Pasadena lies northeast of Los Angeles
. Its history dates back to the 1800's when it was a tourist destination along several of America's railways. Eventually, the city came to host the Rose Parade, one of many Southern-California-hosted events in the 1890's designed to spur population growth and to showcase the area's utopian climate in the winter. The Rose Parade and the Rose Bowl, a college football game, still take place in Pasadena each January, and the city's rich history still reflects on its character today.
Old Town Pasadena, originally a business district, is now a popular cultural and commercial destination. It boasts restaurants, shops, theaters, and pubs, all among the picturesque buildings of a well-loved, California-style 'Ye Olde Towne' that was meticulously revitalized in the 1980's by a historic commission overseeing everything from architectural style to paint color pallets.
There is some diversity to the housing options in Pasadena—many urban-ish rental units, a few smaller houses—but most of its residences trend toward relatively upscale single-family homes; on the high end, there are many gorgeous, historic houses. Most areas of Pasadena are very bikeable, some are reasonably walkable, and in Old Town, there is a large train station that connects directly to Downtown LA
. Primary arteries: the 134, 210, 110, and 710 freeways.