Moving to Glendale, California
Glendale is one of those All-American towns where residents care deeply about their quality of life and the health of their local community. A-1 Self Storage is proud to be a part of this great city and excited to help you move here by providing this easy guide to your new home.
Located just ten miles north of Los Angeles and southeast of Burbank, Glendale is boarded by Griffith Park and the LA Zoo. It’s the 3rd largest city in Los Angeles County (after LA and Long Beach) and ranks 23rd in population within the state of California. Situated at the southeastern end of the San Fernando Valley’s Verdugo Hills, Glendale is bordered to the north by La Canada Flintridge and La Crescenta-Montrose. It’s an attractive area to settle in due to its proximity to the neighborhoods of Atwater Village (named an LA Neighborhood of the Year in 2012) and Eagle Rock, known for above-average public schools. Approximately 192,000 people live in Glendale.
Most people know LAX (Los Angeles International Airport) is a hub of celebrity traffic, but few know that the Grand Central Airport in Glendale is the original site of famous take-offs and landings. Charles Lindbergh made the first solo, west-east, non-stop, transcontinental flight from Glendale to New York City in just over 21 hours. Amelia Earhart used the airport and bought her first plane here. Laura Ingalls became the first woman to fly solo across the country when she landed in Glendale in 1930. The airport was also the setting for several films including Howard Hughes’ Hells Angels and Lady Killer starring James Cagney.
The Alex Theatre opened its doors in 1925 and featured vaudeville performances, plays, and silent movies. Imagine sitting in the theatre with pipe organ music providing accompaniment to a silent film or walking in on Walt Disney himself previewing his cartoons to see how they would play to an audience. Backstage tours of The Alex Theatre are popular with tourists and the theater hosts 250 events a year!
Speaking of Disney, Glendale’s Grand Central neighborhood recently became the Creative Campus for The Walt Disney Company, housing Walt Disney Imagineering, responsible for the creation, design, and construction of Disney theme parks and attractions worldwide.
If that’s not unique enough, the city of Glendale is widely thought to be the center of Armenian American life. Forty percent of Glendale’s population is of Armenian descent. Since 1990, this single area holds the largest population of Armenians in the world outside of the Republic of Armenia! A significant number of ethnic Armenians from Iran also immigrated here due to the religious restrictions and lifestyle limitations of the Islamic government. As of March 2018, four of the five members of Glendale’s city council are of Armenian descent.
Cost of Living in Glendale
The median home cost here is $835,000 and the violent crime rate in Glendale is low when you compare it to the rest of California. A recent analysis of FBI crime data found that Glendale’s crime rate is lower than approximately 65% of California communities. Glendale is one of the safest places to live in America with one of the lowest crime rates compared to other cities with a similar population. That statistic alone should make you want to move here!
Glendale is also a great place to grow professionally. The city is home to more than 1,000 technology-focused businesses. This helps drive the cost of living 18% higher than the average in California, but keep in mind California’s state income tax is 55% lower than the national average. Glendale is also the headquarters for well-known brands including IHOP, LegalZoom, Univision Communications, Disney Animation Studios, and Whole Foods Market. Global company Avery Dennison, a manufacturer of a wide variety of labeling products also makes Glendale the home of its corporate office. Considered a significant player in the entertainment industry, Glendale is home to Dreamworks Animation and Age of Learning.
You can expect to pay on average $2,481 in rent for one to two-bedroom apartments in Glendale. The further north you move toward the Verdugo Mountains and Montrose Verdungo the higher rent becomes.
If you are a veteran of the US Military who has struggled to find affordable housing in California, Glendale is a supportive place to call home. The Veterans Village of Glendale opened in 2016 and rents 44 one, two, and three-bedroom units to low-income veteran families.
The neighborhoods in Glendale are unique. Adam’s Square, for example, is known for turning a 1930’s abandoned gas station into a mini-park. Don’t worry though, any city that has a division of government dedicated to Neighborhood Services means business when it comes to preserving and maintaining high quality residential and commercial neighborhoods.
Transportation to and From Glendale
Glendale is known as a crossroads or gateway city. Located at the intersection of the San Fernando Valley and the San Gabriel Valley, 10 miles outside of downtown LA, the Metrolink is the “premier regional passenger rail system” that moves thousands into LA daily. Glendale is also a short 7.5 miles from the Burbank Airport and 25 miles from LAX. Four freeways run through the city, making it a great place to exit from the traffic. The 5 and the 210 help transport massive amounts of people where they need to go in this part of California.
Attractions and Entertainment
If spending your days off in traffic sounds like a drag, there are no shortage of things to do in Glendale. Griffith Park, a sprawling 1740 acres, is five times the size of New York City’s Central Park, making it the largest city park in the US and one of the largest in the world! Griffith Park is home to The Autry National Center, Griffith Observatory, the Greek Theatre, a merry-go-round, and the LA Live Steamers Railroad Museum. On top of all that, there’s a scenic golf course if you’re the kind of person who likes to spend an afternoon on the back nine!
More people equal more services, which means more opportunities. Bargains are sure to be had at open-air shopping mall The Americana at Brand (The Americana) where high-end eateries like Katsuya call home. For a taste of food history, international fast food conglomerate Panda Express was founded in Glendale in 1973.
If coffee and dessert is more your speed, there are many Armenian coffee shops, bakeries, and restaurants to choose from. Check out Sarkis Pastry where you can experience Za’atar, a Middle Eastern spice mixture. Try falafel for your first time (or enjoy if you’re already a fan) at Recess Eatery. If a stout brew in a wild west setting is more your idea, visit Glendale’s first brewery, Brewyard, and get a taste of 1800’s California.
You might check out Glendale’s Forest Lawn Memorial Cemetery. The view is to die for, even Pope John Paul II visited. It's also the final resting place of movie stars Lauren Bacall, Humphrey Bogart, Nat King Cole, and author of the Wizard of Oz Frank Baum. This is not a cemetery that looks kindly on fans finding the final resting place of movie stars. They won’t even provide you with a map of the 300 acres or answer any questions, so you’ll have to search on your own. More than a million people visit this historic cemetery each year.
Glendale’s proximity to the Verdugo Mountains and the Angeles National Forest make it an excellent location for hiking and mountain biking. Locals love the sparsely visited Deukmejian Wilderness Park which has trails that lead through waterfalls. In the winter you can hit the slopes at Mt. Waterman, which is about two hours away at Mountain High ski resort.
Time to Move
Do you love the idea of living in an innovative community? Would you be inspired to dine with dreamers turned creators on the West Coast? Glendale might be your next stop! If so, we have a great storage facility option for you! Go see Russell, Manager at A-1 Self Storage of Glendale.
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