We are looking at buying in 95126 on blossom hill road, but concerned about crime on busy street? home is near OakGrove High. Any infor is helpful.?

Asked by Homebuyer1, 95136 Tue Mar 22, 2011

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Andrea Wince…, Agent, Milpitas, CA
Tue Mar 22, 2011
Hello Homebuyer, in my opinion, crime is everywhere, not just on busy streets. I live in one of the better school districts in San Jose, however, we've had our share of neighborhood crime over the past 8 years. A good place to seek crime info for a specific neighborhood is http://www.crimereports.com which derives it's data directly from the police departments.
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Kevin Vo, , San Jose, CA
Tue Mar 22, 2011
Hi Homebuyer1:
You are talking to the agent who works in Blossom Valley and Santa Teresa for so many years. You do not have to buy a home on blossom hill road and your children can still go to Oakgrove High. I can tell you where to buy to avoid crime if you give me a call or send me an email.

Kevin Vo
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Ron Kooyman, Agent, San Jose, CA
Tue Mar 22, 2011

You should be concerned about the busy street. In a cold realty market the homes for sale on arterial streets tend to stay on the market longer and usually sell for much less than a home located in a nice quiet street.

Wherever you plan to purchase a home it would be wise to get out and interview the neighbors on the block.
Have a set of questions available to ask. Most homeowners will welcome the opportunity to help you with your questions. It is best to just get out there on a sunny afternoon and meet the neighbors and hear their feedback about your concerns. Also, someone once gave me some advice to go to the neighborhood shopping centers, park in the parking lot and watch the cars and the customers for awhile. Afterall, those people are also your neighbors you'll be standing next to in the checkstand lines.

Be diligent exploring your concerns about schools, neighborhood, crime, shopping, commute, condition of the property, etc.

Ron Kooyman
Better Homes & Gardens Ventura Barnett Properties
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Terri Vellios, Agent, Campbell, CA
Tue Mar 22, 2011
I disagree with the reply which stated that Blossom Hill Road is Rose Garden. As you read we can not comment on crime and you have been provided excellent resources to look that up.

As a Real Estate Advocate and Advisor, I discuss the pros and cons of living on a busy street. Basically resale will be difficult. This is due to traffic, both from autos and pedestrians, along with, auto lights, dust and exhaust. To compensate for the resale the price has to be adjusted down. That is probably why you are interested in the home because of the price. You will need to weight these factors to your ultimate goal and reason for buying.
Web Reference:  http://terrivellios.com
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Christopher…, Agent, San Jose, CA
Tue Mar 22, 2011
http://www.crimereports.com or http://www.sjpd.org are the best way to gain an idea of the "reported" situations in the area. The other side of that coin is, of course, the tested method that my colleagues have mentioned which is go in to the neighborhood and observe and chat with the people who have first hand knowledge of the happenings there.

Good luck,
Web Reference:  http://www.cossitorgroup.com
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Grace Hanamo…, Agent, Cupertino, CA
Tue Mar 22, 2011
Hello Homebuyer and thanks for your question.

To be frank, Realtors and agents are not allowed to provide "opinions" regarding the safety of any specific area or the suitability of that area for any buyer. In the broadest sense, such comments can be considered "steering" or discriminatory, so we tend not to be able to answer these questions even if we have opinions. And, certainly anyone who values retaining their license will stay away from any comments online that might be viewed by the DRE as discriminatory. So, unfortunately, only the buyer can determine if a home is located on a street or in an area that best meets their needs.

However, you're not without tools or assistance.

For safety records in any area, and in fact, in many parts of the US, try http://www.crimereports.com. This is a site that provides the crime statistics for an area. You can also check crime statistics on the SJ PD website at http://www.sjpd.org or contact their non-emergency number and ask to speak with a community service officer that handles the Blossom Hill Road area for more information.

Finally, there is no substitute for first hand knowledge of the neighbors in the area. Talk with the homeowners and people who would be your neighbors to learn all of the most important information about the community, the area, and the lifestyle that you might expect while living in this area.

Good luck!

Grace Morioka
Area Pro Realty-People's Choice
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Steven McCoy, Agent, San Jose, CA
Tue Mar 22, 2011
You can use a local web-site to check the crime in the area. I have included the link below.
Web Reference:  http://www.sjpd.org
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Get-smart, , Durham, NC
Tue Mar 22, 2011
you can also check with the police department and get a report for the area. usually busy streets aren't a good place to call home because you will hear cars zoom by at the whee hours of the night.
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CJ Brasiel, Agent, San Jose, CA
Tue Mar 22, 2011
Homebuyer -

You may want to check out http://www.crimereports.com. It will help you compare neighborhoods and types of crimes. Blossom Hill is obviously a busy road and being near the high school will lend way to "kid traffic" along the nearby streets.

Hope that helps.
Web Reference:  http://www.TalkToCJ.com
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