South El Monte's official website describes it as a small city that thinks big, and those interested in local homes for rent can expect to have the best of both worlds. Just a 20-minute drive from Los Angeles, South El Monte is close enough for its residents to enjoy all of the culture that the City of Angels has to offer while simultaneously offering an array of small-town comforts, including a busy community center that acts as a hub for local residents.
South El Monte is very much a children's paradise. In terms of youth groups, there are local Girl Scout and Boy Scout troops, as well as a Little League team. The city is also home to a Mini Center, an Aquatic Center, four parks (Mary Van Dyke Park, New Temple Park, Shively Park and Thienes Gateway Park), the 1,492-acre Whittier Narrows Recreation Area and the 400-acre Whittier Narrows Nature Center, which borders the San Gabriel River. That said, you don't have to be a kid to enjoy the local parks and facilities, particularly the local golfing opportunities.