Welcome to Pasadena
Pasadena’s historic buildings, lush flora, and quiet neighborhoods make it an oasis from the chaos of Los Angeles. Home to the world-famous Rose Parade and UCLA’s Rose Bowl, Pasadena is a famous little place with a lot of local pride. Pasadena is one of the great historical cities of LA. More than just a suburb of the famed metropolis, Pasadena stands on its own as a hub of culture, community, and outdoor activity.
Even though it’s only ten miles from LA proper, Pasadena feels like a different world. The San Gabriel Mountains offer stunning views everywhere you look and make the small little town feel protected and apart from the hustle and bustle of the big city.
There is also plenty to do in Pasadena. Tons of chef-driven restaurants line main thoroughfares while hole-in-the-wall, family-run staples pepper side streets. Architectural tours show off the rich history of Pasadena. Old Pasadena, a 22-block historic district on Colorado Avenue, has been preserved but revamped to cater to the modern-day. Open-air cafes and plazas, a retro arcade, and interesting nightlife make Old Pas (as the locals know it) a Pasadena highlight.
Wineries and hikes abound, offering tons of outdoor activity and views. The shopping is exquisite, ranging from flea markets to internationally-known retailers. Bookstores, museums, and theatres bring arts and culture to the forefront.
With more room to spread out, Pasadena homes often boast higher square footage and bigger yards. Pasadena residents value mountains and greenery over the city and ocean. It may be a bit of a drive to LA, but most locals prefer that. There’s a feeling of independence and separation from LA without getting too far from the hubbub.
Pasadena is a melting pot of culture and demographics. Young families move here for the space and schools; retirees move for the weather and nature; young professionals love Pasadena’s booming economy and job selection. It’s a great place to go if you love the outdoors and want a little space, both figuratively and literally. Pasadena is small enough to feel cozy and community-driven but big enough to be a proper city with plenty to do and see.
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