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Plan a Day Trip to South Pasadena

Not sure what to do this summer? Plan a day trip to South Pasadena, and enjoy parks, food, shopping, and more in this well-loved Southern California city. South Pasadena’s Hometown Charm is sure to impress.

Fair Oaks Pharmacy and Soda Fountain: For more than 100 years, Fair Oaks Pharmacy and Soda Fountain has been located at Mission Street and Fair Oaks Avenue in South Pasadena on historic Route 66. Now, you can stop by for breakfast and lunch, sundaes, milkshakes, coffee bar, etc., while enjoying the vintage décor.

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Charlie’s Coffee House: Feeling sleepy? Stop by Charlie’s Coffee House for a morning pick-me-up. The décor echoes the famous Route 66 with stop signs, traffic lights, and  furniture that harken back to road trip memories. Try the green tea macha latte, iced coffee, or Frappuccinos. The breakfast burritos also come recommended. There’s outdoor seating and room for the kids.

The Battery Books & Music: Go hunting for used books and CDs at this charming bookstore. Since 2010, The Battery has been providing music, jewelry, and clothing to South Pasadena. You can also go in to trade and buy books, or to enjoy live music when it’s scheduled.

South Pasadena Farmers’ Market: Every Thursday of the year, you can stop by the South Pasadena Farmers’ Market (except on Thanksgiving). Head over to the Gold Line South Pasadena Station (the market is located at Meridian Ave and El Centro Street). For the past seventeen years, the South Pasadena Chamber of Commerce has been running the farmers’ market. The market features local produce and local vendors. It also features the Farm to Table Tour by Toyota and was named “Best Evening Farmers’ Market”by LA Weekly and “Best Farmers’ Market” by Pasadena Weekly. Additionally, the market provides fresh fruits and vegetables through the Nutritional Assistance Programs and Cal Fresh. Don’t forget the free public events, including the Earth Day Celebration, the Christmas Tree Lighting, and the Safety Fair.

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Garfield Park: Before the sun goes down, travel over to Mission Street and Park Avenue to enjoy the outdoors at Garfield Park. Take the kids; there’s a playground, gazebos, barbeque, picnic, tennis court, etc.

Arroyo Seco Park: If you’ve already been to Garfield Park, or if you are feeling really adventurous, head over to Arroyo Seco Park on Via Marisol. It also features a playground, picnic areas, barbeques, etc. You also go hiking at Arroyo Seco Park and enjoy the Arroyo Seco Stream.

South Pasadena Historical Museum: Learn more about the San Gabriel Valley at the South Pasadena Historical Museum. The museum is housed in the Meridian Iron Works building, which originated in 1887 and was a grocery store. It then became a hotel and a blacksmith shop. Today, the museum is run by the South Pasadena Preservation Society and is free to the public. It sometimes offers screenings of outdoor movies on the grass. You can take a tour of the museum and stop at the gift shop. Remember, the museum is open on Saturdays and Thursdays and is located at Meridian Ave.

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South Pasadena and the Tournament of Roses Parade

Get ready for next year’s Tournament of Roses in Pasadena, California on January 2, 2017 at 8:00 am Pacific Standard Time. The Rose Parade will be turning 128-years-old! This year, South Pasadena will be putting together the float Never Give Up, designed by South Pasadena resident Anne Mueller. The design features the classic story of the tortoise and the hare.

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South Pasadena is known as home of The Oldest Self-Built Float in the Rose Parade. The South Pasadena 2016 float, named Fishing Follies, won a National Trophy. Last year’s theme was Find Your Adventure. The South Pasadena Tournament of Roses Committee works every year to create a float, with the help of volunteers, and represent South Pasadena’s hometown charm in the Rose Parade.

The Tournament of Roses and the Rose Bowl Game have been an American New Year’s celebration since 1893. Remember, the event never takes place on Sundays, because in the 19th century, residents’ horses that were parked on the street outside of churches would have been disturbed by the parade. The Rose Bowl Stadium is home to the rose bowl, which is the college football game known as “the granddaddy of them all,” since 1902.

Each year, the non-profit organization The Tournament of Roses Association puts together the event with the help of 935 volunteers, known as “White Suiters.” Volunteers are all residents of Pasadena, who live within a 15 mile radius of Pasadena City Hall. The Tournament of Roses Association is headquartered at the Tournament House, formerly the Wrigley Mansion.

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If you’re in the South Pasadena area, you can visit the All-America Rose Selections’ test gardens at the Tournament House. There are also exhibits in the house on the history of the Rose Parade.

For the 2017 Rose Parade, the theme Echoes of Success has been selected by Brad Ratliff, the President of The Tournament of Roses Association. Every year, there is also a royal court of the parade, the queen and king, and a Grand Marshal. Last year’s Grand Marshal was Ken Burns, the documentary filmmaker.

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To help raise money to create the float each year, The South Pasadena Tournament of Roses Committee puts on fundraising events in the community. The events for the 2017 float include Wine & Beer Tasting, a Golf Tournament, Cruz’n for Roses Hot Rod & Classic Car Show, and Crunch Time Party.

Look for tickets to these fundraising events on the South Pasadena Tournament of Roses website here: http://www.sptor.org/. You can also assist in decorating the float! Look for details on volunteering on the website as well. The float is decorated and constructed with the assistance of volunteers. Additionally, the public can submit float designs through the website.

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South Pasadena’s Hometown Charm

South Pasadena’s Hometown Charm

While exploring Southern California, don’t forget to take a look at South Pasadena real estate. You’ll fall in love with the small, hometown charm of this city. Within Los Angeles County, South Pasadena is bordered by Los Angeles and Pasadena. This city, that covers approximately 3.5 square miles and is home to about 26,000 people, is located in the West San Gabriel Valley.

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Here are some reasons why South Pasadena is a charming hometown:

Tournament of Roses Parade: The city won the National Trophy for the Fishing Follies float in 2016.

Cawston Ostrich Farm: Since 1886, South Pasadena has been home to the first ostrich farm in the country. Once upon a time, guests would ride ostriches at the farm. Now, it’s a cultural landmark.

Fair Oaks Pharmacy and Soda Fountain: For over 100 years, this pharmacy and soda fountain has been located at Mission Street and Fair Oaks Avenue (on the historic Route 66) in South Pasadena. Enjoy sundaes, milkshakes, coffee, lunch, and breakfast in vintage décor in this blast from the past.

Rialto Theater: This historic place is a one-screen movie theatre, built in 1925. It seats 1,200 movie goers and includes an orchestra pit. The new owner is planning on making it into a bar.

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Film History: Because of its American, hometown charm, South Pasadena has been the location of many movies, including The Terminator, Legally Blonde, Back to the Future, 13 Going on 30, and much more.

Charlie’s Coffee House: Stop in for a green tea macha latte, a frappuccino, iced coffee, or iced mochas. This coffee shop o Monterey Road is decorated like a highway, with stop signs and traffic light signs and vintage furniture. The burritos are great, too. Bring the kids and enjoy the outdoor seating.

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Grassroots Natural Market & Kitchen: One of the best things about South Pasadena is the presence of small businesses. This family-owned grocery (since 1968) store features an organic juice bar, vitamins and supplements, and specialty groceries. This sustainable business also offers wine and vegan and gluten-free beer!

The Battery Books & Music: No town is complete without a good bookstore. Since 2010, this small business has been selling books, music, clothing, and jewelry. Come in to buy, sell, and trade books, or to enjoy the live music events.

Garfield Park: Enjoy the beautiful California weather with a day outdoors. Garfield Park on Mission Street and Park Avenue offers a playground, tennis courts, gazebos, picnic areas, and more for families to use.

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Mt. Washington Recreation Activities

Are you living in or visiting Mt. Washington in Los Angeles this summer? Take a look at some recreational activities you add to your list this season! Whether you’re looking for food, culture, nightlife, or the outdoors, there’s something for everyone.

L.A.’s Southwest Museum

Make your day cultural and visit the Southwest Museum of the American Indian. This museum has been around since Charles Fletcher Lummis (an anthropologist) started the Southwest Society and Joseph Scott funded the museum. Originally, the museum was opened in Downtown Los Angeles. The collection features art and artifacts of the Native Americans, of the Spanish Colonial period, and of the Western American genre.

The museum has been in Mt. Washington since 1914 and is run by the Autry National Center. The Southwest Museum is a Los Angeles Historic-Cultural Monument and stands at 234 Museum Dr, Mt Washington, Los Angeles. To get there, take the Metro Gold Line to the Southwest Museum Station.

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Carlin G. Smith Recreation Center

Located in East Los Angeles, the Carlin G. Smith Recreation Center is a great resource for people living in the community and/or visiting. Located at 511 W. Ave. 46, Los Angeles CA 90065, this recreation center offers a children’s play area, a community room, barbeque pits, basketball courts, and an auditorium.

To learn more, check out the recreation center’s online activity guide for classes, afterschool programs, and other events. Parent’s Night Out happens every second Friday of the month and only costs $10. At this event, children have dinner and do activities while parents have date night. Other available activities include self-defense classes, music lessons, and afterschool programs.

Heidelberg Park

Feeling restless? Take a stroll in the park. Heidelberg Park, at San Rafael Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90065, is overseen by the Santa Monica Mountains Conservancy. The beautiful landscape features a community succulent garden and examples of the California Walnut Woodland. The steep slopes of the mountains still foster black walnut trees.

Moon Canyon Park

For another option for a stroll in the park, head over to Moon Canyon Park. Located at 300 San Rafael Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90065, this park is the perfect place to find a playground, have a picnic, and explore some walking trails.

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Verdugo Bar

Looking for a night out this weekend? Drop by Verdugo Bar at 3408 Verdugo Road, Los Angeles CA, 90065. It’s open Monday to Friday from 6 pm to 2 am, and on Saturday to Sunday from 3 pm to 2 am. This craft beer bar is in Glassell Park and offers game nights on the patio, music nights with DJs and themed music, and trivia nights. Enjoy the full bar, the food trucks, and the “To-Go” bottle menu.

LA River Kayak Safari

Do something new this summer and take a trip with the LA River Kayak Safari. Take a short drive to the Elysian Valley from Mt. Washington for this activity. The guides and instructors at LA River Kayak Safari take groups on a trip down the Los Angeles River. This urban river is filled with drinking quality water and is protected by the Clean Water Act. The company offers one easy trip and one other option that is more challenging. There are lazy river sections, as well as Class II rapids. This is a great activity for those looking to learn how to paddle.

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Eldred Street in Mt. Washington: the Steepest Street in L.A.

At Real Estate Unlimited, we’ve decided to explore Eldred Street in Mount Washington to learn more about this legendary slope.

Built in 1912, and named after Delos W. Eldred, Eldred Street in Mount Washington is one of the steepest streets in the world. Eldred Street has a 33% grade and rises 219 feet in elevation. This long slope was made into a street before Los Angeles limited streets to 15% grade or below in the 1950s. That’s actually less than half of the grade of Eldred Street!

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Because of these limitations, a street this steep will never be built in L.A. again. According to Tom of the YouTube show Tom Explores Los Angeles, Eldred Street is the steepest drivable street in California. It’s even steeper than any street in San Francisco! Even Fargo Street in Echo Park in Los Angeles does not have as steep of a grade as that of Eldred Street.

Mount Washington, a neighborhood in the northeast region of Los Angeles and the San Rafael Hills, is bordered by downtown L.A., Eagle Rock, Glassell Park, Highland Park, and Cypress Park. It was founded in 1909 and is surrounded by Mt. Washington, Mount Baldy, and the San Gabriel Mountains.

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This steep slope runs between Avenue 50 and Cross Avenue. Many urban legends about scared motorists and runaway cars are associated with this famous road. In fact, Eldred Street dead ends, which means you have to go up and come back down the slope, whether you’re prepared to do so or not! Luckily, locals are known to help scared tourists make the drive back down. Tourists often panic at the top of the street because they cannot see much farther than the front of their cars when traveling down.

Surprisingly enough, only special trash trucks can make their rounds on Eldred Street. These trucks are smaller than the normal ones, to avoid the risk of flipping over. Many trucks get stuck when trying to turn out of Eldred Street. Eldred Street is notorious for confusing visitors following their GPS, people trying to make deliveries, and the postal service. In fact, mailmen no longer make delivers on Eldred Street; instead, there’s a group mailbox at the bottom of the street.

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At the dead end of Eldred Street, you’ll find a set of wooden stairs that will lead you to Cross Avenue. Watch Tom Explores Los Angeles to find out more about this famous street. To find out more about Mount Washington, read more about the neighborhood by visiting Self-Realization Fellowship in Mt. Washington and the Southwest Museum of the American Indian.  

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