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An easy commute northeast of Los Angeles, Pasadena delights with its respect for the past in both its commercial buildings and houses. The city is nationally known for the Rose Parade a precursor to the famous football game played at the Rose Bowl, which is also a venue for flea markets, concerts and sporting events.
Stroll down E Colorado Blvd near Fair Oaks and Old Pasadena greets you with architecture from the turn of the 20th century. Ornate cornices, graceful moldings and iron-framed windows decorate modern eateries and bars. A fine example of a restaurant within a historic structure is the La Grande Orange Cafe, serving good old American fare in a restored train depot. As for a bar with a traditional interior, The Tap Room at The Langham serves fancy drinks and showcases live jazz in an elegant Old World atmosphere. Rent.com is a great resource when looking for houses in the area.
Head a few blocks south or north of Colorado Blvd and you can choose houses for rent in such historic styles as Craftsman or California Mission. In general, properties for rent are more expensive in the North East, South Arroyo, and South neighborhoods. Cheaper homes are in the South East, North Central and East Central communities. Singles and couples will find many pre-WWII homes with just one bedroom. Those with large families who need three or more bedrooms may need to look for post-war homes, or they can rent a large Craftsman mansion. One- and two-bedroom homes average from $2,000 to $2,300. Larger properties can range from $3,000 - $3,300 or more.
Owners of older homes in Pasadena generally take good care of their properties because they love antiques and want to follow the city's stringent preservation laws. If you'd like to pick up a few tips on how to be welcomed to the new neighborhood, check out this helpful entry from the Rent.com blog.
Pre-war homes, which average from 700 to 1,000 square feet, can boast such charming details as wooden floors, built-ins and stained-glass windows. However, they may lack such modern conveniences as dishwashers, washers/dryers or ample outlets for computers and multimedia devices. Garages or carports, if they exist, may only accommodate one car. Larger post-war homes can range from 1,800 to 2,200 square feet and contain such conveniences as carpet, vinyl flooring and two-car garages.