Welcome to Pasadena

Vibrant city with a charming historic downtown area.

Pasadena is a vibrant city located around 11 miles northeast of Downtown Los Angeles in the San Gabriel Valley. The Old Pasadena downtown district features lots of shops and restaurants in a charming historic area blending Victorian and Art Deco architecture. Pasadena is a hub of culture, education, and scientific research, with numerous colleges and influential art museums. Pasadena hosts a wide variety of annual events, including the Rose Bowl college football game on January 1st.

Pasadena has an eclectic real estate mix, with homes representing many different styles and periods. Housing options include mid-century modern architectural gems, updated townhouses, and beautiful contemporary single-family homes.

What to Love

  • Hub of culture, education, and research
  • Old Pasadena shopping and dining
  • The Norton Simon Museum
  • The Rose Bowl

People & Lifestyle

Pasadena is an educated and intellectual community with a rich culture and access to Downtown Los Angeles via the Metro Gold Line light rail. Not only is this historical and influential town filled with culture and charm;  it’s also home to employees of the nearby NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory.

Dining, Entertainment & Shopping

Spanning 22 blocks, the historic center of Old Pasadena features scores of restaurants, retailers, and nightlife venues surrounding the main street of Colorado Boulevard. Café Santorini serves mouthwatering kebob plates, fresh seafood, and other Mediterranean specialties. Café Santorini’s delicious meals are enjoyed alongside wine and cocktails on a romantic rooftop patio. Maestro is an upscale chef-driven Mexican restaurant offering flavorful dishes and mezcal cocktails. The authentic Japanese fare at chic Osawa includes sushi, shabu-shabu, rice bowls, and bento boxes. Union Restaurant has a menu of seasonal farm-to-table dishes putting a Californian twist on classic Northern Italian cooking.

The open-air One Colorado shopping mall features hip designer stores and alfresco restaurants set amid beautiful 19th-century architecture. Retailers at One Colorado include familiar fashion brands such as Anthropologie, J. Crew, and Nike alongside stylish boutiques, including Parisian label Cop. Copine and curated womenswear store Finn & Willow. IPIC Pasadena is a luxurious movie theater at One Colorado, with plush seating and gourmet in-theater eats and cocktails.

Old Pasadena also offers plenty of options for late-night enjoyment. Sample local wines at the We Olive Wine Bar, enjoy artisanal cocktails at the elegant White Horse Lounge, or dance the night away on the three dancefloors at Club 54.

Things to Do

The Old Pasadena Historic District features many exceptional examples of well-preserved Victorian architecture. Castle Green is a beautiful landmark built in 1898. Surrounded by lush gardens, Castle Green’s interior features Moorish, Turkish, and Victorian salons, as well as a grand ballroom. Tours are available, including a special holiday tour in December with carol singing. Nearby Memorial Park is an attractive greenspace with a bandshell used for free summer concerts.

The Norton Simon Museum is a major cultural attraction with a world-class collection of Asian and European artworks. Standouts of the collection include Indian Buddhist sculptures dating back to the 9th century and an exceptional array of works from European masters, including Botticelli, Raphael, Rembrandt, Goya, Manet, Monet, Cezanne, Gaugin, van Gogh, Matisse, and Picasso. The museum also houses works from more recent American artists such as Andy Warhol, Roy Lichtenstein, and Robert Rauschenberg.

The Rose Bowl is an iconic athletics stadium named for the annual Rose Bowl college football game, which the stadium has hosted since it opened in 1922. The stadium has hosted many other major events as well, including five Super Bowls and the 1994 FIFA World Cup Final. The Rose Bowl is also the home of the UCLA Bruins college football team. Usually taking place on New Year’s Day, the Rose Bowl game is preceded by the Rose Parade. Hundreds of thousands of spectators line Colorado Boulevard in Old Pasadena to watch this famous procession of colorful floats and marching bands.

Other annual events in Pasadena include ArtNight in May and October and the Pasadena Chalk Festival, featuring hundreds of chalk-drawn street murals in June.

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