La Crescenta CA Neighborhood Guide
La Crescenta CA is located within the zip code 91214 and bills itself as “The Balcony of Southern California”. If you are on the 210 freeway traveling west, the neighborhood begins at the La Crescenta Ave. and ends at Lowell Ave. and is nestled at the base of the Angeles National Forest. The neighborhood still feels like a sleepy mountain community, even though it long ago matured into a suburb for neighboring Glendale.
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La Crescenta is not your uniform suburban community. We love the non-confirming style where a modest ranch home is on the same block as newer built executive home. Sidewalks and street lights are not common, but friendly evening chats with a neighbor happen all the time.
Outsiders tend to think La Crescenta is remote, in the sticks, too far away from anything. Outsiders are dumb. Check out our post about how La Crescenta is close to everything!
If you love a more developed feel to your neighborhood, check out Pinecrest or Markridge.
La Crescenta is also the best value for people who want a condo or townhouse as a lower cost way to live in a middle class suburban area.
The area below Foothill Blvd. tends to be a bit lower in price than the areas above Foothill.
There is an interesting location anomaly – the western half of 91214 is legally a Glendale Ca neighborhood and is officially called Crescenta Highlands. The dividing line between the County Unincorporated part of La Crescenta and the part that is the City of Glendale is Pennsylvania.
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What We Love About La Crescenta
Outdoor activities are a big attraction because we are on the edge of the Angeles National Forest, Deukmejian Wilderness Area and tons of interesting and easy hiking trails. The great outdoors is literally in our backyard. Also, we have the best dog park in the region.
People buy homes in La Crescenta because of the schools. Most La Crescenta Area schools rank 8 or 9 on Great Schools, but the bigger measure is the parent involvement and reviews. Glendale Unified is the governing school district, but the schools attached to 91214 are consistently ranked the highest in the district.
We love the small town feel, here. In Los Angeles everyone is from somewhere else. In La Crescenta, families and businesses are often several generations deep. One of our favorite small town events in La Crescenta is the annual 4th of July Fireworks show. This is event that brings the entire town together.
Also- few people realize that the 118 Freeway makes our access to the Valley and Westside easier and faster at peak commute times than access from Glendale.
What We Don’t Love About La Crescenta
If you crave the Big City lifestyle, La Crescenta can seem a bit removed from everything. Also, while we have some great restaurants, we don’t have a lot of them.
La Crescenta Schools
La Crescenta (and the Crescenta Highlands) belong to the Glendale Unified School District, although most people assume there is a separate district. School minded families want to buy in La Crescenta because every school is coveted.
There are five elementary schools in the area and all are considered top-shelf. Many people who buy in La Crescenta consider Rosemont Middle School as the top school in the district as is Crescenta Valley High School. Clark Magnet High School rounds out the mix.
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