Wilshire Square is a neighborhood in Santa Ana where neighbors know each other. Wilshire Square is not just a collection of historic houses, it is also a place where people gather and socialize during the summer concert. Where neighbors swap cuttings to expand their gardens. Where you know your neighbors well enough to actually recognize them when you run into them in Home Depot or the supermarket.
The first house in Wilshire Square was built in 1915. The majority of homes was completed between 1922 and 1931, with a second building phase between 1935 and 1942. Very few houses were built after that, though a few were built as late as the 1950s. The wide tree-lined streets, period street lighting, and large lawns and gardens add to the neighborhood’s charm.
The homes were built by master craftsmen with Arts and Craft style overtures. The houses reflect some of the architectural styles popular at the time — Tudor Revival, Spanish Colonial, and California Bungalow. Although you will find similarities in the houses, because each one was custom-built, they all reflect the individuality of the original owners and builders. In many cases, you will also see the influence of subsequent owners who have completed sensitive remodeling, renovation, and addition projects to their home.
Residents enjoy wandering through some of the neighborhood gardens. Each one reflects the personality and style of the home, and each is an artistic and thoughtful complement to the home it surrounds.