Hot O.C. Neighborhood: Downtown Anaheim

It’s staking a claim to the city’s history—and writing its future.

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With a focus on food and community, downtown’s fresh look gets inspiration from the city’s rural roots. It takes resourcefulness to restore and imaginatively reuse old buildings, qualities the city’s founding farming families had, too. The new energy is centered on the Packing District, a two-block stretch of Anaheim Boulevard between Santa Ana Street and East Broadway: the restored 1920s-era Packard Building, now home to Anaheim Brewery and Umami Burger, and the 1919 Anaheim Citrus Packing House, with a food hall of locally based food-and-beverage artisans. Center Street Promenade is a collection of cafes and shops, including Heart and Sole, retailers of Redwing and other workers’ shoe brands. Youthful entrepreneurs bring a twist to tradition: Barbeer serves beer with its haircuts, and at Delifornia, your hormone-free pastrami sandwich comes with a house-cured pickle. Muzeo’s exhibits tend toward unstuffy subjects such as the history of the black leather jacket. Downtown is filled with residents of new townhomes, luxury lofts, and restored homes in the nearby Anaheim Colony Historic District. The new and the old play well together.

The Need-to-Knows
82 Neighborhood Walk Score
92805 Median Home Sale Price $414,000
2012 Crime per 1,000 residents
4 Violent crimes
5 Burglaries
4 Vehicle thefts
343,248 Anaheim City Population
Bowling Lounge – 2½ miles to the Bowlmor adjacent to Disneyland
Wood-Fired Pizza – Ecco is set to open its second location here
Savory Waffles – Iron Press also is opening here
COMING ATTRACTION
Packing House food hall, with more
than 20 local restaurants, a butcher
shop, cheese shop, fish market, and a
speakeasy-style bar, opens this spring.

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This article originally appeared in the March 2014 issue.

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