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WHY CHOOSE A BARBERA MANAGEMENT PROPERTY?

It’s simple. We love our tenants.

As owner-operators with 26 apartment houses in the San Gabriel Valley, we know a thing or two about how to take care of our tenants. We’ve been doing it since 1956.

The San Gabriel Valley (part of Los Angeles County) is perfectly situated to take advantage of mountain views, a hard-to-beat climate, and greenery year-round. It’s a rare California blend of beauty and affordability. The San Gabriel Valley is a fine place to raise a family or work in either the corporate world or as an entrepreneur.

Welcome to our community — an ideal place to live, work, play and raise a family.
Find your next home in these cities:

  • Pasadena is the home of the Rose Bowl and for millions of people around the world, the Rose Parade is an iconic New Year’s Day tradition. The Huntington Library, Descanso Gardens, CalTech & JPL are also here.

  • South Pasadena, the City of Trees, is a charming community with an award winning farmers market, cool shops and restaurants.

  • Alhambra is the gateway to the San Gabriel Valley and has a lively mix of international restaurants and markets.

  • Monrovia is situated in the foothills of the San Gabriel Mountains and is home to the East Huntington Drive technology corridor.

  • Arcadia is where you’ll find Santa Anita Park, where you can see world class thoroughbred horse racing. It’s also home to The Los Angeles County Arboretum & Botanic Garden — the summertime home of the California Philharmonic’s Concerts on the Green.

  • Temple City, known as the “Home of Camellias,” has an urban feel and a lot of restaurants, coffee shops, and parks.

  • San Gabriel is named after the Mission San Gabriel Arcangel, one of the initial Spanish Missions constructed in California.

  • Sierra Madre, is known for its annual Wistaria Festival and downtown Sierra Madre has small restaurants and shops. The area provides many scenic, natural hiking trails and hosts the annual post Rose Parade float viewing.

Here are a few other reasons to choose

Barbera Management Apartment Houses and the San Gabriel Valley.

  • SCHOOLS

    From plentiful pre-schools to world-renowned universities, the San Gabriel Valley has the right educational opportunities for you and your family.

  • ENTERTAINMENT

    Most of the cities and neighborhoods have city and recreational parks such as the Eaton Canyon, public and private golf courses, tennis courts, and other recreational facilities like skating rinks and bowling alleys. The Valley also has plenty of movie complexes, museums, and theaters.

  • SHOPPING & RESTAURANTS

    Retail shops at local stores and malls are plentiful and carry a full range of merchandise. You’ll also find many restaurants, ranging from fast food to gourmet dining.

  • BUSINESS & EMPLOYMENT

    There are banks, investment companies, professional service companies and major corporations. Large established businesses provide stable employment in the professional, light/heavy industry, high tech, and other fields.

  • HOSPITALS & CHURCHES

    Several major hospitals, medical centers, senior-care facilities, and medical offices are conveniently located. Churches of all faiths are represented.

  • SAN GABRIEL VALLEY AREA RESOURCES

    Choosing an apartment in Pasadena, Arcadia, Monrovia or other cities in the San Gabriel Valley offers easy access to world-class museums, fast-paced entertainment centers and quiet places to relax and unwind. San Gabriel Valley will combine world class events, science and technology, arts and culture, history and architecture with great neighborhoods and opportunities for all.
    The list below is a partial list of resources to use and enjoy.

  • We want our laundry facilities to be a pleasure to use. Our laundry areas have been upgraded with new equipment to conserve energy and also have lockers to store your cleaning supplies so you don’t have to carry them back and forth from your apartment.

  • In Case of Fire: 

    1. Have everyone evacuate the area immediately.
    2. Call the Fire Dept. even if the fire appears to be small (small fires quickly become LARGE fires). The Fire Dept. phone number should be posted at every phone.
    3. Use your extinguisher properly, according to the instructions on the nameplate and in this manual. A large fire should be fought by professionals. Be prepared to leave the area if the fire cannot be immediately controlled. 

    The following instructions are of a general nature, intended to familiarize the user with the basic operating techniques of Amerex hand portable extinguishers. All operate by removing the ring (safety) pin and squeezing the handles together. Since extinguishers differ, the extinguisher nameplate must be consulted for specific procedures and starting distances.

    1. Hold the extinguisher upright and pull the ring (safety) pin breaking the plastic seal.
    2. Stand back from the fire (the minimum distance stated on the nameplate) and aim at the base of the fire nearest you.
    3. Keeping the extinguisher upright, squeeze the handles together to discharge and sweep from side to side. Move closer as the fire is extinguished but not so close as to scatter the burning material or liquid.
    4. When the fire is out, back away while watching for possible re-ignition.
    5. Evacuate and ventilate the area immediately after use. The fumes and smoke from any fire may be hazardous and can be deadly. 

    INSPECTION should be performed monthly or more frequently if circumstances dictate. The extinguisher should be checked to see that it is not damaged, the discharge outlet is not blocked, that it is fully charged, the seal is not broken and that the operating instructions are clearly visible.

    ANNUAL MAINTENANCE is a more complete inspection of the extinguisher and should be done professionally. It will reveal the need for hydrotesting which must be done on Water Mist, Water, Wet Chemical, Foam and Carbon Dioxide every FIVE Years and Dry Power, Halotron 1 and Halon 1211 extinguishers every TWELVE YEARS. Most local authorities require special tags be attached to the extinguisher to verify this service. 

    SIX YEAR MAINTENANCE Every six years, extinguishers requiring a 12 year hydrotest shall be emptied and subject to thorough examination of mechanical parts, extinguishing agent and expelling means. When applicable maintenance procedures are done during periodic recharging or hydrotesting, the six year requirement will begin from that date. 

    RECHARGE should be done professionally immediately after any use by your local Amerex Distributor who has the trained personnel, extinguisher agents and equipment to do it properly. This extinguisher must be recharged with the extinguisher agent specified on the nameplate. Substitutions could cause damage or injury. 

    IMPORTANT Things to Remember: 

    Never discharge a fire extinguisher into anyone’s face

    Never throw an extinguisher into the fire or leave it unattended if the fire is not out. Pressure build-up could cause an explosion from even a partially full extinguisher.

    Keep Fire Extinguishers Away From Children.

  • Safety and security is very important to us. That’s why we recommend the following tips and precautions.

    • Get to know the people living in your building. If you see suspicious people or activity, report the situation to the manager.
    • For gated apartments, never give out the code, don’t hold the gate open for anyone and don’t prop the doors open in any way.
    • Use your deadbolt and lock your windows when you are not in your apartment.
    • If you will be away for extended periods, have the post office hold your mail and suspend your newspaper delivery. Do not leave your mailbox unlocked.
    • Everyone locks themselves out of their apartment at least once in their life. Have a set of spare keys accessible with someone you trust or in a secure place.
    • Use lighted walkways and paths around the building. If you notice a bulb is out, notify the manager. Always take precautions in unlit areas. 
    • Use handrails going up and down stairs. Be on the lookout for wet steps, halls or pathways.
    • Never put your hands in washers, dryers or garbage disposals if the machine is still in motion.
    • Watch where you walk. Make sure there’s nothing to slip on or cause you to lose your footing or balance.
    • Know where the nearest fire extinguisher is located and learn how to use it.
    • Do not store any flammable liquid or other combustible material including explosives in the apartment or garage. If you smell dangerous or hazardous material, report it to the manager. 
    • Report light switches or fuse boxes that are not in operation or outlets/equipment that may have sparked. 

    Be proactive!

  • Mold is a naturally occurring fungus which serves the necessary function of digesting dead wood, leaves and other bio-refuse. In your living areas, you do not want this function to occur. Toxic mold is so called because certain types of fungus produce chemicals known as mycotoxins.

    The bad news: these toxins are thought by some to produce acute reactions in susceptible people ranging from allergies, rashes, headaches and fatigue to dizziness and inability to concentrate.

    The good news: when a person is removed from the source of the mold the problem goes away. When the mold is eliminated, the problem goes away.

    The following sources of indoor moisture may cause mold:

    • Steam from cooking, showers, baths
    • Wet clothes on indoor drying lines
    • Condensation
    • Water leaks
    • Soiled moist clothes

    The following steps should be part of good housekeeping to prevent mold:

    • Dry mops and cleaning utensils thoroughly before storing
    • Wipe down bathrooms walls and shower walls/ doors after bathing
    • Wipe down condensation from interior windows and windowsills
    • Dry soiled, moist articles before storing
    • Allow air to circulate throughout the living and storing areas

    As a general routine clean, dust, vacuum and mop on a regular basis. These tips are not intended to cover all the possibilities of mold development or mold remedies.

  • A tenant must consider two things when an apartment is returned:

    1. Cleanliness
    2. Maintenance 

    Here are some suggestions to keep your apartment in great shape:

    • Keep the windows closed to keep heat in and cold/rain out. This protects drapes, blinds and flooring. When you need to open a window, make sure it is unlocked before forcing it open. 
    • Vacuum carpets regularly to prevent wear, and use door mats to keep dirt outside. Bare feet leave behind oils that can stain carpet so try not to walk barefoot indoors. Accidents happen: avoid bad carpet stains by staying off the carpet when you eat. 
    • Minimize holes in walls by limiting the things you hang up. Leave space between the wall and furniture to avoid scratches or marks. 
    • Don’t slam doors. 
    • You should test smoke alarm batteries twice a year. 
    • Clean air conditioner filters annually. 
    • Seal granite countertops annually. 
    • Rinse faucet screens as needed.
    • When you cook use lids on pots and pans, and wipe down stoves and ovens after each use.
    • Keep your sinks, bathtubs and garbage disposals from clogging by limiting the oil and food waste you dispose.
    • Keep your car in good condition to prevent oil leaks.
    • Dampen heavy appliances or furniture when moving them up or down the stairs.
    • Keep windows and balconies free of ornaments and signage. 

    Cleaning and maintaining an apartment is the tenant’s responsibility, and you’ll have a polished and pleasant home!

  • Landlords and tenants should become familiar with the term “ordinary wear and tear” and “not ordinary wear and tear”. The tenant/landlord relationship is important when the tenant moves out and returns the apartment to the landlord. Generally the charges for “not ordinary wear and tear” are taken from the tenant deposit.

    Rental payment provides for ordinary wear and tear. Usually if all the items in the apartment remain in use and in normal appearance, that would be considered ordinary wear and tear. The landlord expects the unit to be returned in the condition originally rented by the tenant.

    The following is NOT considered “ordinary wear and tear”. Items that are:

    • broken
    • cracked
    • scratched
    • soiled
    • torn
    • stained
    • altered
    • damaged
    • missing

    Total replacement may be required to correct a specific concern. For example:

    • appliances
    • flooring (hardwood/carpeting)
    • holes 
    • window covering
    • plumbing fixtures
    • cabinets/shelves
    • lighting fixtures

    We recommend a careful inspection of everything in the apartment.

  • When decorating your apartment, pretend you are looking through a camera lens. What would make the picture great? Less is more! 

    Plan the layout of your apartment around your daily routine. Consider things like:

    • Window placement and the movement of light at different times of day
    • Room size
    • Uninterrupted vertical wall space

    Visualize entering into each room

    • Think about how you are going to use each room.
    • How can you maximize its use? Consider all the possibilities. 

    Furniture placement

    • The largest pieces of furniture are generally placed first. Then smaller furniture can be placed around these to compliment.  
    • Consider how you will use the room and make sure you leave the space you need to be comfortable. 

    Take advantage of the whole room

    • Avoid overcrowding a room. 
    • Balance the placement of furniture so one side of the room isn’t too heavy. 

    Style

    • Keep furniture and decor in the same style or period (eg. modern, colonial, or classic).
    • Odd pieces of furniture should be used as accents.
    • Don’t use furniture because you “happen to have it”.

    Color

    • To bring harmony to your apartment, select a color palette and stick to it. 

    Accessories

    • Accessories add the final touch to your apartment. Lamps, pictures, flowers, memorabilia should be placed last, once you are happy with the overall layout of your apartment.
  • We care about conserving energy to keep our planet green. A little common sense and technology can go a long way. Barbera Properties has taken many steps to be energy efficient to help you and our planet.

    • All washers and dryers in our laundry rooms meet current standards for efficient water, electricity and gas savings. 
    • All exterior lights use energy efficient bulbs. 
    • Windows are covered with vertical blinds. 
    • To conserve water, we use water timers with the sprinkler system and air blowers to clean common areas. 
    • Attics are insulated to conserve heat and air conditioning.
    • Our properties have extensive landscaping, including trees and bushes that shade apartments and give oxygen back to the planet.
    • We also give our tenants tips on how to conserve energy and keep our planet green.