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You could say that the “h” in Alhambra stands for an important word close to the community’s heart: “history.”

Located in the western end of the San Gabriel Valley, this city with a population of 83,000 is steeped in history. Many of its homes, in fact, have important historical significance: Drive down any of the city streets and you’re likely to spot residences built years ago in popular styles, including Craftsman and bungalow, Arts & Crafts, Italian Beaux-Arts as well as Spanish colonial and Mediterranean designs.

You’ll find many of these styles in a variety of historic neighborhoods around the city, including Emery Park and several tracts: the Bean Tract (named after early Alhambran Jacob Bean), the Midwick Tract (the location of a former country club) and the Airport Tract named after its former designation as a landing area for Alhambra Airport.

The city has been a destination and home for many celebrities as well, including Judy Garland (who’s said to have performed at the city’s historic vaudeville venue, the Garfield Theatre) and, more infamously, music producer Phil Spector who lived on the estate known as the Pyrenees Castle, which was built in 1926.

Today, the community is home to a large Asian community, which amounts to about half of the population, and a 2010 census gives the estimated median household income as about $51,000.

Two freeways—the San Bernardino Interstate 10 and the Long Beach 710 Freeway—run through parts of the city, and Alhambra is also considering an option to build light-rail transportation that would connect to the Metrolink commuter system.

The Alhambra Unified School District is the city’s main public education institution; there are also several private schools, including the Ramona Convent Secondary School. Ramona Convent’s not only a  private, all-girls Catholic prep school—it’s also the city’s very first school, started in 1889.

History, you see, can be found wherever you look in Alhambra.

New Alhambra Listings

4 Beds 3 Baths P1-9690 MLS Active Status
Located in the desirable Lindaraxa park neighborhood, this lovingly maintained and expanded Spanish revival is on the market for the 1st time since 1978! The home has fresh int/ext paint and is full of character and custom details. The beautifully landscaped front yard welcomes one to the eclectic Spanish archways of the front covered porch. As the handsome front door opens, one is greeted by the newly refinished parquet flooring that sprawls throughout the public rooms. The light filled living room is adorned w/ 2 etched leaded window panes and a picturesque window of the front yard. Connecting via an archway is the inviting 'great room' with a stately fireplace and an adjoining dining area anchored by a new chandelier. To the left is a full bath containing retro black accent tile work and arched tub shower. Adjacent is a sunny bedroom with view of the front yard and another etched lead window panes. This room features gleaming refinished wood floors and is perfectly situated as a home office or guest suite. The East half of the home was expanded in 1990 as the new sleeping quarters. A second full bath with a skylight is centrally located off the hall servicing bedroom 2 & 3. The two spacious jr bedrooms are outfitted w/ newer LVP flooring, newer light fixtures and large mirrored closets. A pair of french doors lead to the huge, luxurious primary suite boasting sunlight through double etched leaded window panes and a window overlooking the private backyard. Newer LVP flooring and a sparkling chandelier adorn this sanctuary. The suite has a spacious custom walk-in closet and an ensuite bath w/ matching sinks and steps up jacuzzi tub shower. Back in the heart of the home is the efficient U shaped kitchen with a charming garden window and plenty of storage spaces. The breakfast bar is perfect for snacks and opposite of the counter is an extra large washer/dryer closet w/ accordion doors. The vestibule showcases a pair of french doors that open to the exterior of the home and the long cement gated driveway. There is a detached 2-car garage w/ a newer door with an auto opener. The large grassy backyard with citrus trees and a wall of colorful bougainvillea is perfect for entertaining and relaxation. Other highlights include a newer 80,000 BTU furnace, double pane windows, interior fire sprinklers,copper plumbing, LED recessed lighting, genuine Baldwin locks throughout and newer sprinkler systems for the yards. This lovely home awaits its new lucky owner!

126 N Valencia Street, Alhambra

Listing courtesy of Listing Agent: Janice Lee from Listing Office: Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices California Properties

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