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If you want the feeling of “country living” within reach of big-time employers and other amenities, Altadena real estate is a great choice. The city is just a fifteen-minute drive from downtown Los Angeles.
Altadena’s tree-lined neighborhoods are some of the oldest and most beautiful in San Gabriel Valley. In 1887, Andrew McNally, the printing magnate from Chicago, and his good friend Col. G.G. Green built mansions on what would come to be known as Millionaire’s Row, on Mariposa Street near Santa Rosa Avenue. Newspaper moguls William Armiger Scripps and William Kellogg built just east of Fair Oaks Avenue. The 1934 Beard House, the all-metal house built by well-known architect Richard Neutra for Caltech professor Richard Beard, was inspired by Neutra’s fascination with the machine as icon.. Also noteworthy is Janes Village, a neighborhood in northwest Altadena, designated as an Altadena Heritage Area. Also in northwest Altadena, you’ll find The Meadows, a great neighborhood offering fresh air and beautiful mountain views, that has taken off as a real estate destination.
Families can find a mix of public and private school opportunities in Altadena. Its public schools are part of the Pasadena school district. Altadena is within easy reach of a community college network throughout San Gabriel Valley, as well as high education institutions. It is just 4 miles to Le Cordon Bleu College of Culinary Arts, Pasadena City College and California Institute of Technology. It’s fewer than 10 miles to the University of Southern California and California State University-Los Angeles.
Altadena offers plenty of entertainment, from its own Theater Americana to trails and paths to National Forest areas. Maintaining Altadena as an equestrian community, complete with great trails and Altadena Stables for horse lovers, has been is a high priority here. The community is also quite well-known for its Christmas Tree Lane, a seasonal favorite.Christmas Tree Lane joined the National Register of Historic Places in 1990, and is a California Historical Landmark. Cobb Estate at the top of Lake Avenue is now a free botanical garden.