Sleepy suburb? Not anymore! Over the last few years, Pasadena has become an exciting spot with tons of new development and Metro stops, making it a top destination for those seeking a walkable community. The steps the city has taken to urbanize have not gone unnoticed, and it is now a favorite location of homebuyers.

 1) Bike-Ready

Named the most bike-friendly city in LA County, Pasadena has 50 miles of bike routes to jobs, shopping centers, schools and Metro Gold Line stations. And there’s more coming! Improvements will include new bike lanes throughout downtown Pasadena. Lanes will be added to Union Street, Orange Grove Boulevard and parts of Colorado Boulevard. With buffered bike lanes, double striped lines and two-way bicycle tracks Pasadena is all about biker safety. Combined with the miles of existing scenic bike paths, Pasadena is a biker’s paradise. If you’re ready to hit the road, check out this handy bike path map and get riding!

Pasadena is also participating in the Metro bike-share program, with 34 stations coming to the city this summer, concentrated in Old Pasadena, the Playhouse District, near Caltech, Pasadena City College, and the Art Center. The program is ideal for covering the distance between Metro stations and your final destination, or just for exploring downtown Pasadena!

2) Metro is here!

There are six Gold Line stations in Pasadena with easy access to several of the city’s top attractions. Since construction was completed a few years ago, these stations have become hubs of activity, with shopping centers, restaurants, and walkable areas making them a community destination. And the Metro is only continuing to expand! One year ago, the Metro finished phase one of its expansion of the Gold Line from Pasadena to the Foothill Communities. Phase two is underway, continuing the journey from Azusa to Montclair, connecting east LA to DTLA and beyond. As the rail expands east to the SGV, cities along this route are transforming nearby neighborhoods into urban hubs, including Pasadena.

“(Pasadena) is the greatest example nationwide of developers swarming areas (around trains) and focusing on a lot of development opportunities around the station,” said Foothill Construction Authority CEO Habib Balian to the Post Star News.

 

3) Brand New Pasadena Same Retro Charm

Despite this rapid development, city managers are making big efforts to maintain the Pasadena charm. Playhouse Plaza, located near the Pasadena Playhouse, has added a new five-story structure, that mimics architecture from Bullocks Wilshire, a former luxury department store. The new development is inspired by the terra cotta and oxidized copper of the 1920s art-deco structure.

 

4) Proper Zoning Makes For A Beautiful And Prosperous City

“We’re going to keep development where it belongs, downtown and near the light rail stations,” said Councilwoman Margaret McAustin. “I think this amount of growth will allow us to be an economically strong city, but it won’t negatively impact our neighborhoods — it’ll preserve our character.”

In many ways, all this development is just bringing Pasadena back to its roots before freeways, as a bustling, walkable community.  Pasadena’s downtown is a sparkling gem in LA for those looking to live and work in a place that has an urban city vibe combined with historic tradition and charm.

1065 Locust Street – PASADENA

We have a new listing that just hit the market in Pasadena. This unique property offers a combination of features that make it a perfect example of modern Pasadena living. Where else would you find a charming 1908 Craftsman home with all of the original detail and character, fully remodeled and upgraded AND within walking distance of the Metro, restaurants and shops?

The four bedroom, three bath home has been completely re-imagined with great attention paid to detail and authenticity. This property truly offers the best of both worlds – old and new in vibrant and growing Pasadena.

Visit the website for more pictures and details: 1065Locust.com

Posted on 03.24.17

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