West Covina Newcomers Guide

West Covina City View

Americans across the nation have long dreamed of experiencing the famed Southern California lifestyle but those new to the area can be overwhelmed by choice when it comes to selecting the ideal town or neighborhood. In this Newcomers Guide we present West Covina in the San Gabriel Valley of Los Angeles County.

Once known for walnut and orange groves, today’s West Covina is a center for quality malls, unique shops, movie theaters, delicious restaurants and cultural diversity. In particular, the hilltop estates surrounding the valley offer stunning panoramic vistas of the San Gabriel Mountains by day and twinkling city lights by night.

Read on to discover how you too, can experience the perfect blend of small-town community feel coupled with the excitement of being part of the greater Los Angeles metro area. Life’s better in West Covina, California!

Relocating to West Covina

West Covina Orange GroveConsidering a move to West Covina? You’re not alone. During the 2nd half of the 20th Century West Covina blossomed from a small farming village of 500 into a thriving city of 100,000+ today. And with exciting developments such as the West Covina Sportsplex Project and the Westfield West Expansion underway, even more families are looking to relocate to the area.

The brand new Big League Dreams Sports Park is a city park unlike any other. Facilities include batting cages, a multi-use pavilion for soccer, ice hockey or events and 6 high quality replica ball fields mimicking famous baseball landmarks such as Angel Stadium, Yankee Stadium, Fenway Park, Tiger Stadium, Wrigley and Dodger Stadium.

West Covina is idyllically located just twenty minutes from Los Angeles but close to nature, with both the Angeles National Forest and San Bernardino National Forest nearby. The city is serviced by four major freeways, I-10, I-605 and State Highways 57 & 60, providing quick and easy access to downtown L.A., two international airports and the whole of the Los Angeles metro.

As of 2013, median household income in West Covina was $64,000, almost 7% higher compared to the rest of California. 43% of all households earn $75,000 or more.

West Covina Real Estate

West Covina ParkThe real estate market in West Covina is on the rise, with the average price per square foot experiencing an 8.3% increase over the past twelve months. The current median sale price is $463,500, a 7.8% rise from a year ago.

While many relocate to West Covina for affordable housing in the valley, the discerning buyer finds more interest in hilltop communities such as Taylor Morrison’s Magnolia at South Hill Estates. The project entails a limited number of luxurious single family homes with stunning mountain and valley views.

South Hills Estates is a premier community offering some of the most desirable properties in L.A. County's San Gabriel Valley and easy access to the private South Hills Country Club and Galster Wilderness Park & Nature Center.

Contact us today to schedule your viewing appointment, or to request additional information.

West Covina Economy

The area continues to experience notable economic growth and pro-active redevelopment efforts by the city's business leaders have led to the attraction of popular restaurant chains, retail stores, and other companies.

West Covina is known for excellent medical care and so it comes as no surprise that the city’s top employer is the Citrus Valley Medical Center - Queen of The Valley Campus.

West Covina Schools

West Covina Citrus CollegeExcellent schools are available for residents of the area. West Covina is primarily served by the West Covina Unified School District, which provides 8 elementary schools, 2 middle schools, 1 intermediate school, and 2 high schools as well as a continuation and adult school.

Greatschools.com gives the city’s schools the high overall rating of 7 with many individual schools attaining even higher scores. Merced Elementary School and San Jose Charter Academy both earned rankings of 9 out of 10.

Colleges and universities local to the area include Mt. San Antonio College, Azusa Pacific University, California State Polytechnic University Pomona, Citrus College and University of La Verne.

Dozens more top notch colleges are within a short commute across the Los Angeles metro.

West Covina Living

West Covina BakeryOne of the advantages of living in West Covina is the high level of civic involvement. A number of volunteer programs and opportunities help to create a true small town community feel despite the close proximity to such a large urban center.

The local Parks & Recreation Department runs a host of activities year round including movies in the park, a summer concert series, various community events and a number of sports, arts and exercise classes.

Residents have access to three major shopping centers: Plaza West Covina, Eastland Center and The Heights at West Covina as well as a wealth of dining options. There’s enough going on right here in town that there’s never a need to go to L.A. unless you want to.

And when you’re looking for something to do, there are plenty of options.

Make Yourself at Home in West Covina

For more information about Magnolia in West Covina send an email request to Taylor Morrison’s Internet Home Consultant or join the VIP Interest List.

Photo credit:
Orange Grove: Xiaoyin (Yin) Li flickr cc
City View: N@ncyN@nce flickr cc
Plane at Park: John Liu flickr cc
Bakery: Roshan Vyas flickr cc
Citrus College: Simon Shek flickr cc