In addition to checking with law enforcement, you can also knock of the doors of neighbors in areas of houses you really like-ask if they or their neighbors have had problems with crime. You have certain amount of time to investigate (the inspection objection period) the neighborhood and home after you are under contract. Also, look for a home that is not on or near a busy street, close to high-density apartment buildings or large retail centers. Location within the neighborhood can increase or decrease your chances of being hit with a crime. Choose a home that is tucked inside a neighborhood rather than on the outskirts. A cul-de-sac location might be safer as well-criminals want more than one way out in case they have to flee quickly. Being across the street from a school might make you more vulnerable to vandalism. Look around the neighborhood-are there a lot of burglar bars on the windows? That might be clue, but if 1 or 2 have them, it may just mean that those owners are paranoid!
Happy home hunting!
Yes, Colorado Springs has many great areas and it is all about those that fit your needs best. The great schools link that someone posted is a great way to start but doesn't give all of the answers to your question. Some areas while they may have a great school report may not be as much of "family" neighborhood - with kids playing, etc. The areas with lower crime rates may also be an older community, which may be what you want. You way want to be closer to your work location. The best way to find what your looking for is to be very clear what you want and communicate with someone who knows Colorado Springs well. We would love to help you, we are a husband wife team with three kids and have gotten very involved in our schools a community while living here for over 30 years. However, whoever you talk to for advice just make sure they know what your biggest concerns are because Colorado is lucky enough to have lots of great schools and safe communities. My other key piece of advice is to drive the neighborhoods you are considering at several different times, morning and evening, to get a feel for it if you are able to.
Good luck in the search and of course give us a call or email if we can give you some additional information!
Jeff and Kaye Piggot
Re/Max Real Estate Group
There are several "safe" neighborhoods in Colorado Springs and several good school districts. I would be happy to sit down and do a free consultation to see exactly what you are looking for. If you have some time this week or next email me or give me a call and let's set a time so I can show you what might meet your criteria. I work with buyers as their personal Buyers Agent all over Colorado Springs and I am familiar with many of the schools. Bonus is I work for buyers for free. The sellers pay me to sell their homes. So what's not to like about that. Visit my websites to learn more about me also you can check out the area schools, neighborhoods etc...
I look forward to hearing from you. Have a great day.
Keller Williams Clients Choice
Soli Deo Gloria
As several of my fellow Realtors have stated below, Federal Equal Housing Opportunity Law prevents Real Estate practicioners from "Steering" folks to areas based on where we think might be good for them. Suffice it to say that I don't know how much crime is too much for you or what you consider to be a good school.
That said however, I specialize at providing my clients with the information they need to make an INFORMED decision on what property and neighborhood would best suit THEIR needs. The websites below contain some general information on schools, crime an area statistics for you.
If you would like to work with an Accredited Buyer Representative and Certified Neighborhood Specialist, amongs other professional designations, Feel free to give me a call. You can review some compliments from my many satisfied clients at the following: http://BrianWess.com/ClientTestimonials
Brian L. A. Wess
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CRS, GRI, ABR, ASR, CSR, CNS, SFR, e-PRO
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Infinite Horizons Realty - Metro Brokers
Colorado Springs, CO
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Jessica & Kevin
I hope this helps! While there is no such thing as a completely crime free area, it is prudent to research neighborhoods from reliable sources. Although you also might hear about District 12 and District 38, those school district will have fewer choices in your price point. If you go to a website called Great Schools, you can also look at individual schools, their test scores and what the parents think.
Lori Thompson REMAX Properties Inc.