What should an “All-American City” include? How about movies in the park on clear, spring nights? Or campfire pits overlooking the mountains and “Huck Finn” family fishing tournaments? An “All-American City” should have streets that are paved with history that causes kids eyes to light up. This city would still have people who care enough to pick up litter and rake leaves. This city would be more than a place to live; it would be a safe place to plant dreams. This city is Sierra Madre, California.
In 2007, Sierra Madre in Los Angeles County, California was awarded the All-American City Award by the National Civic League. This fun and esteemed award is only given to ten communities annually. The award stands as recognition that a community not only comes together to handle problems but also that the community is home to citizens who work hand in hand to prove that there is still so much good in the world.
Almost everyone has seen the February, 1945 photograph entitled: Raising the Flag on Iwo Jima which depicts six U.S. military men lifting a 37-square-foot American flag atop the war-torn volcanic soil of Iwo Jima, Japan. Very few people, however, are aware of the history of that particular flag. In reality, a 22 year old California boy left his family and home in Sierra Madre to report to Pearl Harbor at the height of World War II. Before deploying to the Pacific, Alan Wood found the flag in a Navy depot and felt like it may be important. So, he tucked it into his belongings and headed off for what has often been described as the worst piece of the worst war the world has ever known. His intuition proved correct when the immortalized flag was finally raised on February 23.
Sierra Madre, also known as the “Village of the Foothills” is located west of Pasadena and just below the Angeles National forest in the San Gabriel Valley. As the home of less than 11,000 people, Sierra Madre is a quaint little city. It is the only city in Los Angeles County which still proudly uses a volunteer fire department.
By comparison to California as a whole, Sierra Madre was barely affected by the tragic 2008 market collapse. This is good news for the residents of this once wisteria covered city. Also, according to FBI crime statistics for 2010, Sierra Madre’s violent crime rate was 70.6% lower than the state average for the given population. Despite the small size of this town offers a variety of schools and ensures that all young residents have access to top of the line educations.
With rich history, safe streets, highly enjoyable community events and a strong spirit of togetherness, Sierra Madre is a hidden gem tucked away in the foothills. There are many different descriptions and titles of this little community, but one thing everyone always agrees on is that Sierra Madre is more than just a small town; it’s a home. It’s the place to enjoy today and plant dreams for the generation to come.
Sierra Madre Neighborhoods
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JUST REDUCED! Spectacular view home! A Must See! Nestled on a quiet cul-de-sac near Bailey Canyon, this spacious foothill retreat offers a very open floor plan & breathtaking 180 degree city views making this an entertainer's dream. Impeccably &...More Details
Welcome to this beautiful contemporary design home in Sierra Madre and border line Arcadia!! This well bright home through large windows features hardwood flooring dual A/C central vacuum, water softener ready, tank less water heather, dual...More Details
This beautiful and renovated home nestles on a cul-de-sac in a tranquil neighborhood of Sierra Madre. The home boasts 4 bedrooms and 4 baths with master bedroom on second floor. Renovations throughout the house. This home provides unbelievable...More Details
This newly constructed contemporary suburban home has been designed with elegant details which include the best of current day amenities. Located on a quiet street in the charming town of Sierra Madre, this property is the the perfect blend of...More Details
Two houses on a large nearly 1/2 acre lot! Front house was completely restored in 2005, new copper plumbing, new wiring, new roof, insulation in both interior and exterior walls maintains even temperature and very quiet, new electric driveway...More Details
From its foothill perch looking out to the city light views beyond & the Angeles National Forest behind, is Precision Development's latest monument to Mid Century design: a delight of architectural form, finish & lifestyle. The scope of work is...More Details
This lovely custom-built Craftsman-style home is located on a desirable street north of Grandview Avenue. The stately mahogany front door opens into a grand foyer w/ mosaic inlaid stone floor. 1st floor features: Living room w/ fireplace &...More Details
This sophisticated mountain view retreat in Sierra Madre's Marlborough Terrace is a masterpiece of indoor-outdoor living! The large formal living room has an expansive cathedral ceiling with 13 windows and doors opening up to the...More Details
HUGE lot size - 21319 with two parcels in the center location of Sierra Madre, full of citrus trees, on the most desirable street in Sierra Madre! There are two structures on the property. The main house is currently being utilized as a duplex....More Details
Fabulous home in a desirable area in Sierra Madre one block to the Village shops, restaurants and parks. Beautiful living room w/ fireplace, dining & family room. On the east side of the home is a generous master bedroom, walk-in closet & master...More Details
Located in north Sierra Madre at the end of a quiet cul-de-sac this lovely homes offers mountain & valley views and a guest house. There are beautiful wood floors on the lower level & new carpeting on the stairs & 2nd level. The home offers a...More Details
The quaint, artistic Canyon of Sierra Madre is known for its eclectic architecture, bridges, river rock walls, stream and wildlife. This custom built, streamline home with Art Deco influences features nearly 3400SF, including an office for 2 with...More Details
Do you want Arcadia schools, but prefer the ambiance of a small town? Then this home in the Arcadia school district is for you! An appealing exterior and circular driveway welcome you to an entertainer's delight. Featuring great flow inside and...More Details
This 1913 three bedroom 2 bath Craftsman home has undergone a detailed restoration maintaining the original charm and character of the home while providing all of the upgrades currently expected in homes today. Features include a kitchen with...More Details
This is a great home right smack in the center of our charming Sierra Madre village. Only a minute or two walk to pubs, restaurants, cafes, market, Starbucks, and bakery. It might look small on outside but very roomy inside! This 2-bedroom, 1-bath...More Details