Welcome to San Marino
A sophisticated community southeast of Pasadena
San Marino, California, is a thriving, vibrant, and affluent community residential neighborhood located close to Pasadena. Originally consisting of large fruit ranches and vineyards owned by pioneers, it was part of the vast California mission system. However, it’s the famous Huntington Library that has drawn many to the area over the years, specifically scholars who still arrive today to peruse its famous collections for research.
This community-centered locale is home to a cornucopia for single-family homes in a variety of architectural styles and a top-performing school system. San Marino offers quiet, upscale residential living close to world-class amenities and cities — a feature homeowners love and appreciate.
What to Love
- Primarily residential area with a slower pace of life
- Home to the Huntington Library and Botanical Gardens
- The award-winning public school system
- Established homes with spacious outdoor spaces
San Marino provides a relaxed, friendly vibe. Locals spend time with their families, whether it’s going for walks, bike rides, or taking the short drive to Pasadena or Los Angeles to find upscale restaurants and boutiques. The Huntington Library is a focal point for the residential community, offering events and a botanical garden that makes for incredible pictures when its flowers bloom each spring.
Dining, Entertainment & Shopping
San Marino sits a few minutes away from Pasadena, where most locals go shopping or indulge in California’s best cuisine. Elevated California fare tops the menu at Parkway Grill, whose walls are covered in gorgeous works of art. This fine dining eatery is ideal for special occasions.
While The Langham Huntington Hotel boasts incredible weekend getaways, its also home to numerous upmarket dining restaurants featuring both indoor and outdoor seating. Those who want hand-cut steaks grilled to perfection should look no further than Arroyo Chop House, located in Pasadena. For delicious seafood in a cozy environment, locals love San Marino Seafood, where you can also get shellfish to go or browse the fish market.
Things to Do
While San Marino is primarily residential, the area also offers several outdoor adventures for residents. Many locals enjoy evening strolls or bike rides through neighborhoods. Lacy Park is a favorite gathering spot for all ages. This dog-friendly park has two walking loops, several tennis courts, and a rose arbor that blooms in the spring and summer. In nearby Arcadia, Santa Anita Park features a live track home to horse racing, along with a bar and dining options.
Of course, no visit to San Marino is complete without stopping by the Huntington Library. This famed destination features not only botanical gardens spanning 130 acres and more than 11 million items within the library, but also an impressive rare books collection. It’s well known as one of the world’s greatest research libraries thanks to its vast selection. Beyond centuries-old texts and lush gardens featuring endangered and rare plants, the Huntington Library is home to an art museum featuring more than 45,000 British, European, American, and Asian works, along with rotating exhibits.
The San Marino Unified School District serves San Marino. High-performing schools in the area include:
Valentine Elementary School, Grades K-5
Carver Elementary School, Grades K-5
Huntington Middle School, Grades 6-8
San Marino High School, Grades 9-12