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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

3 Beds 2 Baths P1-10832 MLS Active Status
Lovingly lived in for the last twenty years, this charming 1920s bungalow is an ideal home to enjoy the South Pasadena lifestyle. A native garden with raised planter beds fills the front yard, creating a peaceful view from the front porch. In classic bungalow fashion, the living room and dining room are open to each other and filled with natural light from the original windows. A decorative fireplace provides a center point for the living room, while built-in cabinets and buffet line the opposite wall in the dining room. The kitchen is surprisingly spacious, with ample cabinet and counter space, and leads to a laundry room with additional storage. The primary suite is at the rear of the house and very private, and has a full bath with double vanity. The other two bedrooms have large closets, and the third bedroom features French doors leading to the covered deck (with spa!) and backyard. Pleasantly shaded, the outdoor space is a peaceful spot to enjoy the hot tub, dining al fresco, or gardening. Additional features include hardwood floors, central air and heat, fresh interior paint, updated electrical panel, and many character details throughout. The long driveway leads to a one-car garage, so there is plenty of space for off-street parking or more storage! Ideally located in close proximity to the shops and restaurants along Mission, the farmer's market, Arroyo Vista Elementary School, Trader Joe's, the Gold Line, and more!

505 El Centro Street, South Pasadena

Listing courtesy of Listing Agent: Keely Myres from Listing Office: COMPASS

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