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.
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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.
Erica & Ramiro Rivas | 818-257-1054 | Info@RamiroAndErica.com
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
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?
Ramiro Cervantes | Pasadena and Los Angeles Fashion Editorial, Wedding and Event Photography
http://xcellence.zenfolio.com | 323-282-1475
All photographs are copyright © 2013 Ramiro Cervantes
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.
Article by Erica Rivas | John Aaroe Group | Info@RamiroAndErica.com | 818-257-1054
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
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
Serving lunch and dinner, as well as late night dishes, the menu ranges from antipasti, pasta, pizza, salads, dessert, and a long list of fine wines and full bar. Lunch dishes are $10+ and Dinner prices start around $15.
Trattoria Neapolis Pasadena Late Night
Every Friday and Saturday night at 11 pm.
ENTERTAINMENT: Classic burlesque dancer
DRINK: Fine cocktails, beers and wines
$8 well drinks
”Beer, Bourbon and Bacon” (bacon infused bourbon), ”Aperol Slushie” (courtesy of liquid nitrogen, ”Smoky Choke” (featuring
house smoked Cynar, Lamb Sausage Corndog, Calzone Fritto, S’more Mini-Pizza, Chef ’s Surprise, Shortrib Manwich, Duck & Cherry Sopes, Pork Belly & Polenta, Pancetta Fritters, Wood oven pizzas & more.
TRATTORIA NEAPOLIS ITALIAN RESTAURANT AND BAR | 336 SOUTH LAKE AVENUE, PASADENA CALIFORNIA 91101 | WWW.TRATTORIANEAPOLIS.COM
Slater’s 50/50 | 61 N. Raymond Avenue, Pasadena, California www.slaters5050.com
BJ’s Restaurants, Inc. currently owns and operates 120 casual dining restaurants brand names and offer a broad menu featuring their signature deep-dish pizza as well as salads, appetizers, sandwiches, soups, pastas, entrees and desserts. Their prices are moderate and they serve rather large portions. The Company operates several microbreweries in addition to using qualified contract brewers to produce and distribute BJ’s critically acclaimed proprietary handcrafted beers.
BJ’s Restaurant and Brewhouse Pasadena | 234 E. Colorado Blvd, Pasadena, California
Sample your way through Old Pasadena’s finest restaurants on a self-guided walking taste tour. Tickets are $30 and are available at the Pasadena-Foothills Association of REALTORS® at 1060 E. Green Street #100, Pasadena, 626-795-2455 or sold the day of the event in front of select restaurants.
List of participating restaurants: 1810 Argentinean Restaurant 21 Choices All India Café Bar Celona Beyond the Olive Bird Pick Tea Brothers’ Pies n Fries Café Bizou Café Santorini Choza Mama Crème de la Crepe Equator Haven Gastropub + Brewery Himalayan Café Hot Wings Café Il Fornaio IX-Tapa Cantina Jake’s of Pasadena La Luna Negra The Melting Pot Mezbaan Indian Cuisine Mi Piace Mignon Chocolate Pappa Rich Pita Jungle Racion Sugar Fix Temptations Three Dog Bakery Tibet Nepal House Vertical Wine Bistro Villa SORRISO Wokcano
The proceeds support local community based charitites.
In 2011, Pasadena Water and Power (PWP) produced 30,490 acre-feet of water,
or 9.9 billion gallons, to serve 161,300 customers in Pasadena, parts of Altadena,
and other surrounding areas of Los Angeles County. Approximately 41 percent of the
water supply was pumped from our local groundwater, 58 percent was imported surface
water purchased from the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California (MWD),
and the remaining 1 percent was purchased from neighboring water agencies that
combine surface water and groundwater.
PWP’s groundwater is pumped from the Raymond Groundwater Basin, a natural water-
bearing zone underlying Pasadena, Altadena, La Canada-Flintridge, and portions of
San Marino and Arcadia. Surface water from stream, rivers, lakes, and precipitation
enters the basin area through the natural water cycle. As surface water slowly
percolates through the ground to the basin, the ground acts as a natural filter to
strip the water of most contaminants. PWP disinfects the water with chlorine prior
to pumping the water into the distribution system. MWD is a consortium of 26 cities
and water agencies that import wholesale water from the Colorado River and from the
Sacramento and San Joaquin rivers in Northern California to serve nearly 19 million
people in Southern California. MWD supplies PWP with water treated at the Weymouth
Filtration Plant in La Verne. Last year, Weymouth Plant received about 54 percent
of its water from Northern California; the remaining 46 percent came from the Colorado
Pasadena’s Water Quality
Pasadena Water and Power performs nearly 30,000 analytical tests every year to safeguard water quality.
In order to ensure that tap water is safe to drink, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA) and the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) prescribe regulations that limit the amount of certain contaminants in water provided by public water systems. Department regulations also establish limits for contaminants in bottled water that provide the same protection for public health.
Pasadena Water Quality Test Data
UNDERSTANDING THE WATER QUALITY CHART
As in previous years, the Water Quality Report compares the quality of your tap water to state drinking water standards. The report includes information on all regulated and unregulated drinking water contaminants that were detected during calendar year 2011. More than 100 regulated contaminants that were tested for, but not detected, are not included in this report. A number of regulated chemicals and other compounds do not require annual monitoring. Their most recent test results and corresponding test year are footnoted, if applicable.
CDPH allows us to monitor for some contaminants less than once per year because the concentrations of these contaminants do not change frequently. Some of our data, though representative, are more than one year old.
RAMIRO RIVAS & ERICA SWANSON ~ JOHN AAROE GROUP
Pasadena Real Estate Agents
Call/Text us at: 626-497-4606
217 S Marengo Ave, Pasadena California
Centrally located amongst Pasadena’s urban center, the Cinema lofts offer an excellent location if you prefer to live in close proximity to many of the cities restaurants, shops, and mass transportation.
Ramiro & Erica Rivas | John Aaroe Group
RAMIRO RIVAS ~ JOHN AAROE GROUP
Pasadena Real Estate Agent
Call/Text me at: 626-497-4606
The first Tournament of Roses was attended by 2,000 people. Estimates conducted by The Tournament of Roses and the Pasadena Police Department showed an attendance of 700,000, with 1 million visitors to Pasadena during the week of the parade, for 2009.
The 121st Tournament of Roses will take place on Friday, January 1st. This years Rose Queen is Natalie Innocenzi from Flintridge Sacred Heart Academy. Following the Pasadena Rose Parade will be the 96th Rose Bowl game; a match-up of the two top college football teams in the nation. Starting at 8am at Orange Grove Blvd, the 23 groups of assembled bands, horse units, and floats will take approximately 2.5 hrs to pass across the 5 1/2 route.
Pasadena Health and Fitness Expo. Brookside Golf Club | 1133 Rosemont Ave, Pasadena 91103 | www.PasadenaFitExpo.com
What is Shadow Inventory? Shadow Inventory are foreclosure properties not on the MLS (multiple listing service).
These properties are comprised of:
- Preforeclosures, homes that have a NOD (Notice of Default) filed
- Auction Scheduled NTS homes
- REO, bank owned homes not on the MLS
Many say that preforeclosed and Auction Scheduled NTS homes cannot be considered as shadow inventory, because they have not been been foreclosed on. The reality is that most people behind on their mortgage are typically behind due to financial distress. Most banks will not forgive a large debt and most loan modifications are not approved. Hiring a short sale specialist may be helpful to avoid foreclosure, but the chances on a short sale approval is slim.
- Boarded up windows
- over grown landscaping
- notice of “Do not trespass” typically on the front window(s)
- lockbox on the front door or gate
Ramiro Rivas | Rivas & Associates
Pasadena Condo for Sale in Playhouse District | 300 N. El Molino Avenue #107, Pasadena, CA 91101
Offered at $319,000 – 2 Bedrooms & 2 Baths – 1,035 sqft. Interior
Showing like a model home, magnificent detail is displayed throughout this contemporary condo located in Pasadena’s Playhouse District. The entry invites you to an open living and dining area, making it perfect for entertaining. With 9′ ceilings,crown moldings,fireplace and beautiful Brazilian maple hardwood floors,urban living is simply the beginning. The kitchen offers maple faced cabinets,granite countertops,and stainless steel appliances. Having a split master floorplan consisting of two bedrooms and two full baths,end-less possibilities await to your desired use of space. Each bedroom features it’s own walk-in closet,modern light fixtures with ceiling fans, and recessed lighting. Additional features and amenities include CAT-5 wiring,recessed lighting with dimmer controls,private outdoor patio,two side-by-side parking spaces,community fitness & recreation rooms,community pool & sauna. All close to the Metro Gold Line, Paseo Colorado and Old Town Pasadena.
Pacific Asia Museum. 46 North Los Robles Avenue, Pasadena, California 91101 (626) 449-2742
Tickets to Pacific Asia Museum may be purchased upon entrance.
Discounts are available for students and seniors.
•$9 for General Admission
•$7 for Students and Seniors
Free for Children Ages 11 and Under
Admission to Pacific Asia Museum is free to all visitors on the fourth Friday of each month
Mijare’s Mexican Restaurant. 145 Palmetto Dr., Pasadena | (626) 792-2763
Hours: Monday – Thursday: 11am to 9pm. Friday: 11am to 10pm. Saturday: 10:30am to 10pm. Sunday: 10:00 to 9pm Sunday Brunch: 10:00 to 2pm
Mijares Mexican Restaurant
Being family owned for the entire 87 years it has been in business, Mijares is Pasadena’s oldest Mexican restaurant and is still going strong. If you go on the weekend for dinner expect to wait for a table but if you go for their famous margarita’s at the bar you’ll end up keeping the hostess waiting for you when you’re table is ready. Mijares was just awarded in 2008 “The Best of Pasadena” for dining.
145 Palmetto Dr., Pasadena
El Portal is family owned and operated, specializing in Mayan dishes from the Mexican region of Yucatán. Located across the street from the Pasadena Playhouse, many patrons go to El Portal for a night of dinner and theatre. El Portal provides their own entertainment with live performances of Mariachi and Spanish guitar on Friday and Saturday nights.
695 E. Green St., Pasadena, CA 91101
Phone (626) 795-8553
The live full Mariachi Band and exotic Folklorico Dancers that perform Tuesday through Sunday nights provide a colorful, cultural experience while dining. El Cholo, located at the Paseo Colorado outdoor mall, provides a basic Mexican menu but they do have a few adventurous regional dishes.
260 E Colorado Blvd Ste 203, Pasadena, CA 9110 (626) 683-3100
Dona Rosa Bakery & Taqueria
With a fast to-go service, Dona Rosa Pasadena is a great place to grab lunch during the work week, unless it’s a Tuesday when the day’s specials are $1.50 tortas/tacos and refreshing $1.50 margaritas. Dine in at the restaurant for lunch on Tuesday with caution though. You may end up not going back to work.
577 S Arroyo Parkway, Pasadena, CA 91105
Just as the name suggests, Cabrera’s Pasadena is a family friendly restaurant, best known for their well priced lunch buffet which offers a variety of mexican food staples from enchiladas, to chile rellenos, chile verde, shrimp ceviche and menudo.
655 N Lake Ave, Pasadena, CA 91101