Pasadena's Rising Market
The charming refuge 20 miles from Beverly Hills delivers unique architecture, climbing prices and escape from clamor.
Pasadena, a 125-year-old city of 140,000, has lured a number of creative types -- notably such screenwriters as Charlie Kaufman (Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind), John Lee Hancock (The Blind Side) and Scott Frank (Minority Report) -- who are looking for an escape from the bustle of the Westside (at least when the TCAs aren't happening). Designer darlings Kate and Laura Mulleavy of Rodarte, who created Natalie Portman's ballerina costumes for Black Swan, choose to live there, far from the swirl of the New York fashion world. And resident Bradley Whitford bikes every day to the Pasadena Playhouse, where he is starring in the Yasmina Reza play Art. "There's a peacefulness that suits my mind-set," says television composer Martin Davich (ER, NCIS: Los Angeles). He and his wife, Carrie, recently listed their five-bedroom 1920 English Revival house in the Brookside neighborhood for $3.2 million.
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