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Cela, Home Buyer in Dayton, OH

Are the areas located in the 60615 zip code considered a bad area?

Asked by Cela, Dayton, OH Sat Mar 28, 2009

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Dear Cela,

This is not a question that Realtors are likely to answer in an effort to avoid being accused of "steering" you as a potential buyer either away from or toward any particular neighborhood/area.

I would suggest the following to give yourself a general sense of whether or not you and your family would feel comfortable in the area.

First I would suggest doing whatever you typically do in your current neighborhood in the neighborhood that you’re considering moving to. Whether that is walking your dog in the evening, or walking your child to the corner coffee shop in the morning, or just cycling around the neighborhood at midday. Walk, jog, or ride through the neighborhood at different times of day to “get a feel” for the neighborhood.

If you are considering a specific address, then you can call 311 (the City of Chicago's information services) and give them the address. They can tell you what if any police activity has been reported on that address.

You can also usually get general area crime statistics from the neighborhood Chamber of Commerce.

You can get general crime statistics from a newer online community "EveryBlock" which can be found at http://www.everyblock.com. You can then search for Chicago and crime statistics or whatever other indicators you would use to determine whether or not 60615 meets your definition of "a bad area."

You can visit the City of Chicago Police Department website and search for "Index Crime Statistics" or you can try the department's main website at https://portal.chicagopolice.org/portal/page/portal/ClearPath.

Let me know if you need any assistance in locating a property to purchase. Good luck.

Sincerely,
Christopher Thomas
Broker Associate, Sudler Sotheby's International Realty
773-418-0640 (cell)
christopher.thomas@sothebysrealty.com
http://www.myagentchris.com
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Cela,
The short answer to your question is no. Although the difference between a "good" and "bad" neighborhood is very subjective, there is a lot to be desired about that area. With the strong possibility of the Olympics coming to Chicago in 2016, that neighborhood is poised to really reap some great benefits. Buying there now may be a really wise investment.
Here's a link with some info: http://www.city-data.com/zips/60615.html
Also, you can go to http://www.callingmehomechicago.com and click on useful info to find more neighborhood information.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Sun Mar 29, 2009
Cela,
The short answer to your question is no. Although the difference between a "good" and "bad" neighborhood is very subjective, there is a lot to be desired about that area. With the strong possibility of the Olympics coming to Chicago in 2016, that neighborhood is poised to really reap some great benefits. Buying there now may be a really wise investment.
Here's a link with some info: http://www.city-data.com/zips/60615.html
Also, you can go to http://www.callingmehomechicago.com and click on useful info to find more neighborhood information.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Sun Mar 29, 2009
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