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Escape to the Fresh Mountain Air of Small-Town Montrose

In the southwestern portion of the Crescenta-Cañada Valley, about 15 miles north of downtown Los Angeles and cradled high in the foothills between the Verdugo Mountains and Angeles National Forest, lies the charming little town of Montrose, CA. Although it is integrally connected to communities of La Crescenta and Verdugo City, Montrose has a distinct character all its own; residents might describe their tiny town as, "a little bit of Mayberry" and "Main Street USA" in all rolled into one. Yet despite its quiet, secluded charm, Montrose is immediately freeway-close to everything Southern California has to offer.

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Why Do Residents Choose Montrose?


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Historic Small-Town Charm

Picturesque and unique, Montrose has maintained many original structures from its initial building boom in the 1920’s and 30’s. Its first commercial building, constructed in 1914, still stands at the southwestern corner of Honolulu Avenue and Verdugo Road in the thick of Montrose's vibrant business community. The region's sweet, dry air, cozy isolation, and scenic mountain backdrops have been appealing from the start; it was a favorite hideaway for early movie stars Carole Lombard and Clark Gable, and American classic novelist John Steinbeck even called Montrose home for a spell.

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A Thriving Shopping & Entertainment District

The main business district of Montrose, Montrose Shopping Park, is a destination point not just for the entire Crescenta Valley, but well beyond. Established in 1967, the colorful Shopping Park is a beautiful district of lush trees, deeply shaded streets, and almost 200 independently-owned restaurants, bakeries, sidewalk cafes, boutiques, galleries, and stores—and is frequently used as a filming location for movies, TV shows, and commercials.

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Outstanding Events

There’s always some excitement to be found in Montrose Shopping Park! Enjoy famous events, like the Montrose Arts and Crafts Festival, Independence Day Block Party and Hot Rod/Classic Car Show, Oktoberfest, and the stunning Montrose Old Town Christmas that features a horse-drawn trolley, live music, a strolling Santa, and Christmas Parade.

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Beautiful Parks & Outdoor Adventures

Higher mountain elevation means clean mountain air, as well as endless possibilities for outdoor exploration through the Verdugo Mountains and the Angeles National Forest. Many local and community parks throughout the surrounding area provide plenty of amenities and natural beauty, and a true wilderness escape to the mountains is just a short trip away. From beautiful views along the Crescenta View Trail to the breathtaking vistas of the Rim of the Valley Trail up Mount Lukens, the fun of the Crescenta Valley Dog Park to the unique events of the nearby Descanso Gardens, the outdoor possibilities are endless.


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The Amenities Surrounding Montrose

Adjacent to La Crescenta and La Cañada Flintridge, Montrose provides its residents easy access to all the best amenities of those communities, from top-ranking schools to outstanding employers.

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Shopping & Amenities

Though there’s plenty of shopping and dining to be found in Montrose, and a short drive to nearby La Crescenta or La Canada Flintridge yields many more options. Nearby Pasadena, Glendale, and Eagle Rock provide a wealth of big-box retailers and business.

top local employers

Nearby Top Employers

Many residents of Montrose and La Crescenta live in the mountains and work in nearby high-tech industries. Two popular employers are the California Institute of Technology and the Jet Propulsion Laboratory, both located in Pasadena.


Montrose at a Glance

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Quick Facts

Population: 8,500
Growth Since 2000: +6%
Zip Code: 91020
County: Los Angeles
Mean Home Price: $627,600

travel and commute

Travel Times

Pasadena: 10mi
Burbank: 10mi
Downtown LA: 13mi
Major Roads: I-210, Glendale Fwy, Ventura Fwy


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