I lived in Hacienda Heights for about one year. It's a small city east of LA nestled in hills and dotted with cypress trees. Looking at it from a distance it has the appearance of a Mediterranean village. We relocated to Hacienda Heights from Denver, CO when my company transferred me. My daughter was in elementary school at the time and it felt like a safe and friendly place. Because the property in this area was so expensive, we rented a small house. It only had one bedroom, so my husband and I slept in the dining room.
When we moved in, it was in the hot dry summer. Our daughter befriended the neighborhood children and pretty much ran around unsupervised. She was really happy and so were we. We were rarely home during the day. My husband worked in Los Angeles and I worked in Pasadena. These cities are in close commuting distance to Hacienda Heights.
Sometimes we would grab burgers or pizza when we were too tired to cook but for the most part we ate dinner at home. With LA so convenient, we went on frequent visits to the LA Arboretum, the LA Zoo, La Brea Tar Pits and the Museum of Contemporary Art. In those days it was fun to go to the LA Garment District but I don't think that is there anymore.
Hacienda Heights is picturesque, cozy, convenient, friendly and safe. It is also smoggy and expensive. I really enjoyed living there but ultimately ended up moving out to Santa Clarita where I could afford a four bedroom home.