If unfamiliar with the area, do visit more than once and at different times of day, possibly chat with locals/neighbors; also contact the local police department with all your questions, hear all there is to hear firsthand; real estate professionals are prohibited from steering, enticing a buyer to purchase/rent, or not, in specific neighborhoods.
Eltingville is a great location in Staten Island conveniently located near express buses as well Staten Island rapid transit to the ferry. So, if you're commuting to the city you have two options. The area is home to many schools, including P.S. 42 and P.S. 55, both of which send students to I.S. 7 for middle school. Especially for those who don't drive, you can walk to shopping areas, churches of worship, stores and restaurants depending on your location. There are many single and two family homes, townhouses and condos in the area as well. This is just the tip of the iceberg, but if you'd like help in finding the perfect home I'd be more than happy to help you. My website is listed below where you can search all homes available in Staten Island.