San Gabriel Real Estate

The city of San Gabriel was the original township of Los Angeles County: it became known as the birthplace of the Los Angeles Metropolitan area. Originally settled as the 4th of 21 California Roman Catholic Missions, the city acquired its name from the Mission San Gabriel Arcangel and its motto is: “a city with a mission”. Today, the Mission is a cultural center and a beautiful historical landmark with unique Moorish architectural details such as flying buttresses and narrow windows. Located just 20 minutes from Los Angeles, San Gabriel is a bustling community that gives its residents excellent schools, terrific parks and a great pace of life.

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San Gabriel is home to a number of medical centers and offices that employ hundreds of professionals: San Gabriel Valley Medical Center alone employs over 800 workers. For workers who commute, San Gabriel is an ideal place to live. Los Angeles is a 15 minute drive and is easily accessible through public transportation. Pasadena is 20 minutes away and is home to many large employers such as Kaiser Permanente, Huntington Hospital, Jet Propulsion Laboratory and California Institute of Technology.

In 2009, the San Gabriel Unified School District was recognized by the API School Reports as one of California’s top school districts. Each of the schools within the district has been recognized as being a California Distinguished School. San Gabriel’s Gabrielino High School has garnered much national attention for its academic excellence. Newsweek has ranked Gabrielino High School as one of the top 1000 high schools in the country while U.S. News and World Report awarded the school a silver medal for advanced placement courses. San Gabriel is also home to seven private schools, both elementary and secondary, offering families an array of options from Montessori-based to Catholic education.

San Gabriel has four beautiful parks for residents to enjoy. Plaza Park is a tree-lined paradise that provides a beautiful view of the Mission. Roosevelt Park is very family-friendly with a great playground, picnic tables and two lighted tennis courts. Smith Park has an outdoor pool, a tiny tots play area, lighted athletic courts and three picnic areas. The city’s largest park is Vincent Lugo Park and has lighted trails, pedestrian bridges, an outdoor classroom and lots of green, open space.

Though close to several larger cities, there are lots of things residents can do right in San Gabriel. The Mission San Gabriel Arcangel hosts an adobe-style museum building with exhibits featuring historical, religious and local relics and artifacts. Shoppers love the San Gabriel Square, a large shopping complex that the Los Angeles Times once dubbed “The Great Mall of China” for its endless choices of authentic and delicious Chinese food. The San Gabriel Mission Playhouse brings culture and entertainment to San Gabriel with a rotating list of plays and special events.

The year in San Gabriel is punctuated by several fun and family friendly community events. The annual Kids Day and 4th of July Parade has something for residents of all ages to enjoy. The parade ends every year with a community-wide picnic. San Gabriel’s EGGstraordinary Spring Celebration and Pancake Breakfast is not to be missed: this fun event features a pancake breakfast, pancake races and a massive egg hunt. The annual San Gabriel Turkey Trot encourages a bit of health before Thanksgiving: each November, community members gather to participate in the 10K or 5K run (the event also has smaller runs and walks for families).

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