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.