Brownsvalley is a good place to raise kids. Tons of kids in the neighborhoods when I was growing up.
Silverado (Where I grew up) is super safe and clean and beautiful (Wonderful place for walking, especially on the golf course). Kinda grouchy neighborhood though, especially the gated communities. Lots of old folks and retired people. Very few kids. Very quiet. A little out of the way, takes a while to get everywhere. 15 minutes to safeway if there is traffic.
The Autumn Run development is quite nice, newer homes, safe area, nice neighbors, lots of renters (since so many people are upside down on their homes they are renting them out to save them). Right off of the highway so it's super easy and fast to get everywhere. Only takes 2-3 minutes to get to safeway/trader Joes/Starbucks/Peete's.
Checkout the Wine Country Weekly for homes for sale and a few for rent :) http://www.rereader.com
Safest - Most Napans, including me, believe our city and area to be very safe,,, but as Alison suggests crime stats from various agencies are available for you to review and judge accordingly.
Nicest - Beauty is in the eye of the beholder... Napa is a small community... drive around a couple of hours (or less) and you will be able to see just about every area and make your own judgement... based on whether you like the old downtown area, the semirural areas, etc., etc..
With these thoughts in mind... there are many people who want to live in or near Napa.. so the vacancy rates are quite low.... so happy hunting.
I personally love Napa, you have a lot to look forward to! By taking a look at Trulia's Community insight's you can get a better sense of what types of crime are happening where:
You can start your search for the perfect home or apartment to rent right here on Trulia:
Please let me know if I can help with anything else, cheers!
Ali, Community Manager