If you desire a residential paradise outside of Los Angeles that’s full of small-town charm, you’ll love living in Altadena. The surrounding mountains provide plenty of opportunities for hiking and other sports, while families can count on the area’s top-rated public and private schools and superb dining spots.
As an unincorporated community of Los Angeles County, Altadena is located at the base of the San Gabriel Mountains. Surrounding the town are natural areas Arroyo Seco, Angeles National Forest, and Eaton Canyon. Because of the surrounding nature, Altadena has an independent character, although city amenities aren’t far away with Pasadena to the south.
Altadena is experiencing an increase in median prices for single family homes, which average about $1.27 million. Although buyers may find it difficult to navigate a short 14 median days on market, decreasing home sales and increasing active listings work to combat buyer competition. Los Angeles County in general is experiencing cooling trends, with home sales down by 28% compared to last year. Read on for a summary of tips to help plan your move and life in Altadena.
Tips for moving
If you’re moving with a family, create a central area of communication to keep tasks aligned and on track.
Hire a moving company
To avoid any injuries in the moving process, consider hiring a moving company to help. Research for a moving company should start well in advance so you have plenty of time to compare rates and policies, as well as schedule the service. Not only do professional movers save you time and possible injury, but they will have the proper equipment and experience for the job. Confirm that the moving company you hire has insurance to cover accidents or property damage.
Prepare your new home
Living in Altadena
Great hiking spots
A main perk for those living in Altadena are the hiking areas. Next to the Angeles National Forest, residents can enjoy nearby trails Altadena Crest, Camp Huntington Trailhead, Henninger Flats, and more. For a challenge, visit Inspiration Point via Castle Canyon or take a waterfall hike in Eaton Canyon for gorgeous and private views. The hiking trails in the area are endless, making it the perfect spot for those interested in escaping the city.
Great dining options
Although residents can drive 10 minutes to Pasadena for dining options, there are some local restaurants to love in Altadena as well. Neighborhood bars like Altadena Ale & Wine House provide classic American cuisine with draught beers, while Fox’s Restaurant is a pillar of the town — it's been open for over 60 years. Local dessert spots like Bulgarini Gelato are well loved, while El Patron offers authentic Mexican food.
Moving to and living in Altadena is a great choice for buyers interested in a rural and residential lifestyle beside the mountains. When you’re ready to start your search for properties in the area, contact experienced agent Amy Engler to guide you smoothly through the process.
*Header photo courtesy of Amy Engler