You will need to personally go, at different times of day to get a feel for the neighborhood/area. You might even want to talk to some neighbors that live on the block. They are usually easy to spot. They'll be the ones who are looking through their windows looking to see what you are doing. Some even come outside. So, take advantage of the opportunity, introduce yourself and tell them that you are looking to buy in the area. Ask them anything that you would like to know. Chances are, they see everything that happens on the block.
Also, there are a couple a websites that you might want to visit to get a better idea of what's in and going on in the neighborhood. So here they are:
Type in the address and take a virtual walk around the neighborhood. That would be the preliminary "walk" around the neighborhood.
Type in the address and it will populate results for everything. From transportation, to, shopping, to banking, to entertainments, etc... It's a personal favorite.
Type in the address and it will populate all the crime reports, from type of crime to time of day it happened to exact location of incident. It's also a personal favorite.
Check those websites out, they will be very useful.
Good luck with your purchase.
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