The name Alessandro was given to a town site platted in 1887 near what is now the March Air Reserve Base/March Inland Port. The name was taken from Helen Hunt Jackson’s book “Ramona,” and was the name of the heroine’s husband. The Alessandro Heights neighborhood is in the southernmost part of the original 39.4 square miles incorporated as the City of Riverside, and was expanded by annexations in 2001 and 2007. The neighborhood is bordered by the Hawarden Hills and Canyon Crest neighborhoods to the north, Washington Street and the Arlington Heights neighborhood to the west, the community of Woodcrest in the County to the south and the Mission Grove neighborhood to the east.

The area remained largely undeveloped, until much of residential development that exists today began to occur in the 80’s. Alessandro Heights is strictly a low density, large lot single-family residential neighborhood developed primarily with estate homes within a hilly area that offers many The village of Alessandro was established in 1887 at what is today the March Air Reserve Base/March Inland Port, and was given the name Alessandro. Ramona was the name of the heroine’s husband in Helen Hunt Jackson’s novel “Ramona,” and the name was drawn from the book by the same name. The Alessandro Heights neighborhood is located in the southernmost section of the 39.4 square miles that was originally incorporated as the City of Riverside, and it has grown as a result of annexations that occurred in 2001 and 2007. Those neighborhoods are bounded on the north by the Hawarden Hills and Canyon Crest neighborhoods, on the west by Washington Street and the Arlington Heights area, on the east by the Mission Grove neighborhood and on the south by the Woodcrest community in the County.

The neighborhood remained mainly undeveloped until the 1980s, when the majority of the residential development that exists now began to take place. An exclusively low-density, large lot single-family residential neighborhood established mostly with estate homes on steep terrain that affords many homeowners amazing views of the surrounding area, Alessandro Heights is not to be confused with other neighborhoods in the area. The area is located in a secluded setting among the rolling hills, which contributes to its quiet and serene atmosphere.

Access to the neighborhood is limited, and it is mostly provided by Washington Street, which runs west from the neighborhood’s center. In the General Plan 2025, Overlook Parkway is defined as a “Scenic Boulevard” and is accessible from Washington Route. The street has an expansive and beautifully landscaped median, which provides an attractive tree-lined corridor into the area and is recognized as a “Scenic Boulevard.” In the hills above the city, Overlook Parkway snakes its way up to some of the most magnificent residences in the area. According to the 2000 Census, Alessandro Heights is home to the largest homes, the greatest property values, and the highest income levels in the entire city.

The Alessandro, Prenda, and Woodcrest arroyos are three of the most significant natural arroyos in the neighborhood. Arroyos are more than just waterways; they are also habitats for a diverse range of animal and plant species. Because the arroyos are extremely essential and valued natural features in the neighborhood, residential development has taken place in a manner that has been designed to safeguard and maintain the arroyos and natural characteristics of the area. This little village’s rocky topography and natural plateaus may be found on the east side of the community, which is still underdeveloped despite its location near an arroyo. The terrain, combined with the estate residential development, make this neighborhood one of the more distinguished areas in the City of Riverside. homeowners spectacular views of the surrounding area. The neighborhood offers a secluded setting within the rolling hills that gives it its quiet and peaceful charm.

Access to the neighborhood is limited, and mainly comes from Washington Street to the west. From Washington Street, Overlook Parkway, which is designated as a “Scenic Boulevard” in the General Plan 2025, is a street with a generous and well landscaped median providing an attractive tree lined corridor into the neighborhood. Overlook Parkway winds its way up into the hills eventually reaching some of the most luxurious homes in the City. According to the 2000 Census, the largest homes, highest property values, and highest income levels are all found in Alessandro Heights.

The neighborhood is enriched with three major natural arroyos; Alessandro, Prenda, and Woodcrest. Arroyos are not just conduits for water, but rich and varied areas of animal and plant life. Because the arroyos are very important and valuable natural features, residential development has occurred in a manner designed to protect and preserve the arroyos and natural features of the neighborhood. In addition to the arroyos, the undeveloped east side of this small community boasts rugged topography and natural plateaus. The terrain, combined with the estate residential development, make this neighborhood one of the more distinguished areas in the City of Riverside.