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Best Neighborhoods in Glendale for Families

Considering moving to Glendale with your family? Not only is Jewel City one of the best suburbs of Los Angeles—it also offers high-quality schools, affordable housing, and safe neighborhoods to raise a family. Check out these five best neighborhoods in Glendale, CA for families!

Adams Hill

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  • Home Price: $644,167 median purchase price; $1,614 median monthly rent
  • Crime Rate: Safer than 41% of Glendale neighborhoods

One of the safest neighborhoods in Glendale, Adams Hill is a charming area to settle down and raise a family. The active Adams Hill Neighborhood Association provides a platform for residents to connect and participate in events that bring neighbors together—in addition to maintaining a gorgeous neighborhood. Residents can choose from rental and real estate options ranging fromModern, Spanish, and American Foursquare-style bungalows and ranches—perfect for anyone looking to start a family. For families with young children, well-maintained Glendale parks like Cerritos Park make getting outside to play fun and easy. And the Glendale Freeway is easily accessible, so you can get to other parts of Glendale and nearby Los Angeles with ease.

Things to Do in Adams Hill

Explore permanent exhibits like The Last Supper & The Poet’s Windows, temporary exhibits like Filipino California: Art and the Filipino Diaspora, or attend annual events like the Memorial Day Celebration at the Forest Lawn Museum. Listen to live music, shop with local artists, and more at the Adams Hill Arts Festival at Adams Square Mini Park. Connect with your neighbors at events like the Annual Membership Meeting & Pizza Party—put on by the Adams Hill Neighborhood Association at the Garfield Campus Community Room. Work out on the fitness equipment, splash in the wading pool, or watch the kids play on the playground at Palmer Park. Fuel up on the Lavender Latte, Mean Matcha, Brown Sugar Shaken Espresso, and more at Kafn Coffee. Pick up a Vanilla Cream Donut, Onion Breakfast, or Bub’s Toast with Jam at Bub and Grandma’s. Savor Vietnamese cuisine with dishes including Beef Brisket Banh Mi, Spicy Chicken Pho, Pork Vermicelli, and more at Viet on Fletcher. Or pick from a Khachapuri Kabob, Potato Perashiki, Beef Shish Kabob, and more at Art’s Bakery & Cafe.

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Citrus Grove

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  • Home Price: $608,582 median purchase price; $1,623 median monthly rent
  • Crime Rate: Safer than 38% of Glendale neighborhoods

Just east of bustling Downtown Glendale, Citrus Grove is a perfect place for families to settle down. This Glendale, CA neighborhood features a variety of housing styles—from Mid-Century Modern homes to cozy Spanish Colonial Revival single-family houses—on picturesque palm tree-lined streets. Families are also drawn to Citrus Grove for its access to schools like Glendale High School, a top-rated magnet school, and nearby John Marshall Elementary. To top it off, you’re just a short drive away from one-of-a-kind The Americana at Brand—eight blocks of shopping, dining, and events like Cafe Mindfulness, Kids Club, and Camp Snoopy in Glendale, CA.

Things to Do in Citrus Grove

Play racing games, air hockey, or go for a strike at Back Alley Bowling. Get some fresh air and sunshine while your children play on the jungle gym at Wilson Mini Park. Shop ’til you drop at stores like Adidas, Hot Topic, or Journeys at the popular Glendale mall, Glendale Galleria. Take a class on making neon signs, go on Neon Night walks, or go through rotating exhibits at the Museum of Neon Art, just a short drive outside the neighborhood. Fill your belly with a Burrito Mojado, Quesadilla, or Cheese Quesadilla with Horchata at Taco Azteca Original. Start with Calamaretti before you chow down on a Tossed Mediterranean Salad, Prosciutto Sandwich, or Baked Mostaccioli at Two Guys From Italy. Dine on Chicken Shawarma, Shrimp Kebab, Falafel Wrap, and more at Skaf’s Lebanese Cuisine. Or enjoy Pho Dac Biet, Banh Mi Thit Xao, or Com Suong Ram, at Glendale Pho Co.

Crescenta Highlands

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  • Home Price: $714,400 median purchase price; $2,196 median monthly rent
  • Crime Rate: Safer than 32% of Glendale neighborhoods

Looking for neighborhoods in Glendale to start a family? Check out Crescenta Highlands! Nestled at the edge of the San Gabriel Mountains, this scenic neighborhood offers families stunning mountain views and close proximity to nature—including an abundance of local parks like Dunsmore Park, New York Park, and Crescenta Valley Dog Park. Families can settle down in houses ranging from charming Craftsman bungalows to Modern post-and-beam tract homes. Crescenta Highlands’ easy access to the 210 Freeway makes it possible to commute to nearby local schools like Valley View Elementary School and Anderson W. Clark High School, in addition to reaching other parts of Glendale and Greater Los Angeles with ease.

Things to Do in Crescenta Highlands

Stay active in the outdoor lap pool, join group exercise classes, or stretch into a yoga pose at the Crescenta Valley Family YMCA. Enjoy a picnic, dribble on the basketball courts, or watch your children play on the playground at Crescenta Valley Community Regional Park. Lace up your hiking boots before heading out on popular trails spanning over 700 acres—like the Crescenta View Trail or Dunsmore Canyon and Le Mesanger Loop Trails at Deukmejian Wilderness Park. Enroll your kids in classes like Keyboard & Piano, Voice Lessons, Music Theory, and more at Foothills Music Academy. Start your day with a Strawberry Matcha, Espresso, or Mocha at Reborn Coffee. Fill up on a Chorizo Burrito, Carne Asada Torta, or Birria Flour Quesadilla at Taqueria Los Padilla. Order Kimchi Soup, Bulgogi Fried Rice, or Sweet & Spicy Fried Chicken at Moo Bong Ri for delicious Korean food in Glendale. Or choose from a Beef BBQ Skewer, Lamb Chop BBQ Plate, Pork Chop Skewer, and more at Backyard BBQ.


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  • Home Price: $628,850 median purchase price; $1,782 median monthly rent
  • Crime Rate: Safer than 54% of Glendale neighborhoods

For a family-friendly neighborhood in Glendale, check out Rossmoyne! Established in the 1920s, this historic neighborhood is known for its charm, well-preserved homes, lush landscapes, and welcoming community atmosphere. The neighborhood’s mix of new and historical homes are in a wide variety of styles, including Colonial, Spanish Revival, and Tudor. Plus, Rossmoyne’s location at the foot of the Verdugo Mountains provides a picturesque backdrop and a sense of serenity—in addition to offering easy access to Glendale’s amenities. Families in particular appreciate the Rossmoyne Homeowner Association, which keeps residents up to date with things like neighborhood events, neighborhood watch, and more.

Things to Do in Rossmoyne

Grill hot dogs and hamburgers while your kids play on the slides and swings at Nibley Park. Take dance, art, and fitness classes for all ages at Anoush Dance Studio. Join the community in taking care of the local area at the Geneva Gardens, established in 2012. Check out books for the Summer Reading Challenge, play board games, or attend author talks at the Casa Verdugo Library. Begin your morning with a Waffle Delight, Smoked Salmon Bagel, or Egg Boat at Express Coffee Shop. Explore Middle Eastern flavors in dishes like Chicken Soltani, Tahchin, or Falafel Delight at Pardis Restaurant. Sink your teeth into Philly Cheese Steak Pizza, Armenian Vegetarian Pizza, Pesto Spinach Pizza, and more at Glenoaks Deli & Pizza. Or plan a date night and order a Citra Galaxy to go with a Whitney Salad, Ahi Poke, or Cochinita Taco at We’re Pouring.

Verdugo Woodlands

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  • Home Price: $1,018,940 median purchase price; $1,925 median monthly rent
  • Crime Rate: Safer than 81% of Glendale neighborhoods

When looking for family-friendly neighborhoods in Glendale, add Verdugo Woodlands to your list! Verdugo Woodlands is known for its lush greenery and its proximity to the Verdugo Mountains, making it a great neighborhood in Glendale for families. This Glendale gem features spacious homes ranging from Ranch, Tudor, and Spanish Colonial Revival-styled single-family homes, providing ample room for families to grow. Beyond beautiful housing options, Verdugo Woodlands fosters a strong sense of community! The Verdugo Woodlands Neighborhood Association brings residents of all ages together by organizing events and activities in Glendale like Wine Tasting and Anthaeus Theatre nights.

Things to Do in Verdugo Woodlands

Join the Robotics Club, practice for your performance with POSE, or get to know your neighbors at events like Father’s Follies—where they raise money for the community—at Verdugo Woodlands Club. Play a round of golf as a guest or member at Oakmont Country Club. Take the kids to play on the horseshoe courts, playground, or skate park at Verdugo Park. Immerse yourself in nature while you hike on nearby trails like the Beaudry Loop or San Rafael Hill. Enjoy a meal of Branzino, a Pork Ikibir Wrap, or a Georgian Soup Kharcho at Fire House BBQ. Find some of the best pizza in Glendale at at Rocky’s Gourmet Pizza and relish in flavors like Chicken Pesto Pizza, Bacon & Spinach Pizza, or Beef & Broccoli Pizza. Taste delicious dishes like Idaho Trout, Lentil Soup, Cornish Hen, and more at Kabob Village. Or satisfy your hunger with Mega Asada Fries, Sunrise Fritas Fries, a Double Cheeseburger, and more at The Great White Hut.


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About Mike Beutler

Mike Beutler is a writer and digital content specialist who transitioned to self storage in 2020 after several years in the airline industry. His travels cultivated a passion for exploring cities across the U.S. and abroad and inspired him to learn more about practical insights for urban living. With 14 moves under his belt, both locally and cross-country, he also has a passion for minimalism and organization, and sharing tips to help others make any space feel like home while staying organized.