La Cañada Flintridge

Jan 27, 2011

We Moved Here for the Schools…

The Facts
What It Is:
An 8.5-square-mile city thirteen miles northeast of downtown L.A., stretching along the San Gabriels and bordered by Glendale to the south, La Crescenta to the west, and Altadena and Pasadena to the east
Population: 21,555
Ethnic Diversity: There must be a minority somewhere around here! Actually as of the 2000 census, La Cañada  was 75% Caucasian and 21% Asian, with 73 African-Americans around town, too
Ratio of White-collar to Blue-collar workers: 11 to 1
Median Household Income: $133,754

Key Players
Once part of Mexican rancher Jose Maris Verdugo’s vast spread, this land changed hands several times before being bought in 1875 by two Michigan health seekers, Jacob Lanterman and Adolphus Williams. Because there was no water, they got the whole spread for $10,000 and soon subdivided it. La Cañada’s early years were hardscrabble, but eventually deep wells—and a road down to L.A—brought prosperity.

Then & Now
In 1913, the new subdivision of Flintridge was formed, comprising luxury homes on large, secluded hillside lots. For decades La Cañada and Flintridge were part of unincorporated L.A County, but as Glendale and Pasadena moved to annex these wealthy, conservative ‘burbs—and their superb schools—the communities banded together, and in 1976, the city of La Cañada Flintridge was born. Nobody calls it that though—we just call it La Cañada (and that’s “cun-ya-da”).

Our Favorite…
La Cañada Flintridge Library, on Oakwood
Farmer’s Market: Beulah Dr. at Foothill, Saturday 9 a.m-1 p.m
Park: 1,300-acre Hahamongna Watershed Park, technically in Pasadena’s jurisdiction, but more linked to La Cañada
Arts Organization: Descanso Gardens, where horticulture is indeed an art form; good art gallery on-site
Parade: Fiesta Day Parade, on Memorial Day down Foothill Blvd.
Newspaper: La Cañada Valley Sun,
Hospital: Verdugo Hills Hospital, with limited ER services, 818.952.2222
Web Site:

Don’t Be a Lawbreaker!
Frankly, it’s that infernal dinging we don’t care for.
If you own a business in La Cañada, don’t put in a pinball machine—they’re illegal!

What She Said
“I found most of the families in the Valley to be interesting, kindly people, some prosperous, but most struggling ranchers, for a drought was upon the land, and a threatening depression alarmed everyone.”
– Emily Lanterman, an early La Cañada settler, in 1885

Best Hangout
The Crescenta-Cañada YMCA on Foothill is the hub of the community, offering everything from bingo to yoga to a superb Youth & Government program; nonmembers pay $15 a day

Slept in La Cañada
Delta Burke and Gerald McRaney used to be La Cañadans, and actors Haley Joel and Emily Osment went to school here, as did Steven J. Cannell.

Embarrassing Fact
We couldn’t find any, but since the Desperate Housewives’ Wisteria Lane is so very La-Cañada-lie, the embarrassments are surely of the private kind.



Flintridge Books

Lyd and Mo Photography

Louis Jane Studios

Homage Pasadena