Welcome to Pasadena
Located just 10 miles northeast of Downtown Los Angeles, the historic community of Pasadena is a major center of culture and commerce, known for its abundance of distinctive and attractive architecture.
Pasadena was incorporated in 1886, making it one of Los Angeles County’s oldest communities. The Old Pasadena district is the perfect encapsulation of what makes the town special, with its enchanting mix of Victorian and Art Deco buildings spanning 21 blocks and containing many upscale fashion boutiques, restaurants, and nightlife spots.
Other outstanding examples of Pasadena’s elegant historic architecture can be found within the Bungalow Heaven neighborhood and along Orange Grove Boulevard. Bungalow Heaven showcases more than 800 early 20th-century American Craftsman homes, while Orange Grove Boulevard is home to some of Pasadena’s most stately properties. The Boulevard comprises a collection of spectacular homes crafted for some of the United States’ most iconic public figures in business and entertainment.
Real Estate Insights
Pasadena is a highly in-demand community, with median sales prices rising by 7.7% over the past year to reach an average sales price of $829,500 and an average price per square foot of $586. Prices are predicted to continue rising, with the median list price currently at $925,000.
People & Lifestyle
The proximity to Downtown Los Angeles makes Pasadena a popular place to live for those working in the financial and entertainment industries. Plus, because Pasadena is home to both the California Institute of Technology and NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory, the city boasts a high concentration of well-educated professionals.
Things to Do
Pasadena is renowned for its annual Rose Bowl college football game and the extravagant Tournament of Roses Parade that surrounds it. A local institution since 1890, the Rose Parade attracts hundreds of thousands of spectators and millions of television viewers every New Year’s Day. The most recent incarnation featured 44 floats and around 400 horses.
But Pasadena is a city with much to offer all year round. Cultural attractions include the Norton Simon Museum, exhibiting an impressive array of European and Asian art.
Upscale dining options range from old favorites like the Parkway Grill to the modern fusion food at Roy’s. With a culinary scene spanning refined classic establishments, authentic international eateries, and trendy contemporary cuisine, Pasadena provides a dynamic dining experience.
Pasadena is served by the Pasadena Unified School District.
- Don Benito Fundamental, K-5, 2016 Gold Ribbon Winner, five-time “Best School in Pasadena” Pasadena Weekly vote winner
- Field Elementary, PK-5, 2010 California Distinguished School
- Roosevelt Elementary, PK-5, 2014-2015 California Distinguished School, 2013 and 2014 California Business for Education Excellence Honor Roll School
- San Rafael Elementary, PK-5, 2016 California Gold Ribbon School, 2016 California Title Academic Achievement Award School, 2014 California Distinguished School
- Webster Elementary, PK-5, 2014 California Distinguished School, California Business Community Award for Student Achievement, 2014 Honor Roll Star School Award
- Willard Elementary, PK-5, 2014 Campaign for Business and Education Excellence Star School Award, 2010 California Business for Educational Excellence Award, 2005-2009 Title I Achieving School
- Blair School, 6-12, 2015 U.S. News & World Report Silver Medal Best High Schools Rankings, 2011 California Distinguished School
- Marshall Fundamental, 6-12, 2016 Washington Post Most Challenging Schools, 2015 California Gold Ribbon School, 2014 Honor Roll School Campaign for Business and Education Excellence
John Muir High, 9-12, 2016 PUSD Principal of the Year, 2015 and 2016 Gates Millennium Scholars
Pasadena High, 9-12, 2013 and 2015 U.S. News & World Report Best High School Silver Winner