Located in the Crescenta Valley, nestled between the San Gabriel Mountains and the Angeles National Forest, lies the verdant city of La Cañada Flintridge. Just recently incorporated in 1976, this wealthy community offers excellent schools, large homes on spacious lots, and a quiet, suburban feel in the backyard of Los Angeles. Like Pasadena, it’s a great place to get more real estate square footage for your money than most other neighborhoods close to Los Angeles.
La Cañada has been a destination for homeowners looking for peaceful living in the mountains since the 1850s. La Cañada is actually a merging of two distinct communities, La Cañada and Flintridge. La Cañada comes from the Spanish word cañada (pronounced “canyada”), meaning canyon, gorge, or ravine; Flintridge was named after its developer, United States Senator Frank P. Flint. Between the post-WWII migration of defense industry workers looking for jobs at the new Jet Propulsion Laboratory, and an improved water system, the population boomed in the 1950s. Currently celebrating its 40th anniversary as an incorporated city, La Cañada is a bustling community with a small-town quality not found in many areas of LA county.
LCF, as it’s known for short, offers a respite from the urban city life that’s found just up the hill from Downtown Los Angeles. Ninety percent of residents are homeowners, and the city is in the top 10 highest median incomes in LA County. The La Cañada Unified School District serves most of the city and is ranked as one of the top school districts in the state.
Throughout La Cañada can be found beautiful homes built at the beginning of the 20th century, as well as sprawling modern mansions. LCF has below-average population density for Los Angeles, so many homes are on large plots of land for added privacy and uninterrupted views of the surrounding mountains. In La Cañada, every home has a room with a view.
One of the most stunning homes in LCF is currently on the market, an 18,190 square foot masterpiece at 700 Berkshire Avenue. This majestic home is believed to have been designed by noted architect Myron Hunt for Senator Flint in 1918, and has seven bedrooms and 10 baths. Inside the home, you can find an original speak-easy, library, six fireplaces, gym, and two family rooms. The Mission Revival mansion is surrounded by 2 acres of park-like grounds, with a separate guest house, 4-car garage, sport court, and horse corral. If you’re looking for luxury living, this house is it.
If Spanish-style architecture is more your thing, 4708 Palm Drive is a must see. Built in 1926, it displays custom iron gates, hand painted tile accents, a fountain and authentic roof tiles. The main residence features four bedrooms and five baths, recreation room, bbq area and pool/spa and fantastic floor plan. Plus the guest house offers another bedroom and living room for visitors (or just older kids who move back home).
This custom home at 845 Highland Drive in the hills of La Cañada Flintridge is an art lovers dream! The home sits peacefully on a multi-level 40,000 square foot lot and is extremely private with beautiful views of the mountains. Entertaining is fabulous with its grand Living and Dining Room with walls of glass, enormous over-sized brick fireplace, exposed 18 foot ceilings, antique glass lanterns and large covered porch. In total the home has over 50 SF of original art from Judson Studios-one of the world’s leading glass art studios, imbedded into the very architecture. The sprawling yard is complimented with a large rose garden, pool, spa, grass area and numerous trees. This home is an absolutely unique La Cañada gem.
LCF also offers stunning examples of modern-built homes that still feature classic architecture. The seven bedroom, French style mansion at 567 Meadow Grove Street has been designed with the greatest attention to detail. The magnificent family room has a hand painted domed cupola, and the pool area has fountains, a European gazebo and statues. It also features a wine cellar, four hand-carved stone fireplaces & art garden with Koi pond. It’s an opulent home that’s sure to impress.
La Cañada Flintridge is just minutes away from dining and shopping in Pasadena, Glendale, and Echo Park, La Cañada boasts many of its own attractions. Enjoy an educational afternoon at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, a unique national research facility that carries out robotic space and Earth science missions that’s open for free public tours. La Cañada goes to ‘Infinity and Beyond’!
Or, if you want to spend some time outside, La Cañada has got you covered. Descanso Gardens is an urban retreat of year-round natural beauty, internationally renowned botanical collections and spectacular seasonal horticultural displays. Take a stroll through the acclaimed Japanese garden, rose garden, and North America’s largest camellia collection.
La Cañada Flintridge is an excellent place to live and work, with abundant parks, history, and privacy. Take a break from the city and relax in your new LCF home!