Anaheim may be the oldest city in Orange County (Incorporated in 1876!), but in a lot of ways, it’s the new kid on the block. For many years downtown Anaheim…wasn’t. There wasn’t much of anything, other than city hall to anchor the local commerce seen. But in the last 15 years, that’s all changed. Abandoned car dealerships have been transformed into local breweries and the finest Umami Burger location in the whole chain. An unused fruit packing plant has been reimagined into the foodie-centric community gathering spot honestly named, The Anaheim Packing House.
There’s something inspiring about living in a community that’s on the way up…to see people who care about where they live and come out, in droves, for community events. There is always something going on at Farmer’s Park, Pearson Park, of Center Street Promenade. While Anaheim is Orange County’s largest city (336,000 and counting!) and largely self-contained, its central location makes it ideal for people who find themselves needing to be all over Southern California. Los Angeles, Long Beach, Yorba Linda, and the Beach Cities are all close at hand.
The housing supply of Anaheim is a dream come true for architecture lovers. Downtown is home to amazing historic homes including not only Craftsman Bungalows, but also older mansions from some of Southern California’s captains of industry and commerce. You’ll also find loft homes downtown and near Angel Stadium. West Anaheim is also home to many mid-century modern homes, too. The best part is community trailblazers and adventurers are rewarded with the most coveted of prizes in all of Orange County: home prices that are still quite reasonable.
It’s people that make the difference and Anaheim has a magnetic personalty, attracting a diverse population that loves to shape its community.