You might have come across someone talking about Hastings Ranch and if even if you’re a local, not realized that it’s actually a neighborhood in Pasadena. Hastings Ranch is very popular among home buyers as it offers a good selection of shopping, restaurants, popular grocery stores, close proximity to the hiking trails and is home to some spectacular holiday light displays.
The history of Hastings Ranch dates back to 1882 when Charles Cook Hastings purchased 1,100 acres of land between Pasadena and Sierra Madre for $7 per acre. The land was used to plant grape vines at first. However, when Charles Houston Hastings took over after his father passed away, the land became home to unusual specimens of plants, peacocks, pheasants, cats, dogs and champion horses. Residents of the east Pasadena and Arcadia areas can still come across peacocks roaming around in the streets or see them relaxing on their roof (peacocks were also brought in by Lucky Baldwin in 1875). When Hastings Ranch was sold off in 1942 the land was subdivided into luxury housing tracts. The famous architect Edward H. Fickett was brought in to lead the design of the residential area and more than 1,800 homes were completed by 1951. Today the neighborhood is divided into Upper and Lower Hastings Ranch.
You will find several restaurant and shopping options on Foothill Blvd, which runs across the south side of Hastings Ranch. Enjoy popular grocery stores such as Trader Joe’s and Whole Foods. For shopping you will find the larger chain department stores such as Sears, Best Buy, Bed Bath and Beyond and can enjoy some great bargains at Nordstrom Rack and Ross.
There are plenty of eateries to choose from including Islands, Corner Bakery, Panera Bread, Maria’s Italian Kitchen, Panda Inn, Robin’s woodfire BBQ and many more. Explore the many plazas along Foothill Blvd. and you will surely come across some new favorite local go-to and hole in the wall restaurants.
For outdoor lovers Hastings Ranch offers access to many hiking trails that are tucked away and can be accessed by following a street that goes up to the foothills. You are also close to Eaton Canyon where you can enjoy trails that take you to the waterfalls or up to Henninger Flats where you can enjoy a spectacular view of Pasadena. Eaton Canyon also has a golf course which you can access by becoming a member in the Eaton Canyon Golf Club.
Homes for Sale
One of the properties we saw at our broker’s home tour this Thursday November 13, was a beautiful 1951 ranch home in the Hastings Ranch area. It offers a bright and open space with a dining and living room facing large windows, allowing a full view of the back yard. The home has 3 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms, hardwood flooring, a remodeled kitchen and mountain views. You can find this lovely property on 1135 Rexford Avenue, Pasadena and it’s listed at $819,000 with John Aaroe Group and Josette Wolf.
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If you are interested in selling your home, call Irina Netchaev at 626-627-7107 for a private consultation.