About Whittier

Historical Overview

My Name I Give To Thee

Dear Town, for whom the flowers are born,
Stars shine, and happy songbirds sing,
What can my evening give to thy morn,
My Winter to Thy Spring?
A life not void of pure intent
With small desert of praise or blame;
The Love I felt, the Good I meant,
I leave Thee with My Name.
–John Greenleaf Whittier 1807-1892

Named for the Quaker poet and abolitionist who composed the above for his namesake but never visited the town, Whittier California is a town in the San Gabriel Valley which has evolved handsomely over the years to become both an historic and a modern city where the quiet suburban pace exists in close proximity to the more frenetic urban lifestyle of nearby Los Angeles.

Founded by Quaker forefathers, Whittier retains an aura of honest simplicity today which gives it a special appeal to residents and visitors alike. People wishing to relocate to southern California will find solid values in the Whittier area properties for sale and friendly, accommodating IET real estate agents ready to show them around.

One of the Gateway Cities of the southern Los Angeles region, Whittier is also counted as part of the San Gabriel Valley, an area once a rich agricultural region which, in modern times, has since given over to urban and residential growth.

Bordered to the northeast by the town of Hacienda Heights, to the north by City of Industry, to the west by Pico Rivera, La Habra Heights to the east, La Habra to the south and Santa Fe Springs southward, Whittier stands tall in this region due to several discriminating factors which brand Whittier as one of the best residential areas in the area.

The Whittier Conservancy, established in 1987 to preserve its historic architecture in the wake of a disastrous earthquake, gives testament to the value its citizenry places on its heritage. The Historic Resources Commission of Whittier oversees the preservation of such irreplacable landmarks as Pio Pico State Historic Park, site of the gubernatorial residence of California’s last Mexican governor; the Hoover Hotel, a Spanish Mission Revival style edifice built in 1930; and the Jonathan Bailey House, built in 1860 by a Whittier founding father and now converted to a museum operated by the Whittier Historical Society.

Another unique and distinguishing feature of Whittier, California is the presence of Whittier College, a private liberal arts institution which enjoys a national reputation for excellence and whose relatively small student body is composed of scholars from 40 different states and several countries. Sharing a Quaker heritage with the town, Whittier College has provided excellence in education since 1887. Among Whittier College’s advanced degree programs is a well-respected law school. One of Whittier’s best known alumni is former President Richard M. Nixon.

The Whittier, California area is further distinguished by the Whittier Narrows Dam. The dam, constructed in the late 1950s by the Army Corps of Engineers, is located in the Whittier Narrows, a natural passage through the foothills along the southern boundary of the San Gabriel Valley. Waterways which flow through the Whittier Narrows and into the reservoir created by the Whittier Narrows Dam are the Rio Hondo and the San Gabriel Rivers.

The Whittier Narrows Recreation Area, located near the dam, covers an extensive natural landscape which encompasses North Lake, Center Lake, and Legg Lake. Visitors and residents to Whittier can enjoy the Recreation Area’s rifle range, operating radio-controlled model boats on Legg Lake, and a nearby airstrip created for the exclusive use of radio-controlled aircraft hobbyists. Nature enthusiasts can bike the trails, picnic, and watch or play soccer and softball at the sports complex in the Whittier Narrows Recreation Area.

The temperate climate of Whittier contributes to residents’ and visitors’ enjoyment of all the great activities the area has to offer. Visit Whittier on your next adventure; you may just end up staying!

IET Real Estate – Whittier Office
14408 Whittier Blvd
Ste B2
Whittier, CA 90605
Tel 562 360-1027
Fax 562 361-5988