Living in Pasadena

If you are thinking about applying for a job at Red Gate's Pasadena office but don't already live in the area, don't worry! We've been investigating, researching, and interviewing current Red Gate residents of the city to put together a short guide on living in Pasadena. Here's what we've found out.

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Why Pasadena

John Nardella

Pasadena is a great location; not far from Downtown LA, the beaches, and Hollywood. It definitely has a great array of restaurants, shopping, and nightlife.


Pasadena also has a lot of cool techie stuff. We're home to CalTech and NASA's Jet Propulsion Lab, so there is always a plethora of interesting scientific discussions around.

College football lovers will enjoy the Rose Bowl and Tournament of Roses Parade, but that's not all this city has to offer. Pasadena also is home to CalTech, their Jet Propulsion Lab is open one day a week for free tours.

Just ten miles southwest of Pasadena is downtown LA, and Hollywood, and plenty of beaches. But what do people really love about Pasadena? Shopping. From outdoor, upscale flea markets to endless boutiques ranging from items for your pets from Paws Boutique, to a store dedicated to finding your perfect extra virgin olive oil. Here's a directory of shopping opportunities in Old Pasadena.

For more information on what to do in Pasadena, the visitor guide will help you find what local events and attractions are available. Pasadena Views real estate has put together a blog of 365 Pasadena attractions, including museums, wine tasting, shopping, and everything in between.

Red Gate office in Pasadena

How do people get around?

Amy She's picture

The best thing about Pasadena is that it's very accessible via public transportation. The Metro Gold Line goes through Pasadena (and they're building an extension into Arcadia) and goes into Union Station, where you can take the Metro Red Line to Hollywood, Koreatown, and Downtown Los Angeles.

In general, most people prefer to drive into the office and around Pasadena. If you fall into this category, you'll be able to take advantage of our free parking, a welcome Red Gate perk.

If, however, you do not fall into the car-user category, Pasadena has great public transportation, and on-going plans to encourage bicycling.

The Pasadena Area Rapid Transit System (ARTS buses) is perfect for getting around locally. There's also the LA Metro Gold Line which is not only great for travelling around Pasadena, but provides rail access to anywhere you could possibly want to go in LA County.

When you need to catch a flight, there are a number of nearby airports to choose from. The Bob Hope Airport in nearby Burbank, and Long Beach Airport in Long Beach serve as the regional airports for Pasadena. Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) in Los Angeles and LA/Ontario International Airport in Ontario, CA serve as major international airports, and are both less than an hour from Pasadena.

Go Karting with the US Office

Where to live

Amy photograph

Living in Pasadena is pretty amazing—you get the best of both worlds, really. I live in a very quiet and woodsy part of Pasadena, but it's just minutes away from the lively Old Town where there's a lot of shopping and entertainment.

Ford Anderson

As a resident of Pasadena who moved here about a year ago, I can only recommend Craigslist! This way you cut out the middle man and can find some really good deals. A few other people in the office have also found their places through Craigslist.

Generally, house prices in Pasadena are high compared to other parts of LA. When seeking out that ideal place to live, there are plenty of options to choose from. Craigslist and Padmapper are great for avoiding real estate agent fees, while, and Oakwood Apartments have a huge range of properties on their sites. West Side Rentals although more expensive, ensures that you're being taken care of individually by a property expert.

Here's a list of Real Estate Agents in the area, and a list of Rental Agents.

San Gabriel Mountains around Pasadena

Out and about in Pasadena

Melissa Riviera

Everything! There is everything and anything you could want in Pasadena. From year-round sunshine to shopping and entertainment.


Pasadena offers a nice mix of cultural and outdoor activities. We're in the foothills of the San Gabriel Mountains, so there's a lot of hiking around. We're about an hour drive from the beach, so I spend a lot of my weekend mornings surfing in Orange County.

You'll never be stuck for things to do or see in Pasadena. If it's culture you're after, Norton Simon Museum, is great for seeking out wonderful art from the likes of Van Gough, Picasso, and Rembrandt. Huntington Library's tea room and gardens is an ideal place to spend your lazy Sunday afternoons and City Hall is great for a bit of sightseeing.

Hollywood, the LA Zoo, and Disneyland are all close enough for a fun day trip out.

For those who like to keep fit and healthy, there's a 24 Hour Fitness down the street from the office. There are many other gyms in the area too, including Equinox (on the expensive side of things), LA Fitness and Crossfit (for a hardcore work out).

There are also plenty of hiking trails near Pasadena that go through the San Gabriel Mountains and Eaton Canyon.


Overall, Pasadena is considered one of the “it” places to go in the San Gabriel Valley. It's one of those places you'd come out to shop, eat/drink Happy Hour, have dinner, go on dates, etc.

Kelly McGinnis

For food, I'd recommend Azeen's Afghani Restaurant, Pita Pita, and Tortas Mexico. Kings Row is an awesome place to catch for Happy Hour; my favorite drink is the Summer Flight! Oh and Shopping... lots of wonderful shopping!

If it's food you're after, Pasadena has it all. There are a host of restaurants to choose from, including: Houston's, Cheval Blanc, and Arroyo Chop House for those special occasions. If it's a casual night out, Lemonade and Dog Haus are both great options.

Pop into the Pasadena Playhouse or catch a showing from a famous stand-up comic at the Ice House Comedy Club. The Red Gate pub crawls are not to be missed; here are some of our favourite haunts: Barney's Beanery, Jake's Diner, Lucky Baldwin's, Kings Row and Haven Gastropub.

Take a look at some local reviews.

There is a lot to do and see in Pasadena, we hope you get the chance to take advantage of all the city has to offer. Convinced this is the city for you? Take a look at the positions we're hiring for in Pasadena.

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