Welcome to South Pasadena
A walkable community in West San Gabriel Valley.
Originally part of the San Gabriel-Orange Grove Association in early 1874, South Pasadena now boasts an ideal location where residents can reach Pasadena and downtown in a matter of minutes, making this California enclave an attractive place for commuters, families, and young professionals. This stunning community is comprised of a diverse selection of neighborhoods boasting a wide range of architectural styles and homes. South Pasadena is easily accessible on foot, and the local parks are welcoming spaces for the entire community to get active and enjoy the fresh air. South Pasadena is home to an award-winning public school system, a major draw for families.
South Pasadena’s rich history started in 1888 with the rise of saloons. The residents of South Pasadena wanted to establish their territory as a dry city, so they separated from Pasadena and became their own city. It’s known as the “City of Trees” due to its streets being lined with many species, including redwood, sequoia, ash, walnut, and sycamore, which are all native to California.
What to Love
- A diverse array of architecture
- Character-filled neighborhoods
- Amazing schools valued by local homeowners
- Known for its unique boutiques and other small businesses
Life in South Pasadena is laid back and welcoming. Locals partake in a plethora of outdoor opportunities, whether it’s visiting a nearby park or simply taking a stroll through peaceful neighborhoods. Throughout the area, there are many eclectic shops as well as upscale boutiques and fine-dining restaurants for residents to partake in.
Dining, Entertainment & Shopping
South Pasadena is known for its vibrant culinary scene. There are new restaurants opening regularly, and residents have opportunities to try a variety of regional, national, and international cuisines. At Gus's BBQ, the meat is slow-cooked over pecan logs, and the environment is warm, inviting customers to sample the best BBQ in the area. Twohey's Restaurant is a hotspot for family fun. This retro diner has been a staple for more than 75 years, and its menu features classic bites like burgers and milkshakes.
For traditional New American cuisine, Mike & Anne's is a must-visit. The restaurant offers an expansive outdoor area. Nearby, Nicole's Market & Cafe is a great lunch spot for salad and sandwiches.
For fresh farm-to-table food, locals love perusing the award-winning South Pasadena Farmers’ Market, which has been running since 1999 every Thursday. It’s a great way to support the local economy while gathering with neighbors amidst towering trees and live music.
Things to Do
With its moderate weather throughout the year, South Pasadena offers many outdoor activities and a healthy lifestyle for locals. Bike rides, evening walks, and children playing are often seen throughout the neighborhoods. There are several wonderful parks to explore, including Garfield Park. The park features the Summer Concert Series and other engaging community events. A hidden gem is Orange Grove Park, which features South Paws – a space to bring dogs so they can run off-leash.
Visit the Rialto Theatre, a historic landmark that opened in 1925 and is known for its Art Deco design. While now a nondenominational church, it still offers public tours and the option to host special events.
One of the oldest libraries in Los Angeles County is the South Pasadena Public Library, which was established in 1895. It’s a great place to go to work or bring the family, as it offers an outdoor patio, plenty of seating, and a robust children’s section.
The South Pasadena Unified School District serves South Pasadena and is home to numerous coveted schools, including:
Monterey Hills Elementary School, Grades K-5
Marengo Elementary School, Grades K-5
Arroyo Vista Elementary School, Grades K-5
South Pasadena Middle School, Grades 6-8
South Pasadena High School, Grades 9-12