The New Fair Oaks Historic District is one of three neighborhoods in Pasadena with a high concentration of adjoining, intact residential buildings from the late 19th/early 20th century. The buildings in this district reflect one-story vernacular property subtypes of the Single Family Residence property type identified in the Multiple Property Documentation Form, “Late 19th and Early 20th Century Development and Architecture in Pasadena,” including Queen Anne and Vernacular Hipped and Vernacular Gabled Cottages. Generally, properties in the district have a main house from the period of significance situated at the front behind a small landscaped yard, a concrete driveway on one side of the house, and a newer detached garage or additional house at the rear. The positioning of each of these elements on the lots and their relationship to the street and to each other are relatively uniform. On Lincoln Avenue, the streets are lined with mature oak trees; young trees have been planted on W. Villa Street. Two properties have a mature Canary Island date palms in their front yards. Although there is uniformity in the features of the public right-of-way in the district, they appear to date from a later period.
The district is distinguished from the nearby Bristol-Cypress Historic District by its differing subdivision history; lack of mature landscaping and smaller lots and height and square footage buildings.
Many of the contributing houses have had minor alterations. Despite thesealterations and newer additions at the rear of the properties, the feeling of the district that is clearly conveyed from the public right-of-way is one of a late 19th/early 20th century neighborhood. The surrounding area outside the district boundaries has a similar residential character, but the houses have either been altered or were built in different time periods unrelated to the specific context of this nomination.