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 for what is now the campus of La Sierra University, which is affiliated with Loma Linda University. La Sierra voters in 1964 approved annexation to the City of Riverside, the largest annexation in the city’s history.
The west end of La Sierra is focused around La Sierra University and much of the surrounding area serves resident students.
The neighborhood has been developed in a modern subdivision layout with a mix of residential, commercial and light industrial sites. La Sierra has a ring of commercial and office uses surrounding medium-density residential area.
This region also has a high number of apartment buildings and several hundred acres of undeveloped land near the university. Only a small percentage of homes were built before 1950. Most the development occurred from 1960 to 1980.
There was a small boost in the last half of the 1980s and again in the late 90s and early 2000s.
The Galleria at Tyler, a regional shopping mall, anchors the east portion of the neighborhood and provides shopping and tax revenues for the entire city.
The Hole Mansion, now a Roman Catholic Seminary, is the oldest known historical structure in the area, built by Hole in 1913.
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