Garfield Heights is a historic district in Northwest Pasadena. Northwest Pasadena is a big area with a bad reputation.
And boy, is that reputation well deserved. Drugs, gangs, crime... I mean, look at these statistics! Geez.
Gilmore House, 1891Could you live in this dump? I couldn't.
Gerlach House, 1913
"Adena House," 1887
The median income in Northwest Pasadena is a mere $104,000-ish per year, barely $10,000 more than the rest of Pasadena. It's shameful. We need to fund some programs or something.
To be fair, there are serious trouble spots in NW Pasadena. It sort of depends on what you're used to. If you've ever lived in Chicago, or Houston, or New York, or Los Angeles—or Paris or London, for that matter—these spots are itches, as opposed to burns.
So don't write off the whole area, unless you don't like living in a mansion and paying less for it than you would anywhere else in town.