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Old 10-17-2011, 04:32 PM
 
Location: Pasadena
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It's the same in Pasadena... which has homes as low as $200k and homes in the $10M - $20M dollar range. There are neighborhoods with riff-raff. To get away from that, you'll spend at least a million. The more insulated, the higher the price.

Here's one for you:

1239 S El Molino Ave, Pasadena, CA 91106 MLS# 22154487 - Zillow
Pasadena has plenty of neighborhoods where you can get a nice home in a nice area for $600-800k. In my view that is much harder in West LA, and you are relegated to condo living or a house in a pretty sketchy area.

When I say insulated, I don't necessarily mean private estate, I mean more like a quiet street, safe street, yet still convenient/close to amenities. Of course running into a massive house will cost a mint in both areas.
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Old 10-17-2011, 04:45 PM
 
Location: Pasadena, CA
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Pasadena has plenty of neighborhoods where you can get a nice home in a nice area for $600-800k. In my view that is much harder in West LA, and you are relegated to condo living or a house in a pretty sketchy area.

When I say insulated, I don't necessarily mean private estate, I mean more like a quiet street, safe street, yet still convenient/close to amenities. Of course running into a massive house will cost a mint in both areas.
Well, I guess you'd have to define "nice house in nice area".

Houses in the price range you describe will be less than 2,000 sqft in a *decent* neighborhood.

Here's a more reasonable one for you... 3,300 sqft @ $750 sq ft
http://www.zillow.com/homedetails/12...20700178_zpid/

All that being said.. i guess we really don't need to get into a pissin contest as to where it's more expensive. No doubt, the west side is expensive.. and good neighborhoods in Pasadena ain't cheap either.

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Old 10-17-2011, 05:20 PM
 
Location: Pasadena
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Well, I guess you'd have to define "nice house in nice area".

Houses in the price range you describe will be less than 2,000 sqft in a *decent* neighborhood.

Here's a more reasonable one for you... 3,300 sqft @ $750 sq ft
1265 Hillcrest Ave, Pasadena, CA 91106 - Zillow
For sure, but I don't think most people define "nice house in a nice area" to be a 20M estate (or even a 3M one), especially given the demographics of this message board. I mean if we were on a message board of hedge fund managers, maybe, but the tone of this board has generally been middle income, at least in the two years I've been posting here.
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Old 10-17-2011, 05:54 PM
 
Location: Pasadena, CA
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For sure, but I don't think most people define "nice house in a nice area" to be a 20M estate (or even a 3M one), especially given the demographics of this message board. I mean if we were on a message board of hedge fund managers, maybe, but the tone of this board has generally been middle income, at least in the two years I've been posting here.

You're right. There is a much broader distribution of home prices in nice neighborhoods here in Pasadena. More bang for the buck.

Also, culturally... I really prefer Pasadena. Can't put a price tag on that
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Old 10-18-2011, 09:30 AM
 
Location: Arvada, CO
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It's the same in Pasadena... which has homes as low as $200k and homes in the $10M - $20M dollar range. There are neighborhoods with riff-raff. To get away from that, you'll spend at least a million. The more insulated, the higher the price.

Here's one for you:

1239 S El Molino Ave, Pasadena, CA 91106 MLS# 22154487 - Zillow
LOL, could have had it for $1.2M in 2005.
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Old 10-18-2011, 01:13 PM
 
Location: Pasadena, CA
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LOL, could have had it for $1.2M in 2005.
Don't make me cry... we moved here in 2006
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Old 10-18-2011, 03:43 PM
 
Location: Pasadena, CA
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LOL, could have had it for $1.2M in 2005.
Not with all those renovations.
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Old 10-18-2011, 04:05 PM
 
Location: Los Angeles, CA
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I think it completely depends on your circumstances. I lived in Pasadena for six years and have lived on the West side now for four and a half years. I prefer the West side, and I think a lot of it has to do with a feeling of being cut off when I lived in Pasadena since my friends are all over the city. I'm much more centrally located now. I also had more problems with crime/accidents in Pasadena than where I live now (which is actually not supported by statistics but has been my personal experience.) I have less of a commute now (walk to work) than when I lived in Pasadena. People may drive crazy on the streets of West LA, but they don't hold a candle to the maniacs on the 210. A guy coked out of his mind tried to run me off the freeway there in broad daylight! I couldn't afford to purchase anything that would meet my standards in either place anytime soon, so that isn't a factor for me, but have rented nice places in both areas. As far as people go, I don't see a huge difference between the two places. I pretty much live the same life no matter where I am, so I don't really think about it too much. As I said earlier, I really think it depends on your individual circumstances and needs...
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Old 10-18-2011, 05:10 PM
 
Location: Arvada, CO
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Not with all those renovations.
True, but I doubt they did $15M in renovations on a $1.2M house.
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Old 10-19-2011, 08:47 AM
 
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If you like a green (nature, mountains, nice people & neighborhood orientation, earthy feel) then Pasadena. If you like the single-oriented, ocean air, quasi-city lifestyle with mucho traffic - West LA. Having worked and spent much time in both areas I have never understood the draw of West LA. It is not that attractive, is overcrowded and I'm not stating this as a comparison to Pasadena. Also, regarding cleaner air, I remember speaking with one of the top ear, nose and throat specialists who said cleaner air in west LA has its limits. How much cleaner is the air in West LA when it is surrounded by dirtier air? It is all relative.
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