French Park, Santa Ana
201 E. Washington Ave.
3,033 square feet
➜ Built in 1899, this National Registry home shows off pocket doors and a built-in China cabinet all made of solid wood. Known as the Keech-Klatt Mansion, the two-story Colonial Revival has five bedrooms and two baths. Jerry and Elena LeGris, 949-510-2370
Old Towne, Orange
253 S. Olive St.
1,463 square feet
➜ With original oak floors and built-ins, this 1913 bungalow retains its turn-of-the-century charm. The single-story home has three bedrooms, two baths, and a kitchen with stainless-steel appliances. Orange and lemon trees perfume the backyard. Al Ricci, 714-231-6058
West Floral Park, Santa Ana
1911 N. Westwood Ave.
2,204 square feet
➜ More than 120 years ago, this 1895 farmhouse presided over a 70-acre ranch. Today, it’s near shopping, restaurants, and museums. With three bedrooms and two baths, the two-story residence has a kitchen with granite counters. Sandra DeAngelis, 714-731-5100
Wisdom from a Historian
Nelda Stone manages the local history collection at the Laguna Beach branch of OC Public Libraries.
Check it out …
At ocstories.com, you can watch interviews with individuals involved in Orange County history, including several members of the Acjachemen (Juaneno) tribe.
Who we were …
Agriculture was, of course, a big draw for people to come to Orange County. In the 1880s, Anaheim’s German settlers produced more than a million gallons of wine on more than 10,000 acres of vineyard.
Adobe affection …
The adobes in San Juan Capistrano are my favorite historic homes. I think of the individuals who occupied these simple structures, living among the same hills and beaches that are a part of our lives today.
The draw of yesteryear …
(History) was not my favorite subject in school, but I have done so much research over the years that my interest has developed far beyond what I ever thought it would. The main reason I love it is that it involves people’s lives.