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Old 04-12-2016, 11:55 AM
 
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Hey all,

We're considering renting a single family home just northwest of CalTech. The place is between Colorado and Del Mar to the north and south, and Los Robles and Lake to the west and east. It looks like a great neighborhood--restaurants and shops nearby, close to downtown, etc. That said, I've only been to Pasadena a couple times.

What do you think of the neighborhood? Is it walkable and safe? How's the commute to downtown LA (where I'll be working)? We're a married couple in our thirties with a six-month-old, for what it's worth.

Thanks!
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Old 04-12-2016, 12:04 PM
 
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All of the above are good to go. It's one of the nicest places in the entire US. Only issues at all are price and the public schools are deficient.
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Old 04-12-2016, 01:34 PM
 
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Hey all,

We're considering renting a single family home just northwest of CalTech. The place is between Colorado and Del Mar to the north and south, and Los Robles and Lake to the west and east. It looks like a great neighborhood--restaurants and shops nearby, close to downtown, etc. That said, I've only been to Pasadena a couple times.

What do you think of the neighborhood? Is it walkable and safe? How's the commute to downtown LA (where I'll be working)? We're a married couple in our thirties with a six-month-old, for what it's worth.

Thanks!
That's a great area that is walkable and safe, but are you sure you're getting a single family home in that area? It's mainly garden apartments.
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Old 04-12-2016, 03:13 PM
 
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It's mainly garden apartments.
There are a lot of smaller craftsman style homes in that area.
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Old 04-12-2016, 03:31 PM
 
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Thanks for the responses! I'm glad to hear the neighborhood is as great as it looks. And, yes, it's one of maybe two small craftsman homes on the block.
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Old 04-12-2016, 03:33 PM
 
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There are a lot of smaller craftsman style homes in that area.
A lot?

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Old 04-12-2016, 04:43 PM
 
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I've been around that area a fair bit and there and it's mostly apartment buildings. Maybe a couple craftsman homes around there.

If you go north of the freeway, especially east of Lake Ave. in an area called Bungalow Heaven, there are a lot more craftsman homes there.

Nevertheless, that's a safe, walkable area close to restaurants and shops with very close proximity to South Lake Ave. and Old Town.

As far as location for commuting to downtown LA, that's a pretty good location as you're close to the 110 freeway, which goes right to downtown LA. Still might take around 40-45 minutes with traffic, but it's 25 minutes no traffic.

As mentioned, Pasadena public schools aren't very good, so if you plan to stay longer term, I'd start saving for private school or consider moving elsewhere.
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