The Burbank Rancho Adjacent neighborhood stems from the Verdugo and Providencia era rancho land segmentation. Going East from between Verdugo and Alameda at Hollywood Way all the way to “upper Burbank”, the Burbank Rancho Adjacent neighborhood reaches to Glenoaks (Northeast) above the Interstate 5 Freeway, spanning the City’s width except for the Hillside environs at the east side.
The second National Historic place is the Burbank City Hall. Designed by William Allen and W. George Lutzi, the Burbank City Hall is an iconoclastic structure not soon forgotten. Reaching high into the sky, the base holds picturesque gardens and tiled open fountain tiered with ceramic fish. The San Fernando Valley Historical Society prizes these structures. Also within this area is a wi-fi zone, a newer police headquarters, the site of the weekly Burbank Farmer’s market, and a new city services building.
The Burbank Rancho Adjacent neighborhood is South facing with a nigh-onto-Glendale stretch of “Burbank”. In between is a mixed bag of residential single family homes, apartments, commercial, light industrial, and heavy industrial properties. Along its Southern border horizontal to the 134 Ventura freeway, the Rancho Adjacent neighborhood is one of the most prized residential holdings in Burbank. Home values this area can rise to two million dollars, over double the Burbank average.
The Burbank Rancho Adjacent area in its Southern bailiwick is partially horse country, zoned for homes for private stables and encompassing horse and bridle paths to nearby Griffith Park. The Los Angeles Equestrian Center holds regular charity, sporting and celebrity events in the South central part of this neighborhood. The Riverside Rancho Community has its own center for neighborhood activities in the nearby Los Angeles Zoo and Griffith Park Observatory.
Residents of Rancho Adjacent Burbank attend Theodore Roosevelt Elementary School, Thomas McKinley Elementary School, Village Christian School(private), St. Finbar day School (Catholic) and/or Jordan Middle School, and Providencia (private) or John Burroughs High School. Close access to the 134 Ventura Freeway and the Interstate 5 Golden State Freeway make this a convenient touching off point for travel and commuting. Homes in the Rancho Adjacent area are prized for their curving lanes, horse-friendliness, and convenience to freeways.
The Rancho Adjacent neighborhood enjoins George Izay (Olive) park, Mountain View Park, and borders Johnny Carson Park. The Buena Vista Library is an almost unsurpassed success story of civic planning and planned growth initiative. While the former Lincoln Elementary School premises at the corner of Verdugo and Buena Vista languished for years, the Buena Vista Library at the opposite corner seemed to shrink as community need got larger. The old Buena Vista Library, however charming, was not meeting updated health codes without a costly retrofit.
Finally a mixed use plan for the “Lincoln” block was approved and the old school razed for a new park and library. About a third of the block remains residential and commercial. The new Buena Vista library and grounds feature a children’s library, wireless connectivity, internet service on more than 60 computers for patrons, and various workspaces, study carrels, plush sofas, study rooms, and periodicals galore. The facility is sophisticated enough for its meeting room to host City Council meetings and neighborhood events.
The Rancho Adjacent neighborhood includes John Burroughs High School as well as Theodore Roosevelt Elementary School. The run of shops and stores East on Magnolia Boulevard running toward Victory are more industrial in look and feel, and Toluca Lake inclusive area of the Rancho Adjacent neighborhood is both service oriented and utilitarian.