Orange County, CA
Many Americans were first introduced to the OC through a cluster of reality shows that have left some with the impression that it is one big gated community of mega-mansions. But the real Orange County has everything from craftsman bungalows to mid-century modern ranches -- as well as mega-mansions. Regardless of style and size, home prices are well above the national average there. So if you're an OC homeowner who needs a home pro, protect your investment by only hiring dependable contractors.