Mark hit that one on the head.
Another reason why asking a Realtor about their opinion on neighborhoods, is that that is a subjective criteria when searching. My perception of the schools and area is relative to my background and experiences. If I grew up in an area with an extreme crime rate, I might think any area is 'safe'. Doing your due diligence here will save you a headache later.
William Raveis Norwalk
I am a life long Norwalker so I giving you first hand knowledge.
If I wasn't locked into a mortgage and declining home values I would run as fast as I could somewhere else.
Mark couldn't have said it any better. By law, we should not "steer" our clients to or away from any neighborhood. With all the information that is accessable throught the internet, you will be able to get a good idea of the areas that have higher crime rates than others. The Norwalk Police Dept. would prove to very valuable information tool. You just need to spend a little time researching. Although some areas are better than others, no areas are exempt from crime.
I can also tell you that I currently have a land listing on that street and have met quite a few of the neighbors, some of which have been living there for many years. Each time I've been over there, either showing the lot or meeting with a modular company to discuss plans, neighbors have been around and more than friendly. I'm sure they would be willing to talk to you as well.
Good luck with your search and no matter where you are considering, do your homework!
The first thing you should know is that by law real estate agents are not allowed to discuss what areas are "safe" and what areas may not be considered "safe." This is to prevent discrimination. The best thing to do is check out City of Norwalk Police Dept. records for crime in each neighborhood. You can also spend some time in any neighborhood and speak with homeowners. Real esate agents are your resource to assist in seeing all homes on the market, determining which homes are priced correctly or overpriced and assisting in securing top home inspectors, attorneys, mortgage brokers and other professionals to help with your purchase. Any real estate agent that offers opinions about which neighborhoods are "safe" is violating the Fair Housing Act. Best, Mark
Of course this guy can go down and request police statistics or pore over crime logs but who wants to do that? He wanted to save the time and headache and wanted a simple answer in laymen's terms and Mr. Local, below, gave him just that.
Of course, with this kind of question, if you have to ask, the answer is no.