South Pasadena is one the the most highly sought after neighborhood in the Los Angeles basin. Originally part of Pasadena, it voted to be its own town in 1875 and incorporated in 1888 to control its own territory. South Pasadena is known for it's beautiful homes, the small-town feel and its rich historical charm. It has some of the oldest historical sites in the San Gabriel Valley. The Raymond Hotel, now a restaurant, and the Cawston Ostrich Farm were both in full swing in the late 19th century. The Ostrich Farm, at one point, had over 100 ostriches bringing tourists from far and wide to the Arroyo Seco to ride and take photo with the African natives. Today all that's left is part of the brick building marked as a cultural landmark.
The metro Gold Line runs right through the town, stopping at Mission and Meridian Ave. where Thursday evenings there's alway a Farmer's Market in full swing. The area is loaded with tiny shops and restaurants to enjoy any evening of the week. Known as "The City of Trees", South Pasadena boasts over 100 acres of parks and playgrounds. It has a close knit, highly involved community that keeps South Pasadena at the forefront for desireable areas to live.