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Living in Downtown Glendale

Wide shot of downtown Glendale, mountains in the background

You might get the impression that Glendale gets overlooked in discussions about sunny southern California. True, it might not be the largest or most populous city, coming in at just over 200,000 residents. What the area lacks in numbers, however, it makes up in unfiltered, inimitable charm. When it comes to all of the regions in the San Fernando Valley, Glendale is considered one of the most livable, a fact that draws potential residents near and far, even beating out apartments in Riverside CA and other nearby areas. So, what makes Glendale such a happening place to be? Let's take a look at what it's like to live in this up-and-coming community.

Life In Sunny Glendale

So, you might already know some of the basics. Glendale is a big player in the animation business, home to several studios and industry big players (DreamWorks, Marvel, and Disney being three of the biggest). It's also a serious business player, with a wide range of local and larger businesses calling the area home. Plenty of popular internet shows and podcasts are recorded here to boot. More impressive than the amount of creativity the city plays host to, however, is the reputation it has earned as a place that makes living life easy to do.

Just take a look at the Area Vibes score. Glendale gets high marks on factors like the amenities, low crime rate, plentiful housing options, and great weather. It beats out much of the rest of California, and even the U.S. with its total livability score. Not too shabby, but what has contributed to its ascent?

Part of the reason is that Glendale is just the right size—large, without feeling overwhelming. The population density is less than 7,000 people per square mile, making it feel much less packed than a city like New York, which has a population density of around 27,000 per square mile. This strikes a perfect balance between feeling like a barren wasteland and a claustrophobic's nightmare.

You might think that with Los Angeles being so close, that would disrupt things to a certain degree, but truth be told it's not a very noticeable factor. Glendale is close enough to L.A. that you can get to it if you need to. Thanks to its unique location in the Valley, it makes it convenient to see the sights and explore the wonders the area has to offer. It's close to the major freeways, and traffic isn't nearly as bad as you might find in other parts of the region, letting you zip in and out of neighboring communities. In spite of all that, though, it's still its own separate entity, divorced from the rigamarole of daily L.A. living.

And just what are some of those wonders, you might ask? One thing that sticks out is the proximity to nature. The Verdugo and San Gabriel mountains are just a hop, skip, and a jump away, making it easy to plan a quick hike or retreat, almost on a moment's notice. The city also borders Griffith Park, famed for its zoo and other fun attractions. You could take some time out to head up to the Griffith Observatory, or catch a live show at the historic Greek Theatre.

If you pulled someone in the know aside and asked them to explain Glendale to you, in a nutshell, there's a good chance that they'll tell you the city just feels "real." From the family-friendly attractions to the late night bars and everything in between, the city exudes authenticity. They embrace their history, support the arts, promote peace, and do it all with only about 30,000 square miles to work with.

Way Better Than Looking For An Apartment In Riverside, CA

Or pretty much any other area in California, for that matter. Glendale is one of the easiest spots to find a place to hang your hat, and by now, you're probably interested in learning more about where you might call home if you relocate to this jewel of the Valley. You've got your picks, but there's one that stands head-and-shoulders above the rest: Altana.

Located on North Central Avenue, right near downtown, the Altana Apartments put you right near the action. If theater and the arts are your things, you've got options that are right within walking distance. Glendale Centre Theatre, for example, was founded with the idea of presenting theater in the round to local audiences. Classic Broadway shows, musicals, and even kid's shows are all on the playbill here and sure to excite. Then there's the historic Alex Theatre. Right on North Brand Boulevard, this nearly 22,000 square foot venue has been entertaining audiences since the 1920s and is still going strong today.

If you're not much of a theater buff, you can still catch a movie at the MGM, or choose from any number of live music venues to catch a show from a local act or touring band. We mentioned that Glendale supports the arts; this statement is made clear by the sheer number of choices you have at your disposal when looking for top-tier entertainment options.

If you're looking for a bite to eat, you don't have to travel far to find quality options like Katsuya, Porto's, or Damon's. The breadth of choice leaves almost nothing to be desired, and you can find offerings from casual to trendy and upscale just about everywhere you look.

As for the Altana building itself, it's one you'll have to feast your eyes on to truly take in. The architecture could best be described as contemporary, but it goes deeper than that. Gazing at it from the outside, you'll know immediately how finely it has been constructed, and won't be able to wait to see what's waiting indoors. Touring the interior, the word "luxurious" may spring to mind more than once. There's the opulent, lobby, the lounge, theater, and even a business center, all done up in the most modern style. The Altana also has a rooftop pool and private outdoor spaces that maximize the calm, relaxing nature of the property.

There are plenty of floorplans to choose from, each finely tuned for a particular lifestyle. Smaller studio for singles and those without the need for too much extra space. One-bedroom and two-bedroom offerings provide a little extra for couples or the single type that likes to spread out. For even more room, the three-bedroom varieties grant the greatest level of floor space, along with a few extra rooms to store whatever else you need.

Units come with high-quality cabinetry, air conditioning, wood floors, marble tile, stainless steel appliances, a washer/dryer, and all the of other amenities you would come to expect from a top-level luxury apartment complex right near its city's downtown domain.