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Santa Ana: Where History & Artistory Intersect

While some things have stayed the same in Santa Ana—the county seat since our 1889 divorce from L.A. County—others have changed drastically. World War II transformed it from an agricultural center to a city of commercial development. And in the past two decades, the Artists Village has given a rebirth to the city’s core. “People like to be around that creative environment,” says Tom Lutz, a former councilman. Case in point, says the current president of the Washington Square Neighborhood Association, are young people, drawn to downtown’s renewal, buying their first homes, and families attracted by the Orange County School of the Arts, which relocated here in 2000.

Properties in this city of more than 329,000 run the gamut from historical registry homes to vintage Craftsmen to midcentury moderns and beyond. This 1958 residence with overhanging eaves, horizontal lines, and rows of small windows, is characteristic of prairie-style homes. The two-story house in the West Floral Park neighborhood has five bedrooms, two full baths and four others, and a six-burner Viking cooktop on the kitchen island.

The West Riviera Drive property, winner of the city’s Garden of the Year title in 2011, sits on nearly one-third of an acre and backs to Santiago Creek. The 4,900-square-foot home, listed at $1.5 million, has a three-car garage and a guesthouse with kitchenette. Listed by Michael Hickman, 714-731-3777

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