Floral Park Neighborhood in Santa Ana
One of Orange County’s most beautiful neighborhoods for anyone who appreciates architecture, charm, mature trees and enviable landscape is Floral Park in Santa Ana. The neighborhood boundaries are, to the south, the north side of 17th Street; on the west, both sides of Flower Street; to the north, both sides of Riverside Drive; and on the east, the west side of Broadway.
The area originated in the early 1920s as a development of single-family homes in a variety of romantic styles. Most popular were the Spanish Colonial Revival homes with red tile roofs and stucco exteriors; English Tudor Revival homes, Early American designs, such as Federal, Cape Cod and Georgian made up the rest of the design styles. Architects from that era enjoyed mixing features from each style and creating one-of-a-kind homes.
After World War II, the last of the orange groves disappeared and were replaced by custom ranch-style homes with large light-filled rooms, sliding glass doors to back yards, and open horizontal floor plans. The attached garages were a new addition since most families had two cars.
Today, over 100 homes in the neighborhood are listed on the Santa Ana Historic Register to preserve and enhance the charm and desirable nature of the neighborhood. The Floral Park Neighborhood Association is also in the process of pursuing that national historic designation.
To learn more about the history and present-day Floral Park, floralpark.com.
Image Courtesy The Floral Park Neighborhood Association