You might try the berkeley police website: http://berkeley.ca.crimeviewcommunity.com/default.aspx It has a map and statistics that are updated daily. It could be helpful in helping you decide. Without knowing who you are and what you consider safe, it is hard to generalize. This location is a stable neighborhood, busy street, close to transportation and commercial district - there is bound to be something that could make you comfortable as well as uncomfortable.... more
Thanks for your question. The City of Berkeley's development and zoning does not have a "cooky cutter" answer for development. There are district plans for each part of the City, which spell out what the City is looking for in each area. You might start by asking BART about the plans for the transit village at Ashby BART. Land costs in Berkeley are high since there are few available lots.... more
Awesome, your kid's going to berkeley.
I was a berkeley grad, 2002 :)
Anyway, I cater to foreign nationals and I can easily assist you on this situation. Please give me a call at 949-870-2882.
It's quite possible you can find something....one of my clients from Chicago did and found a studio apartment in Berkeley. She did this by looking in craigslist. Check out subleases. But do your due diligence.....make sure you are not dealing with a scammer.
Or contact property managers in the area who may have something like what you're looking for.
Good luck.... more
I love south berkeley! The energy is awesome. Loads of diversity , New cafes new restaurants. Now there's the tuesday evening farmers market As far as safe goes , You have to decide for yourself. city of berkeley has a website that has a crime map on it. I suggest you check it out and I suggest you check out the neighborhood that you're interested in. go there different times of the day see what's going on. Pay particular attention to about 5 o'clock on a friday afternoon because that's prime dealing time. I have a house on fairview street and I love it. But keep in mind there is really no safe neighborhood anywhere.... more
Hopefully you are aware of this portal too: https://calrentals.housing.berkeley.edu/UCBOCH/och.htm Best of luck and enjoy your stay in the U.S. If a property I manage becomes available, I will let you know. Thank you.... more
Stephanie: You ask a good question, and one that is shared by many potential home buyers. The following link to Neighboroo will provide some answers to your Berkeley questions as well as a link to the site:... more
This sounds like a situation that is too complicated to be answered simply in an email. You need your experienced agent, home inspector, pest inspector, a structural engineer to help assess if the work seems done to code. Without the homeowner's cooperation in this situation, it is very difficult to accurately evaluate your risk.
Mary Canavan, Broker
Thornwall Properties, Inc