Everything’s coming up roses for the City of Pasadena. Located 11 miles northeast of Downtown Los Angeles, Pasadena is a great place for families looking to put down roots. In 2019, it made Apartment Therapy’s list of the coolest suburbs in America, thanks in large part to its historic architecture, diverse food scene, and popular annual events like the Rose Parade and Pasadena Chalk Festival. 

If you’re in the market for a new condo or apartment in this sought-after ‘burb, check out these 7 winning options.

1. West Grove

Developer: Toledo Homes
Address: 125 Hurlbut Street, Pasadena
Priced from: $849,000

Only two new construction units remain at West Grove, a luxury condo community that’s only minutes from historic Old Pasadena and laid-back South Pasadena. These two-bedroom, two-bathroom condominium homes boast more than 1,200 square feet of living space with functional U-shaped kitchens and roomy walk-in closets. The slightly more expensive option features two outdoor patios for those who prefer to take their morning coffee alfresco.

2. 388 Cordova

Developer: Adept Urban
Address: 388 Cordova Street, Pasadena
Priced from: $725,000

Touted as “Pasadena’s only luxury high-rise condominiums,” 388 Cordova is now fully complete and move-in ready. The development’s 57 well-appointed homes feature 10- to 11-foot ceilings, expansive windows, Caesarstone quartz countertops and Italian-designed cabinetry. The resort-inspired amenities include a relaxing outdoor pool and spa, indoor/outdoor terrace great room, and a sunset fire pit lounge.

3. Villas at The Ambassador Gardens

Developer: ETCO Homes
Address: 362 West Green Street, Pasadena
Priced from: $1,990,000

Unit 124 is the final home for sale at Villas at The Ambassador Gardens. This bright and spacious residence bears three bedrooms, a four-car garage, private elevator, open kitchen, separate dining room and a great room with a charming fireplace. Upstairs, the master retreat comes complete with his-and-hers walk-in closets and an ensuite bath with a soaker tub and frameless glass shower. This exclusive townhome community is removed from the hustle and bustle of Old Town, but close enough to walk to your favorite restaurants and boutiques.

4. Terraces at The Ambassador Gardens

Developer: ETCO Homes
Address: 300 West Green Street, Pasadena
Priced from: $1,950,990

If variety is what you’re looking for, the Terraces at The Ambassador Gardens offer a collection of luxe tri-level townhomes, condos and penthouses. Select homes are available for immediate move-in, while others are currently under construction. Choose from three-bedroom floorplans with three or more bathrooms, private outdoor space, island kitchens with butler’s pantries, and sumptuous master suites. Located within the same complex as the Villas at The Ambassador Gardens, residents will be steps away from fitness studios, impeccably maintained public parks and all sorts of daily conveniences.

5. Theo

Developer: Alliance Residential Company
Address: 289 El Molino Avenue, Pasadena
Priced from: $2,775/month

Completed last summer, Theo is a modernist apartment building in Pasadena’s Playhouse District. This hip and walkable neighborhood is home to bookstores, cozy cafes, arthouse theatres and museums. Take your pick of Theo’s spacious one- or two-bedroom units, which feature large windows, private outdoor space and plank flooring (as per plan). Close to home, residents can go for a dip in the courtyard pool, work up a sweat in the fitness center or play fetch with their pups at the rooftop dog park.

6. The Hudson East and The Hudson West

Developer: Greystar
Address: 177 North Hudson Avenue and 678 East Walnut Street, Pasadena
Priced from: $2,972/month

The Hudson is a two building luxury rental community with convenient access to Pasadena’s buzzing Old Town. Studio, one-bedroom and two-bedroom apartments are currently available, characterized by stainless steel appliances, including gas ranges, hardwood-style flooring, tile backsplashes, quartz countertops, European cabinetry, and in-unit washers and dryers. Each building offers a long list of social and recreational amenities, and residents can easily complete errands on foot with Ralph’s, Target, CVS, FedEx and Chase nearby.

7. Thistle

Developer: Moss & Company
Address: 262 North Los Robles Avenue, Pasadena
Priced from: $1,995/month

If you’re on a budget but crave a never-been-lived-in apartment, Thistle is the community for you. The design centric mid-rise is a Millennial’s dream with half-painted front doors, adorable balconies, modern kitchen cabinetry and in-unit washers and dryers (as per plan). Entertain friends and family in the cozy courtyard area, complete with comfortable furniture and a fire pit, or grill up a feast in the barbecue and picnic area. Residents will enjoy easy access to the 210 freeway and can walk to the shops and restaurants along Colorado Boulevard in minutes.

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