Shopping malls, manicured plazas, and authentic Armenian flavours converge just north of the city.

Little league games, half-time snacks, and shopping on Saturdays signify life in Glendale, quite possibly LA's quaintest suburb. Glendale boasts its own small downtown and big-name corporations alongside car dealerships, manicured plazas, and tree-lined streets that give its residents a wholesome atmosphere in which to play, eat, and peruse. Ten miles away from Downtown Los Angeles and mere neighbourhoods away from bohemian hotspots like Eagle Rock, get anywhere from Glendale with the help of an automobile.

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On the Map

Glendale is bordered by Glassell Park, Sunland/Tujunga, Pasadena, La Crescenta-Montrose, La Canada Flintridge, Atwater Village, Burbank, Eagle Rock, and Hollywood

LAX Airport: 35 minutes by car or 2 hours by public transit
Santa Monica Pier: 35 minutes by car
Hollywood Walk of Fame: 20 minutes by car
Venice Boardwalk: 40 minutes by car
The Grove: 30 minutes by car

  • Public transit is Difficult
  • Having a car is Easy

A Wholesome City In LA's Suburbs

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A nearly due north destination nestled into the eastern edges of LA's San Fernando Valley, Glendale greets residents and visitors with wide streets and well-kept complexes.

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Equipped with urban accouterments, this idyllic suburb rouses a small-town ambiance despite its profusion of big-name brands.

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Outside of its corporate grid, 60s and 70s era apartment complexes and earthy abodes put roofs over Glendale residents' heads.

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Rise high, high-rise.

Little Armenia In Los Angeles

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The city of Glendale is home to one of the largest Armenian communities outside of Armenia.

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Armenian-Americans make up more than a quarter of Glendale's population.

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Glendale's Armenian residents infuse the city with their heritage.

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Baklava, one of Glendale's most especially tasteful traditions, is a common treat in the city.

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In Glendale, Baklava is offered as a heartwarming snack, a homemade gift, or to help celebrate a significant day.

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Treat yourself.

Suburban Diversions at the Local Mall

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Glendale's malls are meant as more than shopping centres.

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Their green spaces, grassy knolls, and fountain steps provide comfortable places for the community to perch.

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Glendale's Americana Mall trolley car takes shoppers to its big name chains.

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Its family-friendly atmosphere attracts Glendale residents running weekend errands, playing dress-up, or watching bubbles pop.

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Glendale's Local Side

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Specialty delis, grocers, and sweet shops sell fine imported goods in Glendale.

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Book shops and record stores allow for sweet neighbourhood nostalgia. Many claim that a most handsome gentleman of regal age owns Brand Bookshop.

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There's wisdom within its bounds.

Glendale Nightlife: Historic Theatres and Local Bars

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For after sunset entertainment, Alex Theatre remains Glendale's shining star.

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A cultural centrepiece, the historic theatre has screened films, showcased orchestras, hosted awards shows, and supported fundraisers for almost a century.

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Outside of the red carpet and red plush curtains, local bars, grills, and restaurants entertain for the remainder of the evening.

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Airbnb works with local photographers to capture the spirit of neighbourhoods all around the world. The photography on this page includes work by:

Alyson Aliano

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Alyson captures a subject’s quirks and habits without invoking self-consciousness. She blends well with people from all walks of life due to her charming personality and spunky humour. She has taught photography at NYU Sternhardt School, Columbia University, The Ministry of Education in El Salvador, and at UCLA in Los Angeles, where she currently resides. Her clients include GQ, The NYTimes Magazine, Newsweek, Time, People, and The Wall Street Journal.