The City of Sierra Madre, is a small, quaint, safe, and friendly town in the San Gabriel Valley region of Los Angeles County, California. The population is about 11,000. The city encompasses approximately 3.01 square miles. It is in the Foothills of the San Gabriel Mountains below the southern edge of the Angeles National Forest with the cities of Pasadena and Altadena to its west, and Arcadia to its south and east. Sierra Madre is one of the few cities in the region which has fully been able to retain its village quality despite pressures for growth, modernization and diversification. Sierra Madre is home to the world's largest known Wistaria vine, measuring more than an acre in size and weighing 250 tons. The annual Wistaria festival is the one day a year which the 115 year old vine on private property can be viewed. The city has been the backdrop for a number of films, notably the Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1956) and The Wedding Singer (1998). The City of Sierra Madre was awarded All American City in 2007 by the National Civic League.
Most of Sierra Madre consists of residential neighborhoods defined by tree-lined streets, attractive yards, gardens, and a variety of traditional architectural styles, including Victorian, California Bungalow, Mission Revival, and Ranch - style homes. Residential neighborhoods surround the central downtown business district, which is generally located along Sierra Madre Boulevard and North Baldwin Avenue.