It all depends on what you are use to and what you are looking for. I have lived in Oakland for the better part of 22 years and I mean East and west Oakland.
I bought a place in what most consider the most undesirable location in all of Vallejo....'The Crest"
I was not worse then the partially gentrified West Oakland, in fact it was very similar minus the industrial aspect.
Crime I saw, none. Violence none. transient characters, quiet a few. I walked to park with my 2 year old son frequently. My room mate walked to the park and store with her 1 year daughter frequently. Both of us white adults in our late 30's. Neither of us where ever accosted, threatened or challenged in any way and lived there for 3 years.
As for schools they looked piss poor. but then so do all easy bay school short of Alameda.
You have to pick your poison. If you want a nice house you never would be able to afford rather then in an area that you could that still may not have good schools then maybe you might want to look into the area. The houses are nice and very affordable.
Just get to know all of your neighbors.... more