Welcome to Altadena

Peaceful semi-rural community with historic mansions.

Altadena is a census-designated place to the north of the city of Pasadena. While Altadena is just 14 miles northeast of Downtown Los Angeles, this peaceful community feels a world away from LA’s urban sprawl. Altadena borders the expansive protected area of the Angeles National Forest, and its main commercial area has a delightful small-town feel.

Development of Altadena began in the 1880s, and the community soon attracted many prominent business magnates. These wealthy residents build grand mansions along Mariposa Street, which quickly became known as Millionaire’s Row. Altadena’s eclectic real estate mix also includes English-style cottages built in the 1920s and grand contemporary properties rising into the hills.

What to Love

  • Peaceful rural atmosphere
  • Grand historic mansions
  • Numerous Hiking Trails /  Angeles National Forest
  • Christmas Tree Lane

People & Lifestyle

Altadena offers a rural sense of space and calm within easy reach of Downtown Los Angeles. The community’s unique character is reflected in its eccentric local attractions. Altadena is most famous for Christmas Tree Lane. This seasonal display of lights attracts visitors from far and wide.

Dining, Entertainment & Shopping

Altadena’s charmingly old-fashioned main commercial strip along Lake Avenue features a mix of national chains, independent restaurants, and long-lived local businesses. Beloved diner Fox’s has been a fixture of the community since 1955. Fox’s opens from breakfast through dinner with a menu of classic eats, including burgers, salads, sandwiches, meatloaf, shrimp and grits, pecan-coated catfish, and the signature Fox’s fish and chips. El Patron is a bustling neighborhood cantina serving authentic Mexican cuisine and margaritas. Everest offers a mix of Mexican and American classics. Menu favorites include mouthwatering burgers, breakfast burritos, and succulent fried chicken. The Coffee Gallery combines a café and a live music venue. Enjoy freshly roasted coffee, small bites, and milkshakes in the snug café area, or head into the rustic wood-paneled live performance room for some of the best acoustic performances in Los Angeles County.

Things to Do

Altadena borders the sprawling wilderness of the 700,000-acre Angeles National Forest. Covering areas of both the San Gabriel and Sierra Pelona Mountains, this expansive natural area features 240 miles of rivers and streams, 697 miles of trails, 10 lakes and reservoirs, and two ski areas. Angeles National Forest’s landscape also includes many mountain peaks and a wide variety of native animal and plant life.

There are also numerous parks and trailheads within the boundaries of the Altadena CDP. The 17.33-acre Loma Alta Park offers eclectic recreational amenities, including facilities for baseball, ballet, swimming, and equestrian pursuits. Charles S. Farnworth Park features an amphitheater and tennis and pickleball courts. Farnsworth Park’s elevated foothills setting provides mesmerizing views over the Los Angeles skyline, stretching all the way out to the Pacific Ocean. The 18-hole Altadena Golf Course originally opened as part of a private country club in 1910 but has served as a public course since the 1940s.

Altadena also features some unique local attractions. The Bunny Museum exhibits an eclectic collection of 35,000 rabbit-related items. The Zorthian Ranch is a 48-acre art junkyard and working farm that has been a beacon for bohemians and creatives since the 1960s. Resident artists continue the legacy of the ranch’s creator Jirayr Zorthian. Famous guests of Zorthian’s during the ranch’s early heyday included Andy Warhol, Bob Dylan, Charlie Parker, and Richard Feynman.

Altadena’s best-known attraction is the festive illuminations of Christmas Tree Lane. In a tradition dating back to the 1920s, December sees the deodar trees of Santa Rosa Avenue decorated with lights in one of the world’s largest and oldest outdoor Christmas displays.

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