The San Gabriel Valley is host to a handful of small villages with charming town centers. Montrose, Sierra Madre, Monrovia, Claremont, and Upland all draw visitors and home buyers to their stroll-able streets.  Roughly in the middle of that west-to-east chain of towns is Glendora.  

Best known for the ficus trees trimmed in the shape of gum drops on “the avenue” (center of town) and the strawberry donuts at The Donut Man, on even more famous Route 66, Glendora also boasts some of the best and most varied hiking trails in the area.  One of our favorites is the South Hills Trail accessed from behind the dog park at Mauna Loa east of Glendora Avenue.  A short but steep climb rewards the hiker with panoramic views in all directions. Snow-capped Mt. Baldy is a favorite sight in the winter months. Finkbiner Park in the center of town offers summer concerts and movies in the park, a newly renovated softball field, a playground, and a skate park.

Glendora generally offers a great value in housing due in part to its location east of the 605 freeway.  The housing stock varies between vintage Craftsman homes in the center of town to larger ranch-style homes on generous lots still in close proximity.  There are also a variety of newer condominium and townhome complexes, some in close proximity to the future rail station. One of the more well-known complexes is The Rancho del Bougainvillea, a collection of townhomes with attached garages ranging from 1660 sq ft to 2558 sq ft.  These remarkable and spacious townhomes generally sell for much less than a comparably sized detached home.  The complex offers lush landscaping and a lovely pool area. The bougainvilleas surrounding the complex on two sides are so old that they are listed in the National Register of the Department of the Interior. 

So take a drive along Route 66, grab a donut, and see the amazing bougainvilleas that were planted at the turn of the century.  Work off the donut with a hike and by then you will be ready for dinner on the avenue!