A Charming Old Home in Floral Park neighborhood of Santa Ana

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Ryden Richardson on August 6, 2018 at 2:26 PM said:

We have various terms being thrown about, so I will throw my hat in the ring also. The pointed, steep rooflines and turrets remind me of something I have seen referred to as French Normandy style.....
Betsy Burleigh on August 6, 2018 at 7:30 AM said:

I LOVE this house. Every part was done with loving care. I want it!

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1927 Storybook ‘castle’ in Santa Ana hits the market at $1.29 million



By Marilyn Kalfus, Orange County Register


PUBLISHED: August 4, 2018 at 7:30 am | UPDATED: August 4, 2018 at 7:48 am


A whimsical Storybook house built in 1927 and dubbed “the castle of Floral Park” is for sale at just under $1.3 million.

The 2,613-square-foot Santa Ana home looks like something out of a fairy tale, with its turrets, steeply pitched gables and curved, wood-shingled roofs.


In the formal living room are a 15-foot, barrel ceiling and large arched windows. A tiled fireplace by Ernest Batchelder, a dining room chandelier, sconces and lit niches are among the home’s original architectural details. Batchelder was a leader in the American Arts and Crafts movement of the early 1900s.


The larger of a pair of towers encompasses a circular room with six arched windows and a domed ceiling with a chandelier. The kitchen, while upgraded, retains its vintage appearance, sporting original cabinets and antique stove.


A swimming pool and spa are more modern backyard features, along with a canopied patio overlooking the lawn.


The five-bedroom, three-bathroom home at 2409 N. Park Blvd. is covered under the Mills Act, which provides homeowners who maintain the exteriors of historic properties with a substantial savings on property taxes.


Floral Park, a neighborhood northwest of downtown Santa Ana, was full of orange. avocado and walnut groves, as well as scattered ranch houses, before 1920, City of Santa Ana records show.


“When built in the 1920s, the Floral Park homes were the most lavish and expensive in the area. They sold for about $45,000 each,” said a 1981 story in the Orange County Register.


The original owners of the Storybook house were Leo Zlaket Sr. and his wife Mary, who had a food market, according to historic records. They were the grandparents of Leo Zlaket, who with his wife Virginia became the longtime owners of Zlaket’s Market in Garden Grove.




The store closed in 2014 after 87 years. It was Garden Grove’s oldest family-owned-and-operated business. Leo Zlaket died at age 77 on July 31.


The family sold the iconic Santa Ana home decades ago, according to property records.


Storybook is a variant of the English Revival style. “They essentially look like a family of elves of maybe Snow White herself would answer the door if you knocked,” said a story on the architectural style on Realtor.com. “Although these homes evoke visions of the European countryside, this style is wholly American – specifically, Hollywood in the 1920s.”