Northwest Glendale as defined by Greg Colley Real Estate and this website includes the Glendale neighborhoods of El Miradero, Glenwood, Brockmont and Verdugo Viejo. Also included within these four neighborhoods are the three Historic Districts of, North Cumberland Heights, Ard Eevin Highlands and Brockmont Park. Together these Neighborhoods and Historic Districts comprise some of the most beautiful homes on what many consider the most coveted streets in all of Glendale.
It’s worth noting that if you study various maps of Glendale, as well as some of the Historic Contexts produced on behalf of the City of Glendale, you will notice irregularities start to appear regarding the definitions and boundaries of Glendale’s neighborhoods. We have chosen to separately define what we feel is “Northwest Glendale” from what the Association of Realtors and Multiple Listing Service define as Northwest Glendale which also includes the Neighborhoods of Grand Central, Riverside Rancho, Pelanconi and Fremont Park.
Located at the base of what was known in the late 1800’s as Mount Verdugo and prior to Leslie Brands purchase of over 1,000 acres which was formerly part of the Bliss Ranch estate, is the Glendale neighborhood of El Miradero. Spanish for vantage point or lookout, El Miradero’s name stems from Leslie Brand’s 1904 (completed) development of his mansion known at the time as Brand’s Castle.
In 1945, Brand’s Castle and the El Miradero property, upon the death of Leslie Brand’s wife Louise, were donated to the City of Glendale. Today, the Brand Library & Art Center, which rest within Brand Park, are located here at El Miradero’s northern border. The history of Leslie Brand and the El Miradero property are fascinating and you can find more information and links in our Glendale History page and Glendale Resources page.
On its eastern border, The El Miradero neighborhood travels down Grandview Avenue, encompassing part of the North Cumberland Heights Historic District and borders Alameda Avenue and Burbank on the west. Located at the southern border of El Miradero on Kenneth Road is the charming, “Kenneth Village” block of shops and restaurants.
To the east of Grandview Avenue and the El Miradero Neighborhood is the Glenwood Neighborhood. This neighborhood spans from Glenoaks Boulevard on its southern border to the base of the Verdugo Mountains and two of Glendale’s historic districts, North Cumberland Heights Historic District and Ard Eevin Highlands Historic District at its northern border. In addition to the many registered historic homes in the northern part of the Glenwood Neighborhood, this neighborhood is also home to Hoover High School, Toll Middle School and Keppel Elementary School, which all neighbor each other on Glenwood Road to offer the largest concentration of attended schools in the Glendale Unified School District.
In addition to Leslie Brand’s land acquisitions of the late 1800’s and early 1900’s, another notable Glendale businessman, John Brockman, owned an estate of 140 acres to the east of Brand’s El Miradero estate. Located on what was formerly the John Brockman Estate is Brockman’s grand 1914 built hillside home, including a clock tower which Brockman named, “Brockmont”. This historically significant home still stands today and is located in the Glendale Brockmont neighborhood named after John Brockman and is connected to and within the Brockmont Park Historic District.
The Brockmont Neighborhood offers a mixture of wonderful early 20th Century character homes located closer to and within the Brockmont Park Historic District which are mixed in with the higher elevation hillside developments from the 1950’s to 1980’s. Many of the Brockmont neighborhood homes look south over downtown Glendale and Los Angeles towards the Pacific Ocean and offer some of the most stunning views in all of Los Angeles County.
Leslie Brand and Henry Huntington’s acquisition of hundreds of acres of what was prior to their purchase legally held as the Rancho San Rafael include today’s North Brand Boulevard. Their purchase of land and vision for North Glendale included Huntington’s arrangement to have the Pacific Electric Railway travel north to the Casa Verdugo area named after the highly popular Casa Verdugo restaurant located in the vicinity during the early 1900’s. The original Casa Verdugo restaurant building no longer exists (the later Casa Verdugo restaurant still exists) but the historic Casa Adobe de San Rafael does and is located in the Verdugo Viejo neighborhood.
Verdugo Viejo extends west from Brand Boulevard to Pacific Avenue and from Glenoaks Boulevard at the southern border to Cumberland Road and the Brockmont Park Historic District to the north. One of the more property diverse neighborhoods in Glendale, Verdugo Viejo offers every type and style of property use from luxury homes on the northern border to retail, office and hotels on its eastern and southern borders.