Focusing on this area or that area is an owner occupant thinking, not investor thinking. You don't have to learn all the areas, neighborhoods, enclaves, villages, blocks, streets, courts, and shouldn't try. You aren't sending your kid to school there. You aren't commuting to work from there, you won't be sleeping there, or dealing with the neighbors on a daily basis. So - change your question.
Oh okay. If you are going to self manage, then close to home or close to business might be convenient. Or maybe somewhere along the commute route. If you hire a property manager, then where it is matters far less than: " do the numbers work for your financial plan?"