We are a corner property. The front of the house faces Columbia Street, where we have both a side walk and driveway entrance (see the photo below). You can either exit the same way, depending on how you parked, or exit onto Orange Grove Ave, carefully. Entering our property from Orange Grove Ave is not advised due to the flow of traffic, combined with the fact that the city put in a meridian. You therefore have to make a very sharp right hand turn into a narrow driveway.
Although we have one available parking space for each room, at times, when we are fully booked, parking space may be at a premium on our lot. Some drivers are more adept at parking than others. This can result in loss of use of the space. In order to avoid damaging your vehicle or our gardens, suburbans and large pick up trucks are advised to park on the street in front of our house, again, so long as it is on the same side of the street as our house.
There is always plenty of street parking on our side of the street. However, you need a permit for overnight parking across the street. If you leave your vehicle on the street, be sure to remove all valuables not only from sight, but the vehicle as well, including portable electronics such as GPS systems and IPods, laptops and of course, never leave your purse under the front passenger seat.
When having friends and/or family meet you at the Bissell House for the first time, as well as hired car services, be sure to inform them that we are 201 Orange Grove AVE in SOUTH Pasadena and not 201 Orange Grove BLVD in Pasadena. The difference being approximately two miles.
When ordering a taxi to pick you up at the Bissell House, be sure to give them YOUR cell phone number to call you when they arrive or you may miss them altogether. We also recommend CITY CAB 626.584.1000 for reliability.