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Madison Heights Walk

Madison Heights Walk

The last in our series of Pasadena-area architectural walks takes place in lovely Madison Heights, the neighborhood bordered by California on the north, Glenarm on the south, Lake on the east and Marengo on the west. Much of this neighborhood was built between 1910 and 1917, and it is rich with the architectural diversity that [...]

A New Oak for Armada

A New Oak for Armada

While we watch the city plant inappropriate palms in the Playhouse District, we’re happy to report the planting of just the right tree on the banks of the Arroyo: an Englemann Oak, aka a Pasadena Oak. The occasion was the 68th birthday of Dave Kennedy, a longtime resident of the Prospect Park neighborhood. Dave has [...]

Pasadena Bike Week

Pasadena Bike Week

It’s the 21st century and we all have be conscientious and aware of our impact on the Earth. It’s hard not to feel guilty in Los Angeles – but there is hope! C.I.C.L.E., or the Cyclists Inciting Change thru Live Exchange, has worked with the City of Pasadena to create Pasadena Bike Week. From now [...]

Why did the peacock cross the road?

Why did the peacock cross the road?

On Friday night I was on my way out to grab a drink in Los Feliz with friends. I was running late, so I decided to get on the freeway at Orange Grove instead of Fair Oaks, since that is always busy. Unfortunately, the traffic was even worse once I got near the Orange Grove [...]

Garfield Heights Walk

Garfield Heights Walk

The architectural walk for this Mother’s Day weekend explores an historic neighborhood compact enough that you can walk the whole thing in a morning stroll. If you have a mom in your life who loves old houses, take her here. Garfield Heights From mansions to Craftsman bungalows to historic two- and four-unit apartments, this neighborhood is [...]

A Picnic for Mom

A Picnic for Mom

Everyone knows you’re supposed to take Mom out for brunch on Mother’s Day, right? But going out for brunch on this particular Sunday is like going out to dinner on Valentine’s Day — it’s amateur hour. You’re just begging for overpriced “special” menus and crowds. Instead, consider picking up food from some of our favorite [...]

Altadena Architectural Walk

Altadena Architectural Walk

The architectural walk for this weekend is actually part drive and part walk, because to see Altadena’s most significant houses, you have to cover a lot of ground. If you part at Woodbury and Santa Rosa, you can walk north on Santa Rosa to Mariposa and Madison to see three of the houses. Altadena Wild, [...]

Your Garden as a Dog

Your Garden as a Dog

Father, forgive me, it has been… hmmm… a long time since my last confession. My sin? Living in Pasadena and not being a gardener. Thanks to our hired gardeners, our front yard, at least, looks nice enough so we don’t get run out of town by Pasadena Beautiful (whose president, alas, lives across the street, [...]

Southwest Pasadena Architectural Walk

Southwest Pasadena Architectural Walk

This weekend’s architectural walk will take you from Southwest Pasadena into dreamy South Pasadena. Southwest Pasadena & South Pasadena Filled with glorious homes both modest and grand, Southwest Pasadena and South Pasadena make for superb strolling territory. The stately trees, street-facing gardens and shaded porches evoke a timeless sense of the American neighborhood. Of particular [...]

Solar 101, Part 2

Solar 101, Part 2

My Altadena household has been making electricity since March 27. Our solar panels are almost disappointingly discreet — I can’t help but want everyone to know how virtuous we are. But on the other hand it’s nice to be humble, quietly saving the planet in our own way, you know…. Solar installation took about two [...]

Gooden Open House Saturday, January 11

Maude Woods - Opening October 22nd in Pasadena

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