Whittier is a small, liberal urban city, formerly Quaker, but mostly Hispanic now (61%), located just northeast of where the CA-710 and I-5 freeways cross. Because of its historical importance, several movies and TV productions have been shot there, which adds to the fun of living there. The nearest large city is Anaheim, CA, nearly 12 miles away, home of Disneyland and the Anaheim Sports Complex.
Finding Apartments for Rent in Whittier, CA
People tend to move into and out of Whittier significantly more than the state average, according to City-Data.com. Areas near the college and east of the city are the safest to live. Parking can be a problem, especially near the college, so check carefully before you move into a place. Whittier is an old town and many apartments have really old plumbing.
Top Neighborhoods in Whittier, CA
There are four historical residential areas in Whittier, with homes dating back to the late 1800's and early 1900's. The northern part of Whittier consists mostly of these historic neighborhoods and are great places to walk around in, if you like architecture and/or photography.
The eastern part of Whittier is fairly conservative and has well-kept older homes, nice people, and a small town feel. Bordering that area and within walking distance are the Puente Hills, which is a native habitat and wildlife safety corridor preserved by the local landfill authority that owns the land. There are lots of trails to hike and ride horses, and the hills offer great views of the LA Basin.
The southern and western parts of the city are more difficult to live in, with more graffiti and greater police activity. There are also higher than average problems with gangs and drug/alcohol abuse, so it would be wise to stay away from there, unless you're attracted to lower rents.
Cultural Attractions in Whittier, CA
For over 60 years the city has sponsored bus trips to the Hollywood Bowl in summer. Locally, the city's Whittier Central Theater seats over 400 theater-goers and hosts both for-profit and amateur non-profit theater groups.
Casita del Pueblo is a Latino art gallery and cultural center located in Uptown Whittier, where you can find dozens of other independently owned stores, as well. Uptown Whittier is a great place to people watch, whether you're eating in a restaurant or sitting out on the central plaza. The city puts on an annual car show and Christmas parade there. Within walking distance is the Whittier Public Library, with book signings and activities for kids.
Whittier has nine public parks, one of which is Pio Pico State Historic Park. It was built by the last governor of California under Mexico and was renovated in 2003. Also check out the Paradox Hybrid Walnut Tree on Whittier Blvd. Planted in 1907, it's trunk is 14 ft. thick and the branches spread out to over 100 feet. The tree reflects the old walnut industry that used to thrive here.
Shopping in Whittier, CA
There are over 2,000 grocery stores and 7,000 full service restaurants in Whittier, along with the shopping centers listed below. The most numerous stores scattered throughout the city are 7-Elevens and UPS stores.
- Whittier Station Shopping Center - Located on Whittier Blvd, the Quad is an enclosed mall that has a large parking lot and a variety of shops and restaurants. It still carries a bit of the 80's and early 90's persona. Shoppers say it's not "as ghetto" as some other shopping centers in Whittier.
- Whittwood Town Center - Target, Red Robin, and a 24 hour CVS are some of the anchor stores here. Whittwood also has a good sized parking lot and a variety of stores and restaurants - it's pretty much a standard-type mall.
- Whittier Uptown Association - This is a higher scale section of town with boutiques, gastro pubs, cafes, and fine restaurants. There's a village cinema (that used to be an adult theater), a record store, collectibles, an art gallery, hookah lounge, and vintage stores galore, as well as a downtown hotel. With its cobbled sidewalks and old architecture, it has a "ye olde towne" feel that is much better experienced walking than driving by.
Transportation Options in Whittier, CA
The Whittier Historic Depot is the city's transportation hub. Dating from the 1890's, it is one of only four Southern Pacific Railroad stations still in existence. There are Metro buses and other lines, but no trains in Whittier yet, although there are plans to extend the Metro Gold Line from Los Angeles to Whittier. The city also has an active bikeway development program, using old rail lines as transportation routes, so bring your bike when you move here.
Most people drive in this city, which is near three freeways: I-5 to the south, CA-710 to the west, and CA-60 in the north. Nearly 20% of workers work in the city, the rest commute outside.View Apartments in Whittier, California
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