The Alan Anderson Award is presented to residents of a selected Washington Square home that exemplifies Alan’s love, pride and care for his home and neighborhood which contributes to Washington Square’s sense of community and positivity. Congratulations to Washington Square’s long time residents, the van der Roest family. Susan is shown below accepting the award at the January WSNA General Meeting from President Javier Garcia and Santa Ana City Manager and Police Chief, Paul Walters.The front of their home for the last eight years has undergone a major facelift. It all started when they realized they needed a ramp for Susan’s walker and wheelchair and a small porch for lounging, plus they wanted it to be attractive and in character with their home which was built in 1939.
The van der Roest Family has deep roots in Santa Ana. Martin and Susan lived on Freeman Street in Washington Square for many years prior to moving into the house on Towner which they purchased from Susan’s brother, Dan Griset, former Mayor of Santa Ana.
Before occupying the house, they did a major interior restoration keeping in mind their aesthetic objective
when designing. Susan describes the look they are going for: “We want this house to look like a well maintained
1939 home.” With that in mind they started their newest renovation adventure.
The van der Roests are thrilled with the result, especially Susie who absolutely loves her new ramp. The design objective of creating “a well-maintained 1939 home” drove the selection and placement of the new plantings. Carefully selected roses, shrubs, grasses and groundcover all came from Roger’s Gardens in Corona del Mar.
gardener, Susie personally arranged, and rearranged, the plants before they were put in the ground and has kept detailed records so
she can chart her successes and (hopefully not) failures. Let’s say “challenges” instead
Congratulations and thank you for beautifying the neighborhood.
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