Adam Orozco grew up in the San Gabriel Valley, the eldest of five siblings. He spent most of his youth in Alhambra with his close-knit family, making it truly feel like home. While attending Cathedral High School College Preparatory in Downtown Los Angeles, Adam was very active in extracurricular activities including football, jazz band, student government, and student ministry. He went on to study Political Science at UC Davis in Northern California. After returning home, Adam worked in research and recruiting in the Aerospace industry. With the economy taking a turn, there were not as many opportunities in the aerospace and defense contracting business, leading Adam to partner up with his father, a real estate professional with 15 years of experience. Adam loves wearing many hats and being able to be creative, analytical, and negotiate on behalf of his clients. He has been working with Dilbeck for three years, and has been in the Real Estate industry for five. Adam and his father Ignacio are one of Dilbeck’s most successful teams. They chose to work with Dilbeck for the great location and the opportunity to get more established in the Foothills area.
Q: Favorite local restaurant?
A: I really like the Luggage room. They do really amazing wood-fire pizzas and it has a really cool vibe. It used to be the luggage room for the train station that was there. On Monday and Tuesday nights they have neighborhood nights for residents in the Pasadena and surrounding areas. You get a pizza and you can bring one home for $5!
Q: Favorite local coffee shop?
A: My favorite coffee shop is Zephyr. It’s this cute little cottage they have a nice garden outside. It’s literally a cottage that they turned into a coffee shop. They have jazz trios, book clubs, and people playing chess and cards on the patio outside.
Q: Favorite local hangout spot?
A: I like Barney’s Beanery in Old Town. Some people from Dilbeck and I used to have a trivia team and every Tuesday we would play trivia and we did really well.
Q: Favorite day trip?
A: I love going up to Santa Barbara, Solvang area. It’s under two hours to get there, the pace is slow, the weather is beautiful, walking up and down State Street with the amazing shops and restaurants. I like going to Solvang, going wine tasting they have a cool Dutch town vibe.
Q: Favorite hobby?
A: I love to volunteer. I spend a lot of my free time volunteering. I help out at Holy Family Glendale with the youth ministry team so I’m there a couple times a week helping out the teens.
Q: Favorite weekend excursion?
A: I love going up to San Francisco & the Bay Area. I have a lot of friends up there from college, going to the city and seeing the sights.
Q: Favorite organization to volunteer for?
A: I love volunteering at the church. There is another project that I like working with called the Burrito Project, they’re based out of South Pasadena and LA. On the third Thursday of every month, they get together and they make about 1,000 bean & cheese burritos and that same night we hand them out on Skid Row, along with socks, toiletries, all kinds of things.
Q: Favorite Park or recreational area?
A: I love Vincent Lugo Park in San Gabriel. All the slides and jungle gyms look like old sea monsters or dinosaurs. I used to go there as a kid a lot, pretend I’m climbing up these monsters and dinosaurs, it just takes you back puts you in a different place, it’s really fun.
Q: Favorite hidden treasure (hole-in-the-wall)?
A: Canterbury Records is really cool, they have an amazing collection of records, you can find anything there.
Q: Favorite family fun adventure?
A: Since I was a little kid, we went to Disneyland at least once a year. So it was a really fun adventure, a big reward. There’s something for everyone there. I don’t really like big scary rollercoaster rides… like Magic Mountain is a little too much for me, Disneyland is the right amount of thrills. I just love the storytelling of Disney movies and it just takes you away to a different place when you are there. Now my girlfriend and I have annual passes, and we went 30 times last year. It’s just a good get-away, it’s so close, 45 minutes away and when you’re there you’re transformed into a different place. You really can’t beat it, I love Disneyland.
Q: Favorite place to shop?
A: I like shopping in Old Town, just cruising up and down the stores seeing what’s out there, going to Urban Outfitters. I love Santa Anita mall, I grew up there, spent my High School days there.
Q: Favorite holiday tradition in this neighborhood?
A: Christmas around the drive is amazing in San Marino. Every year the shops around Huntington do some sort of Christmas craft and invite all the patrons and residents in the surrounding neighborhoods to come in and hang out. We provide Santa Claus photos and Christmas ornament making. They have a trolley that takes you up and down Huntington Drive and drops you off at the different places that are participating. Other than that I like going to Christmas Tree Lane in Altadena.
Q: Favorite building?
A: I love City Hall in Pasadena. That building is phenomenal, the architecture is beautiful and I’m a big fan of Parks & Recreation, and they use that as Pawnee City Hall.
Q: Favorite thing about working and living in this community?
A: You’re so close to everything you need. Even though you’re so close to the city and all the hustle and bustle, and all the action, over here in the Pasadena Glendale area, it still has a little bit of a small town feel. We have that sense of community; people know each other there are locals at all types of different restaurants and coffee shops. The pace is a little slower than if you go into to Downtown or the West Side. You just really get a family vibe here that I really like.