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GK, Home Buyer in San Jose, CA

How safe is 95132 neighborhood?

Asked by GK, San Jose, CA Sat Jul 27, 2013

Hey, We are planning on buying a town house near Sierra in 95132 zip code area. I looked at the crimereports.com and http://www.nsopw.gov. The databases give a good picture but may be misleading. I would prefer knowing from the members here how they feel about the area, mainly in terms of safety.
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Juliana Lee,MBA’s answer
I sympathize with your desire to find out as much as possible but realtors can not post a good answer to your question.

Different people will have very different values for what is safe. Go visit a nearby grocery store, buy food for a picnic and visit one of the parks. Talk with the people you meet. You will learn more than just about the safety. It can be worth your time.

Unfortunately some local developers and real estate professionals have helped create problems in the past by saying that a neighborhood is turning bad. Perhaps the largest local example of this is East Palo Alto. If you have talked with long time residents they will tell you how East Palo Alto was a typical bay area city. Roughly in the late 40s lower income people became attracted to the area. A certain amount of panic was created by various real estate professionals / developers saying the area was going to turn into a crime ridden slum. This was told to me by a now 90 year old man who had lived in the area, became successful and moved to Los Altos Hills. This and similar events have lead to laws prohibiting real estate agents from any activities which could cause damage to a neighborhood.

Home values in zip code 95132 http://julianalee.com/zip-code/95132-statistics.htm
Just sold in zip code 95132 http://julianalee.com/zip-code/95132-home-sales.htm

I used East Palo Alto as an example because of what was told to me. One of the best people I've had work for me lived in East Palo Alto. She had a college degree from a top university and was able to find work with pay and opportunities I could not match.

Juliana Lee
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0 votes Thank Flag Link Mon Jul 29, 2013
Hi GK,

Unfortunately, Realtors will never comment on the relative safety of any area as it can violate fair housing rules. This is why we will refer you to websites that state crime statistics.

If you want an "on the ground" view of crime and safety in any area, it's best to knock on the doors of the neighbors homes and speak with them directly about their experiences. If you are buying in a townhouse community, thoroughly read the newsletters and minutes provided by the homeowners association as these documents often directly state what crime or vandalism occurs on the site or in the immediate area.

Good luck!
Grace Morioka
Allison James Estates and Homes
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1 vote Thank Flag Link Sat Jul 27, 2013
Why not heck out crime stats --- in the place where you are thinking and compare that with the rates where you currently live?

Putting things in perspective --- if you feel safe where you are, and it looks like the crime rates are about the same, will that make you feel better?

Even better...go to the places you are considering in your move --- drive around during the day and during the night, weekdays and weekends, and during rush offer to determine your work commute.

Explore...look around...discover...
Then either stay, or run away
0 votes Thank Flag Link Thu Aug 29, 2013
Hi GK,

95132 is a great neighborhood. My friends have lived here in the last 10 years and very happy about the area. If you have children, then try to find a home that your children will be attending at Ruskin Elementary and Piedmont Hills high school.
You can visit my website, use "Find A Home", which is connected to Pro-MLS, to search for all 95132 current listings on the market.

http://lamsondang.com

Thanks and Best wishes,
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0 votes Thank Flag Link Sat Aug 3, 2013
I don't sympathize at all:
This new generation is totally reliant on their computers, and cannot see a life beyond that.
My generation would never consider buying a house without checking out the neighborhood personally and meeting the prospective neighbors.
Were you going to buy based on some stranger's opinion?
0 votes Thank Flag Link Mon Jul 29, 2013
We cannot speak to crime and safety.

I suggest buyers knock on neighbors doors to ask their opinion, visit the retail store and ask the employees, and visit the neighborhood at all hours of the day, night, weekends, and plan to test drive your own commute both ways.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Sun Jul 28, 2013
Hello GK, you can call the local police dept and get direction to the local crime statistics or input an address to any of these link websites.
These links may assist you with crime statistics:
http://www.crimemapping.com
http://www.crimereports.com
http://www.everyblock.com/
http://www.localcrimenews.com
http://www.mylocalcrime.com
http://www.spotcrime.com/ca
http://www.meganslaw.ca.gov

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0 votes Thank Flag Link Sat Jul 27, 2013
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