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La Sierra is known as a “city within a city.” This large community covers the area between the western edge of Riverside, California and the Arlington area; it forms the western gateway of the city. The neighborhood gets its name from the Rancho La Sierra de Sepulveda, which was the Mexican land grant that originally created the region. It became a part of the city in 1964 after voters approved annexation.
La Sierra features mostly single family homes with medium density but there are some areas with larger rural lots as well as residential developments. You’ll find more apartments over on Magnolia Avenue for students at La Sierra University. Residents have convenient access to the La Sierra Metrolink Station. The community has added a lot of diversity to the residential areas with retail and business parks.
There are several public facilities that serve this area like Phillip M. Stokoe Elementary School, Ysmael Villegas Middle School, and La Sierra High School. There are also several private schools in this area including Harvest Christian Fellowship, Hawarden Hills Academy, Montessori Academy Riverside, and Encore High School for the Arts. In the center of the community is La Sierra University. The Seventh Day Adventist Church originally purchased the beginning side for this academy. It grew into 140 acres and today there are more than 2,000 students. The university offers an impressive library, an observatory, an arboretum, and several museums.
La Sierra also includes La Sierra Fire Station #8, Collett Park, Rancho Loma Park, Kaiser Hospital, Riverwalk Dog Park, the Magnolia Policing Center, La Sierra Library, and the Galleria at Tyler. The Five-Points intersection is a unique crossroads at La Sierra Avenue and Hole Avenue. La Sierra Park and Community Center offers two children’s playgrounds, picnic areas, and a lighted basketball court. There are also several shopping centers in the city of Riverside.
3044 Horace Street, Riverside, CA 92506-4498
10365 Keller Avenue, Riverside, CA 92505-1349
3380 14th Street, Riverside, CA 92516-2800
3939 13th Street, Riverside, CA 92502-0868
3939 13th Street, Riverside, CA 92501
* Data courtesy of Greatschools.org