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 Search32 Properties

Address Beds Baths Sq.Ft. Price(%Chng) $/Sq.Ft. On Site
5028 Ramsdell Ave La Crescenta, CA 91214 5028 Ramsdell Ave
La Crescenta, CA 91214
3 2 1,627 $1,449,000 $890.60 1 day
5915 Canyonside Rd La Crescenta, CA 91214 5915 Canyonside Rd
La Crescenta, CA 91214
4 4 4,940 $2,300,000 $465.59 1 day
2754 Mountain Pine Dr. Dr La Crescenta, CA 91214 2754 Mountain Pine Dr. Dr
La Crescenta, CA 91214
3 3 2,272 $1,695,000 $746.04 1 day
2930 Montrose Ave #101 La Crescenta, CA 91214 2930 Montrose Ave #101
La Crescenta, CA 91214
3 3 1,493 $828,000 $554.59 2 days
3447 Burritt Way La Crescenta, CA 91214 3447 Burritt Way
La Crescenta, CA 91214
3 2 1,448 $1,185,000 $818.37 2 days
5217 Pennsylvania Ave La Crescenta, CA 91214 5217 Pennsylvania Ave
La Crescenta, CA 91214
3 2 1,474 $1,399,000 $949.12 2 days
3541 Encinal Ave Glendale, CA 91214 3541 Encinal Ave
Glendale, CA 91214
3 2 1,294 $999,000 $772.02 4 days
3508 Burritt Way La Crescenta, CA 91214 3508 Burritt Way
La Crescenta, CA 91214
3 2 1,687 $1,175,000 $696.50 7 days
2851 Hermosa Ave Glendale, CA 91214 2851 Hermosa Ave
Glendale, CA 91214
4 3 1,850 $1,149,000 $621.08 7 days
3476 Stancrest Dr Glendale, CA 91208 3476 Stancrest Dr
Glendale, CA 91208
2 3 1,800 $945,000 $525.00 7 days
2637 Prospect Ave La Crescenta, CA 91214 2637 Prospect Ave
La Crescenta, CA 91214
3 2 1,876 $1,274,700 $679.48 7 days
3736 Los Amigos St La Crescenta, CA 91214 3736 Los Amigos St
La Crescenta, CA 91214
3 2 1,492 $1,099,000 $736.60 7 days
3200 Fairesta St #13 La Crescenta, CA 91214 3200 Fairesta St #13
La Crescenta, CA 91214
3 3 1,710 $899,000 $525.73 7 days
3333 Alabama St Glendale, CA 91214 3333 Alabama St
Glendale, CA 91214
3 1 1,194 $1,130,000 9.7% $946.40 8 days
3908 Mayfield Ave Glendale, CA 91214 3908 Mayfield Ave
Glendale, CA 91214
3 2 1,637 $1,295,000 $791.08 8 days
2745 Montrose Ave #101 Montrose, CA 91020 2745 Montrose Ave #101
Montrose, CA 91020
3 3 1,990 $888,000 $446.23 9 days
3320 Mary St La Crescenta, CA 91214 3320 Mary St
La Crescenta, CA 91214
4 2 1,911 $1,499,995 $784.93 11 days
3116 N Verdugo Rd Glendale, CA 91208 3116 N Verdugo Rd
Glendale, CA 91208
3 2 2,515 $1,825,000 $725.65 11 days
2615 Pontiac St La Crescenta, CA 91214 2615 Pontiac St
La Crescenta, CA 91214
3 2 1,750 $1,698,888 $970.79 14 days
3805 Sky View Ln Glendale, CA 91214 3805 Sky View Ln
Glendale, CA 91214
4 4 3,618 $1,699,000 -10% $469.60 18 days
3965 Pennsylvania Ave Glendale, CA 91214 3965 Pennsylvania Ave
Glendale, CA 91214
3 3 1,810 $999,000 $551.93 21 days
3726 1st Ave La Crescenta, CA 91214 3726 1st Ave
La Crescenta, CA 91214
2 1 1,016 $799,900 $787.30 25 days
2721 Sanborn Ave La Crescenta, CA 91214 2721 Sanborn Ave
La Crescenta, CA 91214
4 3 3,608 $1,652,900 $458.12 28 days
2735 Piedmont Ave #6 Montrose, CA 91020 2735 Piedmont Ave #6
Montrose, CA 91020
2 2 1,322 $760,000 $574.89 28 days
3443 Burritt Way Glendale, CA 91214 3443 Burritt Way
Glendale, CA 91214
3 2 1,630 $1,350,000 $828.22 29 days
5621 Freeman Ave La Crescenta, CA 91214 5621 Freeman Ave
La Crescenta, CA 91214
2 2 810 $925,000 $1,141.98 36 days
3545 El Caminito La Crescenta, CA 91214 3545 El Caminito
La Crescenta, CA 91214
4 2 2,010 $1,695,000 6.3% $843.28 37 days
2240 Waltonia Dr Montrose, CA 91020 2240 Waltonia Dr
Montrose, CA 91020
4 3 2,495 $1,499,999 $601.20 46 days
3346 Altura Ave Glendale, CA 91214 3346 Altura Ave
Glendale, CA 91214
3 4 1,614 $1,195,000 $740.40 53 days
2710 Mayfield Ave La Crescenta, CA 91214 2710 Mayfield Ave
La Crescenta, CA 91214
3 2 1,092 $999,999 -16.7% $915.75 79 days
2617 El Caminito La Crescenta, CA 91214 2617 El Caminito
La Crescenta, CA 91214
5 5 5,027 $3,100,000 -3.1% $616.67 88 days
3947 Markridge Rd La Crescenta, CA 91214 3947 Markridge Rd
La Crescenta, CA 91214
5 5 -- $9,799,000 -- 100 days
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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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