Learning to use public transportation (the metro) was really a stretch in the beginning, but now it’s a cherished aspect of travel for my whole family. The gold line’s Memorial Station drops you off a block or so from historic Old Town Pasadena, one of the most delightful places to hang out this side of the Mississippi.
Holly Street Village sits right on top of the Memorial Station, and has the distinction of being the only apartment community situated within the heart of Old Pasadena’s renaissance district. This property is the winner of the prestigious Gold Nugget award for its architectural design and land use planning. The units are 1 and 2 bedrooms each:
- Monthly Rent From: $1,695 – $2,700
- 151 E Holly St., Pasadena, CA
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And, happily, my daughter’s cheer gym, Victory Cheer Company, (we’re going to World’s in Florida next week!) is only a block from this stop, so all I have to do is get her to the Sierra Madre Villa Station and she’s good to go. It cuts my taxi service commute from Temple City in half.
It was funny how much resistance she had to the whole idea at first . . . public transportation . . . how “white trash” is that? Is it safe? Is it sanitary? And why are you so lazy, Mom, that you can’t even drive me to cheer like all the other moms who really care about their kids?
We made the first metro rail trip together, and then she was on her own. Not long after she got comfortable with the gold line, we discovered that Metro Bus 267 would take her from Temple City Blvd/Garibaldi (a block from the house) and drop her off within 10 feet of her cheer gym on Walnut/Fair Oaks!
How cool is that? Now, I can’t even talk her into a ride because she feels so empowered by her autonomy. And sometimes after practice, she’ll walk herself into Old Town to get a frozen yogurt from PinkBerry.