The Magnolia Center is just that, it is one of the main commercial hubs of Riverside, often referred to as a second downtown. Magnolia Center has been a part of the City of Riverside since its foundation in 1883.Several of Riverside’s major streets converge at Magnolia Center – Magnolia, Central, Arlington, Jurupa and Brockton Avenues – making it a natural location for commercial activities. As such, this neighborhood is home to two notable shopping centers, the Riverside Plaza and Brockton Arcade where Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage is located in the Sam Armstrong Realty Center. Rich in cultural heritage, this neighborhood can boast that it was the home of State Senator Henry L. Streeter, who sponsored legislation that led to the creation of Riverside County in 1893, and also is the proud home to the Parent Naval Orange Tree.
The neighborhood was originally developed with small farms and orange groves interspersed with single-family residences until the boom in the decade following WWII. Immediately after the war, the city of Riverside experienced a housing boom. Our proximity to March Air Force Base (now March Air Reserve Base), and the Camp Anza staging camp where over 600,000 came to and from the Pacific Rim fighting, meant that a large number of soldiers decided to stay in the area after the war. Many of the homes in the Magnolia Center area are from this boom time. Living in the Magnolia Center means that you are close to shopping, freeways, and the center of our town.