Distinctive Pasadena
Area Real Estate


San Gabriel Valley Cities

  • Climate, convenience and culture

    Out of the thirty-six San Gabriel Valley cities and unincorporated communities, several stand out. Among those, South Pasadena, Pasadena, San Marino, La Cañada Flintridge and Altadena are among the most desirable places to live in California. Their combination of mild weather, excellent schools, cultural opportunities and proximity to nearby Los Angeles are just a few of the reasons they are prominent in Lin Vlacich’s portfolio of featured and sold San Gabriel Valley properties.

    Diversity is another facet of Lin’s “fab 5” communities. Diversity not just in their population’s ethnicities, religious and spiritual beliefs and other societal variety and values, but also in the architectural categories of their homes. From charming cottages and bungalows, to world-class estates, this corner of the San Gabriel Valley has something for everyone.

  • A bit of San Gabriel Valley history

    What is now known as the San Gabriel Valley was occupied by Native Americans, the Tongva, who occupied most of the entire Los Angeles Basin as well as several of the Channel Islands. With the arrival of the first Europeans came the establishment of the Spanish Mission San Gabriel in 1791. Soon, the entire valley became agricultural land as the native people were absorbed into the new controlling government and population. In 1886, Pasadena became the valley’s first incorporated city in Los Angeles County.

    Oil was discovered in 1917, and by 1920 one-eighth of California’s crude oil was being produced in the Valley. During the 1940s-50s, the San Gabriel Valley transitioned relatively quickly from rural agricultural land to a suburban area of primarily bedroom communities. Today, it is one of the country’s most ethnically diverse regions.