Welcome to Pasadena
Sun-soaked and sophisticated SoCal living
Palm trees, plentiful sunshine, and posh amenities are some of Pasadena’s trademark characteristics. Nestled in the San Gabriel Valley, this city is situated 11 miles northeast of Los Angeles, and it’s renowned for its remarkable art and science endeavors, as well as its rich sense of local history. During the early 20th century, Pasadena became popular with Gilded Age Hollywood stars as a resort town, and today, it is home to a plethora of trendsetting boutiques, charming local eateries, and upscale amenities. Pasadena’s low-profile skyline is the product of advocating and protesting against the destruction of historic buildings by impassioned citizens during the 1970s when the urbanization was on the rise. Today, homes in Pasadena are widely known for their historic Craftsman architecture, which can be easily recognized by its low-pitched gables and overhanging eaves. Covered front porches are prominent in the area. Other home options include luxury condos in Pasadena’s Playhouse District and sleek, stylish apartments.
What to Love
- Affluent, educated community
- Easy to traverse
- Hip, foodie-favorite eateries
- Art and culture hub
- Abundant greenery
People & Lifestyle
The City of Roses has an urban feel with a myriad of cultural facilities. This neighborhood's collegiate presence attracts a surplus of ambitious and driven young scholars and provides ample career opportunities, so it isn’t unusual for students to remain in the area post-graduation.
Dining, Shopping & Entertainment
Pasadena boasts a variety of dining options, from quick bites to displays of fine dining. Rooftop restaurant Cafe Santorini
is an Old Town favorite that specializes in Mediterranean-inspired seafood fares. Nick’s
on South Lake Avenue is a market-driven New American joint with a sophisticated menu of seafood, sandwiches, and salads. Trendy Foothill
makes fine dining fun with its elevated menu of American classics, and Houston’s
is a spacious and suave new-age burger joint.
Window shopping on Lake Avenue is the perfect way to spend a balmy Pasadena afternoon. Lined with boutique shops and recognizable brands, this urban center is a bustling mix of coffeehouses, luxury retailers, and local storefronts.
Things to Do
From away games to art walks, Pasadena has a little bit of everything on the calendar. The Rose Bowl Stadium
is Pasadena’s largest outdoor facility, and it has been operating since 1922 and is a recognized National Historic Landmark. This stadium seats nearly 91,000, and it hosts football games, concerts, and a monthly flea market. Each year, the annual Pasadena Tournament of Roses
sweeps through the city, celebrating the new year with vibrant fresh blooms and handmade parade floats adorned with floral arrangements. Pasadena’s stunning array of cultural facilities are among the country’s most spectacular. The Huntington Library, Art Museum, and Botanical Gardens
sprawls 120 acres and is home to thousands of historic texts, artwork, and more than 1,500 species of plants in their beautifully manicured gardens. This estate specializes in European and American art created between the 17th and 20th centuries, including sculptures and paintings. Nearby at the Norton Simon Museum, you can spend an entire afternoon meandering their collection of 11,000 pieces. You’ll find Japanese woodblock prints and contemporary American art. The grounds are speckled with sculptures that inspire onlookers. The Gamble House
is the pinnacle of American Craftsman architecture, and this Orange Grove home commemorates architecture as art with tours of the home, as well as through the carefully designed gardens.
From primary school up to higher education, Pasadena’s students have a plethora of exceptional academic opportunities at their fingertips. Here are a few of the most notable educational facilities:
- California Polytechnic Institute, Higher Education
- Westridge School, 4-12
- John Muir High School, 9-12