Welcome to Pasadena
A sun-soaked suburb with a traditional, East Coast feel
This community is an incredible combination of historical preservation and cutting-edge devotion to sustainability. The abundance of green space and friendly atmosphere gives Pasadena a hometown feel. It’s incredibly family-friendly, full of opportunity, and laden with charm.
Beginning in the late 1800s, Pasadena boomed as a resort town. Beautiful hotels were built, and wealthy Easterners treated Pasadena as their winter escape. Then, during World War II, the city was given another boost when high-tech and scientific companies moved to the area to support the Pacific War efforts. To this day, these companies continue to make Pasadena a hub of technology and business.
Pasadena is well-known for its architecture, primarily because it’s the home of architectural leader Greene & Greene
. Thanks to the city’s preservation efforts, there are still a large number of California craftsman-style homes from the 19th and early-20th centuries. With smaller single-family homes, quaint condos, and grand estates on larger lots, there is something in Pasadena to fit most budgets and lifestyles.
What to Love
- The world-famous Rose Bowl
- Dozens of hiking trails for all levels
- Incredible shopping and dining in quaint Old Pasadena
People & Lifestyle
Quiet and friendly, Pasadena has a hometown, artistic feel despite the fact that it’s a metropolitan hub. The thriving job sector includes engineering, pharmaceutical, medical, and tech companies, and the area also has a pull for those with a creative bent. Residents here are highly educated, and Pasadena is a wonderful place to raise a family. There is no shortage of things to do, and the city prides itself on its walkability, incredible public transportation system, and a plethora of events.
Dining, Shopping & Entertainment
Bursting with local shops, historic businesses, and neighborhood favorites, Pasadena’s commercial scene is one of the best in Southern California. No matter what you’re looking for, it’s likely you’ll find it here.
Stroll through Old Pasadena on Colorado Boulevard for a myriad of brand-name stores and boutiques, but the real charm of Pasadena shopping comes in out-of-the-way places. The Huntington Collection is a resale shop for antiques, and its proceeds are donated to local programs. Find flowers to brighten your home at Jacob Maarse, a local shop that has led the industry for almost half a century.
Dine in the California sunshine and enjoy a delicious farm-to-table meal at The Arbour. Another local favorite, Mi Piace, serves up lite Italian cuisine with a New York accent. Alexander's Steakhouse serves premium steaks with a Japanese twist. On a hot summer day, cool down with a stop by family-owned 21 Choices Frozen Yogurt. Whether you’re an avid coffee drinker or a casual sipper, you’ll find what you’re looking for with coffee shops like Urth Cafe, Lavender & Honey, and Art + Science Cafe.
Things to Do
If you walk down any of Pasadena’s beautiful tree-lined streets, you’re likely to bump into a historical place or an incredible art and cultural experience.
Pasadena Playhouse hosts various community events and professional productions where patrons can enjoy a night on the town. The Pasadena Chalk Festival brings hundreds of talented artists together to create masterful street art. Every January, people crowd the streets of Pasadena to watch the Rose Parade, but imagine being able to walk to the end of your block to see it! If you’re more into football than floats, get a ticket to the Rose Bowl Game (but do it now because it’s sold out every year since 1947).
Adjacent to the Rose Bowl, avid golfers will find the Brookside Golf Club, an incredible 36-hole complex in the foothills of the San Gabriel Mountains. Whether you recognize it from watching Back to the Future or as a paragon of design, Gamble House is a great place to explore art as architecture. Or, for a possibly less dignified experience, they also host events such as goat yoga. For even more inspiration, Norton Simon Museum offers guests a rich journey of art and history.
Pasadena is home to excellent schools for all levels. Top educational opportunities include:
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