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Judi, Other/Just Looking in Boston, MA

My daugher is attending Northeastern U. She is looking for an off campus apartment and has found one on

Asked by Judi, Boston, MA Thu Mar 6, 2008

Hammond and Tremont in Roxbury Crossing. Is this a safe neighborhood for a college co-ed?

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I attended Northeastern U in the 90's, and we were told NOT to live anywhere near Roxbury Crossing or the Mass Ave tracks for our Freshman Year. I did move there for a short time, and had few problems. (Petty theft which I also encountered in Back Bay which was very safe) I'm not sure what the area is like today, but I would ask NU. They were very vocal about where to live when I was in school. I'd call freshman admissions.
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True, the RE agents are prohibited from steering the clients towards neighborhoods, but they can steer you towards crime statistics data, and you can make your own decision.

Why not ask the U itself? They might not publish the crime information, or steer students towards specific neighborhoods publicly, but they might provide you w/ an inside scoop on the safety / crime situation.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Thu Mar 6, 2008
The missing piece of the puzzle, from Jon's answer, is that real estate agents are prohibited by law, from discussing things like "neighborhood", and safety. It's a violation of the Fair Housing Act for us to comment on things like that.

And I suppose it's only fair, for example, a neighborhood that I might consider safe, you might not.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Thu Mar 6, 2008
Alan May, Real Estate Pro in Evanston, IL
Hi Judi,

I don't know a single agent that will ever answer the safety question. We avoid it like the plague by always answering "Call the local Police Station".... So, in true agent form.... Judi, you need to call the local police station, let them know your situation, and ask them about crime rates for the area.
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