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Rklatch, Home Buyer in Berkeley, CA

How safe is Oakland 94611?

Asked by Rklatch, Berkeley, CA Thu Sep 1, 2011

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94611 covers several neighborhoods that are very different from each other. Piedmont Ave, Piedmont, Montclair and Piedmont Pines just to name a few. When clients ask me if a neighborhood is safe I usually advise them to: 1) check out the Oakland crime website at the location they are interested on. Then, check it out for a neighborhood that they think is very safe and compare them. Then, check out where they currently live, and compare it to that. 2) Drive around on a Sat night and observe. 3) Walk around on a sunny Saturday or Sunday and talk to neighbors. This is easy to do if they are working on their front yards, walking a dog, etc. They will usually tell you what's going on in the neighborhood. That said, I live in 94611 and I'm very happy here!
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Its a great and very desirable area of Oakland. YOu can check out this site for more detialed information. :)
http://www.crimemapping.com/map.aspx
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Hi Rklatch,

Check out Trulia's crime map of the East Bay: http://www.trulia.com/crime/#!alameda-ca/13/37.80693,-122.26…

It will show you not just the number of crimes committed, but also what type

You can learn more about how our crime maps work at the link below. We hope this is helpful and would love to hear whatever feedback you may have.

Best Wishes,

Emily Erekuff
Community Moderator
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Hey There!

I would agree with Bill (below) that safety is a subjective feeling. The best advice I can give to my clients when they are considering buying a home in a new neighborhood is to spend some time there yourself. Drive down the streets at different times of the day to get a feel for the area.

Once you find a house that seems to suit your needs, then spend some more time hanging around that street, maybe take a walk through the neighborhood and see how you feel. If you get a chance, don't be shy, talk to the folks who would be your new neighbors. Often times in Oakland you will find folks who have lived in the same house for many years and can give you an oral history of the neighborhood (and maybe too much info about their neighbors).

Since buying a home is one of the largest investments in your life and it will effect your everday life and the experience of your family, it is worth it to spend the time to really feel what it would be like to live there. I think this is true for any neighborhood!

Best of luck to you,
Jessica
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Considering that this 94611 zip code is comprised of premier neighborhoods such as the neighborhoods of Montclair, Oakmore and also includes Piedmont, most would say that this is a safe place to live at.

You can see the visual crime maps yourself here at:

http://www.crimemapping.com/ and http://oakland.crimespotting.org/.

As with all real estate, location location, location. The homes in 94611 currently have a average sales price of ~$740k compared to the median sales price in Oakland of $210k. This puts 94611 at the higher end of the market where less crime should be expected.

http://www.redfin.com/zipcode/94611 vs. http://www.trulia.com/real_estate/Oakland-California/market-…

But as mentioned below.. it does not matter what area you live in. No area is completely safe from crime, good judgement and safety practices should always be used wherever you are especially at night or when you are alone.

I think you will get more detailed answers from people who live in the area rather than Realtors over at : http://www.city-data.com/forum/san-francisco/
Web Reference: http://www.kennytruong.com
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I would suggest checking with the crime report for this zip code in Oakland. I live right in this area and I have not experienced any crime, but this is a large zip code so I can not really make a judgement. If you would like to discuss this further send me an e-mail.
Web Reference: http://sellandfindhomes.com
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Hi
Safety is a very subjective quality and different folks will have different criteria. Some of the other answers have shared websites that give crime statistics for a given area. It would be wise to check out those sites and make comparisons with where you live now or with neighborhoods you feel are safe. You may be surprised at the level of crime activity in a "safe" neighborhood. The Bay area is urban and no urban area is immune from crime. As a real estate professional it is not ethical to give opinions about safety. So you probably won't get the answer you are looking for on this website.
But you willl get lots of resources
Good Luck
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Well, as a home owner and realtor that focuses on Montclair and piedmont (94611), I would say that it is a very safe place to live.

The reality still remains that anywhere in the bay area is either an urban environment or close to one.

The majority of the crime we see in 94611 is house and auto burglary. One of the great things about living in this area is that we have a very active community. There are individual neighborhood watch programs as well as an organization called MSIC - Montclair Safety Improvement Counsel. Their focus is on increasing the safety in the area.

I live in the Fernwood district of Montclair and not only do we watch out for crime, we also have regular emergency exercises. We are trained by the CORE (Citizens of Oakland Respond to Emergency) program and have supplies/ a plan should there be a major earthquake, fire etc.

Feel free to call or email Me if you'd like further specific information. Another great resource is to google
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Oh goodness....

Every city has an area that may be a little more iffy than others.

If San Francisco was judged only its Tenderloin district, then no one would want to go there.

Besides checking the crime spotting sites like this one http://blog.crimespotting.org/, one should also look for what makes the city a good place to visit, to live in, to do business with....

And...no matter where one lives, one should always exercise good common sense, good safety practices, and have some good city smarts.

Good luck wherever you choose to live.
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Here is where you can go to verify crimes in the area.
http://gismaps.oaklandnet.com/crimewatch/
A couple of things you can do yourself as it is very personal. Go to the area at night, and browse around. Visit the same area on a week day and check it out again. Thta is what every buyer should do anyways. Then when that is done, talk to your agent. I am available to talk.
Antoine
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I would rephrase the question: "how dangerous is Oakland" :)
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When it comes to any safety concerns, for accurate and up to the minute information contact the local authorities; if unfamiliar with the area, do visit more than once and at different times of day, possibly chat with locals/neighbors; real estate professionals are prohibited from steering, enticing a buyer to purchase, or not, in specific neighborhoods....
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