Canyon Crest is one of Riverside‘s largest and most diversified neighborhoods, with a population of over 60,000 people. Diversity can be seen both in the landscape of the area and in the people that live there. It took six property annexations to build Canyon Crest, all of which occurred between 1959 and 1986 to create the community that we know today. The majority of the new construction in the area is in the style of modern subdivision design. The site has been developed for medium-density residential purposes, with some high- and low-density portions incorporated to meet the needs of a diverse range of residential users. The mountainous topography has impacted the development of the area and has resulted in some breathtaking vistas of the surrounding landscape. Canyon Crest Town Centre serves as the economic hub of the community, providing a range of food options as well as quick, high-quality shopping for the surrounding neighborhood, which includes a substantial student population living in nearby apartments.
Canyon Crest’s origins can be traced back to the citrus industry. The Monte Vista Nursery, which is now part of the Canyon Crest Town Centre, was established in 1907 in the region that is today known as Canyon Crest. It used to be that this nursery, which specialized in citrus stock, occupied 200 acres of land. There are two cultural resources in the neighborhood, including the William Childs House, a 1910 Craftsman home that is listed on the National Register of Historic Places, and the Art Deco entry monuments on University Drive, which are both nationally noteworthy. They were originally located on the west side of the old Buena Vista Bridge, but were relocated when the bridge was renovated in the 1960s, and are now on the east side of the new bridge. A portion of Canyon Crest is bounded by the Sycamore Highlands Specific Plan area, which borders the northeastern side of Sycamore Canyon Park and is within striking distance of the Box Spring Mountains. As a result of these natural features and the Tequesquite Arroyo, there are good open spaces for outdoor leisure and beautiful visual vistas.
Several public services, community parks, and schools are conveniently located in the Canyon Crest neighborhood. Serving the community with distinction are the new Canyon Crest fire station number 14 and the Mission Grove fire station number 9. Castle View Park consists of 27 acres of natural open space and three acres that have been built into a playground. Quail Run Park is a large open space park that has not been developed. In the Sycamore Highlands community, Sycamore Highlands Park is a 10-acre neighborhood park that caters to the recreational needs of the local inhabitants. This park offers amazing views of Downtown Riverside and neighboring areas, as well as access to the many trails that are part of the larger Sycamore Canyon Wilderness Park. The park is open year round. The area is bordered by the spanking new 30-acre Andulka Park, which is located at the intersection of Central and Chicago Avenues. It includes two new baseball fields, a tennis complex with a pro shop, two lighted basketball courts, two volleyball courts, restroom and concession facilities, a children’s playground, picnic facilities, open meadow areas, parking, and a walking/jogging trail that includes an area dedicated to native habitats. Finally, Castle View Elementary School, as well as the numerous public and private schools in the surrounding communities, meet the educational demands of the community.
Another similar neighborhood is Mission Grove where people enjoy shopping at Sprouts Farmer’s Market.