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San Marino, CA Neighborhood Homes for Sale
San Marino is an affluent residential pocket located south of property inMadison Heights Pasadena, west of Arcadia, and north of Alhambra / Huntington Dr. The completely residential area occupies less than 4 square miles and boasts the best schools in the state of California. The city of about 13,000 people is uniquely centered around the Huntington Gardens and Estate and held vital geographical importance during the time of the San Gabriel Mission. Property in San Marino consists mainly of luxury family homes with very large lots and high property taxes, however the architecture of many of these properties is simply stunning especially those properties around the Huntington Gardens.
Huntington Gardens Property and Estate
Henry Huntington, famous for helping to build the transcontinental railroad, amassed over a 200 acre estate that has now been turned into a world-class cultural center and gardens located at 1151 Oxford Road San Marino, CA 91108. The Huntington Estate has three primary collections open to the public - the Huntington Library of rare and first editions, the Huntington Gardens which occupy much of the estate with thousands of different species, and the Huntington Art Collectionwhich includes works by Mary Cassatt, Frederic Remington, and architects Frank Lloyd Wright as well as Henry Greene.
Besides the Huntington Library, Art Collection, and Botanical Gardens, San Marino hosts the historical home of Edwin Hubble on Woodstock Road, an astronomical pioneer famous for creating the Hubble Telescope. San Marino homes for sale come on the market sporadically and searching for a property in San Marino can be a longer process than finding properties for sale in Pasadena because of the smaller inventory and high demand. Architecture in San Marino can vary widely from Mediterranean and Spanish styles to English Colonial and Tudor style homes. San Marino lot size is typically three to four times the size of just the home with pools, tennis courts, and well manicured landscapes setting the norm. San Marino homes can vary widely in size from 1600 SF to well over 4-5000 SF. Homes smaller than 3 bedrooms in San Marino are rare but can be found with patience and time. San Marino Apartments and Condos do not readily exist, however you may be able to find a townhouse or condo in South Pasadena that fits your desires, or even more likely (albeit expensive), Madison Heights Pasadena condos, which are very close to San Marino. Check out all of San Marino's NEWEST Homes for Sale or contact a San Marino Realtor today to help!
Award Winning San Marino Schools
San Marino, CA is best known for its luxuriously updated homes and estates, however the city of San Marino also has THE BEST public schools in the entire state of California (for the 11th straight year!) according to the California Department of Education. While San Marino doesn't have the school with the individual highest ranking API number in the state, the more impressive average API score for all schools in the San Marino Unified School District was reported at 955 out of a total maximum of 1000, an increase of 5 points over last year. While the State of California's target for excellence in public education is 800, San Marino has not only constantly exceeded that number, but improved on their performance each and every year of the past 8. Much of this success has come from the efforts of the San Marino Schools Foundation which has united parents in a city-wide effort to support strong public education. San Marino also has a unique agreement to extend the school district boundaries outside the small city to help more children get access to high quality public education as certain property in Pasadena shares San Marino's school district. Property in San Gabriel with San Marino schools also exists, however, San Marino isn't the only school district with excellent schools in the area - Arcadia, South Pasadena, and La Canada all ranked in the top 10 school districts statewide. The bottom line is that the San Gabriel Valleyis the place to live in all of Los Angeles and the entire State of California if you desire high quality public education for your children.
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