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.
Foliage frames this 2,000-square-foot, two-story home on West West Wind. The 1974 property has an outdoor fire pit and bar, a garage that holds two cars, and views of the community lake. Inside are three bedrooms, two baths, and a kitchen with a double oven. Katherine Marquez, 714-227-9887