Glendale is a suburb of Los Angeles and the county’s third-largest city, just eight miles from Downtown Los Angeles. Glendalians enjoy a blend of suburban and urban life; the city retains a small-town feel but is big enough to give its residents plenty of world-class amenities and services.
Glendale sits at the intersection of San Fernando and San Gabriel Valleys. Its central location makes it a particularly convenient area for commuters to live, especially in dual-income households where each earner’s job takes them to different parts of L.A. County during the workweek.
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Homes for sale in Glendale come in all sizes, from townhomes and condominiums to single-family and luxury homes. While real estate prices here are elevated compared to most of the United States, Glendale remains relatively affordable for L.A. County.
Like much of Southern California, residential architectural styles in Glendale vary and reflect society’s evolving tastes since the late 19th century.
From 1900-1920, Folk Victorian, Queen Anne and Foursquare styles were in vogue. Starting in the 1920s, revival styles became popular, including Craftsman, Bungalow, American Colonial, Spanish Colonial, and Tudor. Construction of Mediterranean and Italian revival homes took off in the 1930s and are still built today.
In the postwar period of the 1940s, California Ranch and Mid Century Modern homes started showing up on the scene and continued to be popular during the 1950s and 60s. From the 1980s onward, Contemporary homes have been the predominant style for new construction.
Commercial architecture in Glendale has also changed with the times. You can still find Art Deco buildings from the 1920s, a style often used for industrial structures like Grand Central Airport (now owned by The Walt Disney Company). Today, a walk through Downtown Glendale reveals the unique beauty of Spanish styles integrated with modern architecture. Tall office buildings retain traditional qualities.
Like nearby Pasadena, the 134 Freeway divides the city into two main areas simply referred to as Downtown and The Verdugos. Several subdivisions and enclaves comprise the northern and southern parts of the city.
The Verdugos (North of 134 Freeway)
Homes for sale north of the 134 Freeway are more expensive and tend to increase in value the higher up they sit in the foothills of the Verdugo Mountains. Many homes on the hillsides have sweeping views of Downtown Glendale and the skyline of Downtown Los Angeles. Lot sizes are bigger in this part of town, thus backyard pools are more commonplace. Here are the neighborhoods:
- San Rafael Hills
- Glenoaks Canyon
- Sparr Heights
- Whiting Woods
- Crescenta Highlands
- El Miradero
- North Glendale
- Fremont Park
- Rancho San Rafael
Downtown (South of 134 Freeway)
Downtown has a few mixed-use developments that combine shopping centers and condominiums for sale. Home buyers may also want to check out some of the stand-alone condo towers. Blocks away from the commercial core, you will find smaller homes in charming neighborhoods. The whole area is highly walkable. Here are the Downtown Glendale neighborhoods:
- West Glendale
- Citrus Grove
- Adams Hill
Like most areas in Southern California, Glendale started off as a Spanish mission but slowly transformed from Mexican rule to a part of a United States territory. California became a state in 1850, one year after the gold rush (no small coincidence). In 1884, locals formed the original townsite and named it Glendale. The city was incorporated in 1906.
Glendale is a tight-knit community partly due to the influence of several waves of immigrants to the area. In fact, Glendale has one of the largest concentration of Armenian families in the United States. 54% of residents here foreign-born (compared to 27% in CA and 13% nationally).
Many Armenian and Lebanese who fled the Lebanese Civil War (1975-1990) made Glendale their home. The next wave of immigrants came to live with friends and families during the fall of the Soviet Union in the late 1980s. The impact on the food scene, culture, and entertainment in the city cannot be understated.
Life in Glendale
The skies here are sunny year-round. The Mediterranean climate here, characterized by mild winters and warm summers, means temperatures rarely get too hot or too cold like you would expect in the desert areas farther north and east of the city.
From October to December, Santa Ana Winds move through Southern California bringing very low humidity and warm wind gusts up to 70 mph. Dry air gushes from north to south, sweeping across the foothills and blasting through narrow canyons.
The local commuter rail system, Metrolink, makes it easy to get from Glendale to Downtown Los Angeles or out to Hollywood Burbank Airport (formerly Bob Hope Airport and uses the airport code BUR) and beyond, in either direction. Public transportation lines provide an alternative to driving, easing the burden of commuting in L.A.’s notoriously heavy traffic. Metrolink continues to grow in popularity, and line extensions have been planned to increase ridership.
The city’s proximity to the airport (BUR) is no small matter as it is a much better airport than LAX. Security lines are shorter at BUR, and there is far less traffic in and out of the terminals so dropping off or picking up travelers is easy. Short-term and long-term parking lots abutting the airport are much cheaper than LAX, too. You won’t be able to catch a non-stop to NYC, but if your travel plans include short hops around the West Coast or connections through major hubs, BUR is the better choice.
Even in the age of e-commerce, brick-and-mortar malls in Glendale continue to draw crowds from around the region. Two big shopping centers dominate the downtown area and happen to be right next to each other. Quite convenient.
Glendale Galleria is a longtime favorite shopping center with many retail stores from Target to Macy’s. Parking is plentiful and free.
Americana at Brand sits right across the street from the Galleria. Americana at Brand is a newer shopping center (2008) and mixed-use complex with luxury movie theaters in a park-like setting. Upscale retailers include Tiffany & Co., Apple, Kate Spade, Nordstrom and Sur La Table. It is also a residential community of 100 condominiums.
Like much of Los Angeles, cultural diversity means food diversity. Folks can find fantastic gastronomic opportunities all over town.
You’ll never go without Greek, Thai, Vietnamese, Japanese, Armenian, Lebanese or Mexican dishes. Meaning, folks are never too far from kebabs, sushi, pastries, burritos or pho.
Glendale is not known for epic nightlife, but its proximity to Los Feliz, Silver Lake, Hollywood and Downtown Los Angeles (DTLA) makes it easy to find livelier versions of a night out. However, if you’re just looking to chill out with friends, family or co-workers, there are plenty of local watering holes here. In fact, low-key places are perfect if you just want to enjoy a drink and have a great conversation at a slower pace.
Nearby Atwater Village Farmers’ Market is a great way to stock up on fresh fruits and veggies while supporting local businesses. The market is open every Sunday from 10 am to 2 pm.
Parks & Recreation
City, County, and State parks form a triumvirate of park operators that offer several outdoor recreation opportunities and sports facilities.
The City of Glendale’s Community Services & Parks (CSP) Department operates 36 parks and additional community facilities (nearly 50 altogether). Their Community Centers accrue over 500,000 drop-ins per year. The CSP even maintains historic sites and a museum.
Sports fields for soccer, softball, and baseball abound at the Glendale Sports Complex. The facility is situated at the base of the Verdugo Mountains, providing convenient access to several trails.
Bigger parks and small pocket parks dot the area. Some of the more popular facilities include:
- Lower Scholl Canyon Park
- Carr Park
- Moyse Baseball Field
- Fremont Park/Glendale Tennis Academy
For more rugged outdoor adventures, check out the Verdugo Mountains. This is where you’ll find long and challenging trails for biking and hiking. The trails are also used for horseback riding. The Verdugo Mountains Open Space Preserve is known for its lush vegetation and over 2,300 mature oaks. The preserve covers 244-acres and is operated by the California Department of Parks and Recreation,
Glendale CSP operates Scholl Canyon Golf & Tennis Club, a municipal 18-hole course with great views of Downtown Los Angeles all the way out to the Pacific Ocean.
Chevy Chase Country Club is a private facility with a 10-hole golf course (yes, you read that correctly), restaurant, pool, and gym to name a few of its many amenities.
Nearby Griffith Park offers a 53-mile network of trails for hikers, walkers, and equestrians. The park has three municipal golf courses. The Wilson and Harding Courses are 18-hole championship courses. The executive Roosevelt Course is perfect for quick outings when one’s time is limited. The park and its facilities are operated by the City of Los Angeles Department of Recreation and Parks.
Points of Interest
History buffs love visiting the Catalina Verdugo Adobe (1828), part of the original Rancho San Rafael and oldest verified building in Glendale. It remains intact and protected under the city’s conservation laws. The surrounding area is now a 1.3-acre park which also contains the historic Oak of Peace, where leaders from the U.S. and Mexican Armies met to discuss terms of surrender to end the Mexican-American war in 1847. The tree is considered the birthplace of California.
The Brand Library and Arts Center is a library with a twist; instead of just focusing on books and videos, they place a unique emphasis on visual arts and music. In addition to regular library services, the library offers educational programs for kids in the world of art, dance, and music. Adults can enjoy art galleries and free classes.
Looking for a place to have some lighthearted fun? Try Moonlight Rollerway, Glendale’s largest and most popular roller skating arena. Meet your friends there for special events, weekly “open skates,” and DJ-curated music selections.
The Assistance League of Glendale’s Thrift Alley is a local favorite for “thrifters” looking for books or vintage treasures. Founded in 1937, during the depths of the of The Great Depression, the league has been giving back to the community for a very long time. Proceeds are used directly in the Glendale community in several meaningful and impactful ways including (to name only a few) free clothing, SAT preparation courses, senior luncheons, and academic scholarships.
Forest Lawn Memorial Park is a cemetery and a world-renowned art museum. You read that right! Fine art exhibits and burial plots all in the same place. What’s more, the park gets rave reviews on Yelp highlighting the immaculately-manicured lawns, rolling hills, views and sculptures that adorn the grounds. It’s also the resting place of many celebrities.
Here are few resources that will help keep you up-to-date on activities in the City of Glendale and surrounding areas. The City of Glendale’s community calendar includes civic-related events from nature hikes to city council and planning commission meetings.
The Downtown Glendale Association site also posts events like yoga classes, ballets, live theater plays, concerts, the annual Glendale Cruise Night, and film society screenings.
Glendale, CA Schools
There are many schooling options in Glendale. Public schools operate under the Glendale Unified School District (GUSD) banner. The district has 21 elementary schools. There are several private schools with religious and ethnic affiliations. There is also one junior college.
GUSD Middle Schools:
- Roosevelt Middle School
- Rosemont Middle School
- Toll Middle School
- Wilson Middle School
GUSD High Schools:
- Allan F. Daily High School
- Clark Magnet High School
- Crescenta Valley High School
- Glendale High School
- Herbert Hoover High School
Private Schools in Glendale:
- Chamlian Armenian School
- Glendale Adventist Academy
- Holy Family High School
- Salem Lutheran School
- Glendale Community College
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Glendale, California Statistics
Top 5 Employers
- Glendale Adventist Medical Center
- Glendale Unified School District
- City of Glendale
- Dreamworks Animation
- Glenair, Inc.
- Nestle (U.S.A. Headquarters)
Glendale is also headquarters for Avery Dennison (office and consumer products) and International House of Pancakes or IHOP (restaurant).
- Estimated Population: 201,167
- Median Resident Age: 37 (Old for L.A. County)
- Zip Codes: 91201, 91202, 91203, 91204, 91205, 91206, 91207, 91208, 91214 and parts of 91020, 90041 and 91214.
- Elevation: 522 feet
- Land Area: 30.63 square miles
- Population Density: 6,386 people per square mile (Average for L.A. County)
- Baskin-Robbins, famous for its “31 flavors” of ice cream was founded in Glendale in 1945.
- Glendale is also home to the first Bob’s Big Boy restaurant which opened in 1936.
- Grand Central Airport was the departure point for the first regularly scheduled coast-to-coast flight in the United States. Charles Lindbergh piloted the first flight.
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