Riverside

The City of Riverside was founded in 1870 by a group of “Utopian-minded Easterners searching for the perfect spot to establish a colony dedicated to education, culture and beauty,” according to the City of Riverside website.

Riverside is made up of 28 distinct neighborhoods, ranging from the prestigious Hawarden Hills to the industrial Airport area to the modern and suburban Orangecrest neighborhood. The city itself is massive, spanning nearly 10 miles in diameter.

Riverside is home to a number of historical landmarks and special attractions, ranging from eclectic art galleries and fascinating museums to one-of-a-kind outdoor adventures, spas and a lively downtown.

Today, with a population of more than 300,000, Riverside is the 12th-largest city in California, the sixth-largest city in Southern California, and the capital of the booming Inland Empire.

 

Neighborhood Info

Riverside is home to a number of historical landmarks and special attractions, ranging from eclectic art galleries and fascinating museums to one-of-a-kind outdoor adventures, spas and a lively downtown. They include: Museums and the Arts
  • California Museum of Photography
  • Riverside Metropolitan Museum
  • Riverside Art Museum
  • Mission Inn Museum
  • UC Riverside Sweeney Art Gallery
  • Barbara and Art Culver Center of the Arts
  • Center for Social Justice and Civil Liberties
  • Riverside Main Street’s Sculptures of Famous Leaders
  • March Field Air Museum
Historical Landmarks
  • Riverside Municipal Auditorium
  • National Historic Landmark Mission Inn Hotel & Spa
  • Historic Fox Performing Arts Center
  • Heritage House
  • Riverside National Cemetery’s Monuments and Memorials
  • Riverside County Courthouse
  • Historic Victoria Avenue and the Roosevelt Palm
  • Benedict Castle
  • America’s Parent Navel Orange Tree
Outdoor Attractions
  • Mount Rubidoux
  • Oak Quarry Golf Club
  • UC Riverside Botanic Gardens
  • Historic Victoria Avenue
  • California Citrus State Historic Park
  • Sycamore Canyon Wilderness Park
  • Castle Park
  • Downtown Farmers Market
Riverside California includes the friendly neighborhoods of Riverside, The Airport, Alessandro Heights, Arlanza, Arlington, Arlington Heights, Arlington South, Canyon Crest/Sycamore Highlands, Casa Blanca, Downtown, Eastside, Grand, Hawarden Hills, Hillcrest, La Sierra, La Sierra Hills, La Sierra Acres, La Sierra South, Magnolia Center, Mission Grove, Northside, Orangecrest, Presidential Park, Ramona, Sycamore Canyon/Canyon Springs, University of California Riverside/UCR, Victoria/Victoria Woods, Wood Streets and Woodcrest. Remember, Riverside California is sometimes spelled as Riverside, Rivverside and Riversid. If you are looking to buy or sell a home in any of these fine communities, call Brian Bean and Tim Hardin, Your Local Homeowner Advocates, The Dream Big Team.
Population
433,344
up 24% since 2000
Households
126,843
43% with children
Ownership
60% Owned
40% rented, 7% vacant
Average Home Value
$332,349
Average Year Built
1975

Communities



Riverside is made up of 28 distinct neighborhoods, ranging from the prestigious Hawarden Hills to the industrial Airport area to the modern and suburban Orangecrest neighborhood. The city itself is massive, spanning nearly 10 miles in diameter.

The neighborhoods include:

 

Riverside, Inland Empire

Riverside is home to a number of historical landmarks and special attractions, ranging from eclectic art galleries and fascinating museums to one-of-a-kind outdoor adventures, spas and a lively downtown. They include:

Museums and the Arts

  • California Museum of Photography
  • Riverside Metropolitan Museum
  • Riverside Art Museum
  • Mission Inn Museum
  • UC Riverside Sweeney Art Gallery
  • Barbara and Art Culver Center of the Arts
  • Center for Social Justice and Civil Liberties
  • Riverside Main Street’s Sculptures of Famous Leaders
  • March Field Air Museum

Historical Landmarks

  • Riverside Municipal Auditorium
  • National Historic Landmark Mission Inn Hotel & Spa
  • Historic Fox Performing Arts Center
  • Heritage House
  • Riverside National Cemetery’s Monuments and Memorials
  • Riverside County Courthouse
  • Historic Victoria Avenue and the Roosevelt Palm
  • Benedict Castle
  • America’s Parent Navel Orange Tree

Outdoor Attractions

  • Mount Rubidoux
  • Oak Quarry Golf Club
  • UC Riverside Botanic Gardens
  • Historic Victoria Avenue
  • California Citrus State Historic Park
  • Sycamore Canyon Wilderness Park
  • Castle Park
  • Downtown Farmers Market

Riverside California includes the friendly neighborhoods of Riverside, The Airport, Alessandro Heights, Arlanza, Arlington, Arlington Heights, Arlington South, Canyon Crest/Sycamore Highlands, Casa Blanca, Downtown, Eastside, Grand, Hawarden Hills, Hillcrest, La Sierra, La Sierra Hills, La Sierra Acres, La Sierra South, Magnolia Center, Mission Grove, Northside, Orangecrest, Presidential Park, Ramona, Sycamore Canyon/Canyon Springs, University of California Riverside/UCR, Victoria/Victoria Woods, Wood Streets and Woodcrest. Remember, Riverside California is sometimes spelled as Riverside, Rivverside and Riversid. If you are looking to buy or sell a home in any of these fine communities, call Brian Bean and Tim Hardin, Your Local Homeowner Advocates, The Dream Big Team.

Alessandro Heights

About Alessandro Heights Riverside, California: Though it was always part of the city, the Alessandro Heights neighborhood remained largely undeveloped for residential uses until the last three decades. Part of this is due to its distance from the heart of Downtown and the hilly terrain it shares with all of southern Riverside, Calif. A majority

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Arlanza

About Arlanza Riverside, California: The community of Arlanza has lived through some interesting landscaping. It started out as a portion of Rancho La Sierra in the early 1800s. The Rancho originally stretched out to Lake Matthews and belonged to Vicente Sepulveda. In 1942, the Army bought 1,250 acres of the former Rancho west of Van

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Arlington

About Arlington Riverside, California: Residents first settled this area in 1875 as the Village of Arlington. But it has never been a city apart from Riverside. Arlington dates back to the original 1876 subdivision plans of the Riverside Land and Irrigating Co., owned by Samuel C. Evans and William Sayward. Shortly after 1900, the little

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Arlington Heights | The Greenbelt

About Arlington Heights and The Greenbelt in Riverside, California: By the late 1880s, English visitors were frequent in Riverside and there were some English residents. Following the collapse of the 1887 real estate boom, Matthew Gage, whose Gage Canal was nearing completion, went to England to attract investors and develop Arlington Heights as a citrus agricultural hub.

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Arlington South

About Arlington South Riverside, California: Arlington South has been a part of the City of Riverside since its incorporation. Historic Victoria Avenue forms the southern boundary of this neighborhood and the 91 freeway forms the northern edge. These two very different transit corridors reflect the great diversity of this neighborhood. Arlington South has a mix of

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Canyon Crest | Sycamore Highlands

About Canyon Crest/Sycamore Highlands Riverside, California: Canyon Crest | Sycamore Highlands is one of the largest and most diverse neighborhoods of Riverside. Its diversity is found in its topography and residents. The land under Canyon Crest was pieced together from six separate annexations, all of which occurred between 1959 and 1986. Most of the development

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Casa Blanca

About Casa Blanca Riverside, California: The original community of Casa Blanca typified the citrus colonia established by Mexican immigrants during the early 20th century in Southern California. While the name derives from the estate of Harry Lockwood, from whose land the neighborhood first developed, the village itself symbolized the arrival of a permanent Mexican-American population in

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Downtown

About Downtown Riverside, California: Riverside was founded in 1870 as a cooperative joint-stock venture by an abolitionist judge, John Wesley North, and a group of 25 reform-minded pioneers. After the Civil War, Southern California was figured to be the location of the next real estate boom, so North’s Colony set out to invest wisely and

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Eastside

About Eastside Riverside, California: In 1886, the Gage Canal - which brought water from the Santa Ana River - was completed, making possible the first town-lot addition to the original Riverside townsite. The 100-acre White's addition, the oldest part of the Eastside neighborhood, was established in 1887 and was originally served by underground pipes carrying

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Grand

About Grand Riverside, California: In the Grand neighborhood Tequesquite Avenue runs along the Tequesquite Arroyo, Riverside's largest Arroyo. The name is derived from the Aztec "tetl," meaning rock, and "quixquitl," meaning efflorescent. Spanish explorer Juan Bautista de Anza led his expeditions through the arroyo to the Santa Ana River in 1774 and 1775-1776. Grand was

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Hawarden Hills

About Hawarden Hills Riverside, California: Hawarden Hills comprises 10 square miles in Riverside's southeast corner, bounded roughly by the city limits, Washington Street, the Gage Canal and Alessandro Boulevard. Much of the area is empty hillsides, protected from dense development by Prop. R, the 1979 growth-control initiative. The boundaries actually encompass three residential neighborhoods, from the million-dollar

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Hillcrest

About Hillcrest, Riverside, California: Hillcrest is a tiny community nestled within Canyon Crest, notable for its multimillion-dollar estates amid the boulders and rolling hills. Located atop one of the highest points in the City of Riverside, spectacular views combine with endless skies to preserve a bit of the Old West in the ever-burgeoning Inland Empire.

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La Sierra

About La Sierra Riverside, California: La Sierra got its name from the original Mexican land grant known as Rancho La Sierra de Sepulveda. The community of La Sierra developed as an area of small subsistence farms. In 1922, the Pacific Union Conference of the Seventh-Day Adventist Church purchased property from lumber baron Willits J. Hole

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La Sierra Acres

About La Sierra Acres Riverside, California: La Sierra Acres became a part of Riverside in 1964 in the largest annexation in the city’s history. The urban environment reflects a more rural lifestyle, with large blocks and large residential lots. The region is almost completely developed for low-density residential uses, most built before incorporation. Thus many homes in

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La Sierra Hills

About La Sierra Hills Riverside, California: La Sierra Hills takes its name from the high rolling terrain of the western portion of the neighborhood. Because of this geography, the urban landscape has developed in an almost flowing manner around the contours of the land. The diverse topography contributes to the region’s beauty and limited development. Medium-density residential

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La Sierra South

About La Sierra South Riverside, California: La Sierra South mirrors the larger La Sierra neighborhood in urban design and development. The community is mostly developed, with a majority of the land devoted to single-family residential homes. Most homes in this region were built between 1950 and 1980, though the early 2000s saw a massive development of estate-type

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Magnolia Center

About Magnolia Center Riverside, California: Magnolia Center has been a part of the City of Riverside since its founding. This neighborhood was the home of State Sen. Henry L. Streeter, who sponsored legislation that led to the creation of Riverside County in 1893. His house still stands at 5211 Central Ave. Its history and age

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Mission Grove

About Mission Grove, Riverside, California Mission Grove is an eastern gateway into the City of Riverside, composed primarily of newer single-family homes. Mission Grove shares the hilly terrain of all the southeastern Riverside neighborhoods, and the landscape is punctuated by several high peaks. This region remained largely undeveloped until the 1960s, but the majority of

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Northside

About Northside Riverside, California: More than half of Northside was part of the original city boundaries of Riverside, and it is the city’s oldest residential neighborhood. The other portions have been added in four annexations from 1960 to 1993. Northside was once home to a natural sulfur spring that was believed to have curative powers.

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Orangecrest

About Orangecrest, Riverside, California Orangecrest is the newest addition to the city, with the major portion annexed in 1986. The remaining portions were added in two smaller annexations in 1994 and 1996. This neighborhood is a so-called master-planned community, covering 1,514 acres, with areas designated for residential, commercial, office, industrial and recreational uses. When the

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Presidential Park

About Presidential Park Riverside, California: Presidential Park has the unique privilege of being home to one of the first auto malls in the nation. The Riverside Auto Center is the heart of the neighborhood and was developed in 1965 as a cutting-edge retail establishment. The continued focus of the neighborhood and the City of Riverside

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Ramona

About Ramona Riverside, California: The Ramona neighborhood boasts two distinct historical landmarks: Heritage House and the Sherman Institute Protestant Chapel. Heritage House is a stunning example of late Victorian architecture. Built in 1891, it was the home of Mrs. James Bettner, widow of an early citrus grower and city founder. The home was purchased by the Riverside Museum

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Riverside Airport

About Riverside Airport, California: As the name implies, the Riverside Airport area encompasses Riverside Municipal Airport. The City of Riverside purchased the airport in 1953. Although initial expectations were that this would become a large airport, it has remained primarily a haven for private flyers. Most of the land is part of the original 53 square

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Sycamore Canyon | Canyon Springs

About Sycamore Canyon | Canyon Springs, Riverside, California: Two major annexations by the City of Riverside, one in 1969 and the other in 1984, make up the land that is Sycamore Canyon - Canyon Springs. Being a newcomer to the city, the region is less than half developed. These areas include no residential properties; rather

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Sycamore Canyon | Canyon Springs

About Sycamore Canyon/Canyon Springs Riverside, California: Two major annexations by the City of Riverside, one in 1969 and the other in 1984, make up the land that is Sycamore Canyon and Canyon Springs. The area features the rolling hill terrain known as Sycamore Canyon park, which is bordered by the CANYON CREST and SYCAMORE HIGHLANDS residential neighborhoods.

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University of California Riverside | UCR

About University of California Riverside UCR, California: The University of California Riverside | UCR neighborhood draws its name from Riverside's University of California campus. The Riverside Campus began in 1906 as a Citrus Experiment Station on a 23-acre site on the slopes of Mount Rubidoux. In 1917, the station relocated to the campus' current location

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Victoria

About Victoria Riverside, California: Victoria, originally part of the Arlington Heights subdivision, is a historical neighborhood and was partly developed by Matthew Gage. The streets flow with the land, following the natural contours, and the varying house elevations make for an ever-changing suburban environment. Victoria has been a part of Riverside since its founding. Only

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Wood Streets

About Wood Streets Riverside, California: The Wood Streets neighborhood was devoted to orange groves until 1913, when the Tequesquite Arroyo was filled in, allowing Magnolia Avenue to connect with Downtown. Easy access to Downtown made this area more desirable for residential subdivision. A subdivider named Wood added his monicker to several street names, and so began a series. The Wood

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Woodcrest

About Woodcrest, Riverside, California: Residents of Woodcrest choose this area for its rural lifestyle, tranquility and downright hospitality. Amid rolling hills, between the cities of Riverside and Moreno Valley, you'll find miles of open space and lonely roads. Many residents keep horses and other livestock, with larger lots to accommodate them. Recently, the vast open

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