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A highly desirable, family-friendly neighborhood.
Studio / 1 BR
32% Complete
2 Bedrooms
48% Complete
3 Bedrooms
83% Complete
4 Bedrooms
100% Complete

Good For
  • Empty nesters / Retirees
  • Families
  • Professionals


What's around
  • 121 Shops
  • 48 Fitness options
  • 66 Restaurants
  • 6 Grocery stores/markets
  • 12 Banks
  • 11 Nightlife options





  WHAT’S LIVING IN South Pasadena LIKE?

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South Pasadena is small city northeast of Downtown Los Angeles that earns high marks for livability. This tightknit community offers year round activities, good transit, and excellent elementary, middle, and high schools. Residents tout SoPa, as its known to some locals, as a great place to raise a family. 

There is plenty to do around here. Dozens of restaurants offer everything from barbecue to ramen to Indian to upscale French fare. And while there isn't exactly a bustling nightlife here, there are some highly rated bars and music venues. The South Pasadena Farmers' Market is open every Thursday from 4:00-8:00pm and provides residents with a great place to get fresh produce, baked goods, teas and coffees, and other tasty products. On top of that, you're just a few minute drive from the shopping and dining hub of Old Town Pasadena

The great livability comes at a price, though. While condos may be attainable based on the average person's income, most single-family homes are quite expensive. For your money you'll get your pick from a range of styles, incuding Spanish, Craftsman, and modern homes. For renters, the northeast corner of the neighborhood has a cluster of apartment buildings. 

There are several parks around South Pasadena featuring playgrounds, athletic fields, picnic areas, and hiking trails.

South Pasadena is bordered on the north by Pasadena, on the east by San Marino, on the south by Alhambra, and on the west by Highland Park.


Burbank: 12.9 miles / 20-40 minutes by car / 50 minutes by transit
Century City: 19.2 miles / 55-110 minutes by car / 85-105 minutes by transit
Downtown LA: 9.5 miles / 30-60 minutes by car / 40 minutes by transit
Santa Monica: 22.9 miles / 60-120 minutes by car / 90 minutes by transit

South Pasadena Neighborhood Guide


Local Flavor   South Pasadena LOCAL schools

St. James Parish Day School
Parent Rating:
Distance:0.23 mi
Holy Family
Parent Rating:
Distance:0.24 mi
South Pasadena Senior High School
Parent Rating:
Distance:0.25 mi
Camp Med After School Program
Parent Rating:
Distance:0.39 mi
South Pasadena Middle School
Parent Rating:
Distance:0.46 mi


Photo Credits: Thanks to @Unofficial South Pasadena, @popeyethefoodie, @itsnotabikeshop, @stampsandstamps, @socaleatery, @stepherzwei, @kellyfoo0124, @laurieallee, @belmontshorerudy, @mistaarthur, @a_carpenter, @nicoamatullo, @mathraniphotography, @billyroyy, @artyom.l for your great photos of this neighborhood! 


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