dellco1, Home Buyer in Oakland, CA

This looks like an ok area but is it still a high crime, dangerous place to live?

Asked by dellco1, Oakland, CA Wed Aug 21, 2013

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The simplest answer to your question:

Do your research --- visit the area (with someone of course, if it makes you feel better) during the day and at night

Then do more research online --- no place is Utopia. But only you can determine whether a neighborhood is suitable for you

There are sites you can visit, starting with


Spotcrime is another

Then compare occurrences in these areas to where you currently live. How does it look?
1 vote Thank Flag Link Thu Aug 29, 2013
It used to be that people stay put 5-7 years in their home before they move. Consider the costs (down payment, monthly mortgage, closing costs) of buying a home today...5 years down the road, after computing a reasonable market appreciation (we hope we're on the way to recovery), how much it will cost to sell (selling costs)....does it pay to buy and keep the property for only 5 years? Take a look at NY Times' interactive graph about which is better: buy or rent. Perhaps this will help.
Flag Sun Sep 1, 2013
Thanks for the response. My daughter has just moved to the Oakland area for a 5 year grad school program. She has an apartment but I was considering buying a small house or condo for her. Nothing grand but safe and convenient. I'm not sure about the benefits of buying or renting for 5 years or more. Your input would be appreciated. Thank you.
Flag Fri Aug 30, 2013
no, it's a very safe area.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Thu Aug 11, 2016
Why do you think the Piedmont Avenue district is a high-crime, dangerous place to live? If you do your research (any of the below mentioned crime data sites), you'll learn the true picture for yourself. This is a really a rather popular area, with a thriving local business community and great shopping and dining venues.

Best regards,

Matthew Smith
(510) 828-2732
0 votes Thank Flag Link Sun Sep 15, 2013
When the link loaded and I saw the address I belted out a laugh (sorry). 35 Monte Vista Ave is NOT in a high crime area. It's got your typical urban problems... auto break-ins and burglaries, but violence is very rare. The worst thing I can remember, going back about five years, a guy held up the Gaylord's Caffé and when he dropped his gun it went off and a bullet hit a patron in the leg (she survived). My coworker lives up the street from this property and loves the neighborhood. I frequent nearby Piedmont Ave and have never felt worried about my safety one bit.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Wed Sep 4, 2013
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