La Mirada was the creation of two men, Andrew McNally (co-founder of the famous Rand-McNally Company) and his son-in-law Edwin Neff. In 1888, McNally purchased over 2,200 acres of Rancho Los Coyotes, south of Los Angeles, for $200,000. He developed 700 acres into his own home called Windemere Ranch and surrounded it with olive, orange and lemon groves. McNally built a plant to process the olive oil, which was of the best quality, as well as a railroad station on Stage Road. From here, his olive oil and fruit were shipped all over the U.S.
In 1953 the land was sold to subdivisions for $5.2 million, one of the largest real estate transactions in California. By 1960, the area now known as La Mirada had grown from a mere 100 homes to over 8,000. The city was incorporated as Mirada Hills in March of 1960, but later that year, voters approved a chance to have the community called by its original name, La Mirada.
The city continues to offer many amenities to its residents: a variety of single-family housing, excellent parks and recreational centers, and quality senior housing. La Mirada places a strong emphasis on city beautification, with well-maintained parkways, streets and parks. The La Mirada Theatre for the Performing Arts is one of the finest in Southern California, featuring plays, musicals and children's productions. The Theatre was reopened in 1977 after spending years as a movie theater. The Los Angeles Times has called it, “One of the best Broadway-style houses in Southern California.”
Biola University was once known as the Bible Institute of Los Angeles and has since moved south a bit to La Mirada, but maintains its superior reputation. In addition to the wealth of cultural, educational and recreational opportunities, La Mirada offers plenty of Southern California sunshine. Whether it is at the beaches, on the golf course or enjoying any of the world-famous L.A. area attractions, you will find plenty to do.
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