Real and honest: Bungalow Heaven
Perhaps the most inviting thing about the Pasadena, California, neighborhood known as Bungalow Heaven is its porches. The neighborhood's houses come in many styles - mostly Craftsman but also some Spanish and Tudor - and most date back to the 1910s. But all seem to have porches supported by columns of cobblestone, brick, or stucco.
The porches offer the perfect spot to savor a true neighborhood. Kids zip by on scooters, joggers give a wave as they run, and beaming new parents push strollers through a community that seems both timeless and vitally of today.
"You come for the architecture and stay for the people," says Bob Kneisel, vice president of the Bungalow Heaven Neighborhood Association. "Bungalow Heaven is real, and it's honest."
Bungalow Heaven was born of battle. In 1985, residents banded together to fight for downzoning after a Craftsman bungalow was torn down to make way for an apartment building. That success led residents to work for city landmark district status - a designation earned in 1989.