City Center South Glendale
The City Center neighborhood is the central business district of Glendale stretching from its northern border at Glenoaks Boulevard near the Rossmoyne neighborhood to its southern border at Colorado Street near Adams Hill. This is Glendale’s business core consisting of the highest density of retail and office buildings.
In addition to the many retail storefronts and office buildings this area is home to some of Glendale’s largest retail developments including, “The Americana at Brand”, and the “Glendale Galleria”. The “Museum of Neon Art” is located across the street from the Americana and coming soon, the “Armenian American Museum” will also be in this neighborhood.
Like its counterpart neighborhood Vineyard to the west, the Citrus Grove neighborhood in Glendale was historically the location of orange and lemon groves. Today Citrus Grove is bordered by and just east of downtown Glendale and the City Center neighborhood and is the home of Glendale High School. This neighborhood offers a nice mix of residential and commercial properties and provides great access for those that like living in the city and walking to the downtown area or local businesses.
Of historical importance to and within the City of Glendale, the Goode House located at 119 North Cedar Avenue was constructed in the 1880’s by the noted civic Glendale activist and businessman E.D. Goode. The Goode house is one of Glendale’s last examples of Eastlake Queen Anne style architecture and a significant piece of Glendale history.
Located just west of downtown Glendale, south of the 134 freeway and adjacent to Central Avenue is the Vineyard neighborhood. Historically this area consisted of vineyards and early residential construction included many craftsman style homes.
Many of the lots in the Vineyard neighborhood are relatively deep which is appreciated by many of the homeowners here but does contribute to the number of apartments that have been constructed in this area. Resident’s in the Vineyard neighborhood enjoy close access to downtown Glendale and Griffith Park.
Moorpark is the smallest of the Glendale neighborhood’s and is located between West Broadway and West Colorado Street immediately adjacent to and west of the Glendale Galleria and bordered on the east by San Fernando Road. Level streets and nice sidewalks provide easy walking to the Glendale Galleria and Americana shopping malls.
Located within the Moorpark neighborhood is one of Glendale’s most historically entertaining businesses, the Moonlight Rollerway. The Moonlight Rollerway exists in a 70,000 square foot industrial building built in the 1940’s and prior to becoming a roller rink was used as a manufacturing facility producing airplane parts for WWII.
South of the Glendale Galleria and Americana shopping malls and just west of Brand Boulevard is the Pacific Edison neighborhood. Pacific Edison derives its name partly from the Pacific Electric Railway which served the area in the early twentieth century.
Today Pacific Park and Edison Elementary School are both named in memory from the prior railway. Both the park and the school are located within the “Pacific Community Center & Park” located within the neighborhood.
Of historical significance this area of Glendale was once known as Riverdale prior to the name change to Glendale arising out of postal necessity. Located within the Pacific Edison neighborhood on Central Avenue is Saint Mary’s Armenian Apostolic Church which is home to one of the largest Armenian congregations in Southern California.
Sharing South Brand Boulevard with the Pacific Edison neighborhood and Glendale’s City Center neighborhood, Mariposa’s geography is just southeast of downtown Glendale. A nice mix of retail stores and restaurants filter into Glendale’s Auto Row on Brand Boulevard. Commercial businesses on Brand Boulevard stop there as we head east on any of the side streets where the neighborhood quickly becomes lined with a blend of older Glendale homes and apartment buildings constructed in the 1960’s though the 1980s.
In addition to the businesses on Brand Boulevard the clean residential streets immediately east of Brand Boulevard, the Mariposa neighborhood also includes many businesses on South Glendale Avenue and continues south and east to South Chevy Chase which wraps both the eastern and southern borders of the Mariposa neighborhood.
Located within the Mariposa neighborhood on East Maple Street is the Maple Park Community Center which hosts a public park, two large community meeting rooms, a computer lab, recreation room, and a full court gym.
Glendale’s Somerset neighborhood is refreshingly quiet compared to the other neighborhoods in southern Glendale. Bordered on the north by East Colorado Street and on the east by the Glendale 2 Freeway, Somerset enjoys less traffic than its counterpart neighborhoods.
The streets and sidewalks in Somerset are clean and many of the homes and apartments in the area are well-kept and nicely landscaped. Although Somerset is bordered by a couple of Glendale’s larger commercial streets, East Colorado and South Chevy Chase Drive, there is not a lot of businesses or reasons for people who do not live here to drive through and that’s what makes Somerset a bit more secluded than it’s southern Glendale neighborhood counterparts.
Like it’s close by southern Glendale neighborhoods, Citrus Grove and Vineyard, Tropico was once associated with farming and the area was known for producing fabulous strawberries known as the “Tropico Beauty”. Developed in the 1880’s, Tropico has the distinction of a coveted long history and even being its own city (Google, “The Lost City of Tropico”) before it became part of Glendale in the 1920s.
Tropico is the southern-most Glendale neighborhood and is home to many businesses including the Glendale Memorial Hospital, many major car dealerships and of significant importance to the City of Glendale, the Glendale Transportation Center dedicated to former Glendale Mayor Larry Zarian. As one of the oldest neighborhoods in Glendale, some of Tropico’s residential streets include some nice older Ranch and Spanish style homes, many with good size yards on wider than average residential Glendale city streets.