Victory Park in Pasadena

Victory Park Guide
One of the attractions of Northeast Pasadena is Victory Park. I think if you had to map the center of the Northeast Pasadena rea, your compass would fall right in the middle of Victory Park. Located at the intersection of Paloma and Altadena Drive, it provides an excellent opportunity for the weekend athlete to reminisce about the glory days of years past only to be reminded again on Monday morning that our body isn’t in quite the shape we thought it was in.

The facilities at Victory Park provide the youth of the area the chance to develop their skills and sportsmanship through an assortment of activities including AYSO Soccer, Pop Warner Football, and Baseball. For the bicycling enthusiast, paved paths provide a nice tour around the perimeter of the park and there are also picnic facilities available for friend and family gatherings as well as birthday parties. If you plan on hosting an event it is probably a good idea to check with the City of Pasadena to make reservations or acquire a permit.

Saturday Farmer’s Market

From the hours of 8:30 to 12:30 every Saturday, local residents are treated to one of the best Farmers Markets in the area.

Victory Park in Pasadena

Victory Park in Northeast Pasadena

An abundance of fresh fruits and vegetables are trucked in and set up and the process seems to be organized as well as any grocery store you could visit. There are fresh flowers, honey, nuts, fish, some entertainment, coffee and fresh bread. It’s worth checking out and just visiting for the experience. We make it a point to take our guests when they visit so they can get a flavor of what we have here in Northeast Pasadena.

If your desire has been to live close enough to the park you can walk, you might want to check out the local neighborhoods of Daisy Villa, Victory Park or Brigden Ranch.

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Hastings Ranch

Upper Hastings Views

Upper Hastings Views

In the far Northeast corner of Pasadena lies the neighborhood known as Hastings Ranch. Homes here were built in the early to mid 50’s for the most part. Hastings Ranch, known as North Hastings and South Hastings is divided by Sierra Madre Blvd. Although the two communities do have some things in common they are also vastly different. The quaint small town of Sierra Madre borders Hastings to the east and to me the atmosphere is Northern California. Its close to the mountains and the village is very friendly and inviting.

Many people are attracted to Hastings because they are looking for a home that is a little more traditional and also may not quite exhibit the wear that a home constructed in the era of 1920 would have.

South Hastings

Offering a little more of the “wow” factor, South Hastings homes are a little larger than their norhthern counterparts and also the lots on which these homes sit are more spacious, with many of them in excess of 10,000 square feet. The homes here look and feel more “custom” and offer garages in the back yard which offer the perception at least of being less congested with fewer cars lining the streets.

In 2008, there were 16 single family homes sold in South Hastings, averaging 2278 square feet and with a median price of $787,000. Adjacent to the neighborhood is Foothill Boulevard with plenty of shopping including, Best Buy, Bed Bath & Beyond, Starbucks, Peets Coffee, Sears, Whole Foods and Ralph’s Grocery.

North Hastings

This neighborhood is a little more indicative of what we used to refer as “Tract Housing”. One builder would come in with several different floor plans and basically create the community. Many of these homes appear very similar with side entry garages and their “ranch style” of architecture. In 2008, a total of 22 single family homes were sold averaging 1853 square feet and with a median price of $694,000.