For when you want to live in a nice area without the pretentiousness of Santa Monica.
Who lives here: Rocket scientists (‘cause JPL), CalTech professors, and families
Average one-bedroom rent: $1,604/mo
Bar and restaurant scene: Pretty appreciable. Even the chain restaurants in Pasadena look beautiful, so sometimes you can’t tell if you’re in a Jimmy John’s or an artisan sandwich shop. Also: the closer you are to Sushi Kimagure Ike, the better.
Transportation situation: The 210 and 134 will be your lifeblood, but the 134 will also get you to the 101, the 170, and the 5, so that’s somethin’ special. Add to that the Gold Line (debatably the most arbitrary Metro line), which can swing you around to East LA, and you’re set.
Quote from a resident: “Living in Pasadena is like living in an old, quiet neighborhood that forgot it’s part of one of the largest cities in the world, since it’s full of old people, scientists, and their families -- but also has an insanely happening night life.”