Anaheim, California




Sunny Days: 280
44100 Affordability
85100 Schools
62100 Diversity
80100 Safety

My mom and dad met at Anaheim High School. After they got married, all they wanted to do was have four children, and they did. -Gwen Stefani

The Best Thing About Anaheim?

The Breeze

There's a nice ocean breeze that blows much of the year to remind you you’re on some pretty valuable California real estate. We also like The Packing District where over 50 artisans offer Bubble tea, grilled cheese, hot pot, cocktails and crepes at this two-story culinary Mecca. Bonus: On any given day, the Packing District is a musical smorgasbord with rockabilly, folk, soul, jazz and western swing bands.

Local note on living in the Packing District:
We live walking distance to the packing house and love it. We like the ability to take a quick 10 min walk over for dinner and drinks at the Packing House and Make. Best of all we don’t have to deal with parking. If we want to venture further it’s not too much farther to get to Center Street. If you like beer, Modern Times will be opening up their newest facility on Anaheim and Water.

Occasionally there’s events like the ART Walk or beer festivals so it’s really nice to once again be able to walk and not have to Uber or drive.

For more reviews of what living in Anaheim is like from locals check out: The Buzz

Worst Thing About Anaheim


Housing and the cost of living is not cheap (40% higher than the national average) and there are still some not so safe neighborhoods but most agree you just need to be smart about where and when you move through the city (just like every big city).

Note from a local on prices in Anaheim:
Con is definitely the cost of living. Rent and home prices are very high

Lifestyle Of Anaheim

Anaheim is a tale of two cities when it comes to lifestyle. On the one hand you have Disneyland. If you want to make the park the centerpiece of your social and “cultural” life then you’re all set.

On the other hand you have downtown Anaheim which while not “major” relative to neighboring cities like Los Angeles or Pasadena, does have a commercial district called Center Street Promenade, which has plenty of shops, restaurants, a big farmers market and several museums. The Colonial District is the other big draw downtown. This area includes; the Mother Colony House which is a beautiful older museum, Pearson Park which houses an outdoor theater for performances, and the Packing House gourmet food hall.

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Workstyle Of Anaheim

It should probably go without saying but lots and lots of people who live in Anaheim work at Disneyland and in the tourism economy in general. Since Anaheim also has two major sports teams, the Ducks and the Angels baseball team, you can work in the service/entertainment and tourism industry and not work at Disney. The Anaheim Canyon business park is one of the largest industrial districts in California so if you’re working in Anaheim in a professional capacity, particularly tech, there’s a good chance you’re commuting here. As with most California cities the commute is a constant consideration for your in work-life balance. Pick the wrong job or neighborhood and your commute can be a living hell. Pick right or WFH and everything comes up roses.

Why You Should Move Here Now?

Break Free

If you want to escape the madness of a big city, but still have lots to do, Anaheim is a good choice for your short-list. Naturally, there’s lots of family fun to be had (theme parks, children’s museums and parks) but there’s also grown-up fun. Check out the Anaheim GardenWalk which offers loads of restaurants, entertainment, shopping, Center Street Promenade for artisan goods, and the Old Towne Historic District for antique shopping.

Neighborhoods in Anaheim

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Colony Historic District

Young Professionals / Retirees

The Colony Historic District includes the Packing House District, a hot spot for young professionals to live and socialize. Plenty of breweries, restaurants, parks and shopping all within walking distance make it an easy choice if you’re just moving to Anaheim and want to live where you go out. The District also has plenty converted and new buildings with nice (albeit pricey) lofts/condos/apts for younger population as well as retirees looking to live in an active neighborhood.

  • Colony Historic District
  • Platinum Triangle

Platinum Triangle


Platinum Triangle is a really interesting newer area of Anaheim. Designed to be a mix of new businesses and new housing, it has high-rise loft and cool townhouse living options. An emerging entrepreneurial center, it's an interesting option for singles and couples who want a more upscale and growth-oriented neighborhood than the Historic District.

In addition to the versatile housing you also get an active commercial district with excellent restaurants/bars and cafes so you can walk to go out at night without needing to go downtown or into LA when you aren't up for it.

The Colony Historic District


Anaheim doesn’t have a singular LGBTQ+ neighborhood but the entire city is considered LGBTQ+ friendly. People are mostly spread across the entire city with Anaheim Hills popular for those looking for a more luxurious lifestyle and The Colony Historic District for those who want a lovely home but prefer a walkable social scene via the local Packing District marketplace. The Packing District is a revitalized commercial and social district with tons of bars/restaurants/cafes so locals can live and play in the same neighborhood.

The Colony also has the lovely Pearson's Park, a scenic open green space with trails, a lagoon and even an outdoor amphitheater for year round performances.

Anaheim Hills


Anaheim Hills is a master-planned community that serves the wealthy of Anaheim. Filled with gated streets and surrounded by lush greenery, parks for kiddos and outdoor adventurers, beautiful views of the mountains, and the best public schools in the city. This is the spot for living large in the city. Northwest is another good option for families with plenty of greenery and parks for play. One of the great things about Northwest is that while it has the homes and blocks of a suburban neighborhood in the city, it also has a bounty of restaurants and shopping to make the living easier and a bit more energized than really moving out to the suburbs.

  • Anaheim Hills
  • Northwest Anaheim