Pasadena

Welcome to Pasadena

Vintage charm meets sun-kissed streets
 
Situated eleven miles northeast of Los Angeles, Pasadena is nestled in the San Gabriel Valley. This dreamy city is known for its balmy climate, bustling arts and science facilities, and designer shopping. Pasadena has a long history that dates back to the Rancho del Rincon de San Pascual Mexican land grant, which included the modern-day areas of Pasadena, South Pasadena, and Altadena. At the turn of the 20th century, Pasadena established itself as a prominent resort town and became home to luxury hotels, prominent wartime manufacturers, and glitzy Hollywood hopefuls toward the late 1970s. Due to community activism, Pasadena didn’t follow the trend of erecting sweeping high-rises in the early 2000s—instead, it fought to preserve its vintage charm. Today, the architectural landscape of Pasadena is dotted with historic Craftsman bungalows that carry their own distinct aura.
 

What to Love

  • Distinguished and affluent community
  • Well-lit, tree-lined streets
  • Family-friendly atmosphere
  • Boutique window shopping on Lake Avenue

 

People & Lifestyle

Pasadena’s Old World charm shines through its contemporary lifestyle. Because of Pasadena’s location, families often flock to its lush green streets. Although close to the heart of Los Angeles, its quiet streets and demure residents are a far cry from LA’s late-night revelers.
 

Dining, Entertainment & Shopping 

Pasadena’s wealth of highly-acclaimed eateries and luxury shopping destinations make it a popular choice for anyone hoping to stay ahead of the curve of the latest trends. Equal parts comfortable and classy, Union is a farm-to-table Italian gastropub that emphasizes bright flavors and local ingredients. Sugarfish is a cult-favorite sophisticated sushi stop that has swept the nation by storm. For a menu with historic appeal, swing by The Raymond 1886. Tucked inside the cottage homestead of Roaring Twenties hotel mogul Walter Raymond, this restaurant and bar is steeped in Pasadena history that you won’t want to miss. Whiskey bar The Blind Donkey is a hopping Old Pasadena hotspot for elevated pub grub and a great time, while Magnolia House is a swanky drink destination courtesy of mixology maestros. If you’re craving a side of live jazz with your meal, Fiore Market Cafe will be a quick favorite. Their eclectic menu of globally-inspired salads, soups, and sandwiches pair perfectly with patio dining and live music. 

Old Town Pasadena is overflowing with eclectic, high-end retailers, including Apple, Anthropologie, Crate & Barrel, and Madewell.
 

Things to Do

Pasadena is home to a plethora of world-renowned museums and research facilities. The Huntington Library, Art Museum, and Botanical Gardens is a breathtaking collection of texts, sculptures, paintings, and over 1,500 species of plant life spanning 120 acres. The estate is brimming with European and American art from the 17th to 20th centuries, and the gardens include stunning themed oases such as the Desert Garden and the Japanese Garden. The Norton Simon Museum is home to a myriad of dazzling artworks. The museum’s 11,000 pieces range from Japanese woodblock prints to 1950s contemporary art, and the grounds are dotted with larger-than-life sculptures. NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory is a research-based facility that offers free public tours to get an inside look at a NASA lab. Every year on New Year’s Day, the Pasadena Tournament of Roses celebrates the new year with a breathtaking display of floral arrangements and parade floats.
 

Schools

Educational facilities in Pasadena are world-renowned for their extensive and engaging curricula. A few of the most outstanding academic opportunities in the city include:
  • Westridge School, 4-12
  • John Muir High School, 9-12
  • California Institute of Technology, Higher Education

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