Monrovia is a welcoming community located 20 miles Northeast of Los Angeles at the base of the San Gabriel Mountains. With over 37,000 residents, the city is loved for its preservation of local historic homes and buildings. Monrovia has been recognized as an All-America City by the National Civic League. It is also recognized as a California Tree City, known for its special oak trees. Old Town Monrovia is the San Gabriel Valley Reader’s Choice Award for favorite city/downtown. Monrovia has seen exponential business growth, with nearly 300,000 square feet of new office uses and over 2,200 new jobs. The city includes a distinct mix of retail, industry, manufacturing and high tech business. Many big corporate entities like Trader Joe’s, Naked Juice, and Southern California News Group have established their headquarters in Monrovia.
In 2016, Monrovia opened over 4.5 miles of Hillside Wilderness Preserve trails, which provide the community with a wonderful recreational opportunity. Monrovia has everything from top-rated education to world-class cultural facilities to fantastic recreational outlets. It is no surprise that Monrovia residents are proud to call it home.
Monrovia’s award-winning Old Town area is locally considered the heart of the city. The area has been thoughtfully renovated with a variety of local shops and nationally recognized stores placed along Myrtle Avenue. Monrovia embraces the past with preserved historic buildings and a classic feel.
The town features funky shops like Puff Monkey Pop Culture Shop, collectible shops like Comic Cellar, and pretty home decor shops like Charlie’s House. Myrtle street also has many restaurants to choose from, offering everything from hot pot to poke. Myrtle Tree Cafe is one of my favorite spots here. It’s a lively little cafe offering a coffee shop, wine bar, and a fantastic breakfast and lunch menu. It also hosts live music nights.
Huntington Oaks Center is another good option for shoppers, with many restaurants, stores, and service centers to meet residents’ needs.
Monrovia is a historic and inviting city within the San Gabriel Valley. Committed to the preservation of its history, Monrovia has landmarked many of its homes, buildings and even trees.
In tune with Monrovia’s focus on its rich past, the city has its own museum, The Monrovia Historical Museum, which holds over 10,000 artifacts and features exhibits on the city’s history, the 1900s, and Monrovia’s contributions in World Wars I and II.
Monrovia’s strong sense of community is underscored by its many community events held each year. These include the Monrovia Wine Walk, Friday Night Family Street Fair, Spring Egg Hunt, 4th of July Fireworks Show, Halloween Bash, and Fountain to Falls 7 Mile Run/Walk.
The city has ten beautiful parks, totaling in over 116 acres, for families to enjoy. The Canyon Park features a Nature Center with its own live animals and interactive displays that teach visitors about local history and wildlife. The charming Old Town Monrovia hosts a Friday Night Street Fair and Market every Friday evening with produce, flowers, and handmade crafts by local artisans. Kids enjoy fun activities like face painting and petting zoos.
The Monrovia Public Library, located within Library Park, hosts great community events like movie screenings, book readings, and trivia nights
Monrovia schools are part of the Monrovia Unified School District. This district includes one early learning center, five elementary schools, two middle schools, one high school, and one continuation school.
Built in 1887, Monrovia High School’s original building housed the entire elementary and high school body. It was located where Monroe Elementary School stands today. In 1905, a new high school was built on the property now occupied by Clifton Middle School, and in 1912, this property was greatly expanded with new buildings.
In 1928, a new high school was built. This school was intended to serve the communities of Monrovia, Arcadia, and Duarte. But today, Monrovia High School students have this beautiful campus to themselves. The school is housed within buildings of neo-Spanish architecture that sit upon massive green lawns dotted with hundred-year-old oak trees.
In 2006, a $45 million dollar bond was approved exclusively for the high school. This project is performing a general overall renovation of the campus and bringing a new stadium, gymnasium, and science building with modern technology labs. The school also has its own observatory, which is used by the astronomy class and club. The school strengthens this program through partnerships with NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory and the Griffith Observatory.
Monrovia High School students are held to the highest standard, with a rigorous academic program that allows students to participate in electives. The school has been recognized as a Gold Ribbon School.
Monrovia’s elementary schools are also fantastic. Monroe Elementary School is a California Distinguished School, a Gold Ribbon School, a Title 1 Academic Achievement School, and has been a recipient of the prestigious Bravo Award.
The city also has a few small private schools, including Excellence in Education Academy, and Immaculate Conception Annunciation Catholic School.