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The San Gabriel Valley


From La Crescenta and La Cañada on the west, to Pasadena and Altadena, and on through Sierra Madre, Arcadia and Monrovia on the east, distinctive properties in all price ranges are among the homes John and Tammy Fredrickson represent or discover for their discerning clients. That passion and unsurpassed local market knowledge come from the Fredricksons’ lifelong residence in the Pasadena area, while their real estate expertise has been gained over more than three decades of experience in the purchase and sale of outstanding homes.

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Immediately north of Pasadena and resting peacefully against a backdrop of the San Gabriel Mountains, Altadena is an unincorporated area of Los Angeles County and home to just over 40,000 residents. Its peaceful rural atmosphere has been appreciated since the late 1800’s when several Chicago area millionaires built mansions on what is now the town’s Mariposa Street. These were big names in 19th century America. Scripps, of the publishing empire, and William Kellogg, for example, and Wallace Neff who was the grandson of Andrew McNally and one of California’s most noted architects. In contrast, the area is also home to a sprinkling of ultra-modern residences. Prices for Altadena homes run from $350,000 to around $2 million.

The community is also known for its Christmas Tree Lane, an international attraction since 1920 and a California Historical Landmark on the National Registry of Historic Places.

For more information, visit http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Altadena,_California and http://altadenatowncouncil.org/.

La Cañada

Resting between the San Gabriel Mountains and San Rafael Hills just northwest of Pasadena, La Canada Flintridge is one of the most affluent communities in California. Its population of just over 20,000 enjoys proximity to all of the cultural opportunities and services of nearby Pasadena and Los Angeles while preserving an atmosphere of relaxed sophistication. Adjacency to the Angeles National Forest provides a range of recreational opportunities for nature lovers, while the town’s neighborhoods offer a variety of altitudes of up to about 2400 feet. The actual city limit extends to 3440 feet. Known for its true community feel, its traditional homes, large lots and estates are generally priced from around $800,000 to $4 million.

The location of NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, La Canada Flintridge is also home to one of the top public school systems in California and to several highly regarded private schools.

For more information, visit http://www.lacanadaflintridge.com/ andhttp://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/La_Ca%C3%B1ada_Flintridge,_California.

La Crescenta

An unincorporated bedroom community of Los Angeles County, La Crescenta, also known as La Crescenta-Montrose, is a collection of areas resting peacefully between the city of Glendale and the Angeles National Forest. It is a 3.4 square-mile area hosting approximately 20,000 residents living in homes built primarily in the 1940s and 50s and ranging in price from $300 to $800,000.

For more information, visit http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/La_Crescenta-Montrose,_California andhttp://www.crescentavalleychamber.org/.


A San Gabriel Valley community with a “Midwestern USA” ambiance and hosting approximately 37,000 residents within its 13.7 square mile area, Monrovia was incorporated in 1887 by the vote of a small group of Prohibitionists. Their first order of business was passing a ban on alcoholic beverages. Twenty miles northeast of downtown Los Angeles and 8 miles east of Pasadena, the community hosts a charming town square and quality-constructed homes built mostly in the 1930s and 40s. Prices range from just above $300,000 to $1 million.

For more information, visit http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Monrovia,_California
http://www.ci.monrovia.ca.us/ and http://www.monroviacc.com/

San Marino

Incorporated in 1913 and with a current population of nearly 38,000, this affluent, picturesque town in the San Rafael Hills adjacent to Pasadena, is a community of single family homes, with no condominiums, townhomes or apartments. There are strict zoning and historical preservation codes protecting the residences, most of which were constructed between 1920 and 1950 and are now priced at between $800,000 and more than $5 million. Noted for having a public school system that is among the finest in the nation, it is also home to the world-renowned Huntington Library — housing art, rare books and historical documents. Among its well-known landmarks are El Molino Vieja, built in 1816 as a grist mill and now the oldest commercial structure in Southern California, and the Edwin Hubble House, former home of one of the greatest astronomers in the United States.

For more information, visit http://www.ci.san-marino.ca.us/ and http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/San_Marino,_California.


Resting at the foot of the San Gabriel Mountains 13 miles northeast of downtown Los Angeles, Arcadia began its transition from an agricultural area to a model residential community in the 1920s and ‘30s. By the time the post-World War II period rolled around, it had become an upscale suburb of Pasadena with many of its residents the descendants of prominent California families. Today, the approximately 56,000 residents who call Arcadia home are typically relatively affluent, well-educated and have made their local school system, public safety and other factors such a priority that BusinessWeek named the community the best place to raise children. Reading and math scores in the Arcadia Unified School System are significantly higher than the state average and its high school received a GreatSchools rating of 10 out of 10. Arcadia is home to the Santa Anita Park racetrack and the Los Angeles Arboretum and Botanic Garden. The majority of Arcadia homes – from small residences to large estates — were built in the 1950s, with earlier examples from the 1930s still gracing the community. Home prices range form around $400,000 to $2.5 million.

For more information, visit http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Arcadia,_California, http://arcadiacachamber.org/ andhttp://www.ci.arcadia.ca.us/home/index.asp.


Resting against the San Rafael Hills near the foot of the San Gabriel Mountains, Pasadena hosts a population of approximately 137,000. Known as “The City of Roses,” it is the traditional home of the Rose Bowl and annual Tournament of Roses Parade. Pasadena’s attraction does not end there, however. The city enjoys an international reputation for its world-class educational institutions and museums, and is loved by active locals who enjoy its many recreational venues.

Pasadena’s dynamic, thriving business community, a downtown business district that is both clean and safe, excellent schools and myriad cultural activities are among the many reasons why the city is loved by locals. Just ten miles northeast of Los Angeles, it enjoys the advantages of proximity to one of the world’s major business and entertainment centers.

Known for its residential neighborhoods offering fine examples of well-preserved 19th and 20th century architecture in a diversity of styles, many Pasadena homes enjoy a place in the National Register of Historic Places. Prices begin in the $200,000 range and extend to $6 million and more.

Pasadena is also home to world-renowned educational and cultural institutions such as the California Institute of Technology (Caltech), the Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Huntington Library and the Norton Simon and Pacific Asia Museums.

Pasadena realtor Lin Vlacich is ready to provide you with everything you need to know about this wonderful community.

For more information, visit www.visitpasadena.com/, http://www.ci.pasadena.ca.us/ and http://www.oldpasadena.org/.

Sierra Madre

“Wistaria City,” as this San Gabriel Foothills town of approximately 11,000 residents is affectionately called, was incorporated as a California city in 1907, although its modern history truly began with the San Gabriel Mountain and Valley resorts of the 1890’s. The community and its citizens have skillfully incorporated modern amenities with traditions of the past including an absence of traffic signals, the only all volunteer fire department remaining in the Los Angeles area, and its namesake wisteria (a.k.a. “wasteria”) vine. Purchased in 1894 for seventy-five cents, the plant eventually crushed the house adjacent to it, now spans two backyards, weighs an estimated 250 tons and enjoys its own annual “Wasteria Festival.”

Homes in Sierra Madre are diverse in their ages, styles and sizes, with prices running from around $500,000 to more than $2 million, although most are in the mid-range. Adjacent to Pasadena at the city’s northeast corner, Sierra Madre residents enjoy Los Angeles and Pasadena culture and conveniences while being within minutes of myriad recreational opportunities.

For more information, visit http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sierra_Madre,_California, http://www.cityofsierramadre.com/ andhttp://www.sierramadrechamber.com/

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