You want it - you know it - write the offer.
The park is really nice and my daughter and I are at the playground, along with hundreds of other parents and children, at all hours of the waking day.
The houses nearby, particularly along the perimeter streets, are pretty popular, when priced right.
I have a 3/2 for sale on Delano that we just got under contract a few days ago - took about 90 days on market, but it was at the higher end of the price range to meet current demand in the neighborhood.
The desirability, crime, neighbors question is all yours - get over it - buy in Kirkwood. Kirkwood has been cool for a decade or more.
Call me if your real estate agent does something stupid.
Both have nearby parks - both are nearly equidistant to "downtown" Kirkwood.
There are two distinct police beats in Kirkwood - 1 western and 1 eastern - drop by APD Zone 6 on Hosea Williams Blvd. and read each beat book for the last 30 days. That might reveal some distinction...
Check out these 2 websites:
Otherwise, you are splitting hairs. Pick a house with great neighbors, negotiate a win/win and enjoy living in Kirkwood.
Do you have a real estate agent that is your fiduciary on this purchase? If so, then what are they telling you?
How are they helping you?
How are they adding value to your purchasing experience?
He works/lives/plays in Kirkwood and he's your man on the street there.
If you have an agent, great - let them pull comps, get you stats, etc.
If not, Lee T will tell you all you need to know about the neighborhood and maybe your kids will play together...
Best of luck to you!
The other Lee
http://www.realvaluator.com shows pricing for Foreclosures, Pre-Foreclosures, and Sales in the area for free. I would recommend doing some research to make sure that you find the right house at the right price.
Best of luck in your homebuying process.
Lee - Your name speaks for itself as a hallmark of quality.