I like to tell my clients that "relative safety" is a factor best decided by one's own gut - and something that one should not take the word of another for. I suggest that before buying in ANY neighborhood - hang out there. If you have a dog - take it for a walk there. Observe, feel the neighborhood. Our own instincts will tell us naturally if we feel the need to mindlessly clutch our purses or wallets a bit tighter. Sometimes a neighborhood considered "safe" doesn't feel safe to a particular person - not because of crime statistics, but because, perhaps, there is a lot of animosity in the neighborhood or a few neighbors who overpower others with their lifestyle.
Check out a neighborhood at different times of day, for noise, nuisance levels, etc. But pay particular attention to what happens from 6pm to sunset - that's when the natives come out in force!
If its for kids, so I don't think so. I have kids and I wouldn't want my kids to be running around in a busy street, its dangerous.
If you're scared of crime, it depends what cross streets you're talking about but crime is everywhere.
I know homes on laurel canyon that are beautiful and many people would love to live there.
You need to really know why you're asking your self this question.
My wife and I moved to Valley Village from New York City in August of 2005. We had visited friends that rented here prior to moving, but knew very little about the area. After living here three years, we know that this is an area that we could live in for a long time.
We are trying to have children, and the Carpenter school district is one of the best.
We can get over the hill to Hollywood in under 20 minutes, as well as anywhere in the Valley relatively easily. Valley Village has wonderful neighborhoods of single family homes interspersed with multi-family dwellings and renters on the busier main streets.
Home values in Valley Village remain solidly above the $500K mark, which is why our first home will most likely be a little further northwest in the valley. But Valley Village would be our ideal if it was more in our price range.
It is a GREAT area and not only do I work in this area, I live here myself. I raised 2 children here in Valley Village, which is very close to Studio City. I love having the convenience of being near the 101, 134, 5,118, & 405 freeways. I feel that I am at the center of everything and within minutes I'm on a freeway going in any directions I need.
The shopping is phenomenal, everything from grocery stores such as, Gelson's, Ralph's, Von's, Cambridge Farms, Jons Market and drug stores like CVS, Rite Aid, Longs etc.. There are also many mini malls for neighborhood shopping that feature convenience stores, beauty shops, bakeries etc...
I moved to Valley Village in 1991 and I love it! There is a very strong Valley Village Homeowners Association, as well as the Valley Village Neighborhood Watch. In fact, in a recent Homeowners meeting where Zev Yaroslavsky was the keynote speaker, he announced that the Valley Village Homeowners Association was the most accomplished and successful.
My children went to school here in Valley Village and walked to the neighborhood ice cream shops, bakeries, Pizza shops, Blockbuster video, restaurants and places of worship. I highly recommend Valley Village for its neighborhood ambiance, you see the same people at the Post Office and grocery stores, the Starbucks Coffee at Laurel Cyn & Riverside, the beauty shops. It is a very friendly community and I truly welcome you to join us in our town.
Please let me know if you'd like to get more specific information about Valley Village - I'd be happy to do it as I truly love living here.
David Krecker, BSBA, SRA, MRA
Centuryside Real Estate Inc.
Broker/Owner/State License Appraiser
Serving the areas of Orange County, Los Angeles County, San Bernardino, and Riverside.
You are asking some great questions. I happen to work with a Realtor that specializes in that area, so if you are interviewing agents, then we should talk.
In the interest of complete disclosure you should be aware that most Realtors will shy away from making statement about crime statistics and safety. You are best served by looking at the stats as suggested by Monique, and also by inspecting the areas that you are thinking of buying at different times of day, and different days of the week.
Both neighborhoods are terrific neighborhoods. Laurel Canyon for example has one of the best schools in LAUSD, Wonderland. They are the type of places I would feel comfortable walking my dogs at night. For crime stats you can go to http://www.lapdonline.org/crimemap/
The Reavis Group