The Orangecrest neighborhood’s name reflects its citrus-oriented past where much of the area was utilized for citrus fruit production until as recently as the early 1980’s. The neighborhood is a relatively new addition to the City where a major portion of the neighborhood was annexed into the City in 1986. The transition from agriculture to the suburban neighborhood that exists today began in January of 1984 when the County Board of Supervisors adopted the 1,514-acre Orangecrest Specific Plan. The neighborhood was developed as a master planned community with residential, commercial, educational and recreational uses. The Orangecrest neighborhood has continued to grow with recent city annexations expanding the City and neighborhood boundaries to the n=west by 947 acres to a neighborhood now totaling 2,461 acres.
Located in the most southeasterly portion of the City, the Orangecrest Neighborhood is bounded by the March Joint Powers Authority land to the east and south, the Mission Grove Neighborhood to the north and the unincorporated Woodcrest area in the County to the south and west.