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Both the City of Alhambra, California and the Alhambra Palace in Grenada, Spain stand as a testament that the strength and beauty of the future will always be built on the foundations and dreams of the past.

Once called the City of Houses, Alhambra, California has welcomed many waves of immigrants with open arms. This diversity is evident in the range of historical architecture that can still be seen today. Each group of people comes with different experiences, talents and goals but they all have a shared dream to make this life more beautiful.

Currently Alhambra benefits from an above-national average Asian population. The city has a thriving economy with many Chinese restaurants and businesses.

For the most part, Alhambra is considered a quiet town by most and enjoys a low crime rate for a city of its size. The city has recently undergone several renovation and restoration projects. These projects are projected to draw new business and increase the home values without sacrificing the peaceful atmosphere appreciated by the current residents.


Benjamin Davis Wilson set foot on California soil in 1840. He only meant to stay at the Mission San Gabriel for a short period of time before continuing on to China. He was enchanted by this budding area and made it his home. He bought a ranch in 1843 and married in 1844. He was well liked and quickly earned the nickname Don Benito or Little Ben. He sided with California in their fight for independence and later joined with the United States after much political unrest. He was captured and sentenced to death. He narrowly escaped with his life and returned home. Along with the help of his son in-law, Wilson bought large tracts of land and divided it into many of the areas now know in the San Gabriel Valley.

Alhambra was finally incorporated on Saturday, July 11, 1903.

What’s in a name?

Wilson settled on the name Alhambra at the pleadings of his youngest daughter, Ruth. The ten year old girl had recently read Washington Irving’s book: The Tales of Alhambra. She was captivated by the vivid countryside Irving described and imagined that the mountain landscape she saw, from her window, was the romantic scenery of Grenada, Spain. In the spirit of Alhambra, Wilson named many landmarks and streets after the late Spanish influence. This heritage can still be seen today.

Washington Irving travels to Spain

At the turn of the century the well-loved writer, Washington Irving traveled to Grenada, Spain and was invited to stay at the awe inspiring Alhambra Palace. During his visit, he penned a travel manuscript that would later be published under the title The Tales of Alhambra. These writings described a romantic and exciting history behind the exquisite palace. The red walls conceal the grandeur. Layers and layers of motifs, pillars, designs and additions whisper of dozens of dreams and ideas. Irving told of the rise and fall of governments and peoples. He swept the readers away and revealed to them that the real glory of Alhambra Palace is the mosaic of human lives that created it.

Alhambra Neighborhoods

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234 Marguerita, Alhambra, Cal- 91801

MLS# WS16100160

Development lot back to back two parcels. and two parcels must selling together, 234 South Marguerita Ave., 15100 sqft.,APN 5343-017-026, And 237 South Curtis Ave., 8456 sqft., APN 5343-017-003, Both Lot total Size: 23556 sqft., two Lots...

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3,210 Sq Ft 5 Bedrooms 5F  Bathrooms 10 Garages

33 Elm, Alhambra, Ca- 91801

MLS# AR17028391

Phenomenal gated Newer 2009 custom built 5 br, 5.5 bath construction. Luxury quality, Privacy and comforts you desire for a new home. Spanish revival with rich architectural design keeps you coming back to such a graceful home. Minutes to shops,...

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2,900 Sq Ft 5 Bedrooms 5F  Bathrooms 2 Garages

1809 Vine, Alhambra, Ca- 91801

MLS# AR17040506

This property is truly a rare find, ideal for a large family or investors. Classic craftsman home built in 1909 with 3 units. The main house features a formal entry, a large living room accented with a brick fireplace with Douglas fir mantel and...

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2,872 Sq Ft 5 Bedrooms 3F  Bathrooms 3 Garages

315 Monterey, Alhambra, Ca- 91801

MLS# DW16769452

JUST REDUCED!! Charming Craftsman Style Home in the heart of Alhambra, adjacent to Story Park, San Marino just blocks away, this magnificent residential gem still provides quick access to premier shopping centers in Alhambra. This is a perfect...

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2,643 Sq Ft 4 Bedrooms 3F  Bathrooms 2 Garages

191 Palatine, Alhambra, Ca- 91801

MLS# SR17012717

Just listed! Located in the Emery Park Hills District, this astonishing three-level home has recently undergone extensive remodeling to achieve its ultimate potential. Enter the sprawling 2600+ sq ft, 4 bed, 3 bath home to find an expansive open...

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3,541 Sq Ft 4 Bedrooms 3F  Bathrooms 2 Garages

213 Granada, Alhambra, Cal- 91801

MLS# OC16765147

Two houses in one lot. newly completely remolded (finished in 2014) north Alhambra HOUSE. Front house has 3 bedrooms, 2 baths, bright and airy. New wall gas heater plus new central AC. laundry room, large closets. Back house has 2 bedroom and 1...

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2,139 Sq Ft 4 Bedrooms 2F  Bathrooms N/A

1812 6th, Alhambra, Cal- 91803

MLS# MB16737762

Beautiful!! 1931 Custom Spanish-Revival Home in the highly desired city of Alhambra! 3 Bedroom 2 bath. This home was built and designed with many unique details both inside and outside. Ornamental ironwork entrance gates. Arched walled courtyard...

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2,248 Sq Ft 3 Bedrooms 2F  Bathrooms 2 Garages

1608 Olive, Alhambra, Ca- 91803

MLS# AR16195562

Price reduced and don't miss this great opportunity! Move in ready - Completely 2012 remodeled home minutes from restaurants, supermarkets, freeway and more! This charming updated one-level home features 5 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms, and bonus room...

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2,305 Sq Ft 5 Bedrooms 3F  Bathrooms 6 Garages

1700 Marguerita, Alhambra, Cal- 91803

MLS# WS17005388

LARGE LOT of 14, 936 sqft!! Price includes plans to subdivide to two lots (51x147= 7,497sqft each) and to build two single family homes (2,550 sqft each - 4 bedroom, 4.5 baths. 3 car garage plus laundry room totaling 750sqft). Plans already...

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1,807 Sq Ft 3 Bedrooms 2F  Bathrooms 2 Garages

907 Mountain View, Alhambra, Cal- 91801

MLS# PW17020533

Charm, Privacy & Elegance Abound In This Beautifully maintained DUPLEX in exclusive area of Alhambra (Near San Marino & San Gabriel Mission). From the moment you enter the 3bd main house you will notice the high-end upgrades which were done before...

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2,279 Sq Ft 5 Bedrooms 2F  Bathrooms 6 Garages

3034 Midwick, Alhambra, Ca- 91803

MLS# 317000111

Traditional Cape Cod architecture meets modern comfort. Located in highly sought after Midwick Park in Alhambra, This home boasts French doors, hardwood floors, recessed lights, open concept kitchen and much more. Enter through the charming foyer...

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2,071 Sq Ft 4 Bedrooms 2F 1H Bathrooms 1 Garages

1516 Hellman, Alhambra, Ca- 91803

MLS# WS17023528

Location, location, location. Walking distance to Time Square Plaza in Monterey Park, Chinese Market, public transportation. Alhambra School District. The front unit with 1650 SF has 3 bedrooms and 3 bathrooms. Great floor plan with lots of...

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1,650 Sq Ft 3 Bedrooms 3F  Bathrooms 2 Garages

2904 Glenaven, Alhambra, Ca- 91803

MLS# CV16759024

If you're looking for a BIG house with a lot of space inside, a lot of bedrooms and a lot of outdoor space, this is it. Home is situated in the very desirable Midwick Park Historical District, which is a beautiful area to call home! This home...

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2,300 Sq Ft 5 Bedrooms 1F  Bathrooms 4 Garages

2141 Edgewood, Alhambra, Ca- 91803

MLS# TR16763477

PRICE REDUCED! Exceptional single-story, single family house measuring 2,102 sq ft and was built in 1965 and updated. It contains 4 bedrooms and 2.5 bathrooms. It is located in a great semi-circular block location conveniently close to the...

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2,102 Sq Ft 4 Bedrooms 2F 1H Bathrooms 2 Garages

641 Sierra Vista, Alhambra, Ca- 91801

MLS# TR16721146

Charming Craftsman Style Home in the Prime location of Alhambra, Adjacent to Almansor Park. This is a Great investment property! This property features a 2450sqft living space, and a large lot of 8401sqft with 4 bedrooms and 2 baths. Front door...

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2,450 Sq Ft 4 Bedrooms 2F  Bathrooms 2 Garages

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