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Welcome to Pasadena, the Traditionally Modern City

In 1886, Pasadena rose from the foundations of the San Gabriel Mission and Rancho San Pasqual into an incorporated city. Pasadena keeps its rich and diverse history close and the city never stops progressing.

What was once a Spanish settlement grew into an agricultural hub that was sought out by winter-weary midwesterners and those looking to find better health in the valley’s warm weather. The citrus-laden valley soon became the permanent home of these sun-seekers, who went on to settle the town with contemporary Craftsman homes that were perfectly designed to embrace the warm and minimalist sophistication Pasadena is known for.

Pasadena draws its name from the Chippewa word for “crown of the valley”, and has continued to live up to its name throughout the years hence. The city is home to renowned cultural destinations and historical sites. It is a pinnacle for the sophisticated balance of tradition and modernity. A drive through Pasadena’s neighborhoods will reveal the city’s progression through time and its bond to its past. In Pasadena, you will find the architectural markers of society’s movement forward in the city’s intertwined neighborhoods of historical farmhouses, Craftsman bungalows, and Spanish revival homes. The city is home to historical sites such as the Arroyo Street Bridge, Devil’s Gate Dam, the Gamble House, and several historic churches, the most notable of which is the San Gabriel Mission.

The city’s famous Playhouse District is perhaps the brightest gem. The Playhouse District is attractive both in its eclectic and tasteful mix of history and modernity, as well as its unparalleled accessibility. The Playhouse District is easy to navigate, and nearly every potential point of interest is just a short walk away, a valuable asset compared to the crowded streets and subways of the greater Los Angeles area. The Andalucia is gracefully settled in the heart of this sought-after District, so no cultural amenity will ever be out of reach. Within the District you will find cultural entertainment, renowned museums, world-class educational institutions, and enough highly-rated eateries to suit any taste.

Converse with any Pasadena local, and they’ll guide you to the best. For those looking to mix the historical and contemporary taste of the city, locals will always suggest Roma Market. The Market has been a Pasadena staple since the 1950s and borne the craving of thousands with its sandwich delicacies, which are made by hand every day by 76-year-old Rosario Mazzeo. Many locals will stop by the Market to purchase a sandwich (or a dozen) before heading off to explore Old Pasadena and its summer festivals, the gorgeous and astounding Huntington Libraries, Art Collections, and Gardens, or to cheer enthusiastically at the Rose Bowl.

For those seeking the timeless charm of Pasadena and its simultaneously historic and contemporary mindset, life at The Andalucia will encapsulate and provide all that defines this beautiful and eclectic town. At The Andalucia, you can conveniently access all that the Playhouse District has to offer.

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