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The Chino Hills region was initially used as an area for cattle grazing, dairy farms and equestrian activities. During prohibition, this location became a popular draw for bootleggers and Los Angeles tourists because of its geographic isolation. It was not until 1979 that the County of San Bernardino started the Chino Hills Specific Plan. As a result, in the 1980’s and 1990’s, Chino Hills housing developments began to spring up at a rapid pace. In 1991 Chino Hills became incorporated and by this time the population had already reached 42,000. Since then, the community has continued to steadily grow with new businesses and houses being built on a regular basis.

More recently, Chino Hills has become synonymous with its amazing Vellano Country Club – a private golf course and housing development community. The course itself was designed by famed golfer Greg Norman and the homes here frequently price at over $2 million – making this the most expensive development in the entire Inland Empire.

In May of 2008, The Shoppes at Chino Hills opened up to great reception. This 375,000 square foot open-air shopping mall has 80 great stores, restaurants, and services for visitors to check out. Notably, the Chino Hills Government Center and public library were also built here to make the area have a “Main Street Chino Hills” vibe.