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Old 08-07-2009, 08:57 AM
 
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My husband has just been offered a great position in Pasadena and we are debating if he should take it We have elementary age kids who currently attend amazing public schools outside NYC. We have a great house that we just finished remodeling. If we move it will be for quality of life. We are trying to find a place with equally great schools that is very safe and family oriented. We are fortunate to be able to spend up to 1.5 mil and want a 4 bedroom house with a yard. We love older homes (have already fixed up 3) and want an established neighborhood feeling. Lived in Seattle prior to NYC and LOVED it--like that kind of down to earth vibe. Could possibly do private schools but it's late in the year to find openings. Suggestions?
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Old 08-07-2009, 09:21 AM
 
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Check out South Pasadena. Very established neighborhood feel, good schools, lots of beautiful older houses. There are other areas in and around Pasadena, too, that also fit the bill.
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Old 08-07-2009, 10:11 AM
 
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Definitely visit first for at least a few days if you haven't before. It's a different way of life that you may or may not enjoy. I'd hate for you to uproot your entire lives and not like it. Sounds like you are reasonably happy where you are and are doing quite well.
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Old 08-07-2009, 10:37 AM
 
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Check out redfin for homes.
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Old 08-07-2009, 10:55 AM
 
Location: Seattle
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South Pasadena is a great choice, and my personal favorite. On that budget, check out La Canada Flintridge and San Marino as well. Arcadia fits the bill as well too (all of these places are right next to Pasadena).
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Old 08-07-2009, 11:12 AM
 
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I don't know about the schools, but Sierra Madre is also a very nice town with some older homes. (and Pasadena-adjacent)

Do check it out in person, though, before making a decision to move. Like ZenMaster pointed out, it sounds like you have a pretty good situation right now. The Pasadena area is a great place to live, and is wonderful for families (especially if you can afford housing!) but I don't know what it will offer you that you don't already have. It might well be worth the move, but then again, it might not.
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Old 08-07-2009, 12:01 PM
 
Location: Los Angeles
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If you want to send your kids to public school, I would avoid Pasadena. At that price range, I would consider So. Pas or La Canada. San Marino would be great, but I'm not sure how much you can buy if 4 bedrooms is a must.
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Old 08-08-2009, 12:15 PM
 
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We love older homes ...
want an established neighborhood feeling ...
a place with equally great schools that is very safe and family oriented...
like that kind of down to earth vibe.
South Pasadena. In addition to its being beautifully located between Pasadena and downtown LA, it has a Metro (light rail) station, a charming downtown of its own, parrots in the trees, wonderful Craftsman houses with yards, great schools in very attractive buildings (they look like Spanish missions), a good library... all in a walkable town with a good community feel, with restaurants and coffee shops of its own. It also has a farmer's market on Thursdays, as well as periodic street festivals. It's really a remarkable place.

San Marino is gorgeous, with good schools and wonderful parks, but feels more suburban and/or resort-like. There is less visible community activity there - no train, no Farmer's market, no street festivals, fewer restaurants, etc. San Marino's schools do rank higher than South Pasadena's, if you check the stats.

Arcadia is beautiful with spectacular mountain views and the famous Santa Anita racetrack in its midst. Its downtown is vibrant, with small shops and many restaurants. Arcadia also has the BIG mall for the whole western San Gabriel Valley - if you care about malls - this is where it is.

Sierra Madre is like stepping back in time to a mountain resort of 40 years ago. It is gorgeous, friendly, with great community feel and an anti-big-box-store agenda. There is some danger from the wildfires here, due to its location. There are galleries and boutiques, wine bars, coffee shops, that sort of thing. Plenty of natural beauty. The city has only 12,000 residents, and I do not know anything about the schools.
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Old 08-30-2009, 11:42 PM
 
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Pasadena has many beautiful neighborhoods that are very safe. I live in a neighborhood called Chapman Woods in the south east corner. Large lots, built in the 20's and 30's, beautifully maintained homes, large trees. However, personally, I would not put my kids in Pasadena public school if they are middle school or high school age. Nearly a third of Pasadenans send their kids to private for a reason. My elementary aged children all attend private; however, some of our neighbors attend the local elementary school and are quite happy. They plan to move when their daughter hits middle school, though.

As others have mentioned, many neighboring communities have good districts. In your price range, Arcadia and South Pas may be the best bet. La Canada and San Marino are a bit more pricey.
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Old 08-31-2009, 10:32 AM
 
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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
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