Anaheim: It’s basically the most magical place on earth. It’s home to Disneyland! Disneyland is much smaller than its sister theme park, Disney World in Florida, but it has a more interesting history. Built in 1955, it was the first of the Disney theme parks and the only one that Walt Disney himself actually had a hand in creating. But since you won’t be living in Sleeping Beauty's castle, let’s move on to real life in Anaheim.
This Orange County city has a median home value of $586,600 and median rent is $2,500 per month. It’s a pretty family-oriented city, but it has its cool factor too: The band No Doubt hails from Anaheim.
Platinum Triangle is an up-and-coming neighborhood thanks to urban development and luxury high-rise apartments. It’s where you’ll find Angel Stadium, Honda Center and The Grove of Anaheim, so this is the place to be if you’re into sports (the Los Angeles Angels MLB team plays at Angel Stadium and the Anaheim Ducks NHL team plays at Honda Stadium) or music (The Grove is a concert/show venue). If you’re looking for something a bit more suburban, Anaheim Hills and The Colony are two spots to check out. And if you want to be close to Mickey Mouse, Southwest Anaheim is your spot.
Life in Anaheim is your typical sunny California living. The weather is pretty much always perfect and the beach is only about 30 minutes away. You can also be in Los Angeles in under an hour (if you luck out with traffic). Golf is a year-round sport here, so there are a number of golf courses in town, and Yorba Regional Park is a great spot for picnicking, biking and just relaxing.
The city also has a big beer/brewery scene. Anaheim Brewery, to name one, dates back to the prohibition era and offers tastings and a beer garden. It’s located in the Anaheim Packing District, a massive food hall and market in downtown Anaheim where you will find plenty of food, space to hang out and a grassy outdoor area.