The development company Caruso paid exactly $1 for the land that makes up The Americana at Brand development. From what were four city blocks in relative decline in Glendale, California — “The Jewel City” — Caruso created a pristine, charming and, perhaps above all, successful lifestyle destination.
With homes for purchase (price tags range from $500,000 to well above 7 figures) and rentals, home hunters with a wide range of budgets can call the beautiful residences here home.
The resort-quality pool, the concierge service… well… let’s let them speak for themselves:
- Private fitness club
- Resort-style pool & spa
- Outdoor fireside retreat
- Luxurious appointed library
- Club room
- Lobby Ambassador
- Private residential elevators
- Gated parking garages
So… pretty nice way to live, right? Pretty nice sounding homes and features, no? Well that’s just exhibit A. If you were to live at The Americana at Brand, you would have, just outside your door, no fewer than 21 food purveyors. And that’s from high end Italian, Mexican or Japanese — Trattoria Amici, Frida and Katsuya, to be precise — to little stands selling sweet cream puffs and pizza by the slice. Which is not to denigrate Richie Palmer’s Pizzeria… the pizza they make may be the best in Glendale. Oh, and they deliver, too.
The shopping at The Americana is absolutely first rate. And I mean an Apple store that’s less than a month old, a Tiffany’s, Anthropology and about every clothing retailer you can think of. (OK, admittedly, that is shameless hyperbole… here, just check out the link bellow)
If, somehow, that impressive roster is not enough for you, just look approximately seventy feet to the east. See that? That’s the Glendale Galleria, one of the largest malls in the country. There you’ll find dozens more eateries and scores of shops, including a three story Target. I think you’ll find what you need. No matter what it is.
Perhaps the best part of the whole “Americana experience,” if I may, is something beyond the residences, the shopping, the dining or the first-rate movie theater with its 18 screens and stadium-style seating. What is best about the Americana at Brand is how it genuinely feels like a community. And a vibrant one at that. At all hours of the day families stroll the and grounds and meander in and out of shops. The restaurants are always busy. Parents lounge on the grass as children run about or lean over the huge, multi-tiered fountain.
There is always something going on. Always. There seem to be weekly concerts out on the lawn. Companies come from far and wide to offer give-aways and contests, ranging from a new organic chip to a chance to win a Cadillac. Celebrities show up to red carpet photo ops. At the Farmer’s Market every Saturday there is much more than just local food for sale — there is a live band, a petting zoo and even a gentleman making balloon art for children. There is a trolley that lazily plods around the development, delighting youngsters and adults alike. Every hour the fountain comes to life with a dazzling water show set to music.
A visitor can spend hours strolling about The Americana without spending a penny and still call it a fine day (though it is just as easy to spend a whole lot of pennies…). Likewise, one can live there indefinitely and still find new things to try and do, to taste and see every day. The landscape is ever changing. The community is alive. And during the holidays… twice every evening… they make snow fall from the sky.
Image Courtesy Caruso Affiliated / www.americanaatbrand.com