I'm wondering about safety in the area around 18th/Harrison. I am a single female and would be living alone. I biked around at night and it

Asked by Lesliepc16, San Francisco, CA Wed Jul 4, 2012

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Jed Lane, Agent, Petaluma, CA
Thu Jul 5, 2012
When you look at the police crime stats remind yourself that you are reading a list of the worst of human activity in an area. The stats only make a difference when compared to another area.
The reality of your comfort depends on you and what you perceive as danger. Over the years areas change and some welcome the change while others hate the change. 18th and Harrison is a perfect case in point.
The only way for you to decide is to go there and see how you feel at various times of the day. There are some great new restaurants opening in the area and lots of families. It is rich in multi-cultural influences and can be a great place to grow up but not if you will feel like a victim.
As a Realtor I tell my clients that places I feel safe you might not and places you feel safe I might not. Each of us has very particular criteria and I know that I would never presume to be able to decide what you might like or not. I have to find out what like and then help you get where you want to go.
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gabrielle b…, Agent, San Francisco, CA
Wed Jul 4, 2012

Real estate professionals cannot provide you with safety information about any neighborhood. Please go on-line to research neighborhoods, crime statistics, and safety. Also call the local police for more information.

Feel free to call me at 415-200-7202.
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Anna M Brocco, Agent, Williston Park, NY
Wed Jul 4, 2012
When it comes to any safety/crime related issues, it's always best to contact the local police department 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.
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Laura Coffey, Agent, Santa Clarita, CA
Wed Jul 4, 2012
Go into the local law enforcement and ask them questions that concern you.
Also try http://www.crimereports.com
Web Reference:  http://www.LauraCoffey.com
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Lance King, Agent, San Francisco, CA
Wed Jul 4, 2012

First, here is a link to the SF Police crime map - http://sf-police.org/index.aspx?page=1618

This has a lot of useful information, but in order to get context it's best to call the local precinct as crime is everywhere in the city.

I lived in the Mission until recently and am very familiar with this area. We also bought a building on 18th near Harrison and renovated it a couple of years ago. One of the things I noticed was how many single women came to the open houses and were just walking/biking around. I noticed because it was pointed evidence for me of how much that neighborhood had changed, and it has continued to do so.

That said, San Francisco is very much a city that goes block by block sometimes, so you should have a seasoned pro helping you when you buy. Since it is our business I'm always happy to provide a no-strings expert consultation to see what makes sense for you.

Best Regards,

Lance King/Owner-Managing Broker
DRE# 01384425
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It really is block-by-block around there, totally agree,
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Isaac Wigley, Agent, San Francisco, CA
Wed Jul 4, 2012

One more thing, I think you may be referring to 3118 18th street indirectly. I think it is a great property. Let me know if you'd like to see it in person.

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Isaac Wigley, Agent, San Francisco, CA
Wed Jul 4, 2012

It is important to be cautious in every neighborhood.

As a general rule, 18th Street is quite a safe street, I live on 17th, and walk up and down 18th all the time, mostly because of bi-rite, and dolores park. Also, there is a great dance studio, and climbing spaces nearby your location.

If you are an avid biker, the main thing is to just have a space to lock up your bike at night, or bring it into your new home. Any neighborhood has crime, and obviously it is important to be vigilant, but as a general rule, that is a very up and coming and young friendly area of the city.


Realtor Associate- BHG Mason McDuffie
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Gabriel Rojas, Agent, San Francisco, CA
Wed Jul 4, 2012
Hi Leslie:

The best way to find out about local crime and crime statistics is to contact the local precinct. For the fastest information you can use Trulia's crime section: http://www.trulia.com/crime or go to http://spotcrime.com which is a great site too.

On a personal note, I recently found a condo in the Mosaica for a couple in Mountain View who wanted a home for their daughter who is attending school in SF. It's on Alabama street btwn 18th and 19th which is just one block away. I saw their daughter today and asked her about how she liked her new home and her new neighborhood. She said nothing but positive things about the area and mentioned that she liked walking around it when she wasn't in class.

Best of luck!


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