Since real estate professionals are prohibited from steering, enticing a buyer to purchase/rent, or not, in specific neighborhoods, if unfamiliar with the area do take the time and visit more than once and at different times of day, possibly chat with locals/neighbors. If the school is a concern, rather than just relying on reports, do visit the facility; ask for a tour of the school, speak to the superintendent, teachers, principal, etc., then determine if your comfort level can be reached. For any safety concerns, it's always a good idea to contact the local police department with all your questions, hear all there is to hear firsthand. If you are looking for rentals, check out http://www.mlsli.com;
also check local print media for by owner rentals, always verify ownership before exchanging any money, word of mouth, etc.; if you need additional assistance feel free to contact me directly.