I found a house in the more ethnically diverse working class portion of pasadena that I can just about afford.
The completely absurd thing is that it's 5 bedrooms. Besides the sketchy neighborhood, and the fact it's on a major street, and it only has 1 bathroom, we're not sure what else needs to be wrong with it for it to be "only" $200,000.
But still 200K for a 5 bedroom 2 story house is pretty decent in this neighborhood.
Now the question is should I follow up on it? Should I look into a more "appropriately" sized house instead of just always renting? Hard questions to answer.