You can Google just about anything about a neighborhood. Schools, crime stats, restaurants, activities in an area, etc. Let your fingers do the walking.
You can even browse home listings and rentals on line. The best advice we can give is to engage with a professional (School District, Police Department or Realtor) when needed.
To your success,
Mark & Kari Shea
Shea Real Estate
National Association of Realtors
CA BRE License 01713506