Welcome to South Pasadena
Quaint suburbia with all-American charm
South Pasadena is a charming alcove between Highland Park to the west and Pasadena to the north. Plus, this alcove community is only six miles north of downtown Los Angeles, which provides easy access to all things entertainment. This laidback, family-friendly neighborhood is instantly recognized by its plentiful greenery and hiking trails, corner coffee shops, and highly rated schools. You won’t find as many palm trees in this part of town, and the plethora of mom-and-pop shops give this enclave a suburban, Midwestern appeal. You’ve probably seen South Pasadena on the silver screen because its “anywhere in America” look is the perfect backdrop for movies such as 13 Going on 30, Nightmare on Elm Street, and Legally Blonde.
Homes in South Pasadena often boast a Craftsman-style design that infuses the streets with a charming, approachable aura but don’t be surprised to see a sleek, mid-century home next door. Additionally, you’ll find luxurious condos with upscale amenities and a selection of dreamy, sun-glazed apartments.
What to Love
- Easy to get around
- Family-friendly atmosphere
- Historic homes on every corner
- Abundant lush greenery
People & Lifestyle
Regarded as the City of Trees, South Pasadena is beloved for its luscious greenery. Mature trees line the streets, and you’ll notice an abundance of native California trees such as redwood, ash, and sycamore trees. This picture-perfect neighborhood is best described as affluent yet unpretentious, historic yet innovative, and trendy yet timeless. South Pasadena’s Mission West district is part of the original U.S. Route 66, a cross-country thoroughfare connecting Santa Monica to Chicago, and this charming community has long been favored by families.
Dining, Shopping & Entertainment
Despite its small size, South Pasadena has a myriad of dining options filled with global cuisines. The Raymond 1886
offers New American fares from seafood to streak in a cozy cottage setting. Make the most of South Pasadena’s bountiful sunshine and dine on their garden patio. Fiore Market Cafe
is an eclectic eatery with a robust menu of deli sandwiches, crisp salads, and hearty soups. Gus’s BBQ
has been a South Pasadena staple since its opening in 1946. This family favorite dishes up slow-cooked barbecue with a side of southern hospitality. When you’re craving traditional Mexican fare, look no further than ARO Latin
. Their elegantly plated menu of classic Mexican cuisine is served in a chic, rustic dining room on Mission Street.
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
South Pasadena’s plentiful green space is one of its most attractive attributes. If you love being outside, head over to Garfield Park
, a seven-acre stretch of green along Park Avenue that sports tennis courts, a playground, and a looped walking path. For a little outdoor meditation, try Storrier Stearns Japanese Garden
. This historic green space was designed in 1935, and today it doubles as a breathtaking event venue. The South Pasadena Farmers Market serves the community by providing fresh, locally sourced produce and handmade artisanal goods in this open-air market year-round. To celebrate the new year, the Pasadena Tournament of Roses
graces the streets of South Pasadena on New Year’s Day. The parade floats lovingly handcrafted with live floral arrangements meander the South Pasadena streets accompanied by live musical performances, and the parade is nationally televised.
South Pasadena’s students have access to a myriad of exceptional educational facilities that cater to their strengths and learning styles. A few of the most prominent academic opportunities in the area include:
- South Pasadena Music Center & Observatory
- South Pasadena High School, 9-12
- Monterey Hills Elementary School, K-5