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Exploring Magnolia Park

May 30, 2019

Two women amid racks of clothes

Near the apartments for rent in Burbank, not far from that hip and trendy downtown area (that’s been on the upswing as of late), there exists another popular region to explore — one filled with all manner of retro charm and a sense of mystique from a bygone era. We’re talking, of course, about Magnolia Park, the vintage-cool Burbank district with more than just a little bit going on:

“Just minutes from Downtown Burbank, this hip neighborhood is truly in a world all its own. Look for quirky boutiques, vintage antiques, chic eateries, and something new around every corner. Check out the highly popular Ladies and Gents Night Out every last Friday of the month.”

So what exactly will you find while you’re out and about exploring the Magnolia Park area? That’s what we’ll be delving into today, as we take a look at all the things there are to do, see, and experience in one of the coolest sections of the city around.

Where’s Magnolia Park

It’s always helpful to know what you’re talking about, and when we’re talking about Magnolia Park, we’re referring to the area around West Magnolia Boulevard in West Burbank, from about North Buena Vista Street to Clybourn Avenue — give or take a few blocks. The area is home to some 5,000 residents, a diverse bunch who have quite a bit going on in their hip little ‘hood. We’ll be highlighting a few specific locations today, but first, let’s take a quick look at how this area came to be.

Some Magnolia Park History

Walking around Magnolia Park, you’ll see a fair number of buildings in the Spanish Colonial Revival and Tudor Revival styles. If you’re wondering why, that’s because in the late 1920s, when the area first started constructing homes and commercial buildings, these styles were reaching the peak of their popularity. The idea to build in this part of Burbank was conceived nearly a decade earlier, when the owner of many of the acres that Magnolia Park sits on today, Earl White, had the idea to turn the land into an independent community in Burbank that was disconnected from the downtown area.

It took some years to get development rolling, but once it was underway it started to boom. Businesses began to blossom all along Magnolia Boulevard, and while they may have changed since those early days of Magnolia Park’s history, many of the buildings remain — as does that old-school charm that makes this area such a joy to explore. Next, we’ll take a peek at some of the specific highlights around Magnolia Park you’ll want to add to your list if you visit.

Things to See and Do in Magnolia Park

A large part of Magnolia Park’s appeal comes from the number of out-of-the-ordinary stores you’ll find along the “Magnolia Park Merchant District,” essentially, the immediate area around Magnolia Boulevard where you’ll find many of the area’s businesses. These include standouts like Junk for Joy, the family owned and operated costume shop that’s been around since 1976 and is still going strong. As you might imagine, this enduring costume emporium is a hotspot for designers, cosplayers, and filmmakers alike, but it’s also a pretty cool place for your run-of-the-mill Southern California resident to head in and explore, if for no other reason than to sate their curiosity about what’s inside.

And in case you were thinking Junk for Joy had a monopoly on Magnolia Park’s vintage clothing market, we’d advise you to think again. This area is so quirky it has another specialty clothing shop — Unique Vintage. This particular clothing outlet, which focuses on retro women’s fashions from the 1920s through 1970s, was the brainchild of one clever entrepreneur, Katie Echeverry, back in the early 2000s. After opening up their retail location in 2008 and expanding in 2011, this one-of-a-kind fashion paradise has been the “go-to for many celebrities and fashion stylists,” and may well become one of your favorite spots in due time.

And so it goes with the stores in Magnolia Park. They cater to a range of curiosities — from clothing to collectibles and beyond. You can get a longer listing of some of the stores around the neighborhood here, but know that they aren’t the sole focus of Magnolia Park. There are also plenty of unique restaurants dotting the area you might want to check out as well, restaurants like World Empanadas.

As you may have suspected, this is going to be one of your best bets to sample some tasty empanadas, crafted in the Argentinian style, but with a notable Southern California twist. In addition to being superbly fresh, they’ve got a number of vegan-friendly options, so you can be sure you’ll be able to find a flavor you’ll love.

If you’re more in the mood for a selection of fine pastries, however, you might want to checkout neighborhood mainstay Porto’s instead. Born from the vision of Cuban immigrant Rosa Porto. They have a long history in Southern California, and a reputation for some pretty delicious baked goods (part of the reason you’ll see their locations spread from Burbank to Glendale and beyond). Should you decide to drop by while you’re exploring Magnolia Park, be sure to pick up one of those delicious cakes — the signature of this amazing bakery.

And remember, this is just a sampling of the locations of note within Magnolia Park. There’s plenty more over there for you to take a look at and experience for yourself, so be sure to carve out some time in your schedule soon to pay the neighborhood a visit!

Be Sure to Explore the Neighborhood Around the Apartments for Rent in Burbank

Magnolia Park isn’t the only cool spot to hangout you’ll find around apartments like Altana. Here in the vibrant, beautiful heart of downtown Glendale, there’s plenty to explore, and not much you’ll have to do to get out and experience the town. Top it off with some of the most luxurious spaces and incredible resident amenities you’ll find, and you’ve got a recipe for the perfect apartment experience. Ready to make this your everyday? Come learn more about what Altana has to offer, and prepare to make your move to the best that beautiful Glendale has to offer.