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Sun Oct 21, 2012
Ellen Lynch answered:
Hi Alicia,

I just want to add my voice to the chorus of my colleagues. I've lived here in Oakland for thirty five years, and my real estate business is focused on Oakland. Oakland has some neighborhoods considered very safe, but a lot of the city is block by block, neighborhood pocked by pocket. The very best thing you can do, in my opinion, based on my experience with clients is to do your own research, by going to the neighborhood. Talk to people who live there. You will find that people really LIKE to talk about their neighborhood, for better and worse. They will let you know if someone has been a crime victim, about a break in, car theft etc., and they will also be eager for the most part to rave about their neighborhood and block if they like it! There is absolutely nothing that beats this.

Going on the city website is a useful thing too, In addition to getting you to the crimewatch site, it has a list of neighborhood groups/crime prevention groups/block clubs. If you are very interested in a neighborhood, maybe go to a meeting and check it out.

32nd Ave. is one of those areas that has a lot of established families, who grew up there, send their kids to the local schools. If you drive the entire stretch from International up to MacArthur you'll see it is block by block, with some nicer stretches than others. Again, only you can really determine what suits your needs and comfort level. I trust people to know what they feel comfortable with, especially after doing their own due diligence..talking to neighbors, checking the crime stats, going to a meeting.

Realtors are taught to be careful about interpreting crime and safety issues. This is done for good reason. What may feel safe to me, may not be to you, or another person. People have different tolerance levels.

Good luck!
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