Alhambra was founded in 1874 and has been a center of commerce ever since. Close to many major freeways, this 7.6 square mile city is perfect for your transportation needs. It is an ideal suburban community with a population over 85,000. The zip codes that represent Alhambra are 91801, 91803, and P.O. boxes 91802. The number of households as per the 2000 census is 29,111 with 20,668 families. The City of Alhambra was named after the book "The Alhambra" by Washington Irving about a Moorish palace in Granada, Spain called "The Gateway to the San Gabriel Valley". Alhambra was incorporated in 1903 and is located 8 miles from downtown Los Angeles.
Alhambra is comprised of a wide range of ethnic groups and its businesses have strong ties to international commerce. Alhambra is located eight miles east of Los Angeles and sits in the western San Gabriel Valley region of Los Angeles County. The early history of Alhambra reflects a heavy Spanish influence.
Bordering the city of Alhambra is San Gabriel on the east, Monterey Park on the south, and San Marino and South Pasadena on the north. There are several quality educational institutions nearby, including the California Institute of Technology, Pasadena College, East Los Angeles College, CaliforniaState University at Los Angeles, and a bit further are UCLA and USC.
Shopping on Main Street in Alhambra can be a great adventure and with so many different types of cuisine; you and your family will have a great tasting adventure. Main Street also offers "Auto Row" with blocks of auto dealerships. A farmers market is set up to purchase fresh fruits and vegetables. Valley Boulevard hosts the San Gabriel Valley Lunar New Year's Parade and Festival. Alhambra is continuing to grow with new businesses; one example is the L.A. Fitness with a 50,000 square foot health club that is ideal for you and your family´s health.
The majority of homes in Alhambra are on level lots with tree lined streets. The homes vary in architecture from Spanish stucco to California Bungalows. It is a great time to find an ideal home for your family in Alhambra. The city is also comprised of a number of condominiums and rental apartments. Alhambra's award winning schools offer the best in education. Alhambra also includes the private, all-girls' Ramona Convent Secondary School. Families also enjoy the use of six parks in the city.
The Rose Bowl Stadium, a sports landmark is located in the adjacent city of Pasadena about four miles away, which hosts the most famous of all the post-season college football games. It has also hosted the NFL Super Bowl five times. Other notable sports stadiums within easy driving distance are Dodger Stadium, the Los Angels Forum, the Los Angeles Coliseum, and the Los Angeles Sports Arena.
Alhambra´s location has easy access to numerous beaches and mountain resorts as well as major attractions including:
Aquarium of the Pacific
Hollywood Walk of Fame
Hollywood Wax Museum
Ice House (Comedy Club)
Knott's Berry Farm
Los Angeles County Museum of Art
Los Angeles Zoo
Paramount Film and TV Studio
San Gabriel Mission
Santa Anita Race Track
Universal StudiosWarner Bros. Studios