Pasadena is, and always has been, an extraordinary place to live, and I can't begin to say enough about what it offers, or the history of it, however, in summary, I can say that it's rich with culture, history, sports, great weather, education, and endless activities such as shopping, hiking, world class restaurants and legendary annual events. After my over 40 years of alternately living and working in the Pasadena area, I can offer potentially any nuanced insight into the city as well, so feel free to reach out with any questions.
Here are just a few resources to touch on the quality of life that Pasadena can provide:
City of Pasadena - Official Website
Pasadena Page on Wikipedia - An excellent overview of the city
Visit Pasadena - Travel & Activity Information
Pasadena Heritage - Historical Resource related to architecture and the built environment (including real estate!)
Pasadena Museum of History - Social History of the City
Old Pasadena Shopping/Dining District - Very popular destination for good food and shopping.
CalTech - California Institute of Technology - One of the finest educational institutions in the world, including the home of the Earthquake seismic scale and studies
The Rose Bowl - The largest sports venue in town and home of the legendary New Years Day Rose Bowl game, surrounded with golf course and running/biking lanes
To live in Pasadena has been the dream of many for over century and this great city continues to draw people from all over the region, the country and the world!