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Sierra Madre

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  • What makes this a good place to live? What are the downsides?


The ONLY downside to living in Sierra Madre is that its schools are affiliated with the mediocre Pasadena USD instead of the much better Arcadia USD. Otherwise, it's a wonderful place in every way.

— Peggy
August 2, 2011 at 5:47 p.m.

Sierra Madre is "Bedford Falls Meets Berkeley." We've got yuppies and hippies, grandmas and babies, hipsters and college kids. The fact that our independent coffee house, Beantown, gets more traffic than the local Starbucks, says a lot for our town's ethos. We love it.

— Susan Isaacs
October 30, 2010 at 12:16 p.m.

Sierra Madre can be described as an exceptional community with a high degree of volunteerism, Little League, Swim Center, Playhouse, Youth Activity Center, Kersting Court, Farmers' Market on Weds. Rotary Club, Kiwanis, Civic Club, Volunteer Fire Department, Low Crime, Community Services, Active City Council, Search and Rescue, Historical Society, Friends of the Arts and Library. The Rural / Foothills natural beauty with trails and numberous park and recreation facilities are enjoyed by residents and visitors alike. This is a very good place to raise kids, enjoy pets, and go for a jog, walk or bike riding. Public school system and SME School is ranked excellent. 8 Public and Private Schools, several churches, many restaurants, shops and local merchants and an active Chamber of Commerce with 140+ members complete the social landscape. This is a very friendly and integrated community with multiple generations often returning the the area where they were born and raised.

— Tom Brady
July 1, 2010 at 11:46 p.m.

Sierra Madre

is a city in the San Gabriel Valley region of Los Angeles County.
The neighboring communities are Angeles Crest, Arcadia and Pasadena.
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Sierra Madre is one of the 272 neighborhoods in Mapping L.A., The Times’ resource for crime, neighborhoods, demographics and schools.
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