I recently (July 2014) moved to the Marina Bay Area of Richmond from Emeryville and it is quite safe. As in any city, there are pockets of places to avoid, but this is not one of them. Having lived in the East Bay for over 20 years, it is one of the few areas that still offers a lot of bang for the buck. Given how the market has been rising this year, I don't expect that to hold true for very long.... more
When looking to move to Richmond the hilltop area is a safe and more desirable place to live. Homes in hilltop green (like the mall) were built in the late 70" and were considered very nice. They expanded to the left side of the 80 freeway in the early 80's. Homes further around the mall toward Rich pkwy area were built later toward the late 80's/early 90's, and also considered nice and a quick commute once they built the main road (Richmond pkwy) to cut across town (bypassing North Richmond) to the bridge. They had a large clean up effort of the soil in that area before building because there was the former dump and refineries in that area, but time has told us it's safe soil/air quality (just the stigma of living on a former dump site I suppose). The only nearby refinery left is the Chevron plant. The other desirable area of Richmond since the 90's has been Marina Bay and even more recent into 2000's they've built more condos in Point Richmond. Marina Bay & Pt Richmond area has easy access to 580 freeway for quick commute. It is on the left side of the freeway (at the water). But you don't want to cross over to the right side of the freeway and end up in the 'hood'. Richmond Annex is a small hill on the El Cerrito/Albany border established in the 50's. Mostly quaint homes with a few apartments or duplexes sprinkled in. Still a nice, safe place to live. I noticed you were not getting very useful information from your post so hopefully that helps. I grew up in Richmond, so that's the perspective I'm able to give you. good luck on your search.... more
I've lived in Marina Bay for nearly twenty years. The area is a very safe location that seems to be user friendly to single women. There are many in the neighborhood in which I live, Promontory. Gated community, but safe even without the gates.... more
Not a realtor, I'm a resident, recently returned after 30yrs' city life If you consider Richmond a metropolitan area (makes the map a LOT easier to navigate), I'd recommend San Pablo. While any town may show variations block to block, this town here shows a consistency of values: bootstrapping personal responsibility, and neighborly generosity, are key features. My previous experience with Richmond/San Pablo/El Sobrante was as a child, living in El Sob and attending St. Paul's in San Pablo. I've lived in El Sob since, as an adult, and spread my dollars at Richmond merchants, and each area has something uniquely awesome. At risk of pushing sensitive buttons, I'll put on my Anthropologist [Cal, ,'94] hat and offer that the safest feeling/most stable areas, whatever economic strata, are often the most religious if not demonstrably observant. San Pablo is older than CA: originally settled as pasturage for the equines serving Mission Dolores, it has a palpably Catholic, multi-ethnic, polyglot and amazingly populist vibe. Bonus: courteous drivers.
Highly recommended.... more
Agree with Dave - everyone has a different level of "tolerance" when it comes to crime and neighborhood "activities." As an example, I live in a different city in a great neighborhood with a very low crime rate â€“ yet had a motorcycle stolen form our driveway.
Overall, Realtors are prohibited by law from telling you whether or not any specific neighborhood is safe. Itâ€™s called â€œsteeringâ€ and we are prohibited by our code of ethics and federal law from providing such information. Here are a couple posts that explain more:
NO STEERING ALLOWED: 3 Important Facts To Know As A Buyer
Donâ€™t Get â€˜Steeredâ€™ in the Wrong Direction
However, we CAN tell you where to go to get information. In your case, for Richmond crime statistics, go to the following site:
I always advise my clients with questions like this to start by going directly to the city's police department for answers. They have the most detailed information and can answer many questions directly over the phone. You can also access the Richmond Police Department's crime maps at the following site:
As a Realtor I can't label any areas as "safe" or "unsafe" but I can direct you to sites where you can view statistics and draw your own conclusions. Here are a couple more that might be useful to you:
Hi Clipboarder, you should really check with the local police and sheriffs departments for Richmond/Marina zone for this data. They will have the most accurate information. A realtor can't really give you a fully "legal" opinion on this issue for a variety of reasons related to real estate laws and professional liability.... more