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Crime & Safety in 34231 : Real Estate Advice

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Tue Nov 24, 2015
Diane Christner answered:
What is safe? No one has the exact same answer. And, for Realtors, answering your questions regarding safety of neighborhoods could potentially be against the law.

Realtors are forbidden from giving an opinion on the safety, ethnicity, or other demographic composition of an area or neighborhood based on legally protected classes of people under the Fair Housing Act of 1968.

So the best response I can give is to suggest you go to the Sarasota county sheriff's website to see the crime statistics of that area of Sarasota.

By the way, since you are looking at a home in Deer Creek within Palmer Ranch, I would mention that a number of homes within Deer Creek have had issues with pin hole leaks in the metal water pipes over the years. So a good question to ask the homeowner is - has the home been replumbed?

Good luck with your home search, and if you'd like other types of information about Deer Creek and/or Palmer Ranch, please send me an email or give me a call.


Diane Christner, Realtor, GRI, SFR
Realty Executives Solutions
Sarasota, FL
cell: (941) 726-7109
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Sun Feb 24, 2013
Nathaniel Ray answered:
MLK is the worst area in Sarasota for crime. Just FYI. I live on the corner of 19th and central. 19th is a great street. Central cocoanut is a pretty good area if you carry a clean lifestyle and stay out of trouble. No one will bother you if you don't bother them. I've lived here for a year and a half and have had no trouble whatsoever. I would estimate that east of Central, West of 301, and MLK and north is the worst area for crime. A lot of drug dealing, prostitution, and questionable things going on. I pulled into a drug deal by accident trying to get around a restaurant to pick up a piece of picket fence laying on the side of the road. It just so happens that Ringling school of art is just west of that area though, just west of cocoanut ave, and the campus is pretty safe as far as I've heard from my friends that attend school there. A lot of art students live along cocoanut ave. ... more
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Mon Oct 15, 2012
Michael A Cochrane answered:
If security is an important issue with you, then I would highly recommend that you contact the Sarasota County Sheriff's Department to ask about what may or may not be going on within a given community in Sarasota. They have been fantastic in answering questions for other clients I have sent to them. As to the differences between the various communities in Palmer Ranch that you mention, how about I show them all to you and then you can then know first hand what they are like and what you know the differences are (i.e. rather than just take my word for it). Sincerely, Michael Cochrane, Realtor, Prudential Palms Realty (941-539-4520) ... more
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Mon Aug 24, 2009
John S. Smith answered:
Gillespie park is a wonderful neighborhood close to downtown Sarasota. Any neighborhood is going to have it's fair share of crime issues. As long as you do everything you can to minimize the possibility of a break-in (i.e. alarm system, dead bolts, proper exterior lighting, etc.) Gillespie is a terrific place to consider for the purchase of a home. Another area, although not quite so historically significant, is Southgate where you can find a house in good condition in your price range.

John S. Smith
Prudential Palms Realty
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Mon Apr 27, 2009
Sol Garger answered:
Hi Steve,

Thanks for your message. The listing linked to this post has been updated, to display the information your manually submitted. It had been blocked, to not display the previous information. We unblocked the entire listing, and removed the submission with the incorrect information, on the same day. Once the listing went live again, it started displaying your manual information. You can update this listing, through the 'update details' button on your My Listings page.

I hope this helps. Please let us know if you need any further assistance.


Sol with Trulia
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Wed Apr 3, 2013
Antaeus Balevre answered:
Nice, quiet, and peaceful, like beauty, is in the eyes and ears of the beholder. What one person considers quiet and peaceful, another may consider noisy. As for safe and friendly; I don’t think anyone can guarantee that about any particular neighborhood. Over the years, I have found that there is usually something to meet everyone’s taste in Sarasota. I suggest that you talk to a Realtor and ask her or him to take you on a short tour of Sarasota. That way you can “zero in” on an area that you find particularly attractive to you. Please be “up front” with the Realtor, and tell her or him that you want to take a tour before you decide on an area. Most Realtors won’t mind showing you our beautiful County, and will appreciate your honesty. ... more
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Sat Feb 6, 2010
Bruce Lynn answered:
There are a few great resources around. I think it is best to contact your Community Resource Officer or CRO at the police department. Just call the main non-emergency number and ask to be connected to the CRO. They’re normally very aware of the good and bad areas of the area and can normally give you local statistics. You can also check out which provides stats based on the FBI uniform crime reports. You might also visit the FBI stats site at Another place to checkout is . Hope this is of you to you. ... more
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Sat Feb 6, 2010
Mary Smedley answered:
Crime in the area is relatively low and it is extremely safe to walk around town. Recently, the city has provided a walking, running, and biking trails through the city so citizens can see so of the best sites in Sarasota. The areas that surround the cities have similar attributes but offer their own uniqueness. ... more
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