One of the coolest things about buying a historic home in Orange County is the range of sizes, locations and prices. From 2 bedroom craftsman bungalows in Santa Ana to Mediterranean revival mansions in Old Towne Orange, there is a historic home for every budget. One area that is often [...]
When you think of Anaheim, your first thought is probably about Disneyland. But Anaheim has more fun to offer than just Disneyland. Why not visit a place that can be “the happiest place on earth” for both you and the kids? Winter is the time to check out the Anaheim Colony, a quaint historic district located in Anaheim, California.
The Anaheim Historical Society hosts events throughout the year. These events highlight a variety of historical subjects. In addition, the Anaheim Historical Society hosts the occasional Historic Home Tour in order to showcase existing architectural buildings throughout Anaheim. They are definitely worth a visit to see what’s going on in Anaheim during your stay.
If you’re looking for a great place to eat, the Anaheim White House Restaurant is not only beautiful, but is also a restaurant with a heart. This restaurant serves 600 free dinners to homeless motel children each night and is the only restaurant in the world to do so. It specializes in Italian steak and seafood and is located at 887 S. Anaheim Boulevard in the Anaheim Colony. Many celebrities have eaten here, including Jimmy Carter, Danny DeVito, and Andrea Bocelli.
Tandoori Garden is a relatively new restaurant, started in 2009, that is also in the Anaheim Colony. This restaurant serves fine Indian cuisine and is also located on S. Anaheim Boulevard, at 30 S. Anaheim Boulevard. Tandoori Garden features an all-you-can-eat lunch buffet for $8.95 Monday through Friday and a Weekend Champagne Brunch for just $10.95.
A classy place to listen to music and have a few drinks is the Ember Café and Music Club located at 401 N. Anaheim Boulevard. On Tuesdays, the Ember Café and Music Club features salsa music and dancing. If you’d rather keep it more low-key, The Juke Joint at 735 N. Anaheim Boulevard features 5 pool tables and 20 beer taps. The Juke Joint also serves cocktails. Friday night is Ladies’ Night at The Juke Joint and there is free pool Sundays from 7 PM to close.
A fun event to do in the Anaheim Colony is its weekly Farmers’ Market on Thursdays. This market is held year-round, but will be closed December 26th and January 2nd for the holidays. The Farmers’ Market is held from noon until 7 PM. It features international foods, certified farmers, live music, and a craft fair. This event is great for both kids and adults.
To get a bit of culture from the Anaheim Colony, visit the Muzeo, an art museum located at 241 S. Anaheim Boulevard. The Muzeo hosts three traveling exhibitions yearly which are otherwise not seen in the region. The current exhibition is “Worn to Be Wild: The Black Leather Jacket,” which will be going on until January 12, 2014. The Muzeo is open from 10 AM to 5 PM daily and costs just $6 for children and $10 for adults. Perhaps you would like to see the ballet. The Anaheim Ballet, at 280 E. Lincoln Ave in the Anaheim Colony, is currently performing The Nutcracker for its 27th season.
As you can see, there is much to discover in the Anaheim Colony. The next time you visit, make sure to explore the many activities, events, and restaurants available. This beautiful historic area is not to be missed!
Article written by our contributing writer: Tabitha Jean Naylor
Winter is the perfect season to discover historic homes in Orange County. Why not explore historic homes as a low-cost (and sometimes free) holiday activity? Here are several suggestions of historic homes in Orange County to visit.
Don’t be “spooked” this Halloween by the location. This near-downtown Santa Ana home checks a lot of the right boxes at an eye-popping sub-$350k price point. It’s a fairly walkable location with great access to freeways. A point that I like to make (and one that I don’t think I’ve made in a while) is how a home like this compares to a condo, in terms of payment. Remember, a condo usually has an HOA fee of $200+. Assuming a $300/mo HOA fee, this home at $319,900 (the present list price), will equate to a condo costing about $250,000. In light of that, this home seems like a bargain, and it is.
This home is located just North of Downtown and just South of Floral Park and is a 19th Century Mansion. In most parts of the country, the presence of a 19th century home isn’t too big of a deal. But when you realize that Los Angeles was a city of just about 100,000 people in 1900 — you begin to realize there weren’t that many houses around before the turn of the century and few of them survive today. In 1900, Santa Ana was the largest city in Orange County, but with only 4500 residents. As a two-story home, this was most likely the home of a large landowner and it is built in the farmhouse style. Due to it’s more urban setting (it isn’t too far from the original downtown), it seems to have some more ornate trim than would have been found in a midwestern or prairie farmhouse.
We’re doing something a little different this week. This home has been very extensively renovated, and most of the time, we tend to gravitate towards the properties that preserve as much of the original fabric as possible. However, the reality is that doing so isn’t always possible. While we always think of beautiful tree-lined streets and older, established neighborhoods — things change. In no city is that more true than Laguna Beach and especially Laguna Canyon.
Sometimes you run into a home that really has a little bit of everything .Right location in Anaheim Colony. Right price. Right size. Two baths. Great paint scheme. A home like this is hard to fault and at below $500k, we can actually call it an affordable home. It’s even more affordable that the price would suggest due to the Mills Act contract on the property, which puts the property taxes at about $2100/yr. Normally, a property like this would have taxes that were approximately $5600/yr — that’s a savings of $200/mo.
As temperatures rise and ice-cold beer cans snap open, this question may cross your mind – what fun summer events are happening in June this summer in Orange County? No need to look any further. We’ve compiled a list, sorted by select cities, of exciting events happening around you that will be great for some fun in the sun!
The South Shaffer Cottages, located in Old Towne Orange, weren’t always such a hotspot with couples and singles seeking their next home. In fact, these cottages were so out of shape and in such shoddy condition that nobody had seemed to want them!
Nothing offers a more classic and clean look than solid white tile. One of the most common, and best looking is to use Historic Subway tile for kitchens and bathrooms. For the very same reasons it was used in the early 1900′s in New York City subways. Subway tile, as it has become known as today, is both easy to maintain and a durable material choice. Now this material choice has transitioned from commercial to residential use.
When you think of historic homes for sale in Orange County, 99% of the population thinks of a Craftsman Bungalow. While these are the most common historic homes located in OC, they aren’t the only kinds. Today we’re featuring a Tudor style home. These homes often have complex, sweeping rooflines, covered entry areas, and bricks!