Good luck! I am looking at some places in those neighborhoods and also further northeast, more residential-ish but still walkable--Hamilton, Belevedere, Ednor Gardens...perhaps we will be neighbors. :)
"Safe" has different meanings to different people... check with the local police and authorities, visit the neighborhood at different times of the week and varying times of the day, are there children playing out? Do people walk their dogs freely? Are the properties well kept?
Check out the many resources available on the internet that can help you to decide if you consider the area to be Safe, for example crime statistics can be found at: http://www.crimereports.com,