With the help of Google Earth we like to give our slew of new readers a sense of where we live here in the inner city of Pasadena.

The specs: Lot: 66′ x 132′ Garden: ~3,900 sq feet

An 11 lane freeway runs within 100 yards of our backyard – the freeway noise (roar) is a constant reminder how much citified our environs are. A large private school borders our property on two sides (that green grassy area is there playground!) One of the major street arteries of Pasadena, Orange Grove Blvd is just a stones throw from our sidewalk.

Most folks assume we live in a suburban setting or on the outskirts of town. Folks don’t really quite grasp how urban we are. Yep, our little urban homestead is smack dab in the inner city! In fact within less than a 1/2 mile we have two major freeway that intersect, downtown Pasadena complete with outfits of the likes of Ambercombie & Finch, Gap and Tiffany’s. We are in walking distance (1.5 miles) of the Public Library and City Hall and the Rose Bowl.

Hope these bird’s eye view photos gives you and idea where our little urban homestead is in the city.

Fellow inner city urbanites, care to share your sense of place and city environs?

P.S. Beany just alerted us that Google has a STREET VIEW! Wow!ย  Check it out, you can cruise our street without leaving your house!

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  1. Beany says:

    I just “walked” through your neighborhood using the “Street View” feature on google. You have the prettiest house on your block!

  2. Devin Quince says:

    We are 2 miles from DT Minneapolis, but 1 block from a great city park complete with lakes, ponds, tress, and trails. Our lot is 40ish x 150ish if I remember right. We are working on between 6-700 sq feet of garden this year and once we are done ripping out the majority if the driveway, we are adding a water filtration and catchment system and should be able to add another 3-400 sq ft to the garden next year.

  3. ValP says:

    Off topic but enjoyed Farmer D’s university presentation.

  4. Anais says:

    Greetings Beany

    Wow, didn’t even know Google even did our little street. That’s certainly a neat future…. to bad we didn’t have one of those 360 camera in the backyard – that would be something!

    Thanks for the positive compliments. Since we are such an oddity we try to make the place at least beautiful!


  5. Anais says:

    Howdy Devin & family

    Thanks for sharing where you live. Sounds like you live in a really nice place – next to a park with a lake no less! Neat.

    Wow, you are certainly busy transforming your urban homestead. Keep up the good work and thanks for sharing your progress. Great to hear from fellow travelers.

  6. Anais says:

    Thanks Val.

    I’ll pass on our compliments to Mr D. ๐Ÿ˜‰

  7. kristine says:

    that street view is pretty cool!

  8. Jennifer says:


    One thing has always puzzled me. Does your city have any laws on noisy animals? I mean, do you think your neighbours can hear the chickens and goats and don’t mind?

    I’m not trying to be funny here at all. It’s just something that I’ve always wanted to know. If I put so much as one chicken in my back garden the neighbourhood would bang my door down! (or steal it for Sunday lunch, I can’t decide…. ๐Ÿ˜€ )


  9. Anais says:

    Hi Jen

    The City of Pasadena does allow chickens and goats housed within required distance from your neighbor’s property.

    However our property is border on two sides by a private school who have no problems with our keeping animals. In fact, we live in a low income neighborhood/area where there are quite a few Latino families who have chickens also.

    Of course with any such animals it’s good to have your neighbors agreeable. Lucky for us our neighbors don’t mind.

    Also as for noise the drone of the freeway (and kids) is louder that our animals. Sure the hens make a ruckus now and then when they lay and as for the goats — they rarely make any noise (except when in heat)

    Hope that answers your questions!

  10. Jennifer says:

    Thanks Anais! Yes it does! ๐Ÿ˜€

  11. Anais says:


    Oh and I forgot to mention – no Roosters are allowed of course.

  12. LaVonne says:

    Speaking of city chickens, I can’t raise them because I live in an apartment, but I’ve been looking for truly local [as well as free range and organic] eggs. Couldn’t find any that didn’t require a 50-mile round trip so I signed up for Local Harvest’s notification list and forgot about it. Last night, I got an email with a new listing for a backyard chicken farm less than five miles from home. AND these eggs only cost $3.50/doz–less than organic eggs at the supermarket!

    Their site, Suburban Chicken, seems to be down right now but keep trying. They have biographies of each chicken and loads of pictures. They clearly love their ‘chooks’ as much as you do. ๐Ÿ™‚

  13. LaVonne says:

    Btw, I got curious about the laws in San Diego regarding chickens and found the following surprising rule in the Municipal Code:

    “No person shall keep or maintain in a residential zone more than:
    (1) Twentyโ€“five (25) fowl and rabbits”

    If only I had a house! But seriously, anyone interested in raising chickens or other livestock should check their municipal code before assuming they can’t.

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