On The Market: Historic O.C. Homes

In 1889, Orange County broke away from Los Angeles County. These homes were built not long after.

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.

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