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South Pasadena, CA

Although the name South Pasadena suggests the city is nothing more than an offshoot of its much larger neighbor, Pasadena, the city has actually had an identity all its own dating to its incorporation, and Pasadena’s, in the late 1880s.

And what, exactly, is that identity?

It has to do with a village-like appeal, a community atmosphere with a more intimate feel than Pasadena in the north and Los Angeles to the south and west. You can get a taste of it by visiting the Fair Oaks Pharmacy and Soda Fountain, or the Rialto Theatre (single-screen, built in 1925), or the many Mom-and-Pop style stores in the business district (not to mention used bookstores for the bibliphiles out there).

Held in the city’s Mission-West District, the Farmer’s Market is a popular weekly event among the city’s roughly 25,000 residents, while a unique opportunity to admire the city’s quaint neighborhoods, Craftsman homes and streets lined with trees—like ash, walnut and sycamore—has been afforded by the Tiger Run, a 5k-10k run held every December.

If the Tiger Run only whets your appetite for more activities in the great outdoors, the 24.9-mile long trail of the Arroyo Seco—“dry stream”—offers hikers an experience of the natural landscapes of South Pasadena and the surrounding areas.

Students attend schools in the South Pasadena Unified School District; public transportation connects with the Metro Gold Line light rail and the 110 Arroyo Seco Parkway winds through the city. A decade ago, the city was famously involved in a fight to prevent the extension of the 710 Long Beach Freeway. One of the proposed routes for the extension would have cut through the city’s middle changing, residents feared, a town that’s long defined itself by three clear words: “small, proud and independent.”

New South Pasadena Listings

5 Beds 3 Baths P1-12886 MLS Active Status
In the Marengo area, this estate home sits just above Huntington Drive, on one of the best streets in the city. A large covered porch welcomes you inside to a grand living room that spans the width of the house. The room features boxed-beamed ceilings, wide crown moldings, original built-ins, and a wood burning fireplace. A cozy den and a sitting area framed by leaded glass windows (maintained by Judson Studios) on all sides sit adjacent. The formal dining room, with a built-in window seat, is large enough to host all of your loved ones. Downstairs there is a large bedroom, and a 3/4 guest bathroom with beautiful stained-glass windows. The spacious kitchen has an abundance of storage and a quaint office tucked away to the side. The large laundry room leads outside to a wood deck, fabulous backyard and side yard. Up the wide staircase, you will find four bedrooms, each with high ceilings, in addition to a bonus room that could be used either as a 5th bedroom or perhaps as an upstairs office. Two of the bedrooms are connected by a balcony overlooking the neighborhood--this could be an ideal primary suite with 2 walk-in closets. The main bathroom has a pedestal sink and clawfoot tub still intact. There is also 1/2 bathroom on the second floor. A detached artist's cottage with a 3/4 bathroom and kitchenette is adjoined to the garage structure. The property is on a double wide lot and has a brick patio, wood deck, and plenty of driveway parking. Additional features include: central heat & air, braced foundation, pocket doors, hardwood floors, balcony, large California basement, automatic sprinklers (front and back), partially updated electrical and plumbing, and a large attic. Owned by the same family for 50 years, this magnificent Craftsman house has been truly loved, and could be yours to love next.

1801 Wayne Avenue, South Pasadena

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