Glendale, Pasadena or La Canada Flintridge - which Verdugos neighborhood is right for you?

If you've deciding to buy real estate in Los Angeles, one community that's popular with both families and singles alike is the Verdugos. Nestled at the base of the Angeles National Forest and just a 20 minute drive to downtown, neighborhoods in this quiet and friendly part of the Los Angeles area offer homes in a variety of price ranges with a lot of activity to satisfy both kids and adults.

There are three main communities in this region: Glendale, Pasadena and La Canada Flintridge. Which one of the three is right for you?

Glendale is a diverse community situated just north of downtown Los Angeles. Its proximity to several major freeways makes commuting a breeze, yet this cozy town still has the look and feel of a suburb.

The Americana at Brand, a massive outdoor mall constructed in 2008, offers plenty of browsing to satisfy even the most haute couture of shoppers. Enjoy dinner at one of the mall's many dining establishments, then catch a movie at the theater. Even if you don't have extra cash to spend, a stroll past the mall's beautiful fountain can be a mood-lifter any day.

With the median price of a home in Glendale hovering around $520,000, this neighborhood is an affordable option for families, couples and singles getting their start in Southern California.

The largest of the three cities mentioned here, Pasadena offers a cosmopolitan experience with a community feel. The city's main shopping center, Old Pasadena, offers bars, pubs, frozen yogurt joints, al fresco dining, a movie theater and plenty of retail outlets, so you can find anything you're looking for without going far.

Best of all, the Los Angeles Metro stops in Old Pasadena, making life here a dream for commuters who hate to drive.

Pasadena is also home to the California Institute of Technology, one of the most prestigious universities in the country.

La Canada Flintridge
Quiet and affluent, La Canada Flintridge is known for its nationally recognized public school system. La Canada High School serves the town's roughly 20,000 residents - about 70 percent of whom are married couples, according to the Los Angeles Times. The city is also home to several prestigious private schools, like Flintridge Sacred Heart Academy and Flintridge Preparatory School.

With a median home price of just over $1 million, La Canada is one of Los Angeles' more expensive neighborhoods - but the cozy comfort it offers is well worth the price.