Historic homes in Pasadena showcase a diverse architectural history

The Pasadena area of Southern California is located just 20 minutes north of downtown Los Angeles, but it feels like worlds apart. With a population of more than 130,000, Pasadena is a city in its own right - the ninth largest in California, in fact. When searching for real estate in Los Angeles, young professionals, families and newlyweds all find something to love in Pasadena's great shopping, safe neighborhoods and active community.

Pasadena is home to numerous California landmarks, including the famous Colorado Bridge, which has been featured in many movies, and the Rose Bowl, where some of the nation's best college football teams face off every January. However, if there's one thing that makes Pasadena a real draw for potential home buyers, it's the historic beauty of the region's homes. Here are a few of Pasadena's most gorgeous historic abodes.

Batchelder House
Built in 1910, the famous home is named after its builder and designer, Ernest A. Batchelder. Built in the Craftsman style, a popular architectural choice in Southern California, the home was the site of Batchelder's first kiln, which he used to make the tiles that propelled him to prominence in the Los Angeles art community.

Louise C. Bentz House
Placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1977, the Louise C. Bentz house was constructed in 1910. Like the Batchelder House - and many of Pasadena's other homes, including more modern structures - it was designed in the Craftsman style by Charles and Henry Greene. It features dark wood and big, bright windows.

Bonnie Court
This Pasadena landmark is a multiple housing complex added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1994. Its Colonial Revival architecture makes it beautiful to look at, but its significance goes beyond aesthetics. The structure, built by local Pasadena architects, helped popularize the bungalow court as a housing development plan.

Interested in getting a piece of this history for yourself? A gorgeous 1912 Tudor home designed by Myron Hunt - the architect of the Huntington Library - is currently for sale in Pasadena.