If you are looking to live in a city with a resume, Chino Hills has a long list of references. And, it looks like the secret is out.
With the motto of “One of California’s Best Kept Secrets,” this rural community consists of approximately 46 square miles with some 80,000 residents calling it home. The city is known for its rural lifestyle with open space, well-groomed streets, landscaping and over forty city-maintained parks.
Chino Hills was ranked 34th in Money magazine's "Best places to live 2012." And the city was featured on the list of 87 of America’s hottest towns in the January 2004 issue of Money magazine as well as 8th on the list of “best places in the west with a population under 100,000.” The city is also known for its low crime rate. It was ranked as the 13th safest city in the United States in 2008 by the FBI.
Located in the southwestern corner of San Bernardino County, Chino Hills borders Los Angeles County on its northwest side, Orange County to its south, and Riverside County to its southeast.
Due to its topography of rolling hills, Chino Hills was primarily rural prior to the mid-1970s; most land was utilized for equestrian purposes. Rapid and extensive housing developments followed throughout the 1980s and early 1990s, only slowing down in recent years. Most neighborhoods are arranged in a village-type format with strategically placed shopping centers and parks designed to be within walking distance of nearby homes.
The median home value in Chino Hills is $589,300. Chino Hills home values have gone up 5.9% over the past year and Zillow predicts they will rise 3.9% within the next year. The median list price per square foot in Chino Hills is $298, which is higher than the Riverside Metro average of $166.
For home buyers, the real estate market offers a wide variety of property types for sale. Single-family homes in Chino Hills begin in the low-$400,000s for older tract homes with limited space and run up to more than $1 million for estate homes, some with golf course views. Condos and townhouses range in price from $350,000 to approximately up to $400,000 for properties with amenities. Limited land and lots are available for custom building. Ranch and horse properties are also available.
Chino Hills also includes the developed golf course development neighborhood of Los Serranos. Other large master-planned subdivisions include Woodview/Village Crossing, Gordon Ranch, LaBand Village, Butterfield Ranch, Rolling Ridge, Fairfield Ranch, and Payne Ranch.
Chino Hills is also home to the Vellano Country Club, a private golf course and housing development designed by golf champion Greg Norman, his first project in the Greater Los Angeles area. With home prices exceeding $2 million.
Chino Hills is also the location of The Shoppes at Chino Hills. The mall features over 65 upscale stores and restaurants, including San Bernardino County's first H&M. The Shoppes is designed to be "Main Street Chino Hills" featuring the Chino Hills Government Center and Library in addition to retail outlets.
The natural beauty of Chino Hills in the early 1900’s is preserved in Chino Hills State Park. A grass roots organization, known as “Hills for Everyone,” was the guiding force behind the preservation of 14,102 acres of land that became the largest California State Park located in an urban setting. Visitors to the park take a step back in time to a place where they seem to be decades away from the urbanization of California.
The rural setting also offers some infamous history after the town was created in 1910. The modern-day Sleepy Hollow region of the city became a destination for bootleggers during the prohibition because of its isolation. For the same reason, Sleepy Hollow became a destination for hippies and artists during the 1960s. Notwithstanding, during the late 1980s an incorporation effort began and in 1991 the city was incorporated.