La Crescenta-MontroseNicknamed “The Balcony of Southern California”, La Crescenta is nestled up against the foothills of the San Gabriel Mountains and with the views offered from most of the city you will feel like you are up above the rest of Los Angeles. Although La Crescenta began development in 1870, it wasn’t until after the Postwar Period that growth within the city accelerated and so many of the homes in La Crescenta that exist today were built in the the late 1940’s through the 1950’s. The construction of the 210 freeway in the late 60’s through the Crescenta Valley furthered development within the city. A portion of La Crescenta is incorporated with the city of Glendale, with the other section unincorporated to Los Angeles County. The entire city is served by the Glendale Unified School District. The public schools in La Crescenta are considered exceptional, with Crescenta Valley High School listed as a “Blue Ribbon School”.
Montrose: Montrose, Ca is a wonderfully charming community in that it looks like a setting for a Norman Rockwell painting. Many people think that Montrose is incorporated with La Crescenta, but it is actually it’s own city, and like La Crescenta is under jurisdiction of the city of Glendale.
Although there are many charming bungalows that line the pleasant residential neighborhoods there is also a great amount of commercial-retail, mostly located in Old Town Montrose. Along Honolulu Avenue, the main thoroughfare for Montrose, there is a selection of privately owned businesses that includes retail merchandise, several service businesses, clothing boutiques, bakeries, antique shops, art galleries, and a wide array of restaurants. Old Town Montrose serves as the location for events throughout the year, including the annual Arts & Crafts festival in June, the annual Oktoberfest, the Montrose Christmas Parade, and the weekly Harvest Market which is every Sunday.