Glendora, also known as the “Pride of the Foothills”, is a city in the San Gabriel Valley in Los Angeles County, California nestled in the eastern end of the San Gabriel Valley between the San Gabriel Mountains range to the north and the South Hills to the south. As of the 2010 census, the population of Glendora was 50,073.
Founded in 1887, Glendora was officially incorporated as a City in 1911. The City remained a small citrus-producing community until the late 1950s, when agriculture gave way to large-scale residential development.
Located approximately 23 miles (37 km) east from downtown Los Angeles, Glendora offers convenient access to major commercial, cultural, educational and recreational areas in Southern California. Its downtown area, locally known as the Glendora Village, hosts dozens of restaurants, cafes, shops and boutiques along Glendora Avenue with many community events scheduled throughout the year. It has also been voted as one of the best and friendliest downtowns in the San Gabriel Valley for the last eight years. A small town vibe combined with low crime rates and a consistently high-ranking school district has made the city an attractive choice for families in the region.
Glendora is also one of Southern California’s most attractive residential communities. Neighborhoods and residences in the City reflect its history and range from Queen Annes, to Folk Victorians, early 20th-century bungalows, to ranch style homes, to mid-rise multi-family residential complexes, to modern mansions. Glendora’s most exclusive neighborhoods contain many very large, secluded, estate homes with sweeping views across the San Gabriel Valley to Downtown Los Angeles. These neighborhoods include Morgan Ranch, Gordon Highlands, Bluebird Hill, Silent Ranch, Oak Tree Rancho, Hidden Springs, Oakhart Estates, and Easley Canyon Estates. Glendora is also home to the Glendora Country Club, which includes a Robert Trent Jones Sr. 18-hole golf course that has been played by many professional golfers.
Glendora’s diversified business community ranges from the downtown “Village,” where personalized service is provided by several owner-operated retail stores, to corporate headquarters of major U.S. and international firms–including Rain Bird Sprinkler Manufacturing Company and the National Hot Rod Association.
Quality education, both public and private, is yet another shining attribute of the Glendora community. According to 2015-16 State testing results, Glendora High School students scored 20 percent higher than State averages in reading, writing and math. In addition, a recent graduate follow-up survey showed that approximately 96 percent of Glendora High School graduates go on to higher education.
From tree lined neighborhood streets and quaint downtown Village shops to the modern architecture of the Financial Way business center, Glendora is a haven from the fast pace of the Los Angeles metropolitan area.