Claremont Newcomers Guide

Historic Homes ClaremontAre you planning a move to the Los Angeles area? Take a close look at new homes in Claremont. Just 35 miles east of downtown L.A. in the foothills of the San Gabriel Mountains, Claremont makes frequent appearances on many “best places to live in America” lists. It offers great year-round weather, a low crime rate, a thriving economy, an educated populace, along with a vibrant cultural scene and recreational opportunities that contribute to an enviable quality of life. Nicknamed the City of Trees and PhDs, Claremont has a rich history and a bright future. Originally home to native Serrano Indians, Claremont was home to Mission San Gabriel, one of the chain of Franciscan missions established during California’s Spanish period. In 1834, what is today modern Claremont became part Rancho San Jose, of a large land grant from the Mexican government. The arrival of the Santa Fe Railroad in early 1887 led to the creation of the city of Claremont, one of 30 town sites between San Bernardino and Los Angeles built in anticipation of a population boom fueled by the railroad. The boom fizzled, but Claremont survived, thanks largely to the presence of Pomona College, founded 1888 as a New England-style school of higher learning. Over the years, Claremont evolved into a thriving college town famous for its consortium of seven acclaimed colleges. Up until the end of World War II, the area also was part of southern California’s flourishing citrus industry.

Today, the city is home to about 34,926 residents (2010 Census) within its 14.4 square mile boundaries, Claremont. Befitting its position as a college town, the median age is 38.6 years. Nearly 30% of residents hold Master’s degrees. Not surprisingly, many of Claremont’s residents work in the Claremont College system. They earn a median household income of $75,926 (up from $65,910 in 2000), making Claremont one of America’s most affluent cities.

Relocating to Claremont

Wilderness Park ClaremontIf you’re relocating for work or lifestyle reasons, Claremont is an excellent choice. gives the city a 5-star rating, the highest available, and ranks it #49 on its list of best small cities in America (nearby Pomona ranks 662 by comparison). In 2007, CNN’s placed Claremont at #5 in its Top 100 Best Places to Live in America, calling it a “tight-knit community with top-notch schools” and citing its “mix of hip boutiques and old-school business...and relative to much of California’s it’s affordable.” Other favorable factors include excellent medical facilities, cultural attractions associated with the college system, access to parks and recreation, year-round mild inland climate, low unemployment (5.7% in July 2013, compared to California’s 9.3% average), and excellent public schools.

Claremont Real Estate

Looking for Claremont homes for sale? Claremont real estate has consistently been one of the bright spots in southern California. According to Trulia, the average price per square foot for Claremont homes as of February 2014 was $299, up 22.5% since the same period in 2013. Trulia also reports that the median home sales price increased nearly 20%, compared to November 13 through February 14, 2013.

A snapshot of median sales prices for February 2014 was $537,250.

Village ClaremontIf you’re interested in new homes in Claremont, Taylor Morrison is currently selling at Citrus Glen. The community of just 50 2- and 3-story homes is located at 924 East Base Line Road on the historic Pitzer Ranch. New construction in Claremont is rare, so these 3- and 4-bedroom homes represent an excellent opportunity and an excellent value for this prestigious community. Popular features include 2-car garages, spacious kitchens with granite countertops and GE Profile stainless appliances standard. The private owner’s retreats offer over-sized walk-in closets, master baths with separate soaking tubs and walk-in shower, tech-ready wiring and energy-efficient construction materials. The exterior Spanish Colonial Revival architecture with red tile roofs, arched openings and smooth stucco walls reflect Claremont’s historic character.

Citrus Glen is almost sold out, and viewings are by appointment only. For additional information or to schedule a personal tour, call 909 366 4110 or send an email request. You’ll find driving directions to Citrus Glen new homes in Claremont, CA here.

Claremont Economy

Pomona College ClaremontAs previously mentioned, Claremont’s unemployment rate is well below the state average. Health care, government and education are the primary employers. The city profile lists the following as the top employers:

  • Claremont Colleges
  • Claremont Unified School District
  • VNA Hospice and Palliative Care of Southern California
  • Hi-Rel Connectors, Inc.
  • City of Claremont
  • Claremont Manor Retirement Home
  • Technip Corflex
  • Pilgrim Place Retirement Home
  • Webb Schools

Retail, hospitality, auto and transportation, fuel and service stations and food and drugs comprise the remainder of local job opportunities. Claremont is also ideally situated to allow residents to commute to employment centers in nearby Los Angeles, Orange and San Bernardino counties.

Claremont Schools

As you might expect given its history and economic base, Claremont places a high emphasis on the quality of public education. Public schools are part of the Claremont Unified School District, which serves about 7,100 students at 11 campuses. According to, teachers in Claremont Unified have an average of 14 years’ experience. The district spends about $8,300 per year per student. There are also a number of private schools in the area. Higher education choices in Claremont include Pomona College, Claremont Graduate University, Scripps College, Claremont McKenna College, Harvey Mudd College, Pitzer College, and Keek Graduate Institute of Applied Life Sciences. These schools are consistently ranked among the nation’s finest.

Claremont Living

Metrolink ClaremontClaremont is a beautiful city that emphasizes public art and well-maintained open spaces. Often called the City of Trees, Claremont has won the National Arbor Day Association’s Tree City USA award every year for more than two decades. Tree planting is part of the city’s tradition, and the nation’s last remaining America Elm trees can be seen around the city’s Memorial Park. Oak groves and citrus trees, reminiscent of the city’s ranching and agricultural past, remain evident.

There are 23 city-owned parks and sports fields and 1,788 acres of public parkland including 1,740-acre Wilderness Park. It is home to 86 species of birds, a large reptile population and diverse mammals including coyote, raccoons and mule deer, along with a large collection of native plant life.

Local cultural attractions include the Raymond A. Alf Museum of Paleontology, which houses an impressive collection of L.A. County prehistory including dinosaurs and fossils. The Pomona College Museum of Art, located on campus at the Montgomery Art Center, is home to several important collections. The Claremont Art Museum celebrates the area’s artistic legacy. The Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden is another popular spot which features a large collection of California native plants.

Claremont is also home to a number of preserved and restored historic building representing the area’s various architectural periods including Victorian, Craftsman, Classical Revival, and Spanish Colonial Revival. These include Garner House, Padua Hills Theater, College Heights Lemon Packing House, Sumner House and the Claremont Santa Fe Train Station.

Residents enjoy shopping in The Village, a collection of quaint street-front shops, galleries, offices and restaurants.

Hospitals and medical centers serving Claremont residents include Chino Valley Medical Center, East Valley Hospital Medical Center and Foothills Presbyterian.

Commuter service in Claremont is provided by Metrolink from the Claremont Metrolink Station, which is on the San Bernardino Line, with trains traveling to Los Angeles and San Bernardino several times daily.

Learn more about Claremont local interests here.

Make Yourself at Home in Claremont

For more information about new homes for sale in Claremont and Claremont real estate, send an email request to Taylor Morrison’s Internet Home Consultant or join the Citrus Glen VIP Interest list to receive email updates about new Claremont homes.

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