Derek Vaughan

Derek Vaughan
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Derek Vaughan is a contributing writer and local realtor specializing in South Pasadena. Known for his expert knowledge of digital marketing and the local real estate market, Derek has lived in South Pasadena for the past 20 years. Derek has also worked for the Walt Disney Company where he was responsible for digital marketing for both the ESPN.com properties and the NASCAR online store. He also holds degrees from the Indiana University School of Music, Purdue University and an MBA from Vanderbilt University.

EVENT Saturday at Pavilions | Hatch Chile Roast and Farmer’s Market

Looking for a great family event this weekend in South Pasadena? You are in for a treat! Our own local South Pasadena Pavilions is celebrating with a chile roast and farmer’s market on Saturday...

1003 Monterey Road is For Sale

At the corner of Monterey Road and Meridian Avenue sits a South Pasadena real estate gem. The historic property was among the early homes built in our city. The 5 bedroom, 5 bath single...

Pavilions Grand Re-Opening Scheduled

For those of you who haven’t been by Pavilions in South Pasadena lately – there’s a LOT going on over there. Our familiar local grocery store has undergone a complete remodel and gorgeous facelift...

539 Grand Avenue is For Sale

For the first time in over 22 years, 539 Grand Avenue in South Pasadena is once again for sale. Built in 1949, this home has been thoughtfully upgraded and is now ready for a...

424 Fremont Avenue is For Sale – a Historical Gem

When standing in the expansive primary bedroom at 424 Fremont Avenue, one is at treetop level looking out over the historical sunken gardens of the estate directly behind. Various visitors to the property have...

Stamps & Stamps Celebrates Grand Opening on Mission Street

Odom and Kate Stamps founded Stamps & Stamps in 1991 in South Pasadena. Their combined talents form a dovetailed set of design and architecture skills. Odom Stamps brings his master’s degree in Architecture from...

Bringing History to Life | 341 Pasadena Avenue

As you walk up to 341 Pasadena Avenue in South Pasadena, you first stroll past the specimen magnolia tree in the front yard that has clearly seen its share of children’s swings swaying gently...

913 Magnolia Reflects History and Modern Life

Tucked away near the corner of Prospect Avenue and Magnolia Street rests a circa 1925 retreat from the hustle and bustle of modern life. Sporting a drought tolerant landscape and an open feel, this...

Vecinos de South Pasadena Awards Scholarships

The mission of Vecinos de South Pasadena is to bring together Latinos and non-Latinos alike to form a stronger community in the city of South Pasadena, while sharing the richness of Latino culture. A core...

South Pasadena Resident Witnesses History | Protests & Riots in L.A.

George Floyd was killed by police in Minneapolis during an arrest on May 25, 2020. Almost immediately protests sprung up in Minneapolis and quickly spread throughout the U.S. and then the world. A few days later...

343 Alta Vista Shines

There is a home currently for sale at 343 Alta Vista Drive in South Pasadena that offers innovative architecture, amazing views and a tranquil refuge from the hustle and bustle of the city. Built in...

2050 La Fremontia is a Work of Art You Can Live In

James Walter was an architect who once quipped, “Architecture is a form of telling stories.” Walter told his stories with a legacy of 32 unique residences throughout California. An exceptional example of this visionary...

1105 Buena Vista Astounds

Real estate adjectives get bandied about profusely in Southern California. However, there are probably not enough descriptive words to properly explain the splendor of 1105 Buena Vista Street in South Pasadena. Notwithstanding the fact that...

South Pasadena Kubb Team Ranks 9th in U.S. National Championships

For the 5th year in a row a masterful team from a relatively small and not particularly well known city (South Pasadena) competed for a National Championship in a niche game of skill and...

Valiant Dedication | South Pasadena Hero Saves Lives in War and Peace

James Fitzpatrick (Patrick) Anderson Jr. was raised in South Pasadena and he participated in many Festival of Balloons Parades. He marched for years as a child with the Holy Family Vacation Bible School and...

Housing Rights Workshop Presented at South Pasadena Library

The Housing Rights Center presented a detailed workshop in the South Pasadena Library Community Room on Tuesday evening to inform local citizens of Federal and State housing laws. The Housing Rights Center is the nation's...

829 Rollin Street Offers Views of South Pasadena High School

Perched on a substantial lot in excess of 20,000 square feet on a quiet street directly behind South Pasadena High School sits 829 Rollin Street. This 3 bedroom, 3 bathroom home (per assessor) was...

Dog Cheats Death – Becomes a Movie Star

This is the story of a ridiculously lovable Chihuahua named “Chiquita”. She lives in South Pasadena now. That’s after she cheated death not once – but twice. Her gravelly bark is also soon to...

519 Grand Avenue Blends Traditional Charm with Modern Convenience

If you look straight out the parking lot from Trader Joe’s on Mission Street – you are facing the beginning of Grand Avenue. It’s an old street with many classic Spanish bungalows spread all...

415 Oaklawn Avenue Transitions South Pasadena History to New Owners

Derek: “You have got to be kidding me! Look at the scale of that work of art on the master bedroom ceiling. That’s unbelievable! I’ve never seen anything like it.” Carolyn Watson: “Yeah, and there’s...

Renowned Artist Ken Fandell Opens SPARC Gallery Exhibit

The first thing you notice about the new art installation by Ken Fandell at the SPARC Gallery is the pure scale. There is something intriguing about seeing the familiarity of the human face at...

Dream of Scoring a Hollywood Feature Film? Here’s Your Chance

I first met George Oldziey at his music and composition studio off of South Oak Knoll Avenue in Pasadena. On the walls surrounding us are numerous movie posters of some of the most noted...

Mid-Century Modern Home at 83 Patrician Way Sits High Atop L.A.

The first thing you notice about 83 Patrician Way is that the home sits above everything. This magnificent mid-century modern home is accessed via a private drive just minutes from South Pasadena that seems...

Blind Baseball Team Keeps Their Ears on the Ball

It’s a beautiful summer morning at Orange Grove Park in South Pasadena. The San Gabriel Valley Panthers are warming up around the grassy field. Practicing “beep” baseball today are 3 totally blind and 4 partially...

City Services Shine on National Night Out

Orange Grove Park was the scene of South Pasadena city services engaging with the community for National Night Out on August 7. The South Pasadena Police Department, Fire Department, City Manager's Office, and a wide...

A Father’s Flag

This is the story of a father and his son. It is a story of duty, honor, sacrifice and unconditional love. For me, it is a story of the 4th of July. This story begins...
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