Western Addition has pockets of good and pockets of not so good. It's an area which should be assessed on a block by block basis. By driving through the areas you can get a good idea of what blocks would work for you or not. Personally I have a few friends (30 something married couples; 1 of which with a baby) who live in the area and have felt great about their purchase decisions. One lived on Golden Gate right across the street from a housing project while the other lives on a little one block street called Biedeman.