South Pasadena was part of the first settlement of Anglo settlers in the San Gabriel Valley which included what is now Pasadena and Altadena. Winter weary residents of Indiana established the settlement and created the Southern California Orange and Citrus Growers Association, selling stock to fund their endeavor. In 1874 this area along the Arroyo Seco was incorporated as the Indiana Colony. In 1875 the city of Pasadena was named and within just a few years residents living in the southern portion of Pasadena considered themselves "South Pasadenans".
In February of 1888, in order to control their own territory, South Pasadenans voted for incorporation. The boundaries of the city established in 1889 are basically the same today, 3.44 square miles of prime residential property. The city is well know for its quality of life with its small-town atmosphere and large number of beautifully preserved late 19th and early 20th century homes. South Pasadena has some of the oldest and most historic sites in the San Gabriel Valley including the original buildings of the Rancho San Pascual.
In the late 1880s the establishment of the Raymond Hotel and the Cawston Ostrich Farm attracted many tourists to the area. Population increased as new residents made South Pas their home. Many "red car" stations on the Pacific Electric Railway were built making the city one of the first suburbs of Los Angeles.
South Pasadena offers a quality of life missing in other parts of Los Angeles. It boasts a small-town atmosphere with a rich legacy of historic architecture and neighborhoods. The schools are among the best in the Los Angeles area and many parks are found throughout the city. Easy commuting is facilitated by multiple stops on the Metro Gold Line and the city's location right on Highway 110. Real estate prices are generally lower than its neighbor, Pasadena, but are still high due to demand.
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