OMG! Pasadena is sooooo ( and more) full of surprises.
The area is split between NE, NW, SE and SW. NW - Area called Hasting Ranch is a nice residential area with ranch and traditional homes. Nice shopping area is nearby (Sears, Vroman's, Ralphs, Whole Foods, Golfsmith, etc.) Eaton Canyon is there for hiking. Eaton Canyon Golf Course is just around the corner. NE - Here you have the Rose Bowl and the Brookside Golf Course. There are many beautiful homes (lots of character) SE - The Madison Heights area is here and there is a Gold Line nearby that you can take to practically anywhere these days. You will find nice condo and townhome & of course historic and architechural homes. There is the Arroyo Seco Golf Course minutes away just off Orange Grove Blvd. Finally, the SW where the famouse Cal Tech and the Pas City College is located. The city college has been getting a lot of face lift and it looks more like a university these days. Cal Tech area also has mixed of homes (Spanish, traditional, mid-century, etc.). You can also walk to the Huntington Library if you reside in the Cal Tech area. Amber, there are too much to mention about Pasadena, we still have the Old Town Pasadena and the Paseo for all your shoppin needs.
Feel free to buzz me if you have any questions, or email me. Final word - you have to come to see what this wonderful city is all about. Words cannot explain how exciting this city is!