Pico Rivera

Bungalows, streets designed for cars, and carnicerías in a city of their own ten miles southeast of Downtown.

Family-owned shops tuck behind corporate-conglomerate enterprises in Pico Rivera, a city all its own just ten miles southeast of Downtown LA. Splashes of colour enliven this modest community's park spaces while splashes of lime accentuate the flavours of its fresh corn tortillas and carne asada tacos. Pico Rivera's wide boulevards and multi-freeway proximity account for its superior automobile accessibility, but the area's bus lines will also drop you in Downtown should you have a few extra minutes to spare.

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On the Map

Pico Rivera is bordered by Whittier, Commerce, South San Gabriel, Montebello, Downey, West Whittier, and Santa Fe Springs

LAX Airport: 30 minutes by car or 1 hour & 15 minutes by public transit
Santa Monica Pier: 35 minutes by car
Hollywood Walk of Fame: 30 minutes by car
Venice Boardwalk: 40 minutes by car
The Grove: 35 minutes by car

  • Public transit is Possible
  • Having a car is Easy

A Sprawling Community with Palpable Civic Pride

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A city in itself, Pico Rivera remains an agrarian-feeling area nestled between ultra-urban corridors and high-speed freeways.

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Built during the height of automobility, most of Pico Rivera is reserved for car travel.

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Pico Rivera's asphalt byways are becoming increasingly pedalled and pedestrianised.

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Pico Rivera's commercial offerings vary from the gently-used ephemera once stored in your neighbour's attic to the suburban conveniences of big-box retail chains.

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In Pico Rivera, cafe countertops are reserved for diner-style signs that announce the daily special.

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An autonomous entity, Pico Rivera supports its municipality with its own post office, city hall, and community churches.

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Local Fare In Pico Rivera

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Burger joints, taco stands, carnicerias, and steakhouses like Dal Rae of 1950s fame comprise Pico Rivera's edible landscape.

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The neighbourhood's strong Latino community lends its signature language, preparation, and flavours to Pico Rivera's culinary scene.

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Que rico.

The Residential Side of Pico Rivera

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California bungalows and ranch homes populate Pico Rivera's residential streets.

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Beloved community green spaces like Pico Park host annual city festivals, neighbourhood movie screenings, and open-air concerts.

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Put your roots down in Pico Rivera.


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

Rob Kalmbach

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Rob is an editorial & commercial art photographer based in LA. On a recent assignment to South Africa with Ghetto Film School, he documented student filmmakers. On the Airbnb project, Rob says: “I love exploring the City of Angels. The other day, I photographed in pouring rain, thinking the worst, but ended up with some of my best shots. The people I meet on a daily basis amaze me."