Welcome to San Marino
An affluent oasis full of grand homes and peaceful community
San Marino is a spacious city full of grand and beautiful homes. Peaceful streets are lined with trees. While its main thoroughfare has the daily shopping and dining necessities, there is no major commercial hub here to break the serenity. It’s bordered by both South Pasadena and Pasadena, giving residents close proximity to all these communities have to offer, while still keeping San Marino sheltered from the bustle.
In the 1800s, most of San Marino was included in a Mexican Land grant and turned into a sprawling ranch. At the turn of the century, it traded hands again and a large mansion was built on the property. That mansion, and most of the grounds, are now part of the Huntington Library. Beautiful homes were built up around the property, and the spirit of luxury and peace are still huge pillars of San Marino’s community today.
Sprawling estates mix with more modest single-family homes along the streets of this peaceful community. Luxurious Spanish-style homes mix with stunning Colonials. The many architectural styles here give San Marino an eclectic, but wholly beautiful, feel. San Marino is the place to live for those who want privacy and spacious luxury amongst the beauty of Southern California.
What to Love
- Stunning architecture and luxurious homes
- Easily accessible to amazing commercial sectors
- Private and peaceful
San Marino has an elevated small-town feel, complete with luxurious homes lining tree-lined streets. It’s a mostly residential city, giving it a quiet atmosphere. It’s known for the many high-profile residents who live here, as well as for being the home of the famous Huntington Library. It’s a wonderful home for retirees, families, and anyone who wants to escape from the bustle, while still being a short drive from the major hubs of Downtown Los Angeles and Pasadena.
Dining, Entertainment & Shopping
There are multiple dining options within The Huntington. Enjoy a traditional English tea service with a California twist at The Huntington Rose Garden Tea Room. 1919 Cafe is full of deliciously fresh cafe fare such as sandwiches and salads. To caffeinate your visit, order a specialty coffee at Red Car Coffee Shop, which was inspired by Pacific Electric Railway and features many Huntington travel posters on its walls. For a meal or latte that isn’t in The Huntington, visit San Marino Grill and Coffee Shop. This local favorite has incredible, fresh fare and delicious hand-crafted coffees.
The Huntington Library is one of the world's great independent research libraries. Scholars and fellows come from around the world to learn and work here, giving it a prestigious air. Visitors can wander the art galleries and visit the gift shop during their stay.
Things to Do
Though it has quiet residential areas, San Marino knows how to throw a good party, especially when it brings the community together. There are celebrations, fundraisers, and entertainment throughout the year—many of which are free for the whole community.
Lacey Park is a stunning 30-acre park with several walking trails, picnic areas, and lush nature to enjoy. It’s also dog-friendly so long as they’re kept on a leash and is the home of many of San Marino’s public concerts and the San Marino Fire Department’s annual pancake breakfast. Explore an architectural landmark with a deeply rooted history at The Old Mill Foundation. It’s a wonderful place to visit at any time, but during the summer they have an outdoor concert series, Music Under The Stars.
Light Up San Marino is an annual holiday event for the whole community. It’s full of fun and friendly competition whether you’re the ones decorating your home in holiday lights or the many driving around to enjoy the view. The San Marino Motor Classic gathers stunning cars of many varieties to compete in this premier competition. Enjoy a community gathering full of fun and celebration during San Marino’s charming 4th of July Parade.