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Life in Pasadena - 6/4/2006
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Marcus
Pasadena, CA

Awesome place to live if you have money. Buying a house is impossible for most nowadays. There are some beautiful character homes if you have the money. Few neighborhoods in LA as nice as parts of Pasadena. But there are also some bad parts of Pasadena (most of which are improving however with the skyrocketing home prices). If you have kids, you'll most likely want private school unless mediocre is ok with you. Farmer's Markets and free summer outdoor music at Levitt Pavilion. It's just outside LA so plenty to do, great food, some of the best hiking and camping in Southern California. We love it but can't afford it anymore with 3 kids. We'll likely be moving out of state. Don't know where though. Suggestions? Outdoor activities a must.

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re: Life in Pasadena - 6/4/2006 - 10/8/2009
Good morning Marcus & family. Not sure if you are still living in Pasadena as I just came across this today-10/8/2009-however if you are up for a bit of an elevation change & snow that melts and does not stay on the ground for too long then I truly believe that you all would love being in CO. CA is my home state so I know exactly what you are saying about the prices and overall cost of living. The sun is out almost all year long here. No matter the weather. CO is an arid desert-tends to be dry. Out door activities abound here. And then some. Not sure if you all choose to remain in a suburb type setting but this is also avaibale to you all throughout the various counties in Denver and or the Metro area; as well as in the foot hills and up north in Fort Collins. Much lower cost of living in CO. Good paying jobs-whether you need professional career settings or part/full timne work. I truly believe that you all will thrive here. It is truly beautiful here in the Rocky Mountains. Four glorious seasons abound every year. When you can afford the time and money you should consider taking a trip here to CO. This is a state where people have a healthy, happy, out doorsy/sport loving attitude. Great schools. Lots to do for all ages ranging in price from free to set amounts for a plethora of activities. Beautiful parks here as well. CO is definitely not CA but you will notice some similarities. God bless you all, I hope you all find just the right area for all of your needs wherever that may be! Amanda Elizabeth


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Pasadena - like a little slice of the mid-west, wi - 11/22/2009

We moved this past summer to Pasadena from the mid-west, and we could not be happier. Actually, we probably will be happier in January and February, when we are not shoveling snow! Pasadena is a GREAT place to live. We walk to almost everything, including our jobs, restaurants, the library, groceries, and any kind of entertainment you could want. The only down side we have found is the schools. They are so bad that most people are forced to put their kids in private schools, which we did. The good news is that there are so many wonderful private schools near by to choose from. Yes, it is more expensive to live here, but we consider it a "weather tax", and it is worth every penny. Though it is a big city, Pasadena has the quaint feel of the mid west, with lots of trees, and very friendly people. We love it here!!!

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John
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Not just for little old ladies.......??? - 8/11/2009

Everyone has heard of this quint expression of Little Old Lady from Pasadena...which is not entirely untrue since there are many retired people living here. I remembered seeing older people everywhere I went in the 1970s when I lived there as a teenager. An old couple lived next door to us whom we called "Grandpa" who drove a 1950s car. Today there maybe more younger people due to the renewal of the OLD PASADENA section where sidewalk cafes and famous chains like HOOTERS open shops. Homes also reminded one of the age of the city with its many 1920 style homes. The City Hall area with its famous historic library also give a feeling of a highly cultured historic city. Many famous tourist must-sees are also located in or near Pasadena, including the Huntington Library with its many species of living plants and flowers. Of course, every New Year, we have the ROSE PARADE with the Princess elected from local school beauty pageant.

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Glynis
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climate - 5/6/2009

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Eugene
Pasadena, CA

Overrated, like much of the LA metro area - 2/2/2009

While there are parts of Pasadena that are very urbane and elite, most of it is overpriced unless you bought in back 30 years ago when the houses had more reasonable prices. While the crime rate is low, there is no shortage of sketchy people out on the streets. All too often folks here are just too loud, much of the city has a surprisingly urban and ghetto attitude. Almost every night the helicopters are circling around. Cars with overloaded sound systems blast through the neighborhood, setting off the car alarms, which makes the dogs bark, which makes the kids scream- it's just too much for someone looking for a little peace and quiet after a long day at work. Like much of the Southland, Pasadena was over-developed, little greenspace set aside and poor city planning have marred what was a charming little city. Even in the year since I've moved here I've watched views of the mountains become obstructed by awful high rise "luxury" apartment complexes. Just recently there was a double shooting by some gang people of some random people out on the street. The police said the gang has been here for decades. Makes you wonder, what have they been doing all this time to cleanup the gangs if they can persist for so many years? It is because there is little sense of community.

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Jeannine
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Love living in Pasadena - 5/25/2008

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Craig
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Impressions from someone born and raised in Pasade - 4/13/2008

Pasadena can be a wonderful place to live, if you can afford to live in the best areas, send your kids to private schools, and are financially independent. Otherwise, I would probably not recommend it due to the poor quality of air and water, high violent crime rate, and poor public schools. For those with a net worth over the $3,000,000 level, you will appreciate the many fine restaurants, accessibility of wonderful hiking areas, and easy access to any part of LA via the metro or freeways. Personally, I believe the high foothills offer the best living environment with cool Summer evenings and plenty of natural beauty. The are many cultural activities nearby (music center, theatre, etc) and great local hospitals.

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Frank

Amazingly perfect climate ... - 3/30/2008

The climate in Pasadena is magnificent. It is sunny the overwhelming majority of days of the year. When it is gray and gloomy on the west side of Los Angeles, there is still sun and blue skies in Pasadena. Winters are incredibly mild and the occasional rainstorm adds some interest to the climate. The rainstorms last half a day or a day at maximum and then guess what? The sun comes out again. Just look at any broadcast of the Rose Bowl Parade on New Year's Day. People sit in the bleachers with some heavy sweaters first thing in the A.M. and when the sun comes up and it always does, people peel off those layers and enjoy the beautiful January weather!

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ceemarie
Pasadena, CA

COL is way too high - 2/10/2008

Pasadena is so expensive, the infrastructure will soon be in jeopardy. By this I mean people of middle and low incomes will not be able to move in or stay if they are already here. The cost of homes and rent is so high, that soon the people who work the support jobs here, the cashiers, the school teachers, the sales clerks, will have to commute in from far away, if they bother to do so given the cost of fuel. Because property is so valuable, elderly living faciities are being snatched up, and elderly people who have lived in such places for many years have to move out. The haves/have not dynamics are well in place here. It is not where I will stay when I retire.

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Moogeechan
Pasadena, CA

Pasadena is a lovely town to live, but very expens - 11/5/2007

I live in a house in Pasadena that my mother-in-law bought in the 50's for 20,000 (yes, 20K, not 200k). Last year, the house next door was sold for $1.8M, which previous owners bought for 900K in the late 90's. I am making a decent amount of income but cannot afford to live on this exclusive street on my own (near the Rosebowl & Gamblehouse). I wonder if this house will cost $162MM in another 50 years.

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Melvin
Pasadena, CA

It's hot.... and cold - 9/19/2006

In the summer, it gets really hot... and in the winter, it actually rains here, and gets cold, too.

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Donna
Pasadena, CA

PASADENA , CA NOT HAPPY - 7/15/2006

HOUSING PRICES ARE EXTREMELY HIGH. NOT ANYTHING DECENT UNTIL YOU GET TO THE 1.5 MILLION, AND UP RANGE. NOTHING MUCH TO DO HERE EITHER. BORING. TRAFFIC HORRENDOUS. PASADNEA IS SUBURB OF LA. DON'T WANT TO GO TO BEACHES, ETC. - 15-30 MILES AWAY, BECAUSE OF HORRENDOUS TRAFFIC. PEOPLE DRIVE LIKE MANIACS HERE. FREEWAYS ARE A TERROR. MOVING TO CHARLOTTE NC SOON. HOPE LIFE IS BETTER THERE. VERY HOT HERE TOO. PEOPLE HERE ARE VERY NICE THOUGH.

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Marcus
Pasadena, CA

Life in Pasadena - 6/4/2006

Awesome place to live if you have money. Buying a house is impossible for most nowadays. There are some beautiful character homes if you have the money. Few neighborhoods in LA as nice as parts of Pasadena. But there are also some bad parts of Pasadena (most of which are improving however with the skyrocketing home prices). If you have kids, you'll most likely want private school unless mediocre is ok with you. Farmer's Markets and free summer outdoor music at Levitt Pavilion. It's just outside LA so plenty to do, great food, some of the best hiking and camping in Southern California. We love it but can't afford it anymore with 3 kids. We'll likely be moving out of state. Don't know where though. Suggestions? Outdoor activities a must.

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