What You Need to Know About Buying a Home in Alhambra

A realtor gives us the skinny on the SGV suburb

We asked realtor Adam Bray-Ali three questions about buying in Alhambra. Here’s what you need to know.

What styles of houses are there?

“It’s a really broad range, from Arts and Crafts to funky Spanish hybrids to a whole bunch of 1950s ranch-style homes on the northeast side of town. It’s a very diverse group of architecture. The Midwick Tract was built on an old polo field and has curving, tree-lined streets and an awesome park. And it’s super-easy access to downtown L.A.”

Which are the neighborhoods to look in?

“I’m a huge fan of Emery Park, near El Sereno, now that the threat of the 710 freeway is gone. A two-bedroom Mission Revival from the ’20s is priced in the sixes. In the Marguerita Tract, which borders South Pasadena, you can get a 2,500-square-foot Craftsman for $1 million.”

Any newer homes?

“There are brand-new condos along Main Street, starting at $500,000, all within walking distance of bars, restaurants, and nightlife.”

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