Marywood Hills is a new gated community in Orange, CA where 40 single-family luxury homes now reside. The Marywood Hills property is the former location of Marywood High School and the Diocese of Orange.
The new home development features homes ranging from 3,509 to 4,357 square feet and up to five bedrooms and 5.5 bathrooms with views of the Pacific Ocean and Orange County. At night the city lights and Disneyland and Angel stadium fireworks can be seen. Additional features include 3 car garages, bonus rooms, loggias, offices, outdoor fireplaces and central courts.
- City: Orange
- Marywood Hills ZIP code is 92867
2811 E Villa Real DriveOrange, CA 92867
- Marywood Hills Area code is 714 and 657
- Homes: 40 homes with 4 plans
- Developer: The New Home Company
- Designer: Bassenian Lagoni
- Date built: 2018 to ?
- Lot Sizes: Approximately 8,500 to 13,000 sq. ft.
- Zoned: Single-Family Residential 6,000 square feet (R-1-6)
- HOA Dues: $404/month
- No Mello Roos
- Taxes: The general property tax is about 1% plus about another 1/3 of a percent in bond taxes.
Marywood Hills Schools
Marywood Hills is part of the Orange Unified School District.
Assigned Marywood Hills Schools:
- Nohl Canyon Elementary
- Cerro Villa Middle School
- Villa Park High School
OUSD also has Open Enrollment which is for students who would like to attend a school other than their school assigned based upon their area of residence. Open Enrollment is not guaranteed.
Private schools in the area include Oakridge Private School, St. Paul’s, St. John’s, St. Norbert’s, Fairmont Private School (K-12), St. Francis of Assisi, Orange Lutheran High School and Mater Dei High School (not a complete list).
Orange City Council: The city is governed by five council members each elected for four-year terms. One council member each serves as Mayor and Mayor Pro Tem.
United States House of Representatives: 45th Congressional District
California State Legislature: 37th Senate District and 68th Assembly District
Traffic in the area is light to moderate outside of rush hour times. Depending on your work commute length and direction it’s advised to evaluate these conditions. In the AM going west on the 91 or south on the 55 can be very congested and reversing that commute in the evening can be very congested. The bend at the 91 particularly gets backed up which leads many to taking side streets causing further delays in the area.
The main entry point to Marywood Hills is from Santiago Blvd where Orange Lutheran is located. As the student population continues to grow so does the traffic as school starts and students are let out. Parents are also known to pick up and drop off students at the base of East Villa Real Drive to avoid lines at the school.
Concerns have been expressed that Villa Real Drive is not wide enough for traffic.
Marywood Hills Natural Threats
The Marywood Hills area is susceptible to earthquakes and fires as is typical in the Orange area.
Coyotes are a problem anywhere in Orange County and this area is no different. Pets are not advised to be left outside unattended. Coyotes can easily scale 6 foot walls, dig under fences and find many other creative ways to get to pets.
Marywood High School Features Live On
Several features of the high school campus were preserved by the diocese and the developer.
The developer honored the significance of the campus by integrating elements into the design of the community’s entry monument where a bronze plaque tells its history. These include salvaged bricks from various buildings, a reassembled concrete screen wall from the high school quad, floral wall panels depicting lilies and concrete benches. Several mature trees that have stood on the site for decades remain in place for future residents of Marywood Hills to enjoy.
The diocese moved the beautiful stained-glass chapel windows to the new church at Holy Trinity Parish in Ladera Ranch. The rose bushes were moved to the Christ Cathedral grounds.
Marywood High School History
Marywood High School began in Anaheim in 1934, by the Sisters of Providence of St. Mary-of-the-Woods of Indiana. St. Mother Theodore Guerin, founder of the Sisters of Providence in America, was recently proclaimed the 8th American Saint.
The Orange campus, 2811 E. Villareal Drive, was built in 1961 and run by the Sisters of Providence as an all-girls Catholic high school. The school moved to Orange in 1964, and closed in 1981. The former school was sold in 1979 to the Diocese of Orange where it became their headquarters, The Marywood Pastoral Campus, and a Retreat Center. In 2013 the Roman Catholic Diocese of Orange purchased the Crystal Cathedral in Garden Grove and renamed it Christ Cathedral. The offices and Retreat Center were then moved to Christ Cathedral and the property was put up for sale.
The Marywood campus had 14 buildings totaling approximately 102,000 square feet of religious, educational, and office uses.