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Old 01-15-2012, 07:42 PM
 
Location: SoCal
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So what gives?
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Old 01-15-2012, 08:35 PM
 
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It's absolutely adorable, town is uber-walkable and many of the neighborhoods are "classic USA"...you'd be shocked how many movies and shows are shot in Pasadena for their "outdoor shots" and how many specific Pasadena homes are used over and over and over again because Pas ironically seems to show "mainstream good old heartland USA".

ETA: For an example (one of about a bajillion), the movie "Halloween", which was supposed to take place in the midwest and had a tremendous amount of neighborhood and a few town scenes depicting "heartland America," was shot in Pasadena.
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Old 01-15-2012, 08:37 PM
 
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So what gives?
Three people: Sheldon, Leonard and Penny! Nuff said.
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Old 01-15-2012, 08:49 PM
 
Location: Los Angeles, CA
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As a former Pasadena resident, I'd say the city combines charm and convenience.

Charm: Old Town Pasadena, City Hall, the turn of the century homes, to name just a few.

Convenience: the city is self-contained, has culture, nightlife (though not as hip or interesting as hollywood/LA), shopping, etc. Yet, it is also close to Downtown LA, etc.
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Old 01-16-2012, 09:47 AM
 
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For the most part its safe.

It has an actual downtown.

Theres a ton of entertainment and cultural stuff to do there....restaurants, nightlife in OldTown, museums....Huntington Library is gorgeous...., theatre, comedy, etc.

Very very close to outdoor activity in Arroyo Seco and San Gabriel mountains.

If the schools there were above average, you would see insane home prices in Pasadena.

The streets in some areas are amazing...very green and lined with trees.

Large parts of the city have very old beautiful mansions.
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Old 01-16-2012, 11:54 AM
 
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Three people: Sheldon, Leonard and Penny! Nuff said.
ha ha!!! Darn you!! You beat me to it!!

I just became a huge of Big Bang Theory. The Office used to be my favorite TV show, but its well past its prime.

I was going to say: If you are a nerd or geek, you'll have a hot girl move across the hallway from you.

But in all seriousness, Pasadena is great.

It has an amazing historical, walkable downtown. Its used frequently for "old LA" scenes, because you can have great shots.

Beautiful historic neighborhoods (with little old ladies who are the terror of Colorado boulevard).

(As you can see Pasadena is frequented way more than your typical SoCal suburb).

Great museums (Norton Simon, the World class Huntington is in neighboring San Marino), universities.

Proximity to the San Gabriels if you love the outdoors, and really not that far from DT LA.

So, lively walkable, but a bit more family oriented than the west side. Historic charm, cultural offerings, access to wilderness.

Its hard to beat.

I would live in Pasadena, but as a newcomer to LA, who wants to be a bit more centrally located to all that LA has to offer, Pasadena is not as centrally located.

However, I know I will be taking day trips over there. I was going to do a historic walking tour with a group of people this past weekend, but a hike around Griffith Park, worked out better in my schedule.
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Old 01-16-2012, 12:06 PM
 
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Pasadena is a job center surrounded by other desirable cities--Arcadia, La Canada Flintridge, Sierra Madre, Temple City, Monrovia, San Marino, etc.
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Old 01-16-2012, 02:00 PM
 
Location: Pasadena, CA
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I second all of the positives that have already been mentioned; but would like to add two more things. This from someone I knew who moved to Pasadena from Atlanta: "Pasadena is L.A., but not really." What she meant was that Pasadena shared many of the accoutrements of L.A., including a short commute to the city itself, but none of the blatant rudeness that you'll find in say, Beverly Hills.

Pasadena (and SGV) people tend to be more polite. They also tend to come from older money families, so with a few exceptions, they're generally more down-to earth.
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Old 01-16-2012, 04:42 PM
 
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For the most part its safe.

It has an actual downtown.

Theres a ton of entertainment and cultural stuff to do there....restaurants, nightlife in OldTown, museums....Huntington Library is gorgeous...., theatre, comedy, etc.

Very very close to outdoor activity in Arroyo Seco and San Gabriel mountains.

If the schools there were above average, you would see insane home prices in Pasadena.

The streets in some areas are amazing...very green and lined with trees.

Large parts of the city have very old beautiful mansions.
What's the price range of houses in Pasadena/S.P..?
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Old 01-16-2012, 05:15 PM
 
Location: Pasadena, CA
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Pasadena (and SGV) people tend to be more polite. They also tend to come from older money families, so with a few exceptions, they're generally more down-to earth.
Double thumbs up here. Of all the places I've lived in California (many San Diego communities, Bay Area), Pasadena has the friendliest neighbors and sense of community. It reminds me of where I grew up in Texas. I know neighbors from several blocks away, because folks are interested in building a community and knowing their neighbors. I really like that.

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What's the price range of houses in Pasadena/S.P..?
There is a HUGE variation. You can get a small house in the bad parts of town for $200k or you can get a mansion in the Oak Knoll area for $26M. Most homes in good neighborhoods will run $750k and up. Figure roughly $400 to $650/sq ft in better areas.
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