable living, booming industries and relative convenience to LA, San Diego, Palm Springs and beaches.

History

In 1913, 1914 and 1916, Corona’s grand Boulevard was used to host three international automobile races.

Crowds line Grand Avenue in 1913 to witness the first of three road races held in Corona. Photo is courtesy of the Corona Public Library.

In recent years Corona has been known as the “Gateway to the Inland Empire”. Prior to the 1980s, the city was largely an agricultural community, dominated by citrus orchards, ranches, and dairy farms. High real estate prices in Los Angeles and Orange counties made the area’s land desirable to developers and industrialists, and by the late 1990s Corona was considered a major suburb of Los Angeles.

Corona has been popular among celebrities drawn to its upscale areas and relative privacy compared to Los Angeles. Desi Arnaz spent time at their ranch, located in north Corona, and played golf often at Cresta Verde Golf Course in the northeastern section of the city. After their divorce, Mr. Arnaz continued to live in Corona.

In recent years Corona has been known as the “Gateway to the Inland Empire”. Prior to the 1980s, the city was largely an agricultural community, dominated by citrus orchards, ranches, and dairy farms. High real estate prices in Los Angeles and Orange counties made the area’s land desirable to developers and industrialists, and by the late 1990s Corona was considered a major suburb of Los Angeles.

The development of commerce and industry in the city has been accelerated by access to the area via the 91 Freeway, with many firms leaving northern Orange County to be closer to their employees’ homes in Corona and Riverside. The construction of the nearby 71 Freeway has linked Corona to the Pomona and San Gabriel valleys. Due to traffic caused by Corona’s considerable growth, toll roads have been built along the 91 Freeway, with future toll road expansions planned along Interstate 15.

Things To Do/Attractions

Corona has a location that is so convenient and close to a wealth of attractions and activities outside of the city, but there are also many fun things to do without driving out of town.

The Glen Ivy day spa in South Corona is one of the top resort style spa destinations in the area.  This place is fantastic for a day time getaway. Once you enter, you feel transported to a distant tropical wonderland.

The Shops at Dos Lagos in South Corona

In addition to Glen Ivy, Corona has several other cool venues for spending the day, hanging with family & friends and being adventurous.  The Shops at Dos Lagos is a beautiful upscale outdoor shopping center that boast of high end shopping, many dining options and a luxury theater.  Toms Farms is another neat place to explore with the family. There are also weekend farmer’s markets and top notch golf courses in the area.

Food & Drink

Corona may not be a city known for it’s extraordinary line up of restaurants, eateries, bakeries and cafes, but there are definitely some unique restaurants and hidden gems in Corona that will impress almost anyone.

The city offers up all of Southern California’s familiar haunts such as In-N-Out Burger, Miguel’s Jr and Waba Grill. Beyond the standard and familiar, there are so many locally owned establishments that provide unique flavors and experiences.

Pastry counter at Créme de la Créme Bakery

If it is an amazing slice (or two) of pizza that you crave, Tito’s Pizzeria serves up some of the city’s best! Here, you will find so many creative pizza combinations as well as tons of other great dishes. Eduardo’s on 6th St. is where you can find the best Mexican food and Taps Fish House is ‘hands-down’ serving the best brunch on Saturday and Sunday. For those with a sweet tooth, Créme de la Créme Bakery offers delicious pastries that are some of the best around.

Taps Fish House

Active Adult Communities

The main clubhouse at Terramor

There are 3 active adult communities in Corona, California to choose from. All 3 of these communities are located in the southern part of the city, including Trilogy at Ivy Glen, Terramor and Shady Grove at Dos Lagos.  Of the three, Trilogy at Ivy Glen is the largest and highest priced community. Terramor offers the newest homes and facilities, while Shady Grove at Dos Lagos is the smallest and most affordable of these three fine active adult communities in Corona, CA.

Trilogy at Glen Ivy

All three of these 55+ communities are well-regarded by residents and offer a multitude of living options and price points.  You can’t go wrong with calling any of them “home”.

 

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