South Pasadena has a canyon, valleys, a river, a world-famous Rose Parade work ethic (they build most of the floats) and some impressively sumptuous trees, which make hiking, biking and the great outdoors a part of everyday life. It doesn’t hurt that the weather is downright gorgeous most of the year, but you should probably invest in some powerful air conditioning in the summer. It routinely reaches over 100 (it’s a dry heat!) degrees by the time August rolls around.
Rental properties aren’t cheap in these parts, whether you’re thinking about homes or apartments. And you should be thinking homes, because apartments aren’t all that common. The vacancy rate is a stingy 4%, so it’s doable, but give it a good month of searching rather than going for some halfhearted last minute grab.
Everyone across the nation knows Pasadena is a great place to live, as is any place immortalized in a Beach Boys song. But South Pasadena, its tiny southern sibling, is just as lovely, but with better resources, schools and a world-class hospital. It’s an exciting place to live, with cute coffee shops, community spirit and viable bike lanes.