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One of Inglewood's
best-kept secrets is its beautifully landscaped neighborhoods and
quality housing. Whether it's a gated community, historic family
homes, or executive townhomes, Inglewood has the housing selection
that you want, at a price that you can afford. The prices for real
estate in the city are significantly lower than prices for cities
with similar climates, with a median property value of $455,000.
Inglewood is a family community with 86% of its homes being family
households and almost half of all households occupied for more than
five years. Inglewood is committed to its sense of neighborhood,
and has provided incentives over the past 25 years for the development
of more than 300 single family homes and 550 condominiums, as well
as 489 units of senior and disabled housing.
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a gateway to major commercial centers of the United States and internationally,
Inglewood is in a unique position on the shore of the Pacific Rim.
The Los Angeles International Airport is directly accessible by
Inglewood's Century Boulevard one of the City's busiest commercial
corridors. Proximity to the airport, the Los Angeles and Long Beach
Harbors, and four major freeways facilitate both domestic and international
in Southern California, Inglewood is accessible to many major transportation
resources. Surrounded by Interstates 405, 105, 110, & 10; two
miles from Los Angeles World Airport (LAWA); served by Union Pacific
& Burlington Northern Santa Fe rail lines; and less than 30
minutes from facilities at Los Angeles and Long Beach harbors.
rich history begins with the Centinela Adobe, situated on Rancho
Aguaje de la Centinela, which was built in 1834 by Ygnacio Machado,
son of one of the soldiers protecting the first settlers of Los
Angeles on their way from Mexico. After several additions and owners,
two land grants-Rancho Aguaje de Centinela and Rancho Sausal Ranando
were bought by Sir Robert Burnett of Scotland, leased by and later
sold to Daniel Freeman from Canada.
1908 Inglewood, with a booming 1,200 population, was incorporated
as a city, but it was the earthquake of 1920 that put it on the
map. People came to see the damage and stayed because of the wonderful
climate. From 1920 to 1925, Inglewood was the fastest growing city
in the United States. After 1923, Inglewood became the Chinchilla
Capital of the world when M.F. Chapman brought the animals here
from the Peruvian Andes.
During the 1960s
and '70s, Inglewood continued to grow and develop, taking on a "metropolitan"
look. The City became racially integrated in both its residential
and business communities; it was now the home of two major hospitals-Centinela
and Daniel Freeman; the "City of Champions" was now the
site of Hollywood Park Racetrack, recently celebrating 50 years
of championship horseracing, and the Forum, constructed in the late
'60s to become the home of the World Champion Lakers basketball
team and the Kings hockey team, as well as featuring World Class
Tennis played by the Strings, plus championship boxing.
It was during
this time Inglewood's sky-line changed to include the high-rise
buildings you see today. The first of those high-rise buildings
was the modern City Hall and Civic Centercomplex, constructed as
a joint effort by the City and County of Los Angeles and dedicated
in 1973. The Civic Center contains the City Hall, Police and Fire
headquarters, the main library, County Courts and Health facilities.
The City's reputation
and its accessibility to major freeways and Los Angeles International
Airport made it an attractive business investment and an ideal location
for the rapidly expanding air freight business. Highrise office
buildings began to go up, with the newest being the 14-story, million
Trizec building on La Cienega near Century Boulevard.
no longer a sleepy little settlement in the country. With a population
of more than 100,000, it is alive, thriving and in the center of
an ever-changing Centinela Valley where the old Machado adobe blends
with the new landmarks to remind residents of the rich heritage
of the City and the fact that history is still being made in Inglewood.
The above excerpts are from:
official City of Inglewood website