My husband and I bought our home in Village 7 March '08. We were also new to the area and weren't sure about the crime in the area - what we've come to learn in the last 15 months is that people associate "Natomas" with SOUTH Natomas - which is an older neighborhood with a lot of problems. North Natomas is a nice neighborhood - but still urban and I wouldn't recommend jogging by yourself at night - other than that great neighborhood, clean, pretty, diverse, and close to so many great ammenities - airport and downtown are minues away. I reviewed the revised plans for the North Natomas neighborhood and the city has some great things in the works - a regional park, library, mall, etc. 10 years this place is going to be busseling! Good Luck!