Yorba Linda’s Roots Run Deep

The small suburb of Yorba Linda offers a different living experience than you will find in the crowded neighborhoods of nearby Los Angeles. It offers a family-centered environment that dates back many years. For example, all early landowners in the community took their property subject to a deed restriction prohibiting the sale of alcohol. Later, as the surrounding cities in Orange County boomed, Yorba Linda remained a quiet agricultural community of citrus farmers. All this history is reflected in the quality of life enjoyed by the thousands of families who now call Yorba Linda home.

Neale & Fhima is honored to serve Yorba Linda. It truly is “the land of gracious living,” as the city motto proclaims. Unfortunately, in our line of work, we have witnessed how tragic accidents can tear at the roots of a grieving family or even an entire community. If someone you love was hurt or killed in an accident, please know you can turn to us for help.

We hope you enjoy reading more about the history of Yorba Linda, one of the finest cities we know.

José Yorba and Family

Don José Antonio Yorba I was a Spanish soldier born in 1743. As a young man, he volunteered to take part in an expedition to establish strongholds along the present-day California coast. He retired from the army in 1797 and later received a 62,500-acre land grant from the King. This land, known as Rancho Santiago de Santa Ana, now sits within the borders of Orange County.

José Yorba and his wife, Maria Josefa Grijalva, had 14 children. Their third child, Bernardo Antonio Yorba, was born in 1801. Don Bernardo would end up building the most famous hacienda in all of Alta California on what is now the northeast corner of Esperanza Road and Echo Hill Lane in Yorba Linda.

Bernardo Yorba was married three times and had 20 children. His first wife, Maria de Jesus Alvarado, had four children prior to her death. His second wife, Felipa Dominguez, had 12 children. His third wife, Andrea Elizalde, had four. Don Bernardo left behind an enormous family when he passed away in 1858. He lived to see many changes to this part of the country, including California’s admittance as the 31st state in 1850.

Boyhood Home of America’s 37th President

On January 9, 1913, Frank Nixon and his wife Hanna Milhous Nixon gave birth to their second child, Richard. About that same time, Richard’s father built the Nixon family home in Yorba Linda using a building kit from a mail order catalogue. Richard’s parents belonged to the Quaker faith, and they did not permit drinking, dancing, or cursing in the home. When the family’s lemon grove failed in 1922, the family left Yorba Linda and moved about 30 miles northwest to Whittier. President Nixon would later acknowledge that his upbringing was anything but easy. It did, however, instill in him a fortitude that would carry him to the highest office in the land.

Yorba Linda Continues to Grow

In 1907, real estate in this community sold for $150 an acre. Today, homes here sell for more than double that amount per square foot. Yorba Linda is growing just like it always has, and for the same reason – it is a wonderful place for families.