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Old 08-31-2009, 10:37 AM
 
Location: Bella Vista, Ark
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I am from Pasadena as well. Agreeing with the others, if you wish for your kids to attend public schools, avoid Pasadena.

My first choice would be La Canada personally. I love it there. Arcadia, South Pasadena, San Marino. Even La Crescenta is decent.

Your realtor should be able to point you towards schools as well.

Dawn
depending on income and budget I too would recommend La Canada, but I also love Arcadia and So Pasadena as well as San Marino. Any of these would be great choices. I wonder what the OP decided to do.

Stuff Shredman, Chapman Woods is an awesome and beautiful area plus I have always loved San Rafeal Hills and the area surrounding The Rosebowl, but all are still Pasadena schools. Sierra Madre is another nice area. I do think though the OP would be better off in a city with overall good schools. I know not all Pasadena Schools are bad, some are outstanding.
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Old 08-31-2009, 04:54 PM
 
Location: LA
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Pasadena is great!

It is a small town within a huge metropolis.
Old Town has good restaurants, shopping, galleries, and mingling
It has the Rose Bowl, the Aquatic Center
www.rosebowlaquatics.com

The housing stock all thru town is handsome; lots of cratfsman, spanish, colonial, and ranches.
South Pas is good. La Canada/Flintridge is fabulous and better than la Crescenta. San Marino is great but overpriced.
But hey, we say 'location, location, location' but the house itself is key also.

There are good schools. And you are 12 miles from downtown LA for other sporting events and theatre etc.
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Old 08-31-2009, 05:25 PM
 
Location: Bella Vista, Ark
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Pasadena is great!

It is a small town within a huge metropolis.
Old Town has good restaurants, shopping, galleries, and mingling
It has the Rose Bowl, the Aquatic Center
www.rosebowlaquatics.com

The housing stock all thru town is handsome; lots of cratfsman, spanish, colonial, and ranches.
South Pas is good. La Canada/Flintridge is fabulous and better than la Crescenta. San Marino is great but overpriced.
But hey, we say 'location, location, location' but the house itself is key also.

There are good schools. And you are 12 miles from downtown LA for other sporting events and theatre etc.
I know you are pro Pasa and it does have lots of positives, but So Pasadena as well as Arcadia and some of the other areas may be overpriced in your mind, but there is a reason for this. yes, there are good schools in Pasadena, but overall the schools are not rated in the same catagory with the surrounding areas. As for the beauty of the Pasadena homes, I completely agree with you. I grew up in San Rafeal Hills (well didn't grow up there, but lived there as a teen) and we lived in Altadena when our kids were young. We had the typical old Spanish home, what a delight and what a showplace, even though we were living on a modest mid management salary at the time. WE moved to Arcadia, and had a home exactly 1/2 the size for more money: why? to get our kids in better schools.

Nita
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Old 07-29-2010, 04:06 PM
 
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Pasadena is a great move. What you might not already know is that there is a train that will take you to Downtown LA, Long Beach, Hollywood & San Fernando Valley. There is a large & quite nice flea market held at the Rose Bowl. Pasadena is also big on debutante balls and philanthropy, but still manages to be quite diverse.

However, if you'd rather not spring for a decent private school, I'd suggest you take your $1.5 million and lay it down in neighboring La Canada-Flintridge. La Canada has an excellent school system that is much cheaper than Polytechnic's $25,000 tuition. Your budget will also allow you entrance into highfalutin' San Marino, but you'll probably get less for your money. San Marino is mostly Chinese & has lots of ordinances. Go to realtor.com and have a look at La Canada's housing stock. There are plenty of older (by LA standards) homes.
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