Canyon Christmas Lights Treasure Hunt

New Homes Added This Year! 

Is your home here?  Can you find your neighbor’s? 

Click upper right to see full-sized photos.

Homes were photographed at random and some we miss.   We also try to find new displays.  If your house has been overlooked, perhaps it can be found in the lights of years past below.   Enjoy these beautiful canyon treasures, Merry Christmases (Glendale is so cool, we celebrate two, the 25th and the 6th.), Happy Holidays, and a very Happy New Year from your neighbors at the CCEA.

See the wonderful neighborhood years past below.

2018 Christmas Lights

2017 Christmas lights

Click on the photos below to see past Canyon Christmas Light Displays. When the page comes up click on the first photo to see them HUGE on your screen.  

 2015 Christmas lights

Click here to find a 2014 Christmas home.

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Click here for the 2013 homes.

Christmas lights

The Gift of Chevy Chase History!

YOUR CANYON HISTORY – BACK BY POPULAR DEMAND

The UPDATED History of the Chevy Chase Estates Association and the Community it Serves – SECOND EDITION  is once again available for purchase as we’ve printed up a few more.  Get yours today for only a $5 donation to cover the cost of printing.  A great gift for cherished neighbors, and a great welcome-to-the-neighborhood for new families.


Chevy Chase Estates History Booklet

Read about the floods, fires, and secret bridle trails, how from the very beginning the state’s oldest association of homeowners has fought back schemes to make the canyon into a garbage dump, turn the country club into a low-income housing project, or route a freeway straight through the valley.  This is a fantastic book lovingly written by a Chevy Chase local.  This is the official updated 85-page edition including gorgeous new black and white photos.  A must read.  A great present that will be cherished for generations.  AND IT’S ONLY FIVE BUCKS!

Order here, we pay for shipping.

Development Alert – Substandard Lot Variance Hearing

3132 Charing Cross Road – Too big a house on too small a lot.

3132 Charing Cross Road Glendale, Too big a house on too small a lot.

On Wednesday, December 8th at 9:30 am the Glendale Planning Hearing Officer will hear a variance case regarding 3132 Charing Cross Road.  Information on how to attend the hearing can be found here.  Concerned canyon residents can express their views by calling Milca Toledo at 818-937-8181 or emailing her at  MiToledo@glendaleca.gov.

The Glendale Planning Commission staff has recommended a denial of this variance.  Below are specifics as outlined by the city.

APPLICANT PROPOSES:

Construct a 2,764 SF single-family residence on at 6,069 SF vacant hillside lot.

  1. Reduction of the required minimum 10-foot interior setback (for the building and retaining walls), and to allow a reduced interior setback of zero for the building along the north-easterly (left side) property line and propose the construction of two, five-foot high retaining walls within five feet of the interior property line.
  1. Reduction of the required minimum 40% ungraded open space on a lot with an average current slope greater than 30%; the project proposes 31.8% ungraded open space.
  1. Increase the maximum allowed floor area ratio (FAR) to 0.42 on a lot with an average current slope greater than 40%, where 0.3 is the maximum.

CODE REQUIRES:

 Standards Variances

  1. The minimum lot size for purposes of constructing a new dwelling unit on lots divided prior to June 26, 1986 is seven thousand five hundred (7,500) square feet (GMC 30.11.030 and GMC 30.11.060).
  1. Building and structures permitted after May 2, 1991, shall be setback a minimum of 10 feet from the interior property line (GMC 30.11.030 Table 30.11-B), and retaining walls within five feet of the interior property line must be under three feet high.
  1. A minimum of forty (40) percent of the site area in the R1R zones shall be ungraded open space for any lot exceeding an average current slope of thirty (30) percent (GMC 30.11.040 F).
  1. The maximum floor area ratio shall be 0.30 for the first 10,000 sq. ft. of lot area on a lot with an average current

RECOMMENDATION

Staff believes the required findings of fact for Variances to construct a new 2,764 SF, three-story house has not been demonstrated, and therefore, recommends the Planning Hearing Officer deny the following variances requesting to:

  1. Reduce the required interior setback to zero along the north side of the property where a minimum 10-foot interior setback is required (for the building and retaining walls greater than three feet high); and
  1. Reduce ungraded open space to 31.8 percent where a minimum 40 percent ungraded open space is required on a lot with an average current slope greater than 30 percent; and
  1. Increase the total floor area ratio (FAR) to 0.42 where the maximum allowed is 0.30 on a lot with an average current slope greater than 40 percent.

Join Your Neighbors for a Canyon Cleanup – November 13, 2021

Meet your Neighbors and help keep our canyon clean!

What: Pride of Buckingham/Chevy Chase Estates Association Fall Canyon Cleanup
When: 8:30 AM / Saturday, November 13, 2021
Where: Meet at the Chevy Chase Library
What to bring: gloves, sun protection, water, and a desire to clean up our canyon!

Please join us in cleaning up our canyon by volunteering to pick up litter along East Chevy Chase to Emerald Isle Drive and Linda Vista to Buckingham Road. (We might extend the clean up to the Chevy Chase Estates portals if enough participants join). Contact Leticia Gonzalez at 818-434-4647 or gonzalez.leticia11@gmail.com for more information.

We will provide trash bags and trash pickers at the meeting point.. Please arrive at 8:30 to pick up your materials. You may then start your cleanup in the area where you wish, but let us know where you’ll be working so we don’t crowd each other. Start your cleaning, and when you’re done, return to the meeting point to deposit your collected trash (and return the pickers) and pose for a group photo!

About the Organizers:

The “Pride of Buckingham” group was established with the intent of bringing the folks who reside on Buckingham Road and Buckingham Place together in sharing this beautiful Canyon and taking pride in keeping the environment clean. The Canyon Cleanup event has been happening (usually quarterly) for more than a decade.

The Chevy Chase Estates Association (CCEA) was founded in 1937 and is the oldest association of homeowners in California. Through its Board of Directors, this Association is actively involved in all issues that impact the quality of the Chevy Chase Canyon lifestyle. The CCEA Board is a group of twelve Canyon volunteers who are dedicated to maintaining and enhancing the quality of life in Chevy Chase Estates.

Ice Cream Social Photos

Chevy Chase Library NOW OPEN!

The CCEA ice cream social celebrating the reopening of our neighborhood library was a grand success.  Kids, parents, dogs, and canyon neighbors enjoyed the sunny day and free ice cream.  And the topper… canyon residents were treated to presentation detailing the new cutting-edge changes coming soon to our beloved library.  Check out all the day’s photos below.

Two Canyon Development Alerts

1.  Proposed – Bulldoze a Mini-Forest of 9 Protected Live Oaks

2936 Greenwich Road, Glendale  PDR 2115513

To construct a new three-story, 2,740 square-foot, single-family residence and an attached two-car garage on a 9,719 square-foot lot in the R1R, FAR District II zone. The subject lot is currently vacant and has an average current slope of 56%. The project proposes 1,340 cubic yards of grading and removing nine protected oaks.

Contact Case Planner Roger Kiesel (818) 937-8152, RKiesel@glendaleca.gov

Or attend the Design Review Board meeting on October 14, 2021, at 5:00 pm or as soon thereafter as possible.

The meeting can be viewed on Charter Cable Channel 6 or by streaming online at: https://www.glendaleca.gov/government/departments/management-services/gtv6/live-video-stream

For public comments and questions during the DRB meeting, call 818-937-8100. City staff will be submitting these questions and comments in real time to the appropriate person during the meeting.

2.  Proposed – Cut Away a Cliff to Build a House

2745 Kennington Drive, Glendale  PDR 2100167

To construct a new three-story, 3,020 SF single-family residence with an attached, 791 SF, two-car garage on a vacant, 10,307 SF, upslope hillside lot 74.1% average current slope (50% was the limit) and grade 1,657 cubic yards, located in the R1R-II (Restricted Residential, Floor Area Ratio II) zone.

Contact Case Planner Milca Toledo (818) 937-8181, MiToledo@glendaleca.gov

Or attend the Design Review Board meeting on October 14, 2021, at 5:00 pm or as soon thereafter as possible.

The meeting can be viewed on Charter Cable Channel 6 or by streaming online at: https://www.glendaleca.gov/government/departments/management-services/gtv6/live-video-stream

For public comments and questions during the DRB meeting, call 818-937-8100. City staff will be submitting these questions and comments in real time to the appropriate person during the meeting.

Ice Cream Social at the Chevy Chase Library – October 16, 2021

Please join us for ice cream & to celebrate the reopening of the Chevy Chase Library!

Stay for a tour of the reimagined library and an introduction to the upcoming “self-serve” model.

Saturday October 16, 2021 @ 1PM

CHEVY CHASE LIBRARY
3301 E Chevy Chase Drive, Glendale CA 91206

Join Your Neighbors for a Canyon Cleanup – June 26, 2021

What: Pride of Buckingham/Chevy Chase Estates Association Canyon Cleanup
When: 8:30AM / Saturday, June 26, 2021
Where: We’ll meet at the intersection of East Chevy Chase and Linda Vista.
What to bring: gloves, sun protection, water, and a desire to clean up our canyon!

Please join us in cleaning up our canyon by volunteering to pick up litter along East Chevy Chase to Emerald Isle Drive, and Linda Vista to Buckingham Road (and beyond??). Meet your Neighbors and help keep our canyon clean!

We will provide trash bags and trash pickers at the meeting point.. Please arrive at 8:30 to pick up your materials. You may then start your cleanup in the area where you wish, but let us know where you’ll be working so we don’t crowd each other. Start your cleaning, and when you’re done, return to the meeting point to deposit your collected trash (and return the pickers) and pose for a group photo!

About the Organizers:
The “Pride of Buckingham” group was established with the intent of bringing the folks who reside on Buckingham Road and Buckingham Place together in sharing this beautiful Canyon and taking pride in keeping the environment clean. The Canyon Cleanup event has been happening (usually quarterly) for more than a decade.

The Chevy Chase Estates Association (CCEA) was founded in 1937 and is the oldest association of homeowners in California. Through its Board of Directors, this Association is actively involved in all issues that impact the quality of the Chevy Chase Canyon lifestyle. The CCEA Board is a group of twelve Canyon volunteers who are dedicated to maintaining and enhancing the quality of life in Chevy Chase Estates.