Pasadena CA is a large urban center with warm weather, beautiful architecture, thriving businesses, and famous cultural landmarks. According to Wikipedia, it is considered the 183th largest city in the U.S. and the 9th largest in L.A. County, with an estimated population just short of 140,000. Citizens are culturally diverse and relatively well-educated. Most famous as the home of the Tournament of Roses’ Rose Parade and Rose Bowl Game, Pasadena has a small-town vibe with big-city distinctions.
The city was once a destination for wealthy mid-westerners fleeing cold winter temperatures (our average temperature is 75 degrees!). Armed with lots of money and great taste, these individuals were responsible for building some of our incredible homes, many which were designed by leading architects of the period. The Beach Boys’ song, “Little Old Lady From Pasadena” pegged the town as a community filled with older widows, but times have changed. Although I would not call Pasadena CA a trendy, hot-spot for the young and famous, it has definitely gained popularity with young professionals.
I’m certainly biased, but my favorite aspect of the city is our Pasadena homes. We have single family homes of all sizes, trendy lofts, and convenient condominiums. There are distinct neighborhoods across the city with varying aesthetics, lot configurations, and amenities. It is not a cheap place to live, for sure, but there are Pasadena homes for sale in a wide range of prices. We have architectural gems of different styles and at all price points, but the city is particularly known for Craftsman Bungalows.
If I was moving to a new city, I would want to understand the different neighborhoods available to me. I would want an insider’s view into the best neighborhoods in Pasadena CA. “Best” is a subjective word. For some, that means they want a cozy neighborhood where they are in close contact with their neighbors. For others, they want to be in the center of town and able to walk everywhere. Some want peace and tranquility with a great view. That’s the beauty of Pasadena. There is a lot to choose from.
In the weeks to come, I will be introducing you to Pasadena neighborhoods via my own version of a city map. I drew the neighborhood boundaries to delineate unique pockets of town that have homes of similar size and price range. To keep the number of neighborhoods manageable, I grouped some adjacent neighborhoods together, like Kinneloa Mesa and Hastings Ranch (both upper and lower). Since they had similar sales results, I saw no reason to keep them separated. The boundaries are not perfect, but they are meant to help buyers and sellers understand the city at a deeper level.
If you want to get a head start on my tour of the neighborhoods of Pasadena CA download a copy of the Benuska Report here.