Unfortunately we (Realtors) are not allowed to comment in regards to neighborhood due to a legal stand point. What I tell my clients is the best advise I can give you, "Drive around the area during the week, at night, on the weekends ,etc. because you not just investing in the home your living in."
If you are not from Modesto, It might seem like a pain to drive around the area you want to move to but well worth it.
If I can be of any other assistance, feel free to call me on my cell phone 209.204.3963
Indalecio Del Real