Here are two threads. 25% of EPA has been rebuilt.
No Agent will be able to explain how a neighborhood will evolve in the future. Infact, nobody will be able to give you that information. That being said, I recommend that you contact the local Police Department to inquire about the neighborhood. They will be able to tell you how safe the area is, along with what type of calls frequent the neighborhood and how often the calls take place. I also suggest that you walk the neighborhood several times a week and at different times to speak with various homeowners. Let them know that you're considering buying a home in the area. Ask them the following. 1) What do they think of the neighborhood? 2) Do they like it? 3) Is it safe? 4) Have there been any disturbances or problems with other neighbors in the area? 5) Do they know anything good or bad about the home you're considering? By following through in this matter you should be able to find the information you need to help you make the best possible decision for you and your family. Good luck to you!
No Realtor who values his/her license would ever make such a remark to a client regarding ANY area in California--be it East Palo Alto or Saratoga Hills. It's never the agent's position to make "value" judgments on any area, it's demographics, or its safety.
If you are looking for information about crime statistics, then there are a couple great sources. The first is the City of East Palo Alto's police department. Community service officers there can provide you with their impression of the safety of any area within the community, and can cite specifics if you're interested. There is also a great website called http://www.crimereports.com that lists all of the crime in a specific area. Finally, there's a map overlay of crimes that you can see at http://www.spotcrime.com. The "spot crime" map provides the exact location of the crime plus, if you run your mouse over the spot, you'll see exactly what occurred in the area. Spotcrime is not "comprehensive"--not all incidents are reported on the map, but the convenient part of this site is knowing exactly "where" the crime occurred.
So check with all three sources to determine how comfortable you are with ANY location in California for safety and for police response.
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