All posts tagged: walkable neighborhoods

Bob’s Big Boy Now Open in Pasadena

The endearing "Big Boy" greets customers at the entrance of the restaurant

Bob’s Big Boy is back in Pasadena. Replacing a Baja Fresh fast casual restaurant at the corner of South Lake Avenue and Del Mar, the space has been transformed into a slightly more modern Bob’s Big Boy with a comfortable/cozy interior perfect for those seeking diner cuisine in this urban part of Pasadena.

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The Dalton Condos Auction Sells Out in Pasadena

The Dalton is located at the corner of Arroyo Parkway and Cordova, directly across the street from the Metro Gold Line station

The Dalton is located at the corner of Arroyo Parkway and Cordova, directly across the street from the Metro Gold Line station

It was a huge success for The Dalton–located across the street from the Gold Line Del Mar Station–as bidders attended a special auction last, last weekend. With “standing room only,” an estimated 1,000 bidders packed into a large Pasadena Hilton ballroom. In less than 2 hours, all 34 units were auctioned off. Apparently, the most expensive penthouse unit went for $600,000 (originally listed at $779,000). Out of a total of 55 units in the building, this means that about 2/3 of the units are now absorbed off the market. This bodes well for “The Renaissance” project under construction across the street from both The Dalton and Cinema Lofts.

Here are some pictures of different units from The Dalton:

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Raymond Renaissance Condos Construction Update in Pasadena

A few weeks ago, the sidewalk was still under construction

A few weeks ago, the sidewalk was still under construction

The corner of the brand new Raymond Renaissance condos is now “98% completed.” The sidewalk in front of the Raymond Renaissance condos was being redone and a new tree was slated to be planted on the corner as well. All that’s missing is the new tree (a new tree grate has been installed in the sidewalk) and the upcoming BLD restaurant taking the corner space. The new tree should be here sooner than the restaurant (I hope). I passed by yesterday and saw that the BLD space is definitely being built out. I hope it will be able to open by winter of this year.

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A Snapshot of Old Pasadena

Crossing Colorado Blvd

Crossing Colorado Blvd

This past Sunday, as the weather warmed up from the June Gloom overcast days and the chalk festival at Paseo Colorado was taking place, I decided to capture a few shots of pedestrian crowds milling about Old Pasadena. There wasn’t really a particular reason why I decided to take these pictures, but I think it ended up being a nice snapshot of “just another” day in Pasadena.

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Upkeep Around Pasadena

Fountain Glen senior housing complex is getting some cosmetic maintenance done to the facade of the building

Fountain Glen senior housing complex is getting some cosmetic maintenance done to the facade of the building

Looks like the “active lifestyle” senior housing complex, Fountain Glen, is updating the exterior facade by putting on a fresh coat of paint. From what I could tell, it looked like workers were painting the balcony railings from a greenish-hue to black. Besides that, I’m not quite sure what new colors, if any, will be replacing the current neutral tones on the building. The building is located on Union St. across from Target’s garden center.

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Update on Granite Park Luxury Condos in Pasadena

Granite Park, a luxury condo project, is progressing slowly in line with market conditions

Granite Park, a luxury condo project, is progressing slowly in line with market conditions

Located behind the shops and restaurants on South Lake Avenue, Granite Park has been chugging along slowly (hoping and waiting for the market to rebound I assume). The health of the market is especially important to this project since the condo units here actually start at $1 million and go up to $2 million. If this project turns out to be anything like the Montana Residences, then I think it might actually be attractive/worth it to those who can afford it.

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The Raymond Renaissance Condos in Pasadena

Brand new condos and retail space coming soon to the corner of Raymond and Holly St.

Brand new condos and retail space coming soon to the corner of Raymond and Holly St in Old Pasadena

One of the best locations for a condo building in my opinion. Why? Because it’s in the middle of everything: Memorial Park across the street, the Gold Line station a block away, the Armory Center for the Arts next door, a view of City Hall, a wine bar a few doors down, and being just a bit off the beaten path in bustling Old Pasadena.

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Westgate Apartments in Old Pasadena Update

Westgate looking from new Delacey Place condos

Westgate looking from new Delacey Place condos

Westgate is one of the most important projects in Pasadena at this time from the perspective of a maturing urban center. It is a massive project with 842 units and will be built in 3 phases. The developer, Sares-Regis Group, is currently working on phase 1, which is the southern portion of the project on Del Mar Blvd.

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New Trees Planted in Pasadena Playhouse District

New trees like these are being planted all over the Playhouse District

New trees like these are being planted all over the Playhouse District

This really excited me! I am a huge proponent of planting more trees everywhere! One of the reasons why I love Pasadena is just how much foliage there is here compared to many other less verdant parts of LA. Although I was a little irritated when some large ficus trees were cut down relatively recently, the area is redeemed by planting these new trees all over the Playhouse District.

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Delacey Place Luxury Condos in Pasadena

New mixed-use luxury condos in Old Pasadena

New mixed-use luxury condos in Old Pasadena

I think it’s great that residential/mixed-use development is happening where Delacey Place is. For an area that once had no connection to the rest of the city due to its forlorn status, this area that Delacey Place now stands, along with the greatly massive Westgate project under construction (842 units, IIRC)  right across the street, will not only become just another pleasant place to live in Pasadena, but more importantly, the area will add to the ever expanding boundaries of Pasadena’s walkable areas. Being a strong believer and supporter that Pasadena will continue to lead the way in LA County in building a city for pedestrians, I am always excited to cover updates on mixed-use developments, such as Delacey Place.

A few highlights from the property include:

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