Like a fine aged wine, Pasadena is a mature city that keeps getting better with time. The city has put constant efforts to preserve, yet update Pasadena homes and it’s historic centers of commerce and has allowed for urban residential developments, therefore it’s becoming a more chic and trendy place to live. The Crown City is know well for it’s broad range of residential properties, such as charming character Pasadena homes, condos, townhomes, and even modern lofts.
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Pasadena, California was founded in 1874 and became an incorporated city to Los Angeles County in 1886.
Like a fine aged wine, Pasadena is a mature city that keeps getting better with time. Pasadena has put constant efforts to preserve, yet update, it’s historic centers of commerce and has allowed for urban residential developments, therefore it’s becoming a more chic and trendy place to live.
From fast casual restaurants and cafes, to five star fine dining, Pasadena has no limits when it comes to the cuisine that is offered within the city. You could eat at a different restaurant in Pasadena everyday within a year and still not experience the culinary variety that is available. With 500 restaurants, Pasadena is more than equipped to delight the food-savvy crowd, serving up a diverse array of food categories and international cuisines.
Aside from restaurants, Pasadena also offers quite the nightlife. In addition to the restaurants with adjacent lounges, there are countless sports pubs, chic wine bars, and trendy clubs, many which offer live music and dancing.
With several movie theatres, stylish Bowling lanes, and the Brookside Golf club offering an 18 hold course, Pasadena offers a variety of entertainment options for people of all ages.
Culture and education
Many people come to Pasadena for private and public college and adult education including the California Institute of Technology, Pasadena City College, Art Center College of Design, and the fast growing California School of Culinary Arts.
In 2008 Pasadena hosted the first full marathon and with a growing number of registrants each year, thousands of people compete to run the 26 mile course through the various streets of the city.
Established in 1892 – the newly expanded Huntington Memorial Hospital is a non-profit 636 bed hospital and is home to the only trauma center in the region.
The Del Mar station has been converted from the old, historic Santa Fe train depot and is surrounding by many new construction apartments and condos, including the Archstone Apartments.
Pasadena is known for it’s recent improvements in mass transportation with the Metro Gold Line, a light rail that travels from the Union Station in Downtown LA. The Metro Gold line cuts through the central sections of Pasadena and ends at the sierra madre villa station. To ease the rush hour traffic on the 210 freeway for commuters heading to and from the city, the Gold line has been extended eastbound all the way to San Bernardino County, ending at the Ontario International Airport.
Pasadena has two main urban centers, Old Town Pasadena and the South Lake Business district. Old Town is the oldest commercial center of Pasadena and today is known as the cities hotspot for its retail clothing stores, upscale restaurants, and lounges. With over 48,000 business executives employed in The South Lake Business District, it’s is predominantly a corporate environment, with a unique blend of shopping and dining, shadowed by South Lakes tall modern buildings. Recent developments in the South Lake district also include new, high end condos, including the Prado and the Pasadena Collection.
In addition to it’s urban centers, Pasadena has a high number of landmark districts within the residential suburbs of the city.
Located in Northeast Pasadena, the Bungalow Heaven Landmark District is a rare and mostly intact collection of over 800 homes built from 1900 through the 1930s and gets its name from the Craftsman style bungalows that predominate the neighborhood. Although the many fine residences of significant historic design include Spanish Colonial Revival and Tudor Revival, it’s the Craftsman bungalow that Pasadena is most well known for. Other historic landmark neighborhoods in Pasadena known for its well preserved Craftsman homes are the adjacent Garfield Heights and the upper scale Historic Highlands.
The majority of Pasadena’s most expensive homes are located in the neighborhoods known as Oak Knoll and San Rafael. The majority of the estates in the Oak Knoll neighborhood are historic homes built from the turn of the century through the 1930’s. Aside from large estates, also located in the Oak knoll neighborhood is The Langham Huntington Hotel and Spa, which attracts not just out of town visitors, but locals residents that enjoy the hotels three restaurants, high end lounge, and its newly renovated resort spa. The San Rafael neighborhood is located in the far southwest section of Pasadena, with homes that start at the $1million price range.
The Rose Bowl The Rose Bowl, a National Historic Landmark, is host of the first, oldest, and most famous college football post-season game, the Tournament of Roses. The game is every New Year’s Day, immediately following the Tournament of Roses Parade. Pasadena is also well know for it’s historic estates that were built by some of the cities original wealthy residents. A few of these magnificient homes that still stand include the home of the Wrigley Gum founder, William Wrigley’s former home. The Gamble house, which was built by the architects Green and Greene was the home of David Gamble of the Procter & Gamble company. Built in 1930, The Cravens Estate is now headquarters for the American Red Cross.
Since Pasadena knows how to keep it fresh, without bulldozing the wonderful historic character of the city, it’s become a modern city, while maintaining the charm of a bygone time. Pasadena is a well planned city that offers modern, urban centers with endless entertainment and employment, charming and historic residential suburbs, and the San Gabriel mountains that serve as a beautiful backdrop and a retreat for those that want to explore the cities natural elements. A richly cultured city, with a colorful past, targeted to serve community needs and enhance the quality of life, Pasadena is a California community at its best.
Pasadena, California has a large, non-indigenous population of naturalized parrots. According to the “Parrot Project of Los Angeles”, the parrots are of at least five species. Residents have come to enjoy the birds as part of their unique city’s culture, and like other SoCal residents they have become “local icons” to the citizens there. Many theories surround the mystery of how the parrots landed in Pasadena and claimed the area as their own. A widely accepted story is that they were part of the stock that were set free for their survival from the large pet emporium at Simpson’s Garden Town on East Colorado Boulevard, which burned down in 1959.
Anchored by the historic Raymond Theatre, Raymond Renaissance is a community of 42 homes offering condominiums, lofts, and live/work spaces. The spacious, contemporary floor plans range from 950 to 2,000 square feet and provide an unparalleled value.
Experience front-door access to a beloved community, a vibrant culture, and a building with its own dramatic history The Raymond Renaissance. 125 N. Raymond Avenue, Pasadena, California 91103
Below is a list of any condos that may be currently available for lease at the Raymond Renaissance. Contact us if you are interested in viewing leases in this building or other leases in the Pasadena area.
156 S Oak Knoll Avenue #105, Pasadena, CA 91101 | Baths: 1 Sq Ft: 390 and large outdoor patio | $215,000
This ground floor unit is located close to dining, shopping, entertainment, and everything else that the South Lake District has to offer! The open floor plan is inviting, light and bright. The outdoor patio is spacious and can be enjoyed for lounging or dining al fresco in the great Southern California weather. Additional features include a full bathroom, a walkin closet, and association survaillance cameras.
Listed with Ramiro and Erica Rivas | John Aaroe Group 818-257-1054 Info@RamiroAndErica.com
Ramiro Cervantes is a professional Pasadena photographer whose passion for photography is rendered into brilliantly dynamic photos.
As a specialist in promotional, fashion editorial, and wedding/special event photography, his subject matter are animated and vibrant, and the settings are epic.
Quoted as creating “Hip, Modern Wedding Photography of Today’s Times”, his innovative talents go beyond the typical photoshoot. Event and wedding photography has a tendency to fall into certain trends to where wedding photos start to all look the same, and because most wedding photographers follow a trend those photos will look outdated over time. Ramiro breaks out of the cliché in his resourcefulness with the location he is shooting, combined with his technical skills, and an ability to manipulate lighting, creating high quality images.
Why have images that look like they belong in a wedding album when you can have images that look like they belong in a magazine?
Established in 1903, the Pasadena Humane Society & SPCA is a non-profit organization that is dedicated to protecting the welfare of all domestic and non-domestic animals. Some of the services that the Humane Society provides include animal control, investigation of animal neglect and cruelty, adoptions, pet behavior training classes, and humane education.
The kennels and administration building for the Pasadena Humane society’s location on Raymond was originally built in 1920’s and 1930’s. With donation support the facility was rebuilt in 1994, making it a very pleasant and positive environment for visitors and staff. The clean and modern facilities allow the shelter animals to live stress free so they may easily recover from the circumstances from which they came, or to remain adorable and adoptable.
Future goals for the humane society include zero euthanasia for population control. Although not perfect, The Pasadena Humane society has a high success rate for their shelter animals, with 95-98% of adoptable animals finding a home.
The Macy’s department store will close its Paseo Colorado location this spring, roughly around early March, and has already begun liquidating its merchandise.
The Macy’s at Paseo predates construction of the 565,000-square-foot outdoor retail and residential complex in 2001. The Paseo Colorado had been constructed in the early 2000′s in place of an indoor mall that was known as Plaza Pasadena. The Macy’s at Paseo, which had originally opened in 1980 and employs 116 people, is closing this department store location due to low sales.
Macy’s already operates a larger store within a mile from the Paseo, at 401 S. Lake Avenue, in the prestigous South Lake Business District, which could in part pull away shoppers from the company’s other Pasadena location.
The Paseo Macy’s 158,000-square-foot space has already been put on the commercial market as an available lease, and is most likely suited for another department store to take it’s place.
Orean’s the Health Express has a wide selection of vegetarian fast food menu items, ranging from vegetarian cheese burgers to chili cheese fries made with a soy-based vegan ground beef. The pricing of the menu items is very reasonable, with breakfast items starting at $1.79, and burgers starting at the $3.50 price range.
It is a unique fast food restaurant specializing in meatless, sugarless, items created for optimum nutrituion and without chemical additives. lt is the first vegetarian fast-food take-out restaurant in the nation, and features a menu approved by the American Heart Association.
It was founded in 1979 by Orean C. Thomas who after working in food related professions and serving various industries and private companies throughout the Los Angeles area, decided to open the first Vegetarian Fast-Food restaurant.
Orean Health Express Vegetarian Fast Food Restaurant. 817 N. Lake Avenue, Pasadena 626-794-0861
The new franchise known as Blaze Pizza, which is owned by Wetzel’s Pretzels, has a new location on Colorado Blvd. next to Vroman’s Bookstore, they pride themselves on quality food brought out fast.
Head food guy, Executive Chef Bradford Kent created their menu of pizza made of Fresh, made-from-scratch dough. Healthful, artisanal ingredients on the assembly line. Inventive to classic. You decide. Blazing hot oven + dedicated pizzasmith + 120 seconds = fast-fire’d, perfectly crisp pizza.
Blaze Pizza Pasadena | 667 East Colorado Blvd. Pasadena, CA 91101 626-440-7358 www.Blaze-Pizza.com