T he city of Santa Ana is the second most popluated city in Orange County. It is situated adjacent to the Santa Ana River and 10 miles from the California coast. The core of the city is the downtown area which contains the Santa Ana Civic Center and both retail and housing.
Newer communities in Santa Ana include:
There are several historic homes which date back to the late 1800s and north of downtown is the “Midtown” district which includes the Bowers Museum, Main Place Mall and the Discovery Science Center. The newly designated “Metro East” area is being envisioned as a secondary mixed-use development district. There are several office towers but little retail or housing. The south end is part of the South Coast Metro area which is shared by Costa Mesa and includes South Coast Plaza, the Segerstrom Performing for the Arts and John Wayne Airport.