Old Town/ Old Pasadena

This is where the most of the activity takes place, and it is also where many students and young professionals congregate. It is probably one of the Pasadena area core regions that has more of a city-like atmosphere due to the concentration of restaurants, bars, clubs, and pubs that can be found in the Old Town neighborhood. The neighborhood is also accessible by foot. 

The old brick facades of the buildings that line the streets in this neighborhood give the region an overall historic aspect and feel, and this is also where you will find a large number of apartment buildings. As a matter of fact, this neighborhood was included on the National Register of Historic Places in the early 1980s due to the fact that more than 90% of the structures in Old Town had some sort of historical relevance to the surrounding area. Condos in the neighborhood begin at approximately $600,000 and can go up into the double-digit millions of dollars.

Old Pasadena is filled to the brim with late 19th- and early 20th-century architecture that has been meticulously restored. The neighborhood contains 22 blocks that have been recognized as a National Register Historic District. Open-air shopping plazas, hidden alleyways, and a vibrant strip of stores and restaurants along Old Pas’s primary thoroughfare, Colorado Boulevard. The neighborhood is fondly referred to as “Old Pas” by the community’s residents.

The tale of Old Pasadena cannot be told without reference to its rich past. Old Pasadena dates back to the late 19th century and the first decades of the 20th century, when the city’s original commercial district rapidly expanded and the city attracted national attention and wealthy visitors with its mild winter climate and its boom-era opportunities. Today, Old Pasadena is home to some of the city’s most historic buildings.

The neighborhood flourished for several decades, seeing a rise in both the number of residents and the number of businesses. Old Pasadena was “old” in the worst sense of the word by the late 1960s, meaning it was out of date and neglected, and the formerly affluent and significant downtown area fell into disrepair, as was the case in many urban centers at that era.

The foundation for the most recent and thriving version of Old Pasadena was laid in the 1970s and 1980s, and since then, the neighborhood has been able to capitalize on the very best aspects of being “old,” such as its rich architectural history and the rich patina that comes from longtime community use.

Today, Old Pasadena is the place where the past and the present collide; it is here that our city’s history is displayed as an integral component of our bustling retail, dining, and entertainment district.

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