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Old 04-18-2016, 10:48 AM
 
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Hello,


This is an odd comparison (I think it is) but I'm considering two places to move to:


1. Pasadena (near old town)
2. Brea (near downtown Brea)


I work primarily from home so commute time is not a factor. No kids (yet). I narrowed it down to these two areas for various personal reasons and familiarity. So here are the major tradeoffs:


Pasadena pros: walkable neighborhood and metro, many places to eat and meet. beautiful architecture.
Pasadena cons: my budget will restrict me to renting an apartment.


Brea pros: my budget will allow me to buy a newer home that's 2x the size of the rental apartment in Pasadena. Safe neighborhood, decent downtown.
Brea cons: seems a little boring compared to what's available in Pasadena.


so I'm completely torn. Any input and opinions are appreciated!
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Old 04-18-2016, 11:08 AM
 
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As you note, Pasadena has a bit more to do and is a bit more interesting if you ask me. Lots of restaurants/shops and adjacent to other parts of LA with a lot to do. If you're single especially, I'd favor Pasadena.

Not sure if you're married, but if you plan on having kids soon, Brea would be a better option if you highly value good public schools and do not want to pay for private school. And as far as housing, you'll get more bang for your buck in Brea.
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Old 04-18-2016, 01:15 PM
 
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Is Brea really that boring? It looks real pretty from the pictures I see (not that that's any true measure of a town).
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Old 04-18-2016, 01:30 PM
 
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Brea is pretty OK... it has its own downtown-ish area, plus the Brea Mall and its nearby restaurants and shopping as well. It's also close enough to Downtown Fullerton and Anaheim.
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Old 04-18-2016, 01:51 PM
 
Location: South Bay
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Brea is really geared towards suburban families. While Pasadena is also family friendly from what I've experienced, it doesn't focus exclusively on families.
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Old 04-18-2016, 04:38 PM
 
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I work primarily from home so commute time is not a factor.
Brea pros: my budget will allow me to buy a newer home that's 2x the size of the rental apartment in .
Since you work from home get a bigger house instead of a noisy apartment.
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Old 04-18-2016, 07:10 PM
 
Location: San Francisco Bay Area
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I've actually lived in both cities, Brea in the 80's when it was still a sleepy conservative town. Brea has less to do and is boring compared with Pasadena.

Pasadena feels hotter in the summer. But, if you can buy a home in Brea, I would do it.
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Old 04-18-2016, 07:54 PM
 
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Brea definitely has a milder climate than Pasadena. It's not beach mild, but it is milder.
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Old 04-18-2016, 11:11 PM
 
Location: LA/OC
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It sounds like you pretty much know the lifestyle differences already, so it comes down to your housing situation preference. If I was in my 20s and didn't have a commute, I'd probably go for Pasadena. Brea would be the go to choice in my 30s -- it would also be the more pragmatic choice; renting v buying, etc. Living in Brea wouldn't totally preclude a night life, since you could always jaunt over to downtown Fullerton within about 10 minutes.
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