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Claremont, California isn’t the place where the movies are made or where you’ll necessarily spot a celebrity on every block. It’s a quieter California suburb with dream homes for nearly any budget.
In Claremont, you’ll find peace and calm as well as a place to call home. Below you’ll find information about what it’s like to live in Claremont, what fun things there are to do in Claremont and what the real estate is like in Claremont.
Living in Claremont
Southern California is well known as a busy city with beautiful people, ever-changing health trends and insane traffic, but it’s also home to some of the most quaint and cozy neighborhoods. Claremont is a hidden gem located at the foothills of the San Gabriel Mountains, a city that has repeatedly been named as the best suburb in the West and one of the best places to live in the Los Angeles area. Fun fact – Claremont is sometimes referred to as “the city of trees and PhDs,” because the neighborhood is surrounded by mature, luscious trees, and there are many residents who hold doctoral degrees.
You are sure to find peace of mind living in Claremont, CA. The city is primarily residential with a bustling downtown area where you can find plenty of retail shops, a popular collection of cute boutiques, small stores, art galleries and more. Claremont is a wonderful place for young adults and families to settle, live and thrive. The local crime rating is low, the nightlife is lively, and the neighborhoods are diverse. The median household income in the area is $88,523 per year and there are various job opportunities available.
Claremont is home to seven incredible colleges, five undergrad and two graduate schools. All of the schools in Claremont have excellent ratings, so no matter how old your children are – school age or ready for college – you can rest assured that they will get an incredible education here.
Elementary Schools in Claremont
- Chaparral Elementary School
- Condit Elementary School
- Mountain View Elementary School
- Oakmont Elementary School
- Sumner Elementary School
- Sycamore Elementary School
- Vista Del Valle Elementary School
Middle Schools in Claremont
- El Roble Intermediate
High Schools in Claremont
- Claremont High School
- San Antonio High School
Private Schools in Claremont
- Danbury School
- Foothill Country Day School
- Our Lady of the Assumption School
- The Webb Schools
- Western Christian Schools
If you’re looking to move to Claremont, but you’re not from the area, you can also stay in a number of hotels and motels in town. This way you can explore the city at your leisure and decide in-person if this is the place for you. Here are a few places we recommend you stay:
- Claremont Lodge
- Doubletree by Hilton Claremont
- Hotel Casa 425
- Knights Inn Claremont
- Motel 6 Claremont
Things to Do in Claremont
Residents and visitors to Claremont, CA can pick from a countless list of things to do week after week, including attending special events, visiting local art galleries and museums, getting involved and learning about local history, dining, shopping or staying active. If you consider yourself to be a music fan, make sure to head over to the Village shopping center on Friday night, where you will be serenaded by talented musicians and tribute bands at three different spots. The city’s retail merchants pay bands to play three-hour sets every Friday night so that the people who are dining and shopping can enjoy some great entertainment.
Claremont, CA is also home to several museums and art galleries, as well as the world’s largest collection of native California flora at the Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden. Other popular museums include the Alf Paleontology Museum where you can discover dinosaur fossils and the Folk Music Center where you can pick up and play a cool instrument. If you’re looking for some cool shopping head over to the cute boutique shops at The Village where you can explore unique finds and hand-made merchandise. End your day with an incredible meal at one of the delectable local eateries, sip a cocktail while watching an exciting dueling piano show or laugh until your sides hurt at a standup comedy show. You will never run out of things to do in Claremont, CA.
Stay Active in Claremont
Claremont, CA is situated at the foothills of the San Gabriel Mountains, and the nearby hills offer incredible scenic hiking, bicycling, horseback riding and many other adventures. Local country clubs are wonderful places to enjoy a friendly game of tennis or golf. If golf is your game, then you can visit these private courses that offer visitors day privileges – Sierra La Verne country club, Red Hill country club and Glendora country club. If you prefer winter sports, you’ll be pleased to know that you can find some of the best skiing in Southern California at Mt. Baldy. Or, you can also drive around the mountain and visit the popular Mountain High Resort. A fun outdoor activity we highly recommend is the Claremont Heritage walking tour. Claremont boasts more than 100 years of history and this will all come to life with the guided, or self-guided tour available year-round.
If you’re interested in finding out more information for the local recreation and beautiful outdoor destinations, here are a few places you might want to check out:
- Claremont Heritage
- Claremont Wilderness Park
- Empire Lakes
- Marshall Canyon Equestrian Center
- Mt. Baldy
- Mountain High Resort
- Sierra La Verne
- Upland Hills
Eat Good Food in Claremont
Do you consider yourself to be a foodie? Then Claremont, CA is the place for you! With a growing reputation as a food neighborhood that is worth the drive, half of Claremont’s more than 80 restaurants are all located within the walkable downtown area that is known as Claremont Village. From Italian and Mediterranean to traditional American and Pan-Asian, you are sure to not only satisfy, but also surprise your palate with fresh and delicious flavors. Whether you are looking for fine dining, gourmet bakeries, trendy outdoor cafes or family owned eateries, you have a wide menu of options to choose from – the most difficult decision will be which restaurant to visit over the weekend!
In addition to the incredible epicurean scene in Claremont, locals can also discover rare wines, microbrews and fine American whiskeys at various restaurants, like the Whisper House – Claremont’s first speakeasy. A foodie tour of Claremont Village is also never complete without a quick visit to the Cheese Cave for an assortment of cheeses from around the world, or Vom Fass Claremont, where you can shop for fine oils, vinegars, wines and spirits so you can recreate a first-class dining experience as soon as you get home.
There’s something for everyone here, no matter your preference or palette. Here are a few restaurants we recommend to newcomers:
- 50-Fifty Asian
- Casa Moreno Mexican Grill
- The Junction
- The Press Restaurant
- Union on Yale
- Viva Madrid
- Walter’s Restaurant
Shop in Claremont
Claremont, CA is home to popular and trendy retail shops and brands like American Apparel and Birkenstock, but it is also brimming with locally owned shops where you can find hand-selected merchandise, chic fashions, kitschy collectibles, antiques, unique gifts, handmade goods and so much more. Most of Claremont’s boutique shops are found in the historic Claremont Village, where you can look forward to free parking on every block.
Claremont is also the first Fair Trade Town in Southern California, which means that merchants are encouraged to support small producers locally and worldwide that adhere to environmental standards that protect the planet, create safe working conditions and fair prices, and also help end child labor. Many of the city’s locally owned boutiques, as well numerous restaurants, carry Fair Trade CertifiedTM merchandise and products. There are several Claremont boutiques that are making an effort to lead the way in producing and selling upcycled merchandise like locally made soaps, lotions and scrubs or upcycled lunch boxes and other repurposed art.
Whether you’re shopping for clothes, office supplies, jewelry, furniture or something a little more niche, Claremont has it all. These are a few stores we frequent that we think you might also enjoy:
- The Bath Workshop
- Cheese Cave
- Claremont Village
- Folk Music Center
- Packing House Wine Merchants
- Rhino Records
- Studio Claremont
- Tattle Tails
Claremont Real Estate
Whether you are looking for a starter home or a dream home, a home that is listed for under $500,000 or one that is priced at well over $1 million – you will find exactly what you are looking for in Claremont, CA. Single family properties with a varied mix of bedrooms and bathrooms are available as well as townhomes and condominiums. You can search for homes with a spectacular view, properties located in or near a golf course, homes that sit on an expansive piece of land or ones that take up a smaller footprint. The sky is the limit and we are here to help you find your dream home! Here is a small breakdown of what type of house you can expect for your budget:
- Up to $500,000: average around 1,100 – 1,600 square feet with two to three bedrooms and one to two bathrooms.
- $500,000 – $1,000,000: average around 1,800 and 3,000 square feet with three to four bedrooms and two to three bathrooms.
- $1,000,000 – $2,000,000: average around 5,000 square feet with four to five bedrooms and four to five bathrooms.
- $2,000,000 and above: average 5,500 to 8,000 square feet with four to seven bedrooms and three to eight bathrooms.
If you are interested in learning more about Claremont, CA real estate or you would like to buy one of our amazing homes listed for sale, give me a call. I would be happy to help answer any questions you might have and set you on the path toward your dream home.