goldenfire24…, Home Buyer in Santa Clara, CA

Would anyone advise a family with children against purchasing a home in Central San Jose?

Asked by goldenfire2414, Santa Clara, CA Fri Aug 24, 2012

We are searching for a home to buy and we have two small children and want to avoid crime-ridden areas. Do you have advice about looking for a home in Central San Jose (parts to avoid or to avoid it altogether for families)? School is not an issue as the kids will be going to private school.

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I'm not a realtor, but I lived in nearby off-campus housing when I was attending San Jose State. The Downtown area varies a lot in safety. The nicest, safest part of the area would be the Naglee Park area. The Japantown area is also safe and well maintained. Try to avoid neighborhoods with a lot of large homes converted to apartments. They are not necessarily unsafe, but they attract a lot of students so they get noisy. Also, you will need to make sure there are no halfway houses nearby.
1 vote Thank Flag Link Sat Sep 29, 2012
It's nice to see none agents respond here. Thank you for your contribution.
Flag Thu Oct 4, 2012
I have helped purchase homes in this area and Charles once again has given you good advice ( as well as the other agents) check out the web sites they have suggested, but more important is for you to visit the street(s) you are interested in, there are some lovely homes and streets there. Then do as Charles suggested and walk around talk to the neighbors, walk or drive around at night and check out the traffic and walking traffic on that street that is the BEST way to know what you are getting into.
If you have any questions please feel free to contact me.
At your service,
Certified Distressed Property Expert
1 vote Thank Flag Link Sat Aug 25, 2012
I have clients who have lived in Central San Jose for generations and have been raising their families there for generations.

I recommend that you visit the area and get to know some of the people who live in Central San Jose. That will help you make the decision that is best for you and your family.

For more information you may call me on my cell phone: (408)509-6218

Thank you,
Charles Butterfield MBA
Real Estate Broker/REALTOR
American Realty
Cell Phone: (4080509-6218
Fax: (408)269-3597
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1 vote Thank Flag Link Fri Aug 24, 2012
If you find an agent that advises you about any given location, they are breaking the law. We are simply not allowed to do that.

Most of us, including me, will attempt to present you with factual information, thus enabling you to make the best decision you can.

Check out this website:

You can plug in any address in the county, and it will tell you what types of crimes, and how many occur in any given location.

Good luck.
1 vote Thank Flag Link Fri Aug 24, 2012
Agents can not advise on Crime.

I suggest you pull up
Knock on neighbors doors and discuss the area
Talk with local businesses
Talk with local law enforcement

People with children live in all parts of the world and under various living conditions. Only you can determine at what level is acceptable to you and your family.

Have an amazing day!
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1 vote Thank Flag Link Fri Aug 24, 2012
Hello Goldenfire

Many fine parts down town, avoid areas with Multi Units.

New High Rises such as AXis, the88, etc are great new, secure and well managed.
Many fine streets and areas, give me a call.

Check out if you are concerned.

Good luck.

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0 votes Thank Flag Link Wed Oct 3, 2012
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