The General Plan calls for a healthy, walkable hometown with active
residents and careful growth that preserves Pasadena’s charm.
If any area exemplifies these values it’s Bungalow Heaven, recently named one of
the 10 Great Places in America by the American Planning Association.
Less than a half-mile square, the neighborhood features 800 bungalows built from
1905 to 1920. More than its architecture, the neighborhood showcases thoughtful
planning and community involvement.
Homes were built with garages in back and porches in front, making it easy for
neighbors to visit. A simple grid of narrow, tree-lined streets has slowed down
traffic and invited walking and biking. At the center of it all, McDonald Park
calls out for picnics and play.
When a bungalow was demolished in 1985 and replaced with a stucco-faced
apartment building, neighbors rallied to create Pasadena’s first historic
landmark district. An active association was formed that – to this day – plans
events, builds community and preserves the neighborhood’s special qualities. A
great place, indeed! For more information visit
To learn more about historic preservation in Pasadena, call (626) 744-4009 or