I am sure there are other neighborhoods that could be suggested, but that's where I would buy.
Cameron Platt, JD, CRS
Platt Inc. Real Estate
Issues of neighborhood safety are best addressed by the local police department or county sheriff's department. They have access to the most current and up to date information and are generally very willing to be helpful.
Hi. Definitely checking out the City of Oakland's Police Department website would be a good place to get a feel for the safety of a neighborhood. http://gismaps.oaklandnet.com/crimewatch/
Also many of the Oakland neighborhoods have Crime and Prevention Groups that are often very active. For example I live in Maxwell Park and there is a very active community group there: http://www.maxwellpark.com
Also with the price range you are looking at it may be more difficult to find a single family home in the price range you are looking for that is close to public transportation as well in one of the more desirable neighborhoods in Oakland. I would say you would be able to find a condo in the Grand Lake/Adams Point area. I have been working with a couple of buyers who are looking at condos in this area there are definitely options in your price range. These areas would also be great areas to find public transportation as well. The Lake Merritt, downtown and MacArthur BART stations are near by and the TransBay bus is also a great option. In addition there are several locations for casual carpool rides as well. There are parts of the Laurel District that might be an option. Public transportation is less abundant in this area, but there is casual carpool and a several bus lines that can take you to the city as well as the Fruitvale BART Station.
You may want to spend some time visiting a few of different neighborhoods in Oakland so you can get a feel for the different neighborhoods in Oakland to find the right fit for you.
If you have any other questions about the area or options in your price range, you can email or give a call.
Hope this helps!
Alain Pinel Realtors