With a population of over 20,000, La Canada Flintridge, a city in Los Angeles County, is located in the Crescenta Valley and the western end of the San Gabriel Valley, northwest of Pasadena. The city has an inviting atmosphere with views of the San Gabriel Mountains, old oak trees, and sunny California skies. La Canada Flintridge is known for its outstanding schools, beautiful estates, and sense of community.
Once two different communities, La Canada and Flintridge merged in 1976 to become the city it is known as today. What was once a sleepy horse town has become one of America’s most exclusive zip codes. In 2015, the city was ranked by FORBES as the 121st most expensive US city.
La Canada Flintridge is home to NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory. JPL is a national research facility famous for its major contributions to space research. The institution developed America’s first Earth-orbiting satellite, created the first successful interplanetary spacecraft, and continues to send robotic missions to space, contributing to our knowledge of our solar system and other space phenomena.
With its breezy feel, gorgeous landscape, and stellar schools, La Canada Flintridge is a premier spot within Los Angeles County.
The famous Foothill Boulevard, one of Los Angeles’s major roads, runs through the center of La Canada Flintridge. Foothill serves as the city’s main street and shopping area. From restaurants to services to shopping, all needs are met along the boulevard.
Located at the intersection of Foothill Blvd and the Angeles Crest Highway is the La Canada Town Center. Here, shoppers can find everything from home decor to athletic gear. Stores within the center include HomeGoods, Target, La Canada Jewelry/Gifts, and two fitness establishments.
The town center also features selective eateries. LA’s famous Taylor’s Steakhouse has a location here. It offers a superb dining experience with an intimate seated wine room, big booths, private tables, a group room for private functions and an outdoor patio lit by a fireplace.
La Canada residents also like to travel to nearby Pasadena, which offers a world class shopping experience with endless upscale stores to choose from.
The residential parts of La Canada Flintridge include winding streets shaded by grand oak trees, old horse properties with serene trails, and fantastic homes that contribute to the beauty of the surrounding landscape.
Residents love to explore Descanso Gardens, an expansive oasis of botanic collections, grand trees, and serene vistas. Descanso Gardens hosts all kinds of fun events, most notably the Enchanted Forest of Light, a nighttime winter showcase of colorful lights within the forests and gardens.
The Mount Wilson Observatory is another local favorite. It was the most famous observatory in the world for the first half of the 20th century. Astronomers made discoveries here that revolutionized our understanding of the universe, and today visitors can partake in unique events like star gazing nights and space lectures, or take tours of the observatory and its grounds to learn about telescopes, space, and the history of astronomy.
Another La Canada landmark is the Lanterman house, a notable example of arts and crafts architecture and design. Visitors can tour this distinguished home, learning about its architectural significance and the local historical value of its builders – the Lanterman family.
La Canada also features wonderful recreational spaces, including several sports fields and courts, a skate park, a beautiful country club with a golf course, hiking and riding trails, and six municipal parks.
The La Canada Flintridge Unified School District boasts a robust school system that is consistently ranked as one of the top school districts in the state. At all educational levels, the schools continuously score among the top 10% of all California students.
In 2010, the LCUSD achieved the second highest Academic Performance Index in the state. Its three elementary Schools, La Canada Elementary, Palm Crest Elementary, and Paradise Canyon Elementary, have been recognized as California Distinguished Schools. La Canada Elementary has also been recognized as a National Blue Ribbon school, and Palm Crest Elementary received the “Honor Roll” distinction from the California Business for Education Excellence.
La Canada High School is one of the most renowned schools in the state. It is a California Distinguished, WASC accredited, National Blue Ribbon School, and the U.S. Department of Education recognizes it for “high achievement and exemplary programs.” On the SAT exams, La Canada High School students test significantly higher than the state and national levels.
La Canada is also home to prestigious private elementary and high schools. Flintridge Preparatory School, which has students in grades 7 through 12, is consistently ranked as one of the top private schools in the state. There is also Flintridge Sacred Heart Academy, a historic all-girls Catholic high school and St. Francis, a Franciscan all-boys high school.