South Pasadena is known for their excellent schools. The High School, Middle School and all 3 elementary schools have the highest possible ratings of 10 on greatschools.org. The great schools make it a very popular place to live in addition to the proximity to Downtown LA. Because it is so desirable, South Pasadena tends to be more expensive and often a home for sale will have multiple offers from buyers. Everyone I know that lives in South Pasadena absolutely loves it there.