Glendale, CA Real Estate
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The City of Glendale, CA was originally founded by Spanish settlers in the 18th century eager to take over the abundant farmland in the area, which had been tended since time immemorial by the Native Americans. When Glendale became part of the United States, the region continued to be used for farming, with most of the produce being exported to the nearby city of Los Angeles, which remains the only city larger than Glendale within Los Angeles County. During the 1920s and 30s, the construction of Grand Central Airport brought the airline industry to Glendale, and in the ensuing buildup, Glendale expanded rapidly and became a major hub for aircraft innovation well into the 1940s.
Glendale Commercial Sector
After WWII the aviation industry moved to other, larger airports and wider areas to accommodate evolving jet travel, which was too noisy and fast for Grand Central Airport. The airport was thus converted into Grand Central Business Park, and Glendale was touted as a cheaper alternative to Los Angeles for studios and major commercial developments which needed to work in or with Hollywood. The success in this campaign is shown by the presence of DreamWorks Pictures, Disney's Imagineering department, and Muppets Holding all within the Grand Central Business Park.
Nestle, Neopets, IHOP, and Nero AG all also have their primary headquarters and development studios located in Glendale. Glendale was also the original home of Baskin Robbins Ice Cream and Big Boy Burgers, both of whom initially opened shop in the city's commercial district. The commercial sector is the city's primary employer, and the Glendale Galleria is one of California's larger malls.
Glendale Homes and Amenities
The primarily commercial and entertainment-related industry of Glendale has led to a suburban system of development, with most houses being single-family homes, ranging from small one-story houses to large mansions. There are a few apartment and condo complexes, mostly located in the downtown area near the major commercial areas.
The Glendale Public Library is notable for containing most of the city's founding and historical documents in its Special Collection, in addition to the world's largest collection of books on cats. Glendale Public Schools are generally well funded and generally exceed the state average in terms of test scores and student to teacher ratios. Glendale is also notable for being home to the largest Armenian population in the United States, with over 25% of Glendale residents being of Armenian heritage. This is reflected in the large number of Armenian churches, restaurants, and specialty groceries within the city.
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