Located just 25 miles southeast of downtown Los Angeles and in Los Angeles County, La Habra Heights is a rural canyon community secluded and picturesque with outstanding avocado and citrus groves, hillside estates, woodlands, riding trails, animal husbandry, and other panoramic views. It has a total area of 6.16 square miles, all land. "La Habra" means "low pass in the mountains."
More About Avocados
Over years, avocado growing became the primary agriculture along with a variety of fruits, vegetables, and flowers. George W Beck planted many avocados, and his son, Walter Beck, became one of the primary avocado culture authorities. Many new varieties originated here that included the Hass, which is still very popular today.
Population in the 2010 Census was 5,325, and the estimate in 2016 was 5,411. Although La Habra Heights has no regular commercial activity such as stores and gas stations, it has a plant nursery, a private golf course, a small real estate office, and a variety of home-based businesses.
Zillow's data through February 28, 2018, shows that the average home value is $1,032,900, having increased 13.6 percent over the last year and with a prediction that it will rise 3.7 percent within the coming year.
Homes have ranged from modest farm houses and summer cottages to spectacular and spacious individually-designed gorgeous structures, many hidden in tree-covered terrain and with private roads. A National Geographic article cited that the three most beautiful living spots in the world were La Habra Heights and ones in Africa and Italy. This is indeed one of the most desirable and charming home site areas in the county. The zoning is one-acre lots with a variety of ranch style properties, which is unique as a minimum land requirement that recognizes the limited capacity of the winding roads and the limited building area of the steep hillsides.
Of the three local public schools, Murphy Ranch Elementary School (K-5) has a rating of "9", Macy Elementary School (K-6) has a rating of "8", and El Portal Elementary School (K-6) has a rating of "7."
Horses and Horsemanship
An important part of this rural life from the earliest days, many property owners are members of the Highland Riders, who have three horse shows yearly that are geared to the junior horsemen. One of their goals is to improve and interconnect the various trails.
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