Welcome to Hawarden Hills
A private and historical community next door to downtown
Historic Hawarden Hills has been an integral part of Riverside since its founding in 1883. Just south of downtown off Highway 91, the stately community of 1.48 square miles has some of the highest property values in the city. The streets wind and flow with the naturally hilly terrain, showing a wide variety of single-family residences on mid-to estate-sized lots. Residents enjoy the advantages of luxury suburbia close to urban culture with straight access west to Los Angeles.
The community is a pleasing variety of residential development — from the new builds along Victoria Avenue to the residences built between 1970 and 1990. You will find large estates and city landmarks, and citrus groves, retaining the area’s long tradition of “citriculture.” The overall panorama includes six major arroyos running through the land — including the Alessandro Arroyo in the southern section of the community and the steep, more rugged, inclines of the east. The Gage Canal also runs through the neighborhood — from the north in Victoria south to Arlington Heights.
What to Love
- A picturesque variety of terrain and architecture
- Riverside Line commuter service from downtown Riverside to Los Angeles
- A traditional neighborhood next door to urban living
- Private community
Residents transition within minutes between traditional local beauty to Inland Empire city living. Inside the Hawarden Hills neighborhood, you see impressive early-century orchard homes, such as the Orchard House, a Tudor Revival style estate built from 1917 to 1920. Once downtown, you can walk and shop at the historic mall, visit museums, attend sports events, and discover eateries for miles. Residents often stop on their way home for groceries and deli at the nearby Stater Brothers Market, the iconic Southern California mainstay and trusted chain since 1936.
Visitors and locals relax with golfing, tennis, and socializing at nearby Canyon Crest Country Club. The manicured fairways include a 50-foot fountain, palms, eucalyptus, and pines looking onto the San Bernardino Mountains. The Riverside area includes many golf courses, including the private 18-hole Riverside Victoria Club and the professionally maintained practice greens of Indian Hills Golf Club.
Dining, Entertainment & Shopping
Just across I-91 from Hawarden Hills are the best sandwiches in the Inland Empire. Backstreet Restaurant, a family-owned restaurant since 1968, has long been renowned for the best pastrami and corned beef on the west coast and their outdoor dining experience. You can create your own sandwich with their high-quality meats accompanied by baked bread, pickle spears, potato salad, and, best of all — banana cream pie and other signature desserts.
Across from the iconic Mission Inn Hotel downtown, you will find contemporary, northern Italian cuisine in the family-owned Mario’s Place. They take culinary art seriously, winning numerous awards from California’s top reviewers, including Fodor’s Choice and Wine Spectator’s Restaurant Awards. You can even order out if you want.
If you love getting lost in antiques and vintage, you will love the Mission Galleria Riverside, a multi-floor consignment consortium of shops. Many shoppers and visitors happily spend hours here. The galleria even has a coffee and sandwich shop.
Things to Do
In the evenings, from spring through fall, residents of Hawarden Hills frequent the Magnolia Center Marketplace for artisan crafts, food, a beer garden, and live entertainment. They also look forward once a year to the Riverside Art & Music Festival — the region’s largest fundraiser in support of the arts. The event is an extravaganza of local performers in every genre along with arts groups and exhibits.
The idyllic Hawarden Hills neighborhood includes a variety of scenic trails to traverse, such as the 1.6-mile loop trail of mostly low rolling terrain. The route is easy and perfect for hiking, trail running, and walking. You can also find extensive walking paths and bike trails along the tree-lined Victoria Avenue bordering the development.
The Riverside Unified School District serves a large portion of Riverside. The city has over 90 public schools and over 40 private schools. Some of the schools in the area include:
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