About La Habra
HISTORY of LA HABRA - La Habra Real Estate In 1839, Don Mariano Reyes Roldan was granted 6,698 acres of land. He named his rolling hills and valleys in Southern California 'Rancho La Habra' or 'Pass through the hills'. Used as cattle country, Abel Stearns purchased the land. Soon, heavy flooding and severe drought brought an end to the cattle rancher's dreams. News spread to the east that parcels of land were being sold in the 1890´s and families soon arrived to try their luck at harvesting grain and raising sheep. One of these families was Milhous, grandparents of our nation´s 37th President Richard Milhous Nixon. Richard Nixon opened his first law office here in La Habra which is currently the City's Community Center.
With water from the San Gabriel River, and the Pacific Electric Railroad on its way in 1908, La Habra bustled with avocado, citrus and walnut groves. Once oil was discovered among the precious rolling hills, the town was inundated with oil and citrus workers. Soon restaurants, banks, general stores, school, newspaper, and a meat market in1916, started the small town into a full fledge community and the property values skyrocketed.
The city of La Habra was incorporated in 1925 with a population of 3,000. By 1928 the city was known as the largest avocado center of Southern California. When La Habra was given the prestigious award of All-American City in 1974 there were over 100 service clubs and civic organizations contributing to the well balanced city's future. The city was also known as the first city west of the Mississippi River to build and support a Children´s Museum. The museum has over 90,000 visitors each year. La Habra´s police department has first-rate model programs for crime prevention and community based policing.
Present-Day La Habra
Located at Orange County's northernmost corner, La Habra today is 7.3 square miles, with a population of nearly 62,000. A quiet bedroom community, it is conveniently located within an hour's drive of many beaches, mountain, and desert recreation areas.
A full-service city employing over 250 full-time people, La Habra provides a full range of services, including police protection, water and sanitation services, street maintenance, and animal control. Police equipment, as well as the communications system, is state-of-the-art. The City's water supply has been diversified to produce a lower cost and more flexible delivery system to its customers. Within the City are 3 outstanding school districts, which combined, operate 8 elementary schools, 3 middle schools, and 2 high schools. A number of private and specialty schools also exist including preschools and those for the developmentally challenged. The City continues to focus on public safety, economic enhancement, redevelopment, beautification, and infrastructure improvements.
La Habra also offers a distinctive and well-rounded program of civic, recreational, social and cultural services to its residents, including 20 parks, a Children's Museum, Community Theater, Tennis Center, and diverse Community Center. Community services include ESL, Community Resource Center, facility rentals, an active volunteer program, and a variety of recreation classes and excursions, and senior programs.
La Habra is known for its small-town feel, numerous nonprofit organizations, and service clubs. Beyond these attractions, La Habra has excellent schools, a CIF Championship football team, a true community theater, a tennis center, and many parks and sports facilities. The jewel of our park system is La Bonita Park, which is home to Girls Softball and the Disney Citrus Classic Softball Tournament. Visitors will also enjoy La Habra’s rich history and friendly people.
Shops & Services
In La Habra, visitors will find a wide variety of shops and services, from small family-owned businesses to corporate giants such as Costco, Sam’s Club, Kohl’s, Target and Walmart. Westridge Shopping Plaza, the La Habra Marketplace, and Imperial Promenade serve as the cornerstone of our shopping district.
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