No matter what you do, there will always be someone with something negative to say. I no longer live in Raleigh, but during 18 years I was there I lived downtown (in Mordecai, walking distance to Oakwood) and in NW Raleigh near Millbrook and Glenwood. I noticed your current ZIP Code is 27612.
Is being downtown important to you? One of the advantages to living close to downtown is that I could be ANYWHERE in 15 minutes. If your work, and free time activities revolve around downtown, then you may be happier living in one of those neighborhoods, even if you need to install a security system.
NW Raleigh does offer plenty of convenience for those working in RTP OR downtown, and you will get more house for your money, so instead of the "small house" you are looking at, you might end up with a garage or a pool in another location. It all comes down to what makes YOU happy.
Best of luck!
Keller Williams Realty Professionals
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33308
The approach I recommend is to look at the price you plan to spend and see where that will put you. Then consider where the growth is and what it will offer you. The right decision will be one you will enjoy and likely appreciate nicely when Blount Street Commons moves toward completion.
Regards Roger Kenney
There are some sites where you can investigate the NC Sex Offender Registry and crime stats for an area. You can also call the precinct that patrols the area for updated information. http://www.helloraleigh.com/crime.cfm ;
In addition, there's a more useful link on the Wake Gov.com website where you can click on iMaps and pull up crime stats in the area...just click to zoom in (you can choose to have the Raleigh Crime Stats layer put onto the map from the drop down box below the map itself). http://imaps.co.wake.nc.us/imaps/main.htm?msize=525. Hope that helps!
If you don't already have a buyer's agent, I'd love to help you with your search. You can search for homes on my website or shoot me an email via the website at http://www.wendynormanonline.com.
Have a wonderful day!
Here's an interesting site for crime rates and other statistics for various areas.
However, I believe this shows a 7 year period, so may not be reflective of recent changes in the area.