I suggest that you stop by the party and concert tomorrow at The Pacific Center in Central Berkeley
<<Celebrate Pacific Center's 38 years of service to the community, Join us for the opening of our new community space: OPEN HOUSE AND PARTY Saturday, April 16th, 1 PM to 4 PM Special performance by
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There will be a lot of LGBT locals and you can get to know the community better without having to discuss real estate. You can get to know some of likely neighbors. I will be there part of the day myself, but I defer to Bill Fletcher on that particular neighborhood. He knows South Berkeley better that anyone in our office.
ARTHUR G. WHITE, SRES, LL.B.
Sales Manager Red Oak Realty
Broker Associate and RealtorÂ®
Cal. DRE Lic. #01273793
Berkeley has a pretty good "crime map" website you can use to make your own judgments about the area of interest: http://184.108.40.206/cvc/
Whether an area is "gay friendly" or not is very subjective (and potentially a discrimination issue) and not something an agent can advise you on. One reason I love the Bay Area is our communities are wonderfully inclusive and diverse overall. I wish you luck in finding a house where you feel at home!
My clients will often walk an area to get a more human feel for it. If you see a neighbor, just stop and say hi. Most people are more than happy to talk about the place they live. I have even joined my clients on these field trips to make it easier for them.
I could tell you what I think, but it is best to actually walk around and talk to your potential neighbors.
I live one block to the east of Ashby BART, its super accessible and nice (and affordable), as it transitions in to Elmwood (further east) things get more bougie...I know less about the west of BART at Ashby- 6-lane Adeline acts as a great neighborhood barrier. There used to be busses with homeless guys parked over there -at MLK/Adeline but they've disappeared now. That side of neighborhood feels a bit more hectic...and may transition block to block. But its probably fine once you figure it out.
But its also really bikeable. And access to both North Oakland and Downtown Berkeley is easy.
As stated below, as Realtors we cannot steer clients away or towards any areas based on race or sexual preference, but, as a whole, I have found Berkeley to be a very tolerant community.
Though we are forbidden by the Realtors code of ethic to steer anyone towards or away from a certain area, there is a site available on which you can check the crime rate.
If you like, I can send you some listings in this area to give you an idea of whats available for you. The prices in this area are somewhat lower then other parts of berkeley.
Safety check Police website
Community Google search for media published reports OR speak direct with local business OR residents in that community
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