South Pasadena

Laid-back sophistication and luxury living

A green street sign hanging from a pole on a city street. The street sign reads as "Mission St." and "So. Pasadena."

Welcome to South Pasadena

Welcome to South Pasadena, California, a neighborhood rooted in a rich history with the perfect blend of upscale living, eclectic charm, and small-town appeal. The city is best known for its tree-lined streets, excellent schools, and wealth of independent businesses. Surrounded by scenic hills and rich green space, South Pasadena is a paradise for nature lovers, while the great climate provides an ideal setting for outdoor activities.

South Pasadena's prominent architecture inspires and preserves the city's rich history. The area's charm is further showcased through its collection of Craftsman-style architectural homes, bungalows, and mansions, reflecting the neighborhood's commitment to maintaining its vintage character. In addition, the city possesses a breadth of living spaces, from luxurious single-family homes and spacious condos to exclusive lofts, each signifying luxury living at its finest.

The eclectic charm of South Pasadena offers activities for everyone. Locals enjoy the plentiful open green spaces for leisure or physical exercise. What's more, the neighborhood's proximity to other cities, such as Los Angeles and Pasadena, is convenient, making it a hotspot for those who desire accessibility. 

All in all, South Pasadena's vibrant sense of community, diverse architecture, and easy city access make this neighborhood one of the best places to live for those who prefer an urban-suburban lifestyle.

What to Love

  • Small-town charm, big-city access 
  • Stunning historical architecture 
  • Top-rated schools and family life 
  • Emphasis on green space and nature 
  • Bustling farmers' market tradition 
  • Eclectic art and cultural events

Local Lifestyle

The charming and suburban atmosphere of South Pasadena creates a perfect setting for a laid-back lifestyle. Whether residents are grabbing a coffee from one of the several independent coffee shops or relaxing in the area's many tree-shaded parks, they'll find themselves enveloped in the tranquility and community that makes South Pasadena so unique.

In addition to the easy-going vibe, South Pasadena's convenient location adds to the allure of this already desirable community. The neighborhood rests on the doorstep of major commuting routes and public transportation systems, giving residents quick access to the hustle and bustle of Los Angeles and other surrounding areas.

Public transportation options include the Metro Gold Line, which makes traveling the busy highway feasible, thus cementing South Pasadena's place as an ideal residential location perfect for young professionals looking for a less hectic lifestyle but with easy access to urban amenities. The central location also means that many residents have short commutes to work and can easily explore Los Angeles's bustling downtown during their leisure time.

In conclusion, South Pasadena's mix of suburban charm, tranquility, and proximity to vibrant urban areas makes it an excellent place to call home for those who want an idyllic living experience.

Dining, Entertainment & Shopping

South Pasadena is a paradise for foodies. While residents of this elegant neighborhood of Southern California have access to a wide variety of dining options, discerning palates gravitate towards the area's best upscale restaurants. These venues offer a generous selection of culinary creations, luxurious decor, and exceptional service that all lead to memorable fine-dining experiences.

One of the local favorites is Shiro, a French-Japanese restaurant popular for its exquisite rolls and fresh catfish. The Raymond Restaurant is a dining venue with an enviable reputation that offers American cuisine with an elevated twist. Its refined menu features modern American cuisine and top-shelf alcoholic beverages, presented against a modern, rustic interior backdrop.

Arroyo Chop House is an elegant steakhouse delivering traditional American cuts along with seafood, wine, and beverages. Lastly, The Cellar: A Wine Library serves notable wines and charcuterie trays in a posh, wood-paneled space with book-filled bookcases.

Things to Do

South Pasadena's rich history and emphasis on nature provide a wealth of attractions and activities. For starters, Arroyo Seco Golf Course offers scenic, serene golfing amid lush landscapes and a bar and dining venue with live blues and jazz music. Arroyo Seco Racquet Club provides high-quality tennis facilities nestled among the trees.

Among the area's green spaces, Garfield Park remains a favorite for families and picnickers and even hosts a yearly summer concert series. In addition, the South Pasadena Farmer's Market gathers crowds every Thursday with bountiful fresh produce and food vendors.

Overview for South Pasadena, CA

26,881 people live in South Pasadena, where the median age is 41 and the average individual income is $67,985. Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau.


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Demographics and Employment Data for South Pasadena, CA

South Pasadena has 10,357 households, with an average household size of 3. Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau. Here’s what the people living in South Pasadena do for work — and how long it takes them to get there. Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau. 26,881 people call South Pasadena home. The population density is 9,841.552 and the largest age group is Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau.


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Around South Pasadena, CA

There's plenty to do around South Pasadena, including shopping, dining, nightlife, parks, and more. Data provided by Walk Score and Yelp.

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Points of Interest

Explore popular things to do in the area, including Flussos, Body Couture Personal Fitness, and Hawk on Hand Falconry.

Name Category Distance Reviews
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Dining 3.71 miles 5 reviews 5/5 stars
Active 4.34 miles 8 reviews 5/5 stars
Active 2.45 miles 5 reviews 5/5 stars
Active 3.55 miles 17 reviews 5/5 stars
Active 2.15 miles 8 reviews 5/5 stars
Beauty 2.26 miles 5 reviews 5/5 stars

Schools in South Pasadena, CA

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The following schools are within or nearby South Pasadena. The rating and statistics can serve as a starting point to make baseline comparisons on the right schools for your family. Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau.
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South Pasadena Senior High
9th - 12th
Monterey Hills Elementary
K - 5th
South Pasadena Middle
6th - 8th
Arroyo Vista Elementary
K - 5th
K - 8th
No rating available
Almansor Academy (Institute For Redesign Of Learni
K - 12th
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K - 5th
1st - 12th
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St James Parish Day School & Kindergarten
PreK - K
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