Life in La Crescenta

If you’re drawn to LA but don’t want to give up access to the outdoors, or if you’re drawn to the outdoors but don’t want to give up access to LA, the little best-of-both-worlds neighborhood of La Crescenta just may be your dream come true. Nestled up against the borders of Angeles National Forest and Deukmjian Wilderness Area, La Crescenta is a little bit rural, a little bit suburban, a little bit big city and a lot more affordable than you’d expect. You won’t necessarily find hip nightclubs, bright lights, or bougie hilltop mansions - you may not even find sidewalks on some of the tucked-away cul-de-sacs - but La Crescenta offers a tight-knit community, excellent schools, and all the fresh mountain air your lungs can handle.

La Crescenta at a Glance

With a population of roughly 20,000 spread across 3.5 miles, La Crescenta is technically part of both Los Angeles and Glendale. In 1952, Los Angeles annexed a significant amount of the region, but a portion - Crescenta Highlands ­- was annexed by Glendale. In other words, La Crescenta is so desirable that two different cities have laid claim to it!

While La Crescenta and the surrounding region were originally popular for the high quality of its soil and served as agricultural centers, the post-WWII economic boom inspired many families to buy plots of land and cozy ranch-style homes. La Crescenta’s “small town community” vibe is a point of pride for the residents; that feeling is never more evident than the annual 4th of July Fireworks show, which draws neighbors from every avenue and boulevard to share in the celebration.

La Crescenta Table Search47 Properties

Address Beds Baths Sq.Ft. Price(%Chng) $/Sq.Ft. On Site
2843 Alabama St La Crescenta, CA 91214 2843 Alabama St
La Crescenta, CA 91214
3 2 1,334 $1,050,000 $787.11 3 days
3393 Vickers Dr Glendale, CA 91208 3393 Vickers Dr
Glendale, CA 91208
5 3 2,124 $1,399,000 $658.66 4 days
3755 1st Ave Glendale, CA 91214 3755 1st Ave
Glendale, CA 91214
2 1 900 $899,000 $998.89 5 days
2944 Fairmount Ave #6 La Crescenta, CA 91214 2944 Fairmount Ave #6
La Crescenta, CA 91214
2 2 905 $688,808 $761.11 6 days
1980 El Arbolita Dr Glendale, CA 91208 1980 El Arbolita Dr
Glendale, CA 91208
3 2 2,063 $1,649,000 $799.32 7 days
2938 Gertrude Ave La Crescenta, CA 91214 2938 Gertrude Ave
La Crescenta, CA 91214
3 2 1,272 $1,098,880 $863.90 9 days
3647 Montrose Ave Glendale, CA 91214 3647 Montrose Ave
Glendale, CA 91214
2 1 1,000 $700,000 $700.00 10 days
3200 Menlo Dr Glendale, CA 91208 3200 Menlo Dr
Glendale, CA 91208
5 4 3,350 $2,375,000 $708.96 11 days
4135 Lowell Ave Glendale, CA 91214 4135 Lowell Ave
Glendale, CA 91214
3 2 1,454 $1,150,000 $790.92 14 days
3729 Montrose Ave Glendale, CA 91214 3729 Montrose Ave
Glendale, CA 91214
3 1 1,068 $975,000 -1.4% $912.92 18 days
38 Northwoods Ln La Crescenta, CA 91214 38 Northwoods Ln
La Crescenta, CA 91214
3 2 1,856 $898,000 $483.84 19 days
3481 Stancrest Dr #212 Glendale, CA 91208 3481 Stancrest Dr #212
Glendale, CA 91208
2 2 1,060 $628,000 -3.1% $592.45 19 days
3800 Santa Carlotta St Glendale, CA 91214 3800 Santa Carlotta St
Glendale, CA 91214
3 2 1,662 $1,299,900 $782.13 19 days
3113 Prospect Ave La Crescenta, CA 91214 3113 Prospect Ave
La Crescenta, CA 91214
3 2 1,251 $985,000 $787.37 21 days
3501 Montrose Ave Glendale, CA 91214 3501 Montrose Ave
Glendale, CA 91214
2 2 854 $799,997 $936.76 22 days
3754 Fairesta St Glendale, CA 91214 3754 Fairesta St
Glendale, CA 91214
3 2 1,186 $1,049,000 $884.49 24 days
3017 Hopeton Rd La Crescenta, CA 91214 3017 Hopeton Rd
La Crescenta, CA 91214
4 3 2,114 $1,999,000 $945.60 24 days
2755 Montrose Ave Glendale, CA 91020 2755 Montrose Ave
Glendale, CA 91020
2 3 1,510 $799,000 $529.14 25 days
2731 Franklin St La Crescenta, CA 91214 2731 Franklin St
La Crescenta, CA 91214
3 2 1,854 $1,385,000 $747.03 25 days
5326 Ramsdell Ave La Crescenta, CA 91214 5326 Ramsdell Ave
La Crescenta, CA 91214
5 3 2,770 $1,495,000 $539.71 29 days
4606 La Crescenta Ave La Crescenta, CA 91214 4606 La Crescenta Ave
La Crescenta, CA 91214
2 1 996 $849,000 -3.4% $852.41 32 days
3612 1st Ave Glendale, CA 91214 3612 1st Ave
Glendale, CA 91214
2 1 848 $877,000 -1.1% $1,034.20 33 days
3040 Hopeton Rd La Crescenta, CA 91214 3040 Hopeton Rd
La Crescenta, CA 91214
3 3 2,380 $1,875,000 4.2% $787.82 34 days
3021 Manhattan Ave La Crescenta, CA 91214 3021 Manhattan Ave
La Crescenta, CA 91214
2 2 910 $949,000 -5.1% $1,042.86 38 days
3443 Burritt Way Glendale, CA 91214 3443 Burritt Way
Glendale, CA 91214
3 2 1,630 $1,198,000 $734.97 38 days
3858 4th Ave La Crescenta, CA 91214 3858 4th Ave
La Crescenta, CA 91214
4 3 1,875 $1,195,000 -7.7% $637.33 39 days
2346 Caracas St La Crescenta, CA 91214 2346 Caracas St
La Crescenta, CA 91214
3 2 2,041 $1,599,000 -3.1% $783.44 40 days
3837 El Caminito Glendale, CA 91214 3837 El Caminito
Glendale, CA 91214
2 2 1,848 $1,820,000 $984.85 40 days
5540 Pine Cone Rd La Crescenta, CA 91214 5540 Pine Cone Rd
La Crescenta, CA 91214
4 3 2,292 $1,899,000 $828.53 46 days
3335 Reta St La Crescenta, CA 91214 3335 Reta St
La Crescenta, CA 91214
4 3 3,102 $1,550,000 -6.1% $499.68 48 days
3481 Stancrest Dr #115 Glendale, CA 91208 3481 Stancrest Dr #115
Glendale, CA 91208
3 2 1,460 $738,000 -2.6% $505.48 53 days
2742 Mayfield Ave La Crescenta, CA 91214 2742 Mayfield Ave
La Crescenta, CA 91214
3 2 1,080 $929,000 -5.2% $860.19 53 days
2701 Altura Ave La Crescenta, CA 91214 2701 Altura Ave
La Crescenta, CA 91214
3 2 1,452 $1,275,000 $878.10 56 days
2929 Orange Ave La Crescenta, CA 91214 2929 Orange Ave
La Crescenta, CA 91214
2 2 1,067 $995,000 $932.52 57 days
2901 Sycamore Ave Glendale, CA 91214 2901 Sycamore Ave
Glendale, CA 91214
3 2 2,200 $1,100,000 -4.3% $500.00 63 days
3653 El Caminito La Crescenta, CA 91214 3653 El Caminito
La Crescenta, CA 91214
4 3 2,134 $1,399,000 -22.3% $655.58 75 days
4924 Lowell Ave La Crescenta, CA 91214 4924 Lowell Ave
La Crescenta, CA 91214
3 2 1,720 $1,100,000 -18.5% $639.53 78 days
3481 Stancrest Dr #321 Glendale, CA 91208 3481 Stancrest Dr #321
Glendale, CA 91208
2 2 1,060 $675,000 -3.4% $636.79 88 days
5056 Rosemont Ave La Crescenta, CA 91214 5056 Rosemont Ave
La Crescenta, CA 91214
4 3 2,491 $1,725,000 -8% $692.49 89 days
3726 1st Ave Glendale, CA 91214 3726 1st Ave
Glendale, CA 91214
2 1 1,016 $749,000 -8.1% $737.20 91 days
3112 Orange Ave La Crescenta, CA 91214 3112 Orange Ave
La Crescenta, CA 91214
2 1 1,234 $1,053,000 -6% $853.32 91 days
2843 Alabama St La Crescenta, CA 91214 2843 Alabama St
La Crescenta, CA 91214
3 2 1,334 $1,149,000 -4.1% $861.32 110 days
3747 4th Ave Glendale, CA 91214 3747 4th Ave
Glendale, CA 91214
2 2 1,118 $895,000 -7.3% $800.54 111 days
2517 Fairmount Ave La Crescenta, CA 91214 2517 Fairmount Ave
La Crescenta, CA 91214
2 1 1,343 $1,250,000 4.2% $930.75 120 days
3947 Markridge Rd La Crescenta, CA 91214 3947 Markridge Rd
La Crescenta, CA 91214
5 5 -- $8,800,000 -- 123 days
2735 Piedmont Ave #6 Montrose, CA 91020 2735 Piedmont Ave #6
Montrose, CA 91020
2 2 1,322 $745,000 -2% $563.54 165 days
2240 Waltonia Dr Montrose, CA 91020 2240 Waltonia Dr
Montrose, CA 91020
4 3 2,495 $1,499,999 $601.20 183 days

Cost of Living

With a range of home values, La Crescenta is home to young families just getting started as well as established professionals. Newcomers escaping the cost and crowds of LA live right next to people who can trace several generations back to the same block. The median home value in La Crescenta is around $1,100,000, with rents averaging around $3,100.

Commute

         The 118 Freeway makes commuting from La Crescenta easy - you can drive to Burbank in about a half-hour, downtown LA in less than an hour, and Century City or Santa Monica in an hour or two depending on traffic. Public transit is a little more scarce, however, and will double your commute time to Burbank or LA.

Hiking trails at Deukmejian Wilderness Park in La Crescenta

What Draws People to La Crescenta?

La Crescenta calls itself “The Balcony of Southern California”, and for good reason - the neighborhood is tucked up against two mountain ranges, but still offers warm sea breezes and views of the Pacific. Many people moving to La Crescenta do so because of its nearly unparalleled proximity to some of the region’s most beautiful outdoor areas. Angeles National Forest covers over 700,000 acres of beautifully preserved forest and two different mountain ranges - the San Gabriels and the Sierra Pelonas. With 53 trailheads, 3 OHV areas, 2 ski areas and 21 mountain peaks to climb and explore, it’s one heck of a backyard. As if that weren’t enough, the Deukmjian Wilderness Area encompasses 700 acres of rugged yet approachable scrub and woodlands. Entrance is free, dogs are allowed, and it’s not unusual to find yourself wonderfully alone, as the area is something of a hidden gem only frequented by outdoor enthusiasts. Living in LA means warm, sunny weather all year round, and few neighborhoods give you as many chances to take advantage of that.

La Crescenta is especially appealing to parents who want to ensure their children get a high-quality education. La Crescenta schools outshine many of the schools in their district, Glendale Unified - and, given that Glendale’s schools are generally well-ranked, that’s saying something. From one of the five coveted elementary schools to Rosemont Middle School to Crescenta Valley High School, students in La Crescenta have a clear path to higher education.

Food + Drink

La Crescenta offers a little bit of everything, food-wise, with plenty of options for every diet. Local favorites Tickle Tree Café and Jeremy’s Restaurant offer classic American dining, while El Sol serves up Mexican food in a space dripping with atmosphere. Sushi, Korean BBQ, Lebanese, Vietnamese and Mediterranean restaurants populate the neighborhood - vegans, vegetarians, and omnivores alike will have no problem finding their new go-to date night spot. After you can catch live music at The Roar Room, the local “dive” - a term of endearment more than a judgment of cleanliness. Locals can also be seen playing pool at Up Th’ Hill.

What La Crescenta lacks in nightlife, it makes up for in shopping: the nearby Montrose Shopping Park is designed to delight, with wide, walkable streets hosting name-brand stores alongside locally-owned boutiques like Montrose Candy Co. and Tom’s Toys. On Sundays, you can find fresh produce and artisan goods for sale at the Harvest Market and Marketplace. The quiet nights, far from the city lights and noise, make it that much easier to rise and shine in the mornings!

For a lot of folks in LA, “suburb” is a four-letter word. But for the residents of La Crescenta, it’s synonymous with friendly neighbors, community care, and comfortable living. Whether you’re looking for a starter home or a second home, La Crescenta has something perfect for you.

Local Landmarks

The Le Mesnager Barn, built by French winemakers in 1905, is a two-story stone barn that’s survived fires and floods to remain a community mainstay. It is still being used for its original purpose - now run and maintained by the Stone Barn Vineyard Conservancy, 81 grapevines thrive on the property. Its neighboring amphitheater hosts community events, and wine tastings at Le Mesnager Barn are popular events all year round for winemakers and wine-lovers alike. Architecture nerds will also love visiting St. Luke’s of the Mountains Episcopal Church, built in 1924 by Seymour Thomas. Like Le Mesnager Barn, St. Luke’s is entirely composed of stone, with an interior as beautiful as its exterior. And, while it’s no longer operational, you can still snap a picture of the famous La Crescenta Motel; formerly the May Lane Motel, this 1940’s motel was used as a set for shows and movies like Mad Men, X-Files, Glee and Win a Date with Tad Hamilton. Selected for its Anytown, USA ambiance, the motel’s retro sign remains standing.

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