Moving to Santa Ana, California

Known for being one of the most densely populated cities in California, Santa Ana is home to an estimated 324,528 people and rests just 12 miles from the coast in Orange County. The Santa Ana River dissects the northern half of Santa Ana and the Santa Ana Mountains are only a 45-minute drive eastward giving residents the option to enjoy a relaxing day at the beach or set off for a day of hiking in the mountains. The city has come a long way since it's mustard seed farm roots preceding William H. Spurgeon purchasing the land for $1,000 in 1869. Now, it is bustling with museums, parks, eateries, shopping malls and more. Stay tuned to find out if Santa Ana is your next destination!

Things to do in Santa Ana

It is certainly difficult to find yourself with nothing to do in this busy town. The Discovery Cube Orange County is a “must-see” if you’re traveling with children. This museum has focuses on kid’s education and interactive learning with over 100 hands-on exhibits and a 10 story solar array cube. You can check off keeping the kids occupied for the weekends here! Irvine Regional Park and the Santa Ana River Trail offer visitors the option to step into nature for a relaxing walk, run, or bike ride through everything the great outdoors has to offer. If you want to get an even closer look at the wildlife in Santa Ana, the Santa Ana Zoo is home to a variety of species native to Central and South America and stretches over 20 acres of land!

The culinary scene in Santa can easily be mistaken as art and makes Santa Ana a destination for food lovers everywhere. From the delicately folded roses made out of liquid nitrogen ice cream wrapped in the famous “Puffle Cone” at Cauldron Ice Cream to the freshly shucked and beautifully plated oysters at Ritter’s Steam Kettle Cooking to the unique cuisine at Playground the food here is anything but an eyesore!

The food and entertainment scenes aren’t this town’s only major selling points, if you decide to make Santa Ana your home you will be putting yourself within a 10-mile radius of Fashion Island, South Coast Plaza, and The Outlets at Orange. Fashion Island and South Coast Plaza house some of the top designer shops and visitors can shop every brand from Louis Vuitton to Lulu Lemon.  Fashion Island is equipped with Whole Foods so you can get all your shopping done in one place! The Outlets at Orange provide a warm, welcoming, and laid back environment to shop all your favorite designers at lower prices, so what’s not to love?

Arguably the best feature of moving to Santa Ana is the short 20-minute drive it takes to get to the happiest place on earth, otherwise known as Disneyland! Yes, that’s right you can live just far enough away from Disneyland to escape the daily crowds, but close enough to hop on a train or grab an Uber and you’ll be there in minutes.  If you are a Star Wars lover, you certainly will not be able to pass up moving to Santa Ana with the new Disney Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge exhibit just 20 minutes away!

Cost of Living

Alas, the allure of delectable food, designer shopping, the great outdoors, and the close proximity of Disneyland all come at a cost and it is important to research the cost of living before you pack your bags and head for Santa Ana. You will be glad to know that the cost of living in Santa Ana is 3% lower than the California average and the crime rate is 6% lower than the national average. The median rent to live in the middle of all the excitement is $1,354 and the median home value is $549,800. While rent is no to the only factor in determining your next destination it can make it or break it, but the average price of a home is 6% lower than the California average meaning your wallet does not have to take a hit for living in paradise! Let’s look at what exactly your options are as far as neighborhood homes and apartments downtown.


It is important to settle into a neighborhood you enjoy and can feel at home in. Whatever that may look like for you, it’s not hard to find, thanks to Santa Ana’s diversity in homes and apartments. Quality public schools, extremely low crime rates, and a playground for outdoor lovers, the Metro Classic is what every family dreams of.  This neighborhood takes on an urban style feel and presents many family-friendly style restaurants, coffee shops, and parks. If you fancy a smaller town feel and only want access to city life when you please, Jack Fisher Park is for you! With a population of just over 600, you’ll get that small town feel you desire and not have to pay the price of being remote. Better yet, the houses in Jack Fisher Park come with plenty of land for your outdoor style living, this way you get t the privacy and openness to desire and don’t have to be concerned with opening your door and hitting the neighbor’s house right beside you.  If you find it quite unappealing to not be within walking distance of your favorite bar or want to avoid downtown traffic by walking, you’ll want to check out Artists Village Apartments, Park City View, and Park Tower. All of which are located downtown and have walking scores upwards of 90 points. Each of which is also budget friendly ranging in price from $1,500 to $2,500. Whether you enjoy lounging in the back yard or making your way through the city on foot, there is a perfect home option for you!


Stuck with a long commute extended further by daily traffic? The city has you covered with extensive transportation options. Travelers have the option to take the Amtrak, Metrolink, intercity and interstate buses, and taxis all from the Santa Ana Regional Transportation Center (SARTC). As a bonus, you can even fly out of the John Wayne airport which is a smaller less chaotic airport located just west of the 405 freeway. The SARTC is not one to disappoint either. Its building spans 7 acres and five stories, each beautifully decorated to fit its respective theme. From here you can get anywhere in orange county in no time!

Time to Move

After your research is done you may feel the urge to move, but are crippled by the intimidation of getting organized and situated once you arrive. A-1 Self Storage in Santa Ana is here to ease that stress. Our like-new storage facility is gated for your peace of mind. Our team of friendly storage experts is happy to help you find just the right size unit to store your belongings while you settle into your new home! Don’t let the fear of clutter and extra stuff bog you down, A-1 Self Storage is here to make your move easy and stress-free!

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