I certainly would not and do not drive through this area at night. However the further north you get from the freeway, the safer it seems to be. Sadly it has some pretty nice large older homes that I hope get restored some day. But that day is not likely to be soon.
-10 year resident of Old Pasadena.
Another thing I recommend is driving around the neighborhood at different times of the day and night to get a feel for the area.
All the best!
Also, west Altadena's proximity to the 210 is such a nice asset that it's sad to hear that crime remains an issue. I have driven around the neighborhood at night, during the day, and get excited about its potential. But I work long hours and would hate to come back home to find something fishy at home, etc.
All in all, I would like to hear more from those new homeowners in west Altadena to let us know how it's going for them. The location of this area is just too good to pass up. With its hiking, closeness to Old Town, etc., it's just such a bargain.
Any new West Altadeneans care to comment?