Cornered by the 13-acre Gardena Willows Wetland Preserve, this city is a vibrant community with plenty to offer.
Welcome to Gardena
Robust green spaces and international cuisine abode in this small city just southwest of downtown Los Angeles. The six-square-mile neighborhood is home to just over 60,000 people, but that doesn’t stop it from being a tight community.
What to Love
Good school district
A plethora of dining options
Real Estate Insights
On average, homes in Gardena are listed at $507,000, which is a median of $403 per square foot.
People & Lifestyle
Many people who live in Gardena commute to Los Angeles for work, but the community is rooted in a richly diverse history. Until 2014, the highest population of Japanese-Americans in the mainland US lived in Gardena.
Dining, Entertainment & Shopping
Worldwide cuisine finds its home in this corner of Los Angeles.
Gardena hosts flavors ranging from taco trucks to Dim Sum. It’s also a great place to meet up with friends for drinks, especially at the local dive bar, Donna’s, which the Los Angeles Times called “one of the best dive bars in Los Angeles.”
Things to Do
Looking for a place to spend time with the whole family?
Sky Zone Trampoline Park is a great way to get exercise by literally bouncing off the walls. Or leave the kids at home and head to Hustler Casino, where you can try your hand at winning the big bucks. For outdoor lovers, the Gardena Willows Wetland Preserve is over 13-acres of garden trails and willow trees. Wildlife in the park include native birds and monarch butterflies- don’t forget your binoculars!
The city has nine public and five private schools, plus a city-operated family child care program and three Japanese language schools.
135th Street ES, K-5
153rd Street ES, K-5
156th Street ES, K-5
186th Street ES, K-5
Amestoy ES, K-5
Chapman ES, K-5
Denker Avenue ES, K-5
Gardena Elementary, K-5
Purche Avenue ES, K-5
Peary Middle School, 6-8
Gardena High School, 9-12
Junipero Serra High School, 9-12
Maria Regina ES, K-5
Pacific Lutheran High School, 9-12
Saint Anthony of Padua ES, K-5
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