Pasadena lies in the Verdugos Region of Los Angeles County, nestled in the foothills of the San Gabriel Mountains, 11 miles from Los Angeles. Downtown Pasadena sits at the convergence of the 134, 110 and 210 Freeways and residential neighborhoods extend in all directions from that anchor point.
No doubt, Pasadena is best known as the longtime host city of the annual Rose Bowl and Tournament of Roses Parade. But did you know Pasadena has over 60,000 trees, gorgeous architecture and historic neighborhoods? Or that it is the oldest suburb in Los Angeles County? Or that it has an asteroid named after it?
Living here affords one all the amenities of an urban lifestyle wrapped in an elegant, beautiful city that still retains a small-town feel.
Median home prices in Pasadena are higher than Los Angeles, less than San Marino, and about the same as nearby Glendale, CA. For sure, there are some rather expensive homes in a few Pasadena neighborhoods, don't be surprised to find properties exceeding $10 million (and sometimes close to $30M).
Great architecture is part of Pasadena’s DNA. Mid Century Modern, Victorian (Queen Anne), Four Square, Colonial Revival, Regency Revival, and Ranch homes can be found everywhere. In fact, there’s even a neighborhood named Bungalow Heaven.
Pasadena is so rich with architectural gems that there are several neighborhood tours available (guided and unguided) that can be conducted by foot, car or bike. What’s more, you can download an iPhone app to spontaneously search and find historical resources nearby, from wherever you are in town.
The city is also replete with well-manicured landscaping and gorgeous garden designs. Driving through some areas give one the feeling that nary a shrub, flower, or tree is out of place.
Some of the best shopping and retail stores are concentrated in the Old Pasadena section of Downtown, a 21-block shopping district packed with retail stores and restaurants, featuring upscale shopping, unique boutiques, and national retailers.
Here you will find many small, local retailers amidst two popular malls:
The massive Rose Bowl Flea Market happens on the 2nd Sunday of every month. Each event sees 20,000 treasure hunters angle their way through 2,500 vendor kiosks hunting for antiques, clothing, art and specialty products. Parking is plentiful and free. However, there is a small admission fee. Food is also available since folks may find themselves staying and shopping all day – yes, it’s that big.
The Pasadena Certified Farmers Market is held twice weekly, the smaller version on Tuesdays at Villa Parke Center and the main event Saturdays at Victory Park. Here you will find locally-grown vegetables, fruits, and farm products. The market is cash only and happens rain or shine.
Pasadena is home to some of the best restaurants in the United States. Whether you’re in the mood for fine dining, casual fare, bakeries, wine bars, or pubs, you’ll find plenty of choices. Dining al fresco adds a nice touch to the food scene here. There's something particularly enjoyable about an evening outside with friends, food, and great conversation.
The non-profit historic preservation organization, Pasadena Heritage, regularly holds events to celebrate the city’s cultural, architectural and historical treasures. They offer walking and bus tours of neighborhoods, area landmarks, and even the city’s role in cinema. You can stay apprised by checking out their events calendar.
When you’re done shopping, and taking in the architectural glory of the city, take a gander (pun intended) at Pasadena Audubon Society’s Bird Map!
There are also several excellent museums to explore for kids and adults alike:
The Pasadena Convention & Visitor Bureau keeps an updated events calendar for unique, timely happenings as well as annual events such as the Pasadena Half Marathon and Rose Parade (which draws over 700,000 visitors to the area).
The Pasadena Public Library is cherished local resource, known for its friendly, knowledgeable librarians and inviting interior. Their programming includes lectures, film screenings, book clubs – to name a few. Plus, they have dedicated programs for teens and kids.
Among the venues for live theater, Pasadena Playhouse has the deepest historical roots. Founded in 1917, well before the rise of the motion picture industry in Los Angeles, it’s the official state theater of California.
The annual Arroyo Seco Weekend takes place at Brookside Park surrounding the Rose Bowl. The music festival sports three stages and dedicated areas for food and drink. Roughly 25k people attend each day of performances.
While the city sits at the juncture of several freeways, getting in and out of the area is enhanced by several Metro Gold Line stops which will take riders to Downtown Los Angeles (Union Station) or farther east into the San Gabriel Valley.
The City of Pasadena operates 26 parks, gardens and community centers.
Brookside Park sits in the heart of the eight-mile Arroyo Canon, next to the Rose Bowl. Brookside Golf & Country Club is the oldest course in L.A. County and has two 18-hole championship courses (36 total), a restaurant, dining room, clubhouse, and golf shop (of course)!
Victory Park (and Recreation Center has lighted softball and baseball fields, a multipurpose field for soccer and flag football, sand volleyball court, and picnic areas. During the summer, free movie screenings are popular. Inside the recreation center, you will find an indoor gymnasium with a full-sized basketball court.
Nearby Angeles National Forest offers rugged hiking trails, falls, streams and lakes. You never know what you'll find exploring its canyons and peaks. One thing is sure; you'll be rewarded with spectacular views of the L.A Basin. The Mount Wilson Observatory is a popular destination. Campgrounds require reservations and campsites are first come first served. Pets are welcome but must remain leashed.
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Pasadena Unified School District (PUSD) serves Pasadena and Altadena and operates:
You can find the School boundaries with this handy map finder hosted by the City of Pasadena.