How Arcadia Became Known as the “Chinese Beverly Hills”

An influx of Chinese wealth has transformed Arcadia, a once sleepy suburb just east of Pasadena, in recent years. Large, Mediterranean-inspired mansions have replaced modest ranch houses, and they’re selling for millions of dollars. But the story of Arcadia isn’t just about real estate; it’s a story of cultural identity becoming wrapped up in architecture.


Christopher Hawthorne - Chief Design Officer, Mayor's Office, City of Los Angeles; former architecture critic at the Los Angeles Times - @hawthorneLAT

Madeleine Brand

Andrew Walsh, Christian Bordal, Matt Holzman, Jolie Myers, Anna Scott