It is up to the owners to take better precaution when renting out homes. Most of the owners bought with the intention of turning a profit then their dreams were crushed. All renters are not bad people, and should not be labeled as such when there are a few bad apples in the bunch. Furthermore, there is no such thing as a safe neighborhood. Most car jackings, robberies, home invasions, ect. do not occur in dirt poor neighborhoods, because what are they going to gain. It does not matter if you live in Palm Beach, Boca or Riviera Beach. Some of the biggest criminals are living right next door and seem to be outstanding members of a well respected community. (MADOFF) It is absolutely ridiculus to say Lake Worth or Boynton would be a better area than Riviera Beach when those same areas have been in the news for the last two years for gang violence. Majority of the bad remarks are closet racist! The neighborhood has been labeled because Riviera Beach is a primarily black community. I am not even African American, but I am disgusted with the ignorance floating around. I live on Village Blvd and Brandywine and it was the worse decision I ever made. My community is listed #1 for the most break-ins in my zip code. It does not matter where you live and what your neighbors look like, no one is 100% safe and there is no gurantee for anyone. BITTERSWEET!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!, but the TRUTH.
This community is safe for families but the Management is like Dictators and increasing HOA fees every year which is not fair. You will think that you made a mistake by purchasing property in this community. Stay away I am selling my house too.
The pool area is nice as long and you get there before 10and leave before 2 otherwise you will have the pleasure of watching someone jump into the pool that just came out of the gym and is full of sweat socks and all. Or a bunk of kids riding their bikes in the pool area or a group of people that decide to bring their own sound system and blast music with curse words while you try to explain to your child what they are saying. Yes the police showed up and told them to stop but it has happened more than once and it kind of annoying.
It's not ALL BAD some neighbors are pretty decent and yeah there is a cop or two that drive around and there is a guard gates just be aware of who your neighbors are.
Once my child is of school age we will be moving however. Schools in this area are not good.
-New Homeowner since April 2011
I stumbled upon this as I was looking for the HOA web site. I just bought in the area and I feel a warmth here. People wave good morning, my lovely neighbors offered to help me move in, and the guy down the street came to my house and welcomed me to the neighborhood. There are abundance of teen children running around, but most of them are home when it's time to go home. I don't see why anyone would have an aversion to children playing. The community exclusively has it's own police officer who takes their job seriously. There is a maintenance guy pulling weeds from the gardens and picking excess trash off the streets. The gate was fixed within 24 hours. I also wanted to share some thing I found to be interesting. West Palm Beach's crime statistics are actually Identical to Riv. Beach. In essence Riv. Beach is in the heart of WPB, so maybe if the high crime is an issue, you should consider a different city entirely than WPB and RB. In all, I have to give this place a 3.75 out of 5 at this point. The only reason I don't give it more is because I've only lived here 2 weeks.
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I would not jeopardize my license by redlining Riviera Beach...
The people who are RENTING and OWNING in Riviera Beach are not violating any laws by admitting what they see day to day and are likely your best testimonials
Safe.... just as Matt suggested, check with the Riviera Beach Police and the Palm Beach County Sheriff...
but... if I were searching for my family... I would be focusing on the schools first and foremost. I know why you're attracted to Thousand Oaks because I see many people focus on their prices and that's all.
I would suggest taking a look at Lake Worth (West side), and West Boynton Beach as well...
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Our recommendation is for you to get in touch with the local police department or county sheriff's department. They have access to the most accurate and current information and are generally very willing to be helpful.
Thousand Oaks would be a better community if owners got renters involved and gave them a voice and stopped treating them crap and badmouthing them. Some of us care about our community, too.
And as for it being in "Riviera Beach" and automatically being unsafe. Sure, the city of Riviera Beach that we are familiar with, the 'other side of the tracks' so to speak, is unsafe. But not everything in the mailing district of Riviera Beach can be automatically labeled unsafe just through association alone. There are perfectly safe neighborhoods that have the mailing address of Riviera Beach. There are a few along military trail just south of northlake blvd. It's not common knowledge that Riviera Beach goes that far east. So to answer the question, take Matthew's advice and do some research on the net. Or see if you can ask one of the guards to let you in and check out the atmosphere, the cars, the people.