Life In Glendale

Everyone knows that L.A. is the “City of Angels” - but few people know that nearby Glendale has its own sparkly moniker: it’s known as The Jewel City, named for the scenic views that make it, in the words of Edward Emery, “sparkle like a jewel in the sun”. Emery said this back in the early 20th century, when Glendale was only just becoming the bustling cultural hub it remains today. Tucked into the Verdugo Mountains, Glendale offers equal parts social stimulation, economic opportunity, outdoor access, and peace and quiet. Families and professionals who are tired of compromising their budgets, sanity, and safety for the perks of living in L.A. have been flocking to Glendale for decades, joining the already-robust population of locals who can trace their roots back a century or more. Curious about what awaits you as a newcomer to L.A.’s northern neighbor? Read on for all the ins and outs of living in the Jewel City.

Glendale at a Glance

Glendale is Los Angeles County’s fourth-largest city, with a population of roughly 200,00 spread across 30 miles. Among its many draws are the great school system and the extremely low crime rate: Glendale routinely makes the list of top ten safest cities in America, with low rates of both violent and property crime. Glendale Unified School District also regularly outranks districts from LA neighborhoods, with several of the district’s elementary and middle schools ranking at 8 or 9 out of 10 according to GreatSchools.org.

Hiking in the Verdugo Mountains is just one of the ways Glendale residents enjoy the outdoors: there’s also Deukmejian Wilderness Park, a rugged yet maintained urban getaway with miles of trails. There are over 40 parks and community centers in Glendale, including athletic fields, golf courses, pools and dog parks. The city hosts outdoor-oriented community programs all year round, encouraging residents to not only get out and explore the city but also learn about native flora and fauna and participate in the conservation of these valuable open spaces.

The Americana at Brand, designed by Rick Caruso, is an outdoor mall - and while that might not sound like something worth talking about, it’s a favorite destination for shopping, eating, and entertainment. Brand-name stores and restaurants like Nordstrom and La Pain Quotidien sit alongside locally owned establishments like Sugarfina and Din Tai Fung; there’s also an 18-plex, 3000-seat movie theater, a cupcake-dispensing Sprinkles vending machine, luxury apartments and condominiums, and choreographed fountain light shows. It’s as much an outdoor spectacle as it is a great place to scratch your Shake Shack itch.

Glendale search95 Properties

Address Beds Baths Sq.Ft. Price(%Chng) $/Sq.Ft. On Site
1235 Western Ave Glendale,  CA 91201 1235 Western Ave
Glendale, CA 91201
2 2 1,566 $1,299,999 $830.14 1 day
520 N Louise St #208 Glendale,  CA 91206 520 N Louise St #208
Glendale, CA 91206
2 3 1,071 $679,000 $633.99 4 days
118 S Kenwood St #106 Glendale,  CA 91205 118 S Kenwood St #106
Glendale, CA 91205
2 2 1,208 $829,000 $686.26 4 days
312 Griswold St Glendale,  CA 91205 312 Griswold St
Glendale, CA 91205
5 3 1,751 $987,000 $563.68 4 days
2501 Hermosita Dr Glendale,  CA 91208 2501 Hermosita Dr
Glendale, CA 91208
4 3 2,797 $2,199,000 $786.20 4 days
1565 N Columbus Ave Glendale,  CA 91202 1565 N Columbus Ave
Glendale, CA 91202
5 5 4,032 $3,400,000 $843.25 4 days
455 Del Court Place Glendale,  CA 91206 455 Del Court Place
Glendale, CA 91206
5 4 2,809 $2,850,000 $1,014.60 4 days
1329 N Central Ave #D Glendale,  CA 91202 1329 N Central Ave #D
Glendale, CA 91202
2 1 987 $560,000 $567.38 4 days
1116 San Luis Rey Dr Glendale,  CA 91208 1116 San Luis Rey Dr
Glendale, CA 91208
5 3 2,590 $1,995,000 $770.27 4 days
1334 Alameda Avenue Glendale,  CA 91201 1334 Alameda Avenue
Glendale, CA 91201
5 4 2,440 $1,799,000 $737.30 4 days
1019 Camann St Glendale,  CA 91208 1019 Camann St
Glendale, CA 91208
3 2 1,806 $1,289,000 $713.73 4 days
1748 Bel Aire Dr Glendale,  CA 91201 1748 Bel Aire Dr
Glendale, CA 91201
4 2 2,285 $1,680,000 $735.23 5 days
3826 El Moreno St Glendale,  CA 91214 3826 El Moreno St
Glendale, CA 91214
3 2 1,404 $1,299,000 $925.21 5 days
2216 Chevy Oaks Circle Glendale,  CA 91206 2216 Chevy Oaks Circle
Glendale, CA 91206
2 2 1,715 $1,250,000 $728.86 6 days
917 Penshore Terrace Glendale,  CA 91207 917 Penshore Terrace
Glendale, CA 91207
3 2 1,965 $1,650,000 $839.69 6 days
537 N Adams St #207 Glendale,  CA 91206 537 N Adams St #207
Glendale, CA 91206
2 3 1,094 $699,000 $638.94 6 days
911 Alma St Glendale,  CA 91202 911 Alma St
Glendale, CA 91202
2 1 1,262 $985,000 $780.51 6 days
1625 Campbell St Glendale,  CA 91207 1625 Campbell St
Glendale, CA 91207
4 3 2,701 $1,885,000 $697.89 7 days
733 Burchett St Glendale,  CA 91202 733 Burchett St
Glendale, CA 91202
3 3 1,888 $1,395,000 $738.88 7 days
1859 Verdugo Loma Dr Glendale,  CA 91208 1859 Verdugo Loma Dr
Glendale, CA 91208
7 7 4,919 $2,175,000 $442.16 8 days
1146 E Lexington Dr #203 Glendale,  CA 91206 1146 E Lexington Dr #203
Glendale, CA 91206
2 2 1,051 $599,000 $569.93 8 days
230 S Jackson St #102 Glendale,  CA 91205 230 S Jackson St #102
Glendale, CA 91205
1 1 790 $575,900 $728.99 8 days
735 Prospect Dr Glendale,  CA 91205 735 Prospect Dr
Glendale, CA 91205
3 3 1,875 $1,395,000 $744.00 8 days
1211 Cortez Dr Glendale,  CA 91207 1211 Cortez Dr
Glendale, CA 91207
5 4 4,140 $3,750,000 $905.80 8 days
1153 N San Rafael Ave #105 Glendale,  CA 91202 1153 N San Rafael Ave #105
Glendale, CA 91202
2 3 1,110 $849,000 $764.86 9 days
466 Vine St Glendale,  CA 91204 466 Vine St
Glendale, CA 91204
2 2 1,392 $1,250,000 $897.99 11 days
2313 Rosecrest Dr #6 Glendale,  CA 91208 2313 Rosecrest Dr #6
Glendale, CA 91208
2 2 1,252 $699,000 $558.31 12 days
1227 Corona Dr Glendale,  CA 91205 1227 Corona Dr
Glendale, CA 91205
3 3 1,432 $1,287,000 $898.74 12 days
1807 Alpha Rd Glendale,  CA 91208 1807 Alpha Rd
Glendale, CA 91208
2 1 786 $799,000 $1,016.54 13 days
1122 Rossmoyne Ave Glendale,  CA 91207 1122 Rossmoyne Ave
Glendale, CA 91207
5 6 5,170 $4,995,000 $966.15 13 days
1161 Ruberta Ave Glendale,  CA 91201 1161 Ruberta Ave
Glendale, CA 91201
5 5 2,722 $1,899,000 $697.65 13 days
501 Solway St Glendale,  CA 91206 501 Solway St
Glendale, CA 91206
2 2 989 $799,999 $808.90 13 days
2450 Sleepy Hollow Dr Glendale,  CA 91206 2450 Sleepy Hollow Dr
Glendale, CA 91206
3 3 1,916 $1,479,000 $771.92 13 days
4124 La Crescenta Ave Glendale,  CA 91214 4124 La Crescenta Ave
Glendale, CA 91214
2 1 811 $799,000 $985.20 13 days
1131 Campbell St #228 Glendale,  CA 91207 1131 Campbell St #228
Glendale, CA 91207
2 3 1,123 $698,888 $622.34 13 days
2411 E Chevy Chase Dr Glendale,  CA 91206 2411 E Chevy Chase Dr
Glendale, CA 91206
4 3 2,500 $1,558,000 $623.20 13 days
1801 Canada Blvd Glendale,  CA 91208 1801 Canada Blvd
Glendale, CA 91208
2 2 1,594 $1,250,000 $784.19 14 days
3907 La Crescenta Ave #104 Glendale,  CA 91214 3907 La Crescenta Ave #104
Glendale, CA 91214
1 1 680 $479,000 $704.41 14 days
635 Arden Ave Glendale,  CA 91202 635 Arden Ave
Glendale, CA 91202
3 1 1,319 $1,150,000 $871.87 14 days
2126 Rimcrest Dr Glendale,  CA 91207 2126 Rimcrest Dr
Glendale, CA 91207
6 8 5,696 $4,998,000 $877.46 15 days
333 Burchett St #304 Glendale,  CA 91203 333 Burchett St #304
Glendale, CA 91203
2 2 1,082 $649,900 $600.65 15 days
572 Caruso Ave Glendale,  CA 91210 572 Caruso Ave
Glendale, CA 91210
2 2 1,361 $1,450,000 $1,065.39 15 days
1670 Arboles Dr Glendale,  CA 91207 1670 Arboles Dr
Glendale, CA 91207
4 3 3,568 $3,950,000 $1,107.06 15 days
1344 Rossmoyne Ave Glendale,  CA 91207 1344 Rossmoyne Ave
Glendale, CA 91207
5 5 4,433 $3,850,000 $868.49 18 days
3629 Sierra Vista Ave Glendale,  CA 91208 3629 Sierra Vista Ave
Glendale, CA 91208
2 3 1,124 $1,575,000 $1,401.25 19 days
1124 N Louise St #B Glendale,  CA 91207 1124 N Louise St #B
Glendale, CA 91207
1 1 705 $498,800 $707.52 20 days
1020 Hillcroft Rd Glendale,  CA 91207 1020 Hillcroft Rd
Glendale, CA 91207
6 6 5,812 $3,250,000 $559.19 20 days
416 Whiting Woods Rd Glendale,  CA 91208 416 Whiting Woods Rd
Glendale, CA 91208
5 3 4,724 $3,250,000 $687.98 21 days
121 Sinclair Ave #103 Glendale,  CA 91206 121 Sinclair Ave #103
Glendale, CA 91206
2 2 929 $605,000 $651.24 21 days
350 Mount Carmel Dr Glendale,  CA 91206 350 Mount Carmel Dr
Glendale, CA 91206
4 5 3,425 $2,599,000 $758.83 22 days

Cost of Living

The average home price in Glendale is roughly $850,000, while rent averages around $3,052. Of course, some of Glendale’s more pricey neighborhoods - Brockmont, Whiting Woods, Encino and Holmby Hills - skew the averages somewhat compared to the more affordable neighborhoods, like Rancho San Rafael, San Rafael Hills, and Crescenta Highlands. With 40 total neighborhoods, Glendale has a home for every budget.

The comparatively high housing costs are reflective of the city’s robust job market and professional opportunities. Glendale’s economic future remains bright, with a steady influx of new businesses adding to the city’s more established employers - IHOP, Nestle and Avery Denison all have headquarters in the city, as well as DreamWorks and Disney Studios Grand Central Creative Campus.

Commute

Although Glendale can’t quite boast a match to LA’s extensive public transportation, it does have a serviceable bus and rail system. You can get around Los Angeles County via the Glendale Beeline or the Metrolink, or get further away on Amtrak or Greyhound. For pedestrians, Glendale’s Walk Score is 69 out of 100, with a slightly lower Bike Score. Most residents depend on cars for commuting, and while there are certainly some peak travel times, the roads are generally less congested than L.A. The average commute time in Glendale is about 30 minutes each way.

Food & Drink

            You can find evidence of Glendale’s large Armenian population at restaurants like Elena’s, which has been in business for over 30 years - and where you can get a flavorful, generously portioned, vegetarian-friendly meal for under $15. The proliferation of Mediterranean food in Glendale makes it a great destination for vegetarians and vegans who are more interested in a hummus crawl than a bar crawl. There’s also budget-friendly Cuban baked goods at Porto’s, or a little bit of everything at Foxy’s, the perfect compromise for a date night where one of you wants filet mignon and the other wants French toast. Both Din Tai Fun and Tumanyan Khinkali Factory are beloved dumpling purveyors: the former offers world-famous Taiwanese dumplings while the latter serves them up Georgian-style.

            Nightlife in Glendale takes many forms: you can dance at Giggles, genre-hop with whatever band is playing at The Complex, compare the many, many beers available at Glendale Tap or the local ales on offer at Brewyard Beer Company, take part in an Open Mic or karaoke night at Dave’s on Broadway, get tropical at Damon’s, or sip upscale cocktails at The Famous. For their morning-after pick-me-ups, locals go to Regent Coffee Roasters and Brew Bar, Kaldi, Urartyu, or Kafn Coffee.

            While it’s true that L.A. has worldwide name recognition - you never have to explain exactly where you’re from when you live in Hollywood - many Angelinos choose to give up that glamour and clout in favor of the strong, safe, and vibrant community available in Glendale.

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History

Like most of the cities and towns in the San Fernando Valley, Glendale’s first inhabitants were the Tongva people, a population largely displaced in the 1700s by Spanish missionaries and soldiers. Glendale first got its name in 1884 and officially became a city in 1906. But Glendale’s oldest building predates the city’s formal incorporation by 40 years: the Catalina Verdugo Adobe, built in 1860 by Teodoro Verdugo, is beloved by history buffs and architecture nerds alike. While this home-turned-public-park might be the city’s oldest, it’s just the tip of the iceberg. Forest Lawn Memorial Park, established in 1906, is a beautifully lush, landscaped cemetery with artistic monuments, statuary, and architecture that invites the living to stroll, respectfully, among the dead. For the morbidly curious, the dead in Forest Lawn include Michael Jackson, L. Frank Baum, Nat King Cole and his daughter, and Walt Disney. If you’re looking for something appropriately spooky to chase an afternoon at Forest Lawn, there’s the Rockhaven Sanitarium, an abandoned psychiatric hospital where women treated women - the hospital only accepted female patients and was staffed exclusively by women.

            On a lighter note, there’s also the Brand Library and Art Center. This public library is specifically focused on the visual arts - it’s no surprise that the building itself is a thing of beauty, inspired by the 1893 Columbian Exposition’s East Indian Pavilion. The land around the building is a public park with lots of trails and activities. The park is also home to The Doctors House, built in 1888, formerly inhabited by - you guessed it - doctors. The house is significant for its Queen Anne Victorian architecture and for its role as the home of Nell Shipman, a silent film star. The Grand Central Air Terminal was built in 1923 and was, for a long time, Glendale’s chief employer. With Art Deco and Spanish-style design, it’s a part of aviation history: Charles Lindbergh took off from the Grand Central Air Terminal on his first west-to-east transcontinental flight. It’s been out of commission since 1959 but remains a point of pride for the city.

People who want to be more of a participant in history can enjoy a night out at the Alex Theatre. This theater, built in 1925, was bringing movies to Glendale long before it earned the gigantic marquee and neon tower that it's now known for. There’s also the Moonlight Rollerway, where the maple floors have been preserved since 1956. Moonlight has been a community mainstay since it first opened as Harry’s Roller Rink, but it’s far from stuck in the past: for the past twenty years, Wednesdays have been LGBTQ night. For a slightly more contemporary look at the past, the Museum of Neon Art is home to expertly-curated rotating exhibits and some iconic mainstays.

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