La Crescenta

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La Crescenta is an unincorporated, residential community offering a quiet lifestyle and beautiful views of the San Gabriel Mountains.  The city of La Crescenta is nestled amongst the Crescenta Valley communities of La Cañada Flintridge, Montrose, Sparr Heights, Verdugo City and North Glendale, each encompassing its own dynamic character and charm.  The area’s pleasant setting and ideal climate coupled with the conveniences of nearby freeways and major cities make it an attractive site for young professionals, families and a diverse array of businesses.  Many of its residents are drawn to La Crescenta for its “Blue Ribbon” and “California Distinguished” awarded schools.

The Crescenta Valley, often called the “Balcony of Southern California”, has developed into a prosperous California region home to excellent educational opportunities, acclaimed medical offerings, several beautiful parks, and the Crescenta Valley Arts Council, which hosts such events as Shakespeare in the Park, and the Valley Film Festival during the summer.

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HISTORY

The land now known as Crescenta Valley was originally inhabited by Gabrieleno Indians and later settled by Don Jose Maria Verdugo, after whom the nearby mountains are named. In 1784, Verdugo was granted 36,000 acres by the Spanish Crown, uprooting many Tongva Indians (who were later called Gabrielenos by the Spanish Missionaries). He eventually went bankrupt, and the homeless bandits and thieves who roamed the foothills, Gabrieleno Indians among them, became known as “verdugos”. In the early 1880s Dr. Benjamin Briggs, a physician from Crawfordsville, Ind., made a worldwide search for an ideal climate and ultimately found his way to Southern California. He named the town after three crescents or mountain peaks (creciente is Spanish for crescent) he saw while looking out his window one day. It had been his desire to devote himself to horticultural pursuits and the establishment of a health resort, but Briggs did not live to carry out all his plans. However, many people interested in his ambitions became attracted to the area. Health workers and physicians soon established clinics. Sanitariums for asthmatics and other facilities for the sick were built.

As Los Angeles grew in the ’20s, the health sanitariums and homesteaders gave way to orchards, vineyards and resort homes. Nature punctuated the doldrums of the ’30s with a massive flash flood that swept through the valley just after midnight on New Years Day of 1934, killing 40 people and leaving hundreds homeless. After the ’40s, the Crescenta Valley began to enter mainsteam suburbia, farms giving way to tract homes. This process was finalized in the early ’70s by the opening of the 210 Freeway, weaving the Crescenta Valley firmly into the fabric of Greater Los Angeles.

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RESTAURANTS

Dominicks Italian Restaurant  2948 Foothill Blvd   818-248-5680
Grandview Palace Inn     2650 Foothill Blvd.  818-248-2131
Olive Branch      3658 Foothill Blvd   818-248-9876

 

SCHOOLS

PUBLIC SCHOOLS

Glendale Unified School District
Crescenta Valley High and Clark Magnet High were both named in the top 12 Public Schools in Los Angeles Magazine.  Click here to see the article.

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High Schools
Crescenta Valley High   249-5871 2900 Community Ave., La Crescenta 91214
Clark Magnet High   248-8324 4747 New York Ave., La Crescenta 91214

Middle Schools
Rosemont Middle 248-4224 4725 Rosemont Ave., La Crescenta 91214

 

Elementary Schools
Dunsmore 248-1758 4717 Dunsmore Ave., La Crescenta 91214
La Crescenta 249-3187 4343 La Crescenta Ave., La Crescenta 91214
Lincoln 249-1863 4310 New York Ave., La Crescenta 91214
Monte Vista 248-2617 2620 Orange Ave., La Crescenta 91214
Mountain Avenue 248-7766 2307 Mountain Ave., La Crescenta 91214
Valley View 236-3771 4900 Maryland Ave., La Crescenta 91214

PRIVATE SCHOOLS
Chamlian Armenian School
  4444 Lowell Ave.
 818-957-3398
Crescenta Valley Adventist School  6245 Honolulu Ave  818-249-1504
Elliott Institute  2506 Foothill Blvd   818-236-3603
First Steps School   3950 Foothill Blvd.  818-957-6364
La Crescenta Christian School  3013 Montrose Avenue  818-249-5801
La Crescenta Montessori School   3811 Foothill Blvd. 818-249-5437
Lutheran School of the Foothills   3561 Foothill Blvd  818-248-4141
St James the Less School   4635 Dunsmore Avenue  818-248-7778
The Tutoring School   2808 Honolulu Ave 818-541-9526

PRESCHOOLS
Pennsylvania Avenue Montessori 3966 Pennsylvania Avenue  818-249-6618
Robbin’s Nest Preschool  2912 Honolulu Ave   (818) 248-7324