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Living in Arcadia: Los Angeles Metro Neighborhood Guide

A suburb in the most traditional sense, Arcadia couples a small-town feel with accessibility to America’s second-largest city. Like its San Gabriel Valley neighbors, the town offers strong schools and an easy commute to Los Angeles, making living in Arcadia appealing to many.

The Market

Thanks in part to its thriving school district, Arcadia is a favorite destination for families. Arcadia Unified, Arcadia’s school district, achieved a score of 10 out of 10 from the nonprofit GreatSchools, with the majority of its individual schools pulling in a perfect score too.

Homes here are going for more than $47,000 less than their asking prices, running counter to the area’s generally hot market; The Los Angeles Times reports that in March 2017, the median home price in Los Angeles County was up 8.5 percent over the median from one year prior.

A lake in Arcadia, California.

Photo Source: Flickr/Chris M Morris

The Lifestyle

For a city located just 17 miles away from the bustle of Los Angeles, Arcadia still offers a bounty of activities for residents. One of the best attractions for kids in the area is the Los Angeles County Arboretum and Botanic Gardens, which boast an array of plant collections and wildlife. Not far from there you can find Santa Anita Park, one of Southern California’s leading racetracks and home of the equestrian events of the 1984 Olympics. Today, it hosts the Santa Anita Derby, considered to be one of the final races that lead to the Kentucky Derby.

Situated in the San Gabriel Valley, Arcadia has a long history of Asian immigrants settling in the shadow of Mount San Antonio, the highest peak in Los Angeles County. Accordingly, there’s no shortage of top-notch Asian food in the area.

Getting Around Town

For those who don’t want to live in downtown Los Angeles but want a convenient commute to the area, living in Arcadia is a good option. The suburb has a direct link to the booming downtown sector via the Metro Gold line, and it is less than a half-hour by train to Union Station. Thanks to great public transportation, everywhere from Hollywood to Santa Monica is easily accessible from Arcadia. Having the option of bus or train can be particularly helpful during horse racing season, as the traffic during big events at Santa Anita Park can really jam local streets.

While family living is much of the focus here, Arcadia also can provide advantages for its aging population. Methodist Hospital of Southern California, the town’s biggest hospital and the recipient of a five-star rating for overall quality from Medicare.

Whether it’s First Friday films for kids at the public library or story time at the Arboretum, Arcadia has plenty to help young families thrive. And with proximity to bustling city life and amenities for seniors, anyone looking to settle into a new home can find their perfect fit in Arcadia.

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