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.
Sitting at 16th and Spurgeon streets, this 3,500-square-foot home has turn-of-the-century charm alongside modern updates, such as a kitchen with stainless-steel appliances. The 1898 house has eight bedrooms and five baths in two levels, as well as a two-car garage. Alysha Ommen, 760-696-1752