Welcome to the Historic Highlands Neighborhood Association Website
This website has been created to provide a forum to share
information with our neighbors and to enable others to learn more
about this great Neighborhood.  Please take a stroll around the
website.  The Historic Highlands Neighborhood straddles the borders
of Pasadena and Altadena, situated between New York Blvd. on the
north, Washington Blvd. on the south, Lake Ave. on the west, and Hill
Ave. on the east.
Historic Highlands
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Where is
Historic Highlands?
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Historic Highlands:

Historic Highlands Neighborhood consist of approximately 715 homes.  The Historic
Highlands Neighborhood Association (HHNA) was formed in the early 1990's to
facilitate and encourage neighbors to collectively work together to build a stronger
community and provide a unified voice to City Hall, when needed.  The HHNA consists
of an all volunteer
Board and a number of subcommittees focused on events/issues
effecting the neighborhood.  Today you will find the Historic Highlands a vibrant
neighborhood, with many community activities which reinforce and encourage a strong
bond between neighbors.  Annual events include the Historic Highlands Home Tour,
Fourth of July Parade & BBQ, and the Labor Day Block Party.  There are typically 2
neighborhood General Meetings held in the Spring and Fall each year to update the
neighborhood on events and issues impacting the neighborhood area.  

The reality is that our neighborhood is enriched by many events and involvements, e.g.
block parties, welcoming committees, crime watch, and even just introducing yourself.  
Whenever we can grow and interact as neighbors, our neighborhood benefits.  The
HHNA is continually looking to help create more opportunities for neighbors to come
together.  If you would like to volunteer for any of our committees or have ideas to
further enrich our neighborhood, please contact any of the HHNA
Board Members.    


The Historic Highlands Home Tour is scheduled to make its return this coming Memorial
Day weekend.  A long standing tradition in North Central Pasadena held each Sunday of
Memorial Day weekend, between 1996-2008, this year will be the first Historic Highlands
home tour in seven years.

The annual event was cancelled after the 2008 home tour due in part as a sign of a weak
economy. However, the Historic Highlands home tour once again is scheduled to run,
showing yet another sign of an improving economy.

The Historic Highlands, which is bordered between Washington and New York Avenues
on the North/South and Lake and Hill Avenues on the East/ West, is a Pasadena
Landmark District. Originally settled by early Pasadena pioneers David McPherson and
Ezra Dane in the late 1800’s, today the residential district lined with camphor trees is an
interesting combination of houses in a variety of architectural styles many which have
been restored by their current owners.

This year, the Historic Highlands plans to feature tours of five historic homes on East
Woodbury Road along with Westminster Presbyterian Church which is celebrating its
100th Anniversary.  The tour offers visitors a rare chance to tour private residences first
built in the 1920’s along with the famed Westminster Church located on Lake Avenue.

The historic neighborhood has been featured on many movies throughout the years
including “Little Giants”, “The Wedding Singer”, “Dr. Doolittle” and “Tuesdays with Morrie”.

Visitors taking the tour receive historical information from volunteers about each house on
the tour as well as on the historical landmark district of Historic Highlands.  Ideal for home
and architectural enthusiasts alike, the Historic Highlands Home Tour is an anticipated
event of the beginning of summer for Pasadena/Altadena residents.

Annual Historic Highlands Home Tour:

Neighbors frequently ask how we select the houses for the  tour.  While not scientific,
we look for houses that meet certain criteria.  We look for houses that have some
architectural significance.  Either original features that have been preserved, or houses
that have been restored or remodeled to enhance the period architecture.  

Another thing we look for are homes that are located within a close walking distance.  
This allows us to highlight a portion of the neighborhood.  In the past we have
highlighted Topeka, Catalina, and Elizabeth Streets.  We also have highlighted areas,
such as the Dane Tract or the Lexington Heights Development.

Do you think your house would meet those criteria?  We would love to consider it.  
Email Co-Chairs Heidi Rous at Heidi.rous@yahoo.com or Nancy Gerber at
nancygerber@yahoo.com so that we can talk to you about the possibility of having your
house on tour.

The home tour is one of the most popular events sponsored by the neighborhood
association.  It provides us with the opportunity to share what a wonderful
neighborhood we have with the whole community.  We want all of our neighbors to
know that anyone is welcomed to join the committee. We always need new members
who are willing to lend a hand or who are interested in taking a specific position.  If you
are interested in volunteering, please Email Chairpersons Heidi Rous or Nancy Gerber.

We look forward to hearing from you.


For more information on this great neighborhood become a member of
Nextdoor Historic Highlands
May 24th, 2015
Noon - 4 pm

Visit the Neighborhood Web Site
frequently to stay posted on the latest
preparation for the Home Tour.
Take a
Sneak Peek below at some of
the great homes on this years tour.
Westminster Presbyterian Church.  
Celebrating 100 Years serving
the community!