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Kaleb Loosbr…, Home Owner in 94703

How is the South Berkeley neighborhood? Specifically sections around Sacramento and Ashby. Mostly looking at safety and gay friendliness.

Asked by Kaleb Loosbrock, 94703 Fri Apr 15, 2011

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Hi Kaleb,
I suggest that you stop by the party and concert tomorrow at The Pacific Center in Central Berkeley

<<Celebrate Pacific Center's 38 years of service to the community, Join us for the opening of our new community space: OPEN HOUSE AND PARTY Saturday, April 16th, 1 PM to 4 PM Special performance by
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There will be a lot of LGBT locals and you can get to know the community better without having to discuss real estate. You can get to know some of likely neighbors. I will be there part of the day myself, but I defer to Bill Fletcher on that particular neighborhood. He knows South Berkeley better that anyone in our office.

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Hi Kaleb -

Berkeley has a pretty good "crime map" website you can use to make your own judgments about the area of interest:

Whether an area is "gay friendly" or not is very subjective (and potentially a discrimination issue) and not something an agent can advise you on. One reason I love the Bay Area is our communities are wonderfully inclusive and diverse overall. I wish you luck in finding a house where you feel at home!
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I live and work in the neighborhood. I know it well. Call me . Contact info on my website. Ignore the annoying floating "me"
1 vote Thank Flag Link Fri Apr 15, 2011
Kaleb, I am curious. Did you ever purchase a home? What conclusion did you reach about this neighborhood. I'm always looking for feedback I can pass on to other buyers. I can take a brieg answer offline.
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0 votes Thank Flag Link Mon Sep 17, 2012
The best thing to do is to go to the city of Berkeley crime watch page. That will give you an idea of what the area is like.

My clients will often walk an area to get a more human feel for it. If you see a neighbor, just stop and say hi. Most people are more than happy to talk about the place they live. I have even joined my clients on these field trips to make it easier for them.

I could tell you what I think, but it is best to actually walk around and talk to your potential neighbors.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Sun Sep 16, 2012
I've lived in S. Berkeley for about a year - and am enjoying it. Safety, I think is not too different than the City - meaning its generally fine. But at night, particularly LATE at night if you are walking, the streets can be eerily quiet and dark, so you need to be careful and aware, and things do happen. Also you learn pretty quickly which corners to avoid. You aren't in the hills here for sure. But its not west oakland either.

I live one block to the east of Ashby BART, its super accessible and nice (and affordable), as it transitions in to Elmwood (further east) things get more bougie...I know less about the west of BART at Ashby- 6-lane Adeline acts as a great neighborhood barrier. There used to be busses with homeless guys parked over there -at MLK/Adeline but they've disappeared now. That side of neighborhood feels a bit more hectic...and may transition block to block. But its probably fine once you figure it out.

But its also really bikeable. And access to both North Oakland and Downtown Berkeley is easy.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Sun Sep 16, 2012
The crime map is a good place to start, but it is important to remember that your sense of safety can be very personal and subjective. I recommend that my clients who have concerns about safety in any neighborhood call the Berkeley Police Department and ask to speak to the Community Liason Officer for the address they are considering. This person has the best info about specific past problems in the neighborhood, and what is being done to address it or whether it has been resolved. The CLO can also provide you with the name of any neighborhood crime watch group or emergency preparedness group, and they usually have a good handle on the situation. Meeting the neighbors as part of your investigations will make you feel more at home as soon as you move in, and added bonus.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Sat Jun 4, 2011
You can check the city of Berkeley web page for a map to see what crime is happening where;

As stated below, as Realtors we cannot steer clients away or towards any areas based on race or sexual preference, but, as a whole, I have found Berkeley to be a very tolerant community.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Fri Apr 15, 2011
Hi Kaleb,

Though we are forbidden by the Realtors code of ethic to steer anyone towards or away from a certain area, there is a site available on which you can check the crime rate.


If you like, I can send you some listings in this area to give you an idea of whats available for you. The prices in this area are somewhat lower then other parts of berkeley.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Fri Apr 15, 2011
Against professional code of ethics to render an opinion however we can make suggestions;

Safety check Police website
Community Google search for media published reports OR speak direct with local business OR residents in that community

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