I've sold several places in Monterey Hills over the last few years. This can be a great area convenient to most of LA and there are a lot of condos to choose from. Yes, you are close to some not so great areas but there has been a lot of gentrification in that area. The key is to find the right condo building because some of the buildings have had a lot of problems in the past. There are some great deals. Let me know if you have any questions and I'm happy to help.
Keller Williams Realty
Instead of Monterey Hills, and if safety is a concern, you might want to think about purchasing a condo in the Pasadena area, as there are some nice places & great values. Also, there is a large police presence in Pasadena and is a much safer area then Highland Park - I walk around there all the time at night & feel very safe. Plus you have the convenience of having many shops, restaurants & stores within in walking distance living near Old Town Pasadena. If you need any help scoping out a place, I'm an agent with Coldwell Banker & live in Eagle Rock - I'd be happy to help you out & answer any questions you may have. Please feel free to give me a call at 323-810-7976 or send me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org
Thanks, have a good night!
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage