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Tue Aug 25, 2015
Iangieb59 answered:
Actually we have the lowest homicide, like 1 last year? And they even think the body was just moved there from another city.
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Thu Aug 20, 2015
Annromano asked:
It shows a total number of crime reports and ranks them 1-4. What time period does this cover? A day? Or something else? Also, I notice there are parts of our town that consistently show…
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Sun Aug 16, 2015
Alex Montelongo Real Estate Group answered:
When selling a home in California, the sellers only have to disclose deaths that have happened in or on the property within the last 3 years. The seller would have to disclose any known deaths in or on the property if asked directly by the buyer.
I don't know where you would find the answer to your question. I

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Wed Aug 5, 2015
Henry Vega answered:
It is not the safest neighborhood.
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Wed Jul 29, 2015
davidm answered:
Yes, I've lived here for a year now. I heard it used to be a very rough neighborhood. My wife and young son have found it to be safe and family friendly. We live on Montana Street a block away from Oceanview Rec Center, and that area is mostly families, very diverse, and a lot of nice people. I have heard there may be crime on the perimeter, but have never seen it or heard about it. My wife and I take our son to the park all the time with no problems, and enjoy the restaurants and shops just 2 blocks north of the neighbor on Ocean Ave. Whole Foods, 24 Hour fitness, some very good Thai, Laotian, Vietnamese restaurants as well as burger joints - Beep Burgers! Young single mom with young children should have no problem in Oceanview. ... more
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Mon Jul 20, 2015
Paul Stroud answered:
They are required to disclose it on a purchase if it has happened within 3 years (unless the death we due to AIDS).
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Sun Jul 19, 2015
Richard Richardson answered:
You agents must be delusional - all the people who actually live there are saying there's a lot of crime and to lock your property and yet everyone saying "there's not crime here" are agents... Seems like most agents just care about selling than actual reality. ... more
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Sun Jul 19, 2015
Cindy Davis answered:
Realtors, by law and ethics, are not allowed to answer this question. I encourage you to study crime maps and statistics, ad visit the various neighborhoods you are interested in. You can also visit different police stations and ask them about the relative safety of a given neighborhood. Best of luck. ... more
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Sun Jul 12, 2015
Helen Smith answered:
They change the character of the neighborhood. I wouldn't buy near one.
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Sat Jul 11, 2015
Simon Watson answered:
Call me, lived in walnut Creek for 14 years raising two teenagers,

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Wed Jul 8, 2015
Anna M Brocco answered:
When it comes to any safety/crime related issues, it's always best to contact the local authorities with all your questions, hear all there is to hear firsthand. If unfamiliar with the area(s) do revisit more than once and at different times of day, possibly chat with locals/neighbors. Real estate professionals are prohibited from steering, enticing a buyer to purchase/rent, or not, in specific neighborhoods.
http://www.neighborhoodscout.com/
https://www.crimereports.com/
http://www.homefair.com/
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Tue Jul 7, 2015
Tony asked:
Recently, there were two accidents, where cars slammed deep into people's backyard after knocking down the weak walls along Foothill Exp. These accidents can be deadly. Will the city…
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Fri Jul 3, 2015
Sheyenne Schultz answered:
GO TO A SITE CALLED WWW.HOMEFACTS.COM
AND PUNCH IN ANY ADDRESS U ARE INTERESTED IN...INCLUDING IF U ALREADY OWN A HOME.
THIS WILL GIVE U CRIME STATISTICS, SEX OFFENDERS, IF IT IS NEAR AIRPORTS, PRISONS, DEMOGRAPHICS, ETC...
BUT TAKE IT WITH A GRAIN OF SALT... GOOD TO DRIVE AROUND AREAS U ARE INTERESTED IN AND SEE WHAT IS GOING IN AND OUT OF RESTAURANTS, DRY CLEANERS, GROCERY STORES, DRIVING UP AND DOWN THE STREETS ETC.
ASK NEIGHBORS OR PEOPLE IN THE AREA....
SOME TIMES PEOPLE THINK A NEIGHBORHOOD IS BAD..AND IT REALLY ISN'T.
USE YOUR JUDGEMENT TOO.
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Fri Jul 3, 2015
Mariah Bradford answered:
In general, proximity to Tosco refinery and houses close to Pacheco Blvd are going to be less desirable. There are many charming neighborhoods in Martinez, some really nice ones where you can walk to downtown and Amtrak.

In Martinez, the neighborhood called "Vine Hill" (generally speaking the roads surrounding Arthur Road) is considered the least desirable by some people. There are a few reasons for this: it serves Las Juntas Elementary (the lowest API score in Martinez by a wide margin), it is near the Tosco refinery, and there a many flat roofed older homes. In fact, at times it has been referred to as "Felony Flats."

I bought my first home in Vine Hill when I was 20 years old as a single woman doing a 203k rehab loan :) I lived there for 7 years (on Arthur Road) and I never felt unsafe. The neighbors were all hardworking friendly people. The benefit of Vine Hill is you are going to get a house likely for the lowest prices around -- a 3 bedroom in the low $300's, for example, is very possible. So if Vine Hill is all you can afford (like me in my 20's), it doesn't need to be the end of the world.

Regarding other neighborhoods, you want to look very carefully at the schools. Even though you don't have kids, the schools are going to affect your resale. Some houses in Martinez are actually not even in the Martinez school district, they are in Mount Diablo. The highest rated elementary is Morello Parks, followed by John Swett and John Muir. They are all great schools.

The neighborhoods closest to Amtrak have many great charming Victorian and Craftsman homes. And downtown Martinez is terrific with a strong "small community" feel. They are always having different events -- I strongly recommend the "Zombie Pub Crawl", but hey that's just me. ;) Enjoy your new home in Martinez, it's a great town.
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Fri Jul 3, 2015
Sheryl Arndt answered:
Hello Ckigman, we can not mention to much online because it could be considered "steering".

These links may assist you with crime statistics:
http://www.crimemapping.com
http://www.crimereports.com
http://www.everyblock.com/
http://www.localcrimenews.com
http://www.mylocalcrime.com
http://www.spotcrime.com/ca
http://www.meganslaw.ca.gov
http://www.neighborhoodscout.com/
http://www.homefair.com/

Theses links should have the answers to any questions you may have on schools:
http://www.greatschools.org/
http://Www.schoolfinder.ca.gov
http://Www.education.com
http://Www.schooldistrictfinder.com
http://Www.schooldigger.com
http://www.sarconline.org/

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Wed Jul 1, 2015
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Sat Jun 6, 2015
Monika Shaikh answered:
No area is safe. Prowlers, bad neighbors, peddlers, perhaps homeless and drug users. The best thing to do is just mind your own business nowadays. If you don't bother anyone chances are they won't bother you. As a new neighbor, your neighbors will bump into you and you can determine who you would like to communicate with. La county to Orange County is not getting any safer. The main focus is do your own thing and mind your own business and you should be fine. Unless of course you live in a lock down community, but think of all the snobs and HOA expenses. ... more
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Wed May 20, 2015
David Miles answered:
No more then any other small town..
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