Pasadena is growing up. The sleepier suburb of Los Angeles, located northeast of downtown, is gaining recognition for far more than just playing host to the annual Tournament of Roses Parade. The incredible weather, steady job and housing markets, and easy access to Los Angeles make the city an attractive place to call home.
Residents of Pasadena trend slightly older than neighboring suburbs, as families take center stage around town. The population is largely educated, with many choosing to live in Pasadena and commute to nearby downtown Los Angeles, Glendale and Burbank. The city claims just over 140,000 residents, serving as the ninth largest city in Los Angeles County. The city’s locals are proud and protective of their own heritage and identity. New construction and development projects tend to accentuate existing architectural styles rather than push the envelope with radical innovation and design.
Everything from mountains and canyons to beautiful beaches surround Pasadena. The local public transportation system connects visitors and residents to all points around L.A. Old Town Pasadena is home to trendy shops and boutiques, high end restaurants, clubs, pubs, galleries and museums. Pasadena boasts some of the finest Craftsman-style homes in the country. Built during the first quarter of the 20th century, many of these homes still stand as tributes to the area’s architectural heritage.
Take an opportunity to tour Pasadena’s Eaton Canyon Nature Preserve. The preserve offers top-notch hiking trails, native wildlife, streams and one-of-a kind rock and mineral formations. The visitor’s center works to educate all ages about plants and wildlife native to the area. For those looking to add a little adrenaline to their day, Pasadena residents and visitors have plenty of options at their fingertips. Universal Studios, the Los Angeles Zoo, Six Flags Magic Mountain, Knott’s Berry Farm and Disneyland are all close by and ready to satisfy all ages with a broad spectrum of unforgettable activities.