Orangecrest is the newest addition to the City, with the major portion annexed in 1986. The remaining portions were added in two smaller annexations in 1994 and 1996. This neighborhood is a so-called masterplanned community, covering 1,514 acres, with areas designated for residential, commercial, office, industrial and recreational uses. When the neighborhood is complete, there will be 4,345 houses, covering a wide price and size range. The neighborhood provides an elementary, junior high and high school, along with three parks.
This neighborhood is marked by its very homogenous nature - property values, average household incomes, and ages all fall within a very narrow range, when compared with other neighborhoods. Nearly all of the residents of the neighborhood are commuters.
Residential development has occurred very quickly, with growth concentrated in the late 1980’s and early 1990’s and then again in the last three years. Consequently, all of the houses are very new and all have similar architecture. Nearly all of the streets provide cul-de-sacs and long curves, reflecting the current trend in urban design. Traffic is directed away from residential streets and concentrated, via Orange Terrace Parkway, onto two main thoroughfares, Van Buren Boulevard and Trautwein Road.
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