Altadena

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With its beautiful location in the San Gabriel Mountain foothills, Altadena has long attracted the wealthy, the artistic and suburban families. It is a multi-ethnic community rich with history, culture, and entertainment.

The homes in Altadena are as diverse as the community.  One can find California bungalows, craftsman, and Spanish inspired homes hidden up against the foothills or spread along the elegant tree covered streets.  There are cozy tight knit neighborhoods intertwined with mansion-lined streets that give as much privacy as necessary.

Altadena, an unincorporated town adjacent to Pasadena, has a homey country feel. There are few paved sidewalks, hardly any condos, and few apartment buildings. Some areas are horse property. The proximity to the mountains means some backyards open onto trails.  Hiking, biking, walking, bird watching, and just nature loving all are here in beautiful Altadena.  The friendly southern California weather allows for these exciting activities to take place year round.  Encompassing about nine square miles bounded by the Arroyo Seco on the west, Angeles National Forest on the north, Eaton Canyon on the east and Pasadena on the south, Altadena is geographically well defined.

Christmas Tree Lane, a California Historical Landmark,  is a 0.7 mile stretch of Santa Rosa Avenue from Woodbury Road to Altadena Drive.  Each December, members of the Christmas Tree Lane Association festoon the 110 still standing giant deodars that line the street with thousands of Christmas lights.  It has been a holiday attraction since 1920 and it is the oldest large-scale outdoor Christmas lighting venue in the world.

With Altadena’s close proximity to Pasadena, residents are just a few minutes from the some of the finest theater, shopping, and dining in Southern California.  In Altadena you can live in the privacy of the lush mountains and still have easy access to the conveniences of a busy city.

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HISTORY

In 1880, Capt. Frederick Woodbury and his brother John Woodbury of Marshalltown, Iowa, purchased 937 acres known as the Woodbury Ranch. John Woodbury established the Pasadena Improvement Company in 1887 with a plot plan of residential development referred to as the Woodbury Subdivision. They contacted Byron O. Clark who established a nursery in the foothills in 1875 and had since moved away.  He called his nursery “Altadena Nursery”, a name he coined from the Spanish “alta” meaning “upper” and “dena” from Pasadena. Woodbury asked if he could use the name “Altadena” for his subdivision and Clark agreed.

The newly sprouted community of Altadena immediately began to attract millionaires from the East. In 1887 Andrew McNally, the printing magnate from Chicago and his good friend Col. G. G. Green had built mansions on what was to become Millionaire’s Row, Mariposa Street near Santa Rosa. Newspaper moguls William Armiger Scripps and William Kellogg built side by side just east of Fair Oaks Avenue. The grandson of Andrew McNally, Wallace Neff, became a famous Southern California architect. He started his career in Altadena with the design and construction of St. Elizabeth of Hungary Catholic Church which was dedicated in October 1926.

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PLACES OF INTEREST

Altadena Town & Country Club  2290 Country Club Dr  626-794-7163
Altadena Golf Course  1456 East Mendocino Street   626 797 3821
Christmas Tree Lane  Santa Rosa Avenue between Altadena & Woodbury
Echo Mountain / Sam Merrill Trail
Mount Lowe Railway Ruins  Foot of Mount Lowe

RESTAURANTS

Coffee Gallery  2029 N. Lake,  91001
Fox’s   2352 Lake Ave.,   626-797-9430
Patticakes Dessert Co.  1900 Allen Ave.  626-794-1128

SCHOOLS

PUBLIC SCHOOLS

PASADENA UNIFIED SCHOOL DISTRICT

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High School
Pasadena High School  2925 East Sierra Madre Blvd. (626) 798-8901

Middle School
Eliot Middle School  2184 N Lake Ave., 91001  (626) 794-7121

Elementary Schools
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Altadena Elementary School  743 E Calaveras St., Altadena  (626) 798-7878
Burbank Elementary School  2046 N Allen Ave., Altadena  (626) 798-6769
Franklin Elementary School  527 W Ventura St., Altadena  (626) 798-9116
Jackson Elementary School  593 W Woodbury Rd., Altadena  (626) 798-6773
Loma Alta Elementary School  3544 N Canon Blvd., Altadena  (626) 797-1173
Noyes Elementary School  1919 E Pinecrest Dr., Altadena  (626) 794-1149

PRIVATE SCHOOLS
Camellia Montessori School  922 E Mendocino Street  626-794-2244
Meher Montessori School
  943 E Altadena Drive   626-798-1171
Sahag Mesrob Armenian Christian  2501 N Maiden Lane  626-798-5020
St Elizabeth Parish School  1840 N Lake Ave  626-797-7727
St Mark’s School  1050 E. Altadena Drive  626-798-8858
The Sycamores School   2933 N El Nido Dr.  626-395-7100
Waldorf School   209 E. Mariposa St.  626-794-9564

PRESCHOOLS
Firehouse Preschool 1923 North Allen Avenue 626-798-2865
Altadena Christian Children’s Center 791 E. Calaveras St.   626-797-6142
Meher Montessori School  943 E Altadena Drive   626-798-1171
Woodbury Preschool Village   712 W. Mountain View   626-794-3211