La Cañada Flintridge

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La Cañada maintains a small-town atmosphere with a sense of shared family values that touches every resident. Tree-lined streets and the rolling lawns of spacious estates and colorful flowers surrounding beautiful homes set a standard of gracious living in this “glen between the hills.”

La Cañada Flintridge families are served by a number of exceptional public, private and parochial schools. Residents have maintained a long tradition of providing the highest quality schools for their children, dating back to 1885.  The La Cañada Unified School District, which is consistently among California’s top five percent of schools, includes a high school, a middle school and three elementary schools.

With La Cañada having about 300 sunny days a year and a median year-round climate of around 64 degrees, outdoor activities are very popular.  Nearby is the entrance to the 694,000 acre Angeles National Forest.  The forest offers year-round opportunities for camping, hiking, skiing, swimming, boating, picnicking and sightseeing. Over 500 miles of forest trails lead hikers, mountain bikers, equestrians and off-highway vehicle riders across rugged backcountry, along high, scenic ridges, and through shady, tree-lined canyons.  The city also has five parks and hosts the beautiful Descanso Gardens, the perfect place to have lunch and spend the afternoon.

La Cañada is a family oriented community with almost 50 percent of the city living with more than three people in each home.  The architecture of the homes in La Cañada range from modern mansions to Spanish style cottages.  There is certainly a home for you in this beautiful city.

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HISTORY

In 1769 Spanish missionaries, including Father Serra, arrived in the Valley areas with military guards. When one of the guards, Jose Verdugo, retired, he was granted permission to graze cattle if he did not interfere with the Indians or the missions. He named his property Rancho San Rafael.  The Rancho included most of present day Glendale, Burbank, Eagle Rock and Highland Park, extending north from the intersection area where the 110 freeway and the 5 freeway now meet and continuing “to the mountains”.

In the 1820s the Mexican Revolution removed Spanish rule from California. The isolated valley near the mountains was reported as “unoccupied and unused” by Mexican officials and was granted to a Mexican schoolteacher from Los Angeles, Ignacio Coronel. He named it Rancho La Cañada. Its southern boundary was near Freeway 134 from the Eagle Rock west to what is now Glendale Avenue.  During the Mexican War (1847) he abandoned the ranch and later sold it. In 1858 Julio Verdugo finally acquired Rancho La Cañada by trading what is now Burbank for it. Julio moved its southern boundary north up to where Honolulu Avenue is now in Montrose.

One of the first settlers, Colonel Theodore Pickens settled on a homestead in the foothills north of Rancho La Cañada in 1871. Pickens’ cabin was on what is now called “Briggs Terrace” at the top of Briggs Avenue.

In 1875 the 5830 acres of Rancho La Cañada was sold for $10,000 to two healthseekers from Michigan, Dr. Jacob Lanterman, a dentist, and Colonel Adolphus Williams, a Civil War Veteran.  They hoped to subdivide it and sell lots to support their families. Dr. Lanterman built a house he called “Homewood” which still stands near the Church of the Lighted Window. Col. Williams built a house, which was removed in the 1950s to build Lanterman Auditorium.

Prior to the city’s incorporation in 1976, the area consisted of two distinct communities, La Cañada and Flintridge (the latter named after developer Frank P. Flint). Flintridge comprises the southern part of the city, covering the northern flank of the San Rafael Hills, but more generally including most areas south of Foothill Blvd. The eastern part of the city, even north of Foothill Blvd., was also originally considered Flintridge and is still home to the Flintridge Riding Club and Flintridge Preparatory School. Reference to the entire city is often shortened to just ‘La Cañada’ but seldom to just ‘Flintridge’. The full city name specifically does not have a hyphen in it, to illustrate unity between the communities that were once separately known as La Cañada and Flintridge.

Source:  City of La Cañada Flintridge


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PLACES OF INTEREST

Angeles National Forest
Descanso Gardens 1418 Descanso Drive 818.949.4200
Hahamonga Watershed Park Oak Grove Dr. & Foothill Blvd., Pasadena 626-744-7275
La Cañada Country Club  5500 Godbey Drive  818-790-0611
Lanterman Historical Museum 4420 Encinas Drive 818-790-1421
LCF Trails Council 
Oak Grove Disc Golf Course  At Hahamonga Watershed Park
NASA’s Jet Propulsion Lab  4800 Oak Grove Drive, Pasadena 818-354-4321

 

RESTAURANTS

Taylor’s Steakhouse   901 Foothill Blvd  818-790-7668
Dish    734 Foothill Blvd    818-790-5355
Los Gringos Locos!  464 Foothill Blvd  818-790-2696
Min’s Kitchen    1040 Foothill Boulevard   818-790.6074
Newcombs Ranch Inn     Angeles Crest Hwy   626-440-1001
Penelope’s Café 1029 Foothill Blvd  818-790-4386

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SCHOOLS

Public Schools

School Boundary Map
Click here for a map of the La Canada School District boundaries.  Click here for a color map showing the Elementary School enrollment boundaries.

High Schools

All three high schools attended by La Canada residents were named in the top

12 Public Schools in Los Angeles Magazine.  Click here to see the article.

GUSD:  Crescenta Valley High 249-5871 2900 Community Ave., La Crescenta
GUSD:  Clark Magnet High 248-8324 4747 New York Ave., La Crescenta
LCUSD:  La Cañada High  952-4200 4463 Oak Grove Drive
 La Cañada

Middle Schools
GUSD:  Rosemont Middle 248-4224 4725 Rosemont Ave., La Crescenta 91214
LCUSD: La Cañada High 7/8 Small School  952-4200 4463 Oak Grove Dr.  La Cañada

Elementary Schools
GUSD:  Mountain Avenue 248-7766 2307 Mountain Ave., La Crescenta 91214
LCUSD: La Cañada Elementary  952-8350 4540 Encinas Drive  La Cañada
LCUSD:  Palm Crest Elementary 952-8360 5025 Palm Drive  La Cañada
LCUSD: Paradise Canyon Elementary  952-8340 471 Knight Way  La Cañada

PRIVATE SCHOOLS

Elementary / Jr. High / High School
Crestview Preparatory School    140 Foothill Blvd.   818-952-0925
Flintridge Montessori School   1739 Foothill Blvd.   818-790-8844
Flintridge Preparatory School    4543 Crown Ave   818-790-1178
Flintridge Sacred Heart Academy   440 St Katherine Dr.  626-685-8300
Foothill Progressive Montessori   4526 Indianola Way   818-952-0129
Hillside School  4331 Oak Grove Dr   818-952-1122
The Learning Castle   4490 Cornishon Ave   818-952-8008
Pinewood Academy   4490 Cornishon    818-952-1900
Renaissance Academy   4490 Cornishon Ave   818-952-3055
St Bede the Venerable School   217 Foothill Blvd    818-790-7884
St Francis High School   200 Foothill Blvd   818-790-0325

PRESCHOOLS
La Cañada hosts some of the top rated preschools in all of Southern California.

Child Education Center (CEC)   140 Foothill Blvd. 818-354-3418
Crescenta-Cañada Co-op Nursery School  1700 Foothill Blvd. 818-952-2524
Flintridge Montessori School   1739 Foothill Blvd. 818-790-8844
Foothill Progressive Montessori Preschool 827 Houseman St.  818-952-7232
Hogg’s Hollow Preschool 4490 Cornishon Avenue 818-790-1700
La Cañada Community Center Preschool 4469 Chevy Chase Drive 818-790-8687
La Cañada Preschool 14640 Oakwood Avenue 818-790-2764
Lighted Window Preschool 1200 Foothill Blvd. 818-790-8207
Parents & Children’s Nursery School 4603 Indianola Way 818-790-2103
St. George’s Preschool 808 Foothill Blvd. 818-790-3842
Toddler University 4490 Cornishon Ave 818-952-3070