p.S. I am also using the NSP 2 program.
Get a nice dog, not a vicious one, and if you are still worried, get an alarm system. Have your agent give you a neighborhood breakdown.
If you are still nervous, perhaps you should consider a condo with security. But the bad people could be in the same complex with you. LOL.
It is always location,location, location. Try to avoid a busy street, try to get as much land as possible, Avoid living next to apartment buildings (mostly because their balconies might look down into your backyard, and your privacy is less. But look at your price range and do the best you can. Home ownership is rewarding. Become active on your street, and just one neighbor can help upgrade everyone else's house and community. Wrigly has a lot of charm.
I have had a few clients over the years buy in Wrigley, sell in Wrigley or want to buy in Wrigley. Parts of it are extremely charming with great pocket neighborhoods that some folks are quite loyal to and say they will stay forever. I like Peter's answer because it makes sense.
Looking at police reports can be helpful but you should look at the stats in areas where you think it is considered safe by most people's views to compare... you'd be surprised the overall amount of crime that occurs in what is commonly deemed a Megalopolis (where one neighborhood/city ends and another one begins seamlessly).
Yes north seems to be better than closer to PCH area in that there may be less density hence less of a mobility factor (In this instance " mobility factor" relates to people moving in and out. Generally because of renting and not ownership. Home ownership typically keeps people from moving around so much.) but if you go west there are great neighborhoods. Every hear of Christmas Tree Lane? That pocket starts pretty close to PCH so there goes that theory.
One last point; Wrigley does have a neighborhood association. Call the city to get the names and numbers. I bet the association can tell you all the details you want without the issues of "Realtor fiduciary".. which by the way is more in the category of ethics; in that we are supposed to be unbiased ... sort of like the media (lol).
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What I do with my clients is I tell them to drive around the area during different time periods, and also speak to a few neighbors who might be walking there dog and simply ask them how they like the area and if they have had any problems.
Remember too that if you asked 25 people this question you will get 25 different answers. The decision should be your's because everyone has a different comfort level of what they find safe based on personal experiences and personal bias.
I don't know if you are looking at the new listing at 2513 Maine Avenue in the Wrigley neighborhood but I can tell you that this home was owned by a long time realtor in Long Beach. She raised her family in this house. She has since deceased.
This area also has 2 very active associations that stay very involved with the community. At each of their monthly meetings we always have the locat beat cops present to answer any questions.