You are talking to the agent who works in Blossom Valley and Santa Teresa for so many years. You do not have to buy a home on blossom hill road and your children can still go to Oakgrove High. I can tell you where to buy to avoid crime if you give me a call or send me an email.
You should be concerned about the busy street. In a cold realty market the homes for sale on arterial streets tend to stay on the market longer and usually sell for much less than a home located in a nice quiet street.
Wherever you plan to purchase a home it would be wise to get out and interview the neighbors on the block.
Have a set of questions available to ask. Most homeowners will welcome the opportunity to help you with your questions. It is best to just get out there on a sunny afternoon and meet the neighbors and hear their feedback about your concerns. Also, someone once gave me some advice to go to the neighborhood shopping centers, park in the parking lot and watch the cars and the customers for awhile. Afterall, those people are also your neighbors you'll be standing next to in the checkstand lines.
Be diligent exploring your concerns about schools, neighborhood, crime, shopping, commute, condition of the property, etc.
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As a Real Estate Advocate and Advisor, I discuss the pros and cons of living on a busy street. Basically resale will be difficult. This is due to traffic, both from autos and pedestrians, along with, auto lights, dust and exhaust. To compensate for the resale the price has to be adjusted down. That is probably why you are interested in the home because of the price. You will need to weight these factors to your ultimate goal and reason for buying.
To be frank, Realtors and agents are not allowed to provide "opinions" regarding the safety of any specific area or the suitability of that area for any buyer. In the broadest sense, such comments can be considered "steering" or discriminatory, so we tend not to be able to answer these questions even if we have opinions. And, certainly anyone who values retaining their license will stay away from any comments online that might be viewed by the DRE as discriminatory. So, unfortunately, only the buyer can determine if a home is located on a street or in an area that best meets their needs.
However, you're not without tools or assistance.
For safety records in any area, and in fact, in many parts of the US, try http://www.crimereports.com. This is a site that provides the crime statistics for an area. You can also check crime statistics on the SJ PD website at http://www.sjpd.org or contact their non-emergency number and ask to speak with a community service officer that handles the Blossom Hill Road area for more information.
Finally, there is no substitute for first hand knowledge of the neighbors in the area. Talk with the homeowners and people who would be your neighbors to learn all of the most important information about the community, the area, and the lifestyle that you might expect while living in this area.
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You may want to check out http://www.crimereports.com. It will help you compare neighborhoods and types of crimes. Blossom Hill is obviously a busy road and being near the high school will lend way to "kid traffic" along the nearby streets.
Hope that helps.