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Pasadena

Another great place to do great work

Our US sales office is based in the lovely city of Pasadena. At the base of the San Gabriel Mountains, 11 miles from Downtown Los Angeles, Pasadena is busy and bustling, lively and cultural.

So if you’re thinking about applying for a job here but you don't already live in the area, don't worry.

We've been investigating, researching, and interviewing current Red Gate residents of the city to put together a short guide on living in Pasadena. Here's what we found out.

Why Pasadena?

College football lovers will enjoy the Rose Bowl and Tournament of Roses Parade, but that's not all this city has to offer. What people really love about Pasadena is shopping. From outdoor, upscale flea markets to endless boutiques here's a directory of shopping opportunities in Old Pasadena.

For more information on what to do in Pasadena, the visitor guide will help you find what local events and attractions are available.

Pasadena Views real estate has put together a blog of 365 Pasadena attractions, including museums, wine tasting, shopping, and everything in between.

“Pasadena is a great location; not far from Downtown LA, the beaches, and Hollywood. It definitely has a great array of restaurants, shopping, and nightlife.”

John

“Pasadena also has a lot of cool techie stuff. We're home to CalTech and NASA's Jet Propulsion Lab, so there is always a plethora of interesting scientific discussions around.”

Tom

Where’s the best place to live?

Generally, house prices in Pasadena are high compared to other parts of LA. When seeking out that ideal place to live, there are plenty of options to choose from.

Craigslist and Padmapper are great for avoiding real estate agent fees, while www.apartments.com, www.rent.com and Oakwood Apartments have a huge range of properties on their sites. West Side Rentals although more expensive, ensures that you're being taken care of individually by a property expert.

Here's a list of Real Estate Agents in the area, and a list of Rental Agents.

“Living in Pasadena is pretty amazing—you get the best of both worlds, really. I live in a very quiet and woodsy part of Pasadena, but it's just minutes away from the lively Old Town where there's a lot of shopping and entertainment.”

Amy

“As a resident of Pasadena who moved here about a year ago, I can only recommend Craigslist! This way you cut out the middle man and can find some really good deals. A few other people in the office have also found their places through Craigslist.”

Ford

How do you get around?

In general, most people prefer to drive into the office and around Pasadena, but Pasadena also has great public transportation, and on-going plans to encourage bicycling.

The Pasadena Area Rapid Transit System (ARTS buses) is perfect for getting around locally, and the LA Metro Gold Line provides rail access to anywhere you could possibly want to go in LA County.

If you need to catch a flight, take your pick from the Bob Hope Airport in nearby Burbank, Long Beach Airport, Los Angeles International Airport, and LA/Ontario International Airport.

“The best thing about Pasadena is that it's very accessible via public transportation. The Metro Gold Line goes through Pasadena and goes into Union Station, where you can take the Metro Red Line to Hollywood, Koreatown, and Downtown Los Angeles.”

Amy

What’s the day and nightlife like?

You'll never be stuck for things to do or see in Pasadena.

If it's culture you're after, Norton Simon Museum, is great for seeking out wonderful art from the likes of Van Gough, Picasso, and Rembrandt. Huntington Library's tea room and gardens is an ideal place to spend your lazy Sunday afternoons and City Hall is great for a bit of sightseeing.

Hollywood, the LA Zoo, and Disneyland are all close enough for a fun day trip out, and for those who like to keep fit, there are nearby gyms and plenty of hiking trails.

If it's food you're after, Pasadena has it all. There are a host of restaurants to choose from, including: Houston's, Cheval Blanc, and Arroyo Chop House for those special occasions. If it's a casual night out, Lemonade and Dog Haus are both great options.

“There is everything and anything you could want in Pasadena. From year-round sunshine to shopping and entertainment.”

Melissa

“Overall, Pasadena is considered one of the “it” places to go in the San Gabriel Valley. It's one of those places you'd come out to shop, eat/drink Happy Hour, have dinner, go on dates, etc.”