Save the Date: Montecito Heights Centennial Celebration *

View of Pagoda Place/Photo courtesy of the Montecito Heights Improvement Assn.

Getting old is fashionable – at least for neighborhoods. Atwater Village celebrated its centennial last month. Eagle Rock is planning ahead for next year. This weekend, it’s Montecito Heights’ turn to celebrate its 100th birthday, with the Montecito Heights Improvement Assoc. teaming up with the Montecito Heights Recreation & Senior Center for a day-long event on Saturday.  The steep hills of Montecito Heights were what attracted developers and residents to establish the community a center ago, according to a brief history provided by resident Jana Fain. Here is how the community was sold to residents seeking dramatic city views:

“Montecito is the most superbly situated residential property in or about Los Angeles.  It is located in the northern part of the original city limits, on graceful rolling hills, as the name ‘Montecito’ (small mountain) implies.  The unusual elevation, which ranges from 450 to 800 feet, assures purity of air and freedom from smoke, dust and noise of the city – and affords one of the most magnificent and forever unobstructible views to be had in Southern California.”

* Update: Don’t forget Hermon.  A Hermon history buff wants to remind  readers that Hermon is also part of the centennial club,  having  having celebrated its 100th birthday in  2003.



    I will be attending the event this Saturday and participate in many activities. The Rose Hill All-Star’s Baseball Team will be playing and I will be out to support them as they attempt to go 2 years as Region Champions. I do not have an exact date for our ‘Birthday’ but I have done plenty of research and found that the community of Rose Hills has credible history dating back to the year of 1769. That give us just about 240 years of recognition and I will certainly be ready to celebrate the ‘Birthday’ with our neighboring community of Montecito Heights.

    Rose Hills Review,
    Anthony Manzano

  2. amazing. i will be there with the family saturday.

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