LA’s first suburb can be considered the center of the scientific universe. It’s home to the California Institute of Technology, Caltech, which is justified in bragging about its 33 alumni and faculty members who have won 34 Nobel Prizes. Caltech is also unusual in the respect that its campus appears to be just another part of Pasadena, belying its prestige and ability to churn out world-changers. To get on campus, head for the corner of Wilson Avenue and California Boulevard, park, and feel free to walk around. Some say you’ll become smarter just by breathing the air on this side of town.

The NASA-owned Jet Propulsion Laboratory, managed by Caltech, is also here. JPL scientists created the Voyager I and Voyager II deep space probes, along with the Mars rovers Spirit and Opportunity, among many other achievements. Tours of JPL are available and are held at specific times, generally on Mondays and Wednesdays — call in advance to make an appointment. The lab is at 4800 Oak Grove Drive.

There are three popular shopping and dining districts — Old Pasadena, South Lake Avenue, and the Playhouse District

Some Famous People that lived in Pasadena:

Chef and author Julia Child, a native of Pasadena, is credited with introducing Americans to French cuisine. Though most people know her as a quirky older lady with a penchant for cream, before that she was a member of the Office of Strategic Services (OSS), the precursor to the CIA, during World War II. While on your celebrity tour, check out Child’s first of many homes at 625 Magnolia Avenue in Pasadena (just don’t bother the current occupants).

Sports legend Jackie Robinson, the man who broke Major League Baseball’s color line, grew up in Pasadena. 

We’ve also got the Pattons — Gen. George S. Patton, Jr., who was also an Olympic athlete in the 1912 Games in Sweden. His father was the Pasadena City Attorney, and his grandfather was land baron Benjamin Wilson, the first mayor of Los Angeles.

The Big Bang Theory is set and sometimes shot here, but the city has served as the backdrop for hundreds of other famous and not-so-famous film, TV, and commercial productions, among them Gone With the WindFather of the BrideBatman (the TV version), and Parks and Recreation, to name but a few. There are dozens more, and lists are publicly available for anyone looking to take a leisurely day trip down surprisingly recognizable lanes. 

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The city of Pasadena is rich with history and many exciting things to do and see! Contact me today to find your home in this dreamy city!

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