Living Here

The Playhouse District has something for everybody. Our community is surrounded by educational institutions, sports & recreational facilities and places of worship.


Walkability is key in the Playhouse District. Living here means being within walking distance to elementary and secondary schools, colleges, and notable universities such as the Fuller Seminary, Le Cordon Bleu, and the California Institute of Technology.

Fuller Seminary
Fuller Theological Seminary is the largest multi-denominational seminary in the world. A leading Christian theological institution known for its academic rigor and ethnic and denominational diversity, Fuller has over 4,300 students from over 67 countries and 108 denominations.

Le Cordon Bleu College of Culinary Arts
Le Cordon Bleu College of Culinary Arts is a respected culinary and hospitality school founded in 1994. Its faculty includes highly respected, experienced chefs who have the ability to turn out confident and successful graduates. Le Cordon Bleu College of Culinary Arts offers specialized training because of its partnership with the renowned Le Cordon Bleu, the leading authority on culinary techniques, training, and development around the world.

California Institute of Technology (Caltech)
Caltech is a private, coeducational research university with only about 2,100 students (about 900 undergraduates and 1200 graduate students), but is ranked in the top 10 universities worldwide by metrics such as ScienceWatch, Nobel Prizes, and general university rankings.

North-West College
North-West College is an accredited medical and dental vocational college offering  Pharmacy Technician, Vocational Nurse LVN, Medical Assistant, Insurance Biller, Dental Assistant and Massage Therapy programs.

Sports & Recreation

A myriad of indoor and outdoor activities are available within close distance of the Playhouse District including bike trails, hiking trails, parks and various other outdoor activities to choose from.

Fitness & Exercise
24-Hour Fitness is located in the Playhouse District at the corner of Oakland and Union. Looking for a more intimate environment to stay in shape? Zoe: A Pilates Studio, offers both one-on-one and group sessions. Be inspired at Studio Methamorphosis, or the new Basecamp Fitness studio.

Spiritual Life

The Playhouse District offers a variety of places of worship and inspiration located in breathtaking historic structures.

American Orthodox Catholic Church
The Orthodox-Catholic Church of America blends the genius of Orthodoxy in an American setting.

First Church of Christ, Scientist
Part of the Pasadena community for more than 100 years, the church is a branch of The Mother Church, The First Church of Christ, Scientist in Boston, Massachusetts. Healing and spiritual growth underlie all of the activities of the church.

First Congregational Church of Pasadena
First Congregational Church of Pasadena welcomes people who are on faith journeys and want to provide support for each other via biblical scriptures that are relevant to social challenges surrounding individuals today.

First United Methodist Church
First United Methodist Church Pasadena has served the San Gabriel Valley as a community church since 1875. Their emphasis is to create disciples of Jesus and meet the needs of our wide and diverse community which includes people of all ages and all walks of life.

Pasadena Presbyterian Church
Pasadena Presbyterian Church offers a sacred space for the city, building a worshipping community whose foundation is the inclusive love of God.

Hi Neighbor

Hi Neighbor is a Playhouse District initiative to expand the PDA’s outreach to its residents and friends through print and online resources as well as events and activities tailored for residents. Becoming a member of the Hi Neighbor program includes updates through an e-newsletter targeted to local interests as well as dining and shopping incentives. Sign up here.