6.5 out of 10

Monrovia

34.1403256503159 -117.998199580264
Great for
  • Parking
  • Eating Out
  • Safe & Sound
  • Gym & Fitness
  • Parks & Recreation
Not great for
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Who lives here?
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Professionals
  • Students
  • Country Lovers

Reviews

4/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 3/5
  • Safe & Sound 5/5
  • Clean & Green 4/5
  • Pest Free 5/5
  • Peace & Quiet 5/5
  • Eating Out 3/5
  • Nightlife 1/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 3/5
  • Gym & Fitness 5/5
  • Internet Access 4/5
  • Lack of Traffic 3/5
  • Parking 5/5
  • Cost of Living 5/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 4/5
  • Public Transport 4/5
  • Medical Facilities 2/5
  • Schools 3/5
  • Childcare 2/5
Sep 06, 2016

"A town which is getting better and better"

not much places to shop, no big malls but full of supermarkets/grocery stores. easy to eat out. you can find almost every kind of food here. the neighborhood is safe, quiet, and friendly. easy access to 210 highway, and also a couple mountain trails, right next to the national forest.
Pros
  • eat out
  • house price
Cons
  • no mall
Recommended for
  • Retirees
  • Students
  • Country Lovers
3/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 4/5
  • Safe & Sound 4/5
  • Clean & Green 4/5
  • Pest Free 3/5
  • Peace & Quiet 3/5
  • Eating Out 4/5
  • Nightlife 2/5
  • Parks & Recreation 4/5
  • Shopping Options 4/5
  • Gym & Fitness 4/5
  • Internet Access 4/5
  • Lack of Traffic 3/5
  • Cost of Living 3/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 4/5
  • Public Transport 3/5
  • Medical Facilities 4/5
  • Schools 3/5
  • Childcare 3/5
2yrs+

"Monrovia - nice community! Close enough to LA good stuff, far away to avoid the bad stuff!"

Monrovia is a suburb of Los Angeles, located perhaps 20 miles from downtown. It is a small city in the San Gabriel valley, and has the feel of a small-medium sized Midwestern town, but with the cultural advantages of living in a major metropolis.

The city is defined by Myrtle Street, the major N/S street that forms 'downtown Monrovia'. Each Friday afternoon there is a farmer's market, which swells into a 'family festival' during the summertime that lasts until at least 9pm. There are many small retail shops on Myrtle Street or nearby, notably a doll shop, an army surplus, art galley, antique shop, and a frame shop. It also has a diverse and electic selection of middle to high caliber restaurants, including BBQ, seafood, Thai, Chinese, mexican, and various fusion. Regionally known restaurants are Devon, located just east of Myrtle on Lemon, and Cafe Mundial.

This reviewer is not one who samples a lot of nightlife, so I'm not an expert, but the question of nightlife brings up an important benefit of Monrovia.

Although Monrovia is a small town, opportunities are nearby. The restaurant selection is magnified by nearby Pasadena, and further opportunities are only a short drive away (Vietnamese in Alhambra, for example). Other culture can be found in Pasadena, as well, from night clubs to playhouses.

Monrovia's position in the San Gabriel mountains gives us solid cell phone reception, and with many hi-tech residents (Cal Tech & Jet Propulsion Laboratory are less than 15 miles away) home internet access is good whether you choose cable or DSL.

Compared to most other city living areas near LA, Monrovia is more 'natural' than average, with a higher amount of green in residential areas, along with raccoons, squirrels, possums, and skunks, all of whom are best enjoyed at a distance. The benefit of this is the miles of wilderness trails available for hiking, some year-round.

Monrovia housing is close to the median for LA County. I am a lifetime LA area resident, and I am unaware of a location that has a combination of affordability, safety, and short distance to downtown that is important for commuting in this area.
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees

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