What once was a large meadowy area with orange trees and dirt roads, now Anaheim is a city that has become Orange County’s playground. Anaheim was one of the first areas to be developed in the 1800’s for farming interests, and it was the center for track home developments in the middle part of the last century.
Because of it’s blue collar industries, Anaheim was largely inhabited by working families living in modest homes with very little culture for advanced professional movement within the city. If someone wanted to move up, they moved away from Anaheim.
Once Disneyland anchored itself in this city within deep Orange County, tourism grew to support the resort, and eventually tourist attractions established themselves independently of the mighty mouse.
Anaheim is a large city that often uncomfortably sits within the Southern California capital of suburban life. Today, Anaheim is the playground for Orange County, Los Angeles County, and San Diego locals. With 3 national sports teams, Disneyland Resort, Convention Centers that host world class performances, and venues for music performances, Anaheim is a go-to destination for locals.
The surrounding housing is smaller in the immediate areas due to it’s roots of modest residents. In the 1980’s and 1990’s a surge of development brought large houses into Anaheim’s hills. The area had so many larger-than-necessary homes it gained national attention and spawned the term McMansions.
Due to it’s proximity to so many freeways, it’s center location to most of the points of interest in Orange County, Anaheim is a necessary point of importance for the county.
As it was historically, Anaheim is a great place for first time buyers because of it’s large pool of modestly sized homes. However currently, the area offers industries for professional development and cultural sites for a enriching home to plant roots. It’s also a great place to live for people who are advanced in their professions, with larger homes, and locations that suite people with above modest means.
Anaheim is a large city with many community districts outside of the large modern parts of the city.
Downtown Anaheim is located in the heart of the Colony Historic District. Downtown is the administrative heart of the city where you find City Hall, Anaheim West Tower, Anaheim Police Headquarters, the Anaheim Chamber of Commerce and the Main Library.
Anaheim Ice (formerly Disney Ice), the Downtown Anaheim Farmer’s Market, a food hall in a historic 1919 Sunkist packing house, and the Center Street Promenade are also located in Downtown Anaheim. In the Fall of 2007, The Muzeo, the newest major museum in Orange County, opened its doors for the first time and is located next to Anaheim West Tower.
Pearson Park is also located in Downtown Anaheim, and is named after Charles Pearson, who was Mayor of Anaheim during the time Walt Disney opened Disneyland in Anaheim. One of the major attractions located in Pearson Park is the Pearson Park Amphitheater.
In the Colony Historic District just west of Downtown Anaheim is the Mother Colony House, which was built by George Hanson and was the first house built in Anaheim, the Founder of Anaheim. Today, it is Anaheim’s and Orange County’s oldest museum still open to the public. The Stoffel House is a Victorian Mansion located next door to the Mother Colony House. Originally the Victorian Home was occupied by the Stoffel Family, early pioneer residents of Anaheim. The home served as headquarters for the local Red Cross until the early 1990s.
In 2010–2011, the Woelke-Stoeffel house became refurnished and is now part of the Founder’s Park complex. Founder’s Park includes the Mother Colony house and a carriage house, which serves as a museum of Anaheim’s agricultural history.