Pasadena, California, one of the oldest incorporated cities in Los Angeles County (behind only the city of Los Angeles itself), may be known as the home of the New Year’s Day's Rose Parade and subsequent Rose Bowl, one of college football’s biggest games of the season, but the city has far more to offer. In addition to being relatively close to the heart of Los Angeles, Pasadena is also surrounded by mountains and offers residents easy access to the nearby Pacific Ocean. Residents are afforded a unique lifestyle, combining fun and relaxation with affordable housing and an excellent job market. Pasadena’s Unified School District (PUSD) includes many of the city’s top public schools, which can help ease the mind of worried parents who are looking to relocate to the area. Though the city has plenty of great reasons to consider relocating, it is the quality...
Moving might feel like an exciting, empowering experience for you as a parent. You’re able to take your family to a new environment that might be better suited for them, present them with new adventures, and open them up to exciting opportunities.
Unfortunately, what’s exciting and empowering for parents can be terrifying and traumatic for kids who have to deal with being placed in a new school system, make new friends, and deal with being “the new kid.” All of these feelings are compounded when your child is in middle school. As a parent, you’ll want the transition to be easy, so it’s incumbent upon you to do your research prior to moving and ensure both you and your child are equipped with the knowledge you all need to seamlessly integrate into a new school system.
Fortunately for you, Pasadena has some excellent public and private middle schools with well-developed academic programs, diverse student bodies, and...
Many homeowners choose to downsize upon reaching retirement. It’s a great way to make home life more manageable as you age, especially when your family home is large and multi-story. But is it really wise to wait until you’re in your 60s to think about moving house? Instead of delaying the move until you’re older and less physically able, it may be smarter to downsize as soon as the kids move out.
The longer you spend paying for more house than you need, the less money you have to put toward your retirement accounts. And when the median retirement...
There’s no doubt that Pasadena is a popular place to live. But many people ask, is Pasadena a good place to raise children? How are the elementary schools in the area?
You’ll be happy to hear that Pasadena offers robust academic programs, well developed athletic programs, and clubs for children of all ages. And these are just some of the things that make Pasadena a desirable place to raise a family.
If you’re thinking about moving to Pasadena, knowing that your children will be attending an excellent school might make all the difference. To help you decide whether or not Pasadena is right for you and your family, here’s a quick guide on what you need to know about some of the top rated elementary schools within the Pasadena Unified School District.
There is nothing like strapping on a pair of running shoes and running with the earth’s natural beauty serving as the backdrop. Pasadena has several options for trail runners, as the city is close to both the Angeles National Forest and San Gabriel Mountains. All one needs is a road-ready car and plenty of sun protection.
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The Arroyo Seco is a nearly 25-mile long river that runs from Los Angeles into the Angeles National Forest. The name, which means “dry stream” in Spanish, also applies to a general...
Health-Conscious Home Modifications
In all likelihood, your home is where you spend the majority of your time, so making sure it’s a healthy environment for your mind and body is important. Sick house syndrome is a real thing, whereby lead paint, pesticides, mold, and other household problems are leaving their occupants with real diseases, like asthma. Most homeowners spend between $211 and $6,298 nationally to address home safety concerns related to lead and asbestos removal and improved air quality.
Let’s take a look at the biggest offenders and how you can resolve these risks.
If someone in your home is an allergy...
Make Sure Your Home & Yard Are Ready for Winter
Here in Los Angeles, the seasons aren’t the same as the rest of the country. There’s no snowfall, and while trees can lose their leaves in late fall, it’s not a drastic change. However, it is still a change your house has to get used to.
That’s why you need to prepare your home for winter before the weather finally starts to turn colder. You’ll need to work on both the inside and outside of your home. But first, are such preparations really necessary?
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Working Now Saves You Later On
Since the seasons don’t change much here in southern California, you can easily forget about regular home maintenance. All the days can blur together. As Solidbuildersonline.com...
Easy DIY Air Conditioner Fixes
Let’s get this out of the way first: Serious AC unit troubles will always require the expertise of a qualified air conditioning professional. It would be risky and more expensive down the line if you try to fix severe air conditioner issues by yourself. There are, however, some AC problems that you can easily address on your own, at least until the problem proves to be so critical only an AC professional can deal with it. Here are some easy DIY air conditioner fixes that can save you hundreds of dollars.
Problem: Your AC unit won’t turn on
When your air conditioner doesn't power up, check your circuit breaker first. It may have been tripped, so check your breaker panel and if it’s tripped halfway, just turn it all the way off, then switch it back on.
It’s also possible that a clogged drain line has set off the overflow shut-off switch. Make...
Once upon a time, Los Angeles. was a city connected by public transportation and governed by pedestrian traffic. During this time, stairways were the perfect way for pedestrians to have safe and direct access to transit lines. These staircases still stand as reminders of those days and as a perfect way to get your heart rate going and your step count up!
There are many sets found around Mt. Washington, El Sereno, Highland Park and Santa Monica but I want to draw attention to a couple of favorites found in Echo Park and Silver Lake .
There as many as 33 stairways in Echo Park, all with different levels of tidiness and difficulty but all provide a little window to the past and some great views to motivate you in your journey.
Baxter Stairway | ~230 steps
West Hollywood: Giving up Single-Family for Condo Life
Let’s face the facts: Many Los Angeles neighborhoods have a lot to offer...and West Hollywood is definitely a prime example of one of these. Think about it. The infamous Sunset Strip zips through the area, pulling in people from across the world. The LGBTQ community has long had its strong-hold in the area, bringing new charm and a different influence. Iconic hotels, like the Chateau Marmont Hotel, rise above the palm trees as a symbol of luxury. If these aren’t appealing enough, West Hollywood is often lauded as California’s most walk-able city, with a walking score of 89. If you live in a West Hollywood single-family residence, you might be thinking about selling your home and downsizing into a nearby condo. Not only does life become simpler, but you also...