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Crime & Safety in Novato : Real Estate Advice

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Sun Feb 3, 2008
Michael Roberts answered:
Hi John, I would suggest you get your information from an unbiased information source like the link below. Order the FEMA map that is available. I don't have a copy available for your area of interest or I would share it with you. I hope another Trulia Pro can offer it, if they have it . I hope this helps some. Good Luck~ Novato is a beautiful place!
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Thu Oct 11, 2007
Mike Kelly Allison Norman answered:
You can check this with the County/City offices. Also, when you buy you will be getting a Natural Hazards Disclosure and if you use one from "Property ID" they will point out if you have any environmental hazards near the subject property. But also be aware of any past industry which occupied the site at some time in the past. If you are in an area which is being converted to residential use which had a long history of commercial or industrial then this should raise a red flag. I spoke with an owner one time regardign the sale of his commercial property. He told me there had been some industrial activity nearby. We where walking outside and he had some guys digging a ditch on another adjacent parcel. There was a ruckus form the ditch diggers and he asked what was going on. One of the guys digging the ditch was wearing tennis shoes and they were actually "melting" due to the prescence of old battery acid in the soil. Turns out the site was an old battery rebuildign facility. We later pulled up old aerial photos of the site and saw a large "pond" which was the old discarded "Battery Acid Water" taken from the batteries. They just "dumped" the water into the pond!!! At the time this part of Santa Rosa was in the country and inspectors didn't get down there too much!! That's an extreme case but older areas have many old gas, oil tanks or contamination left over from "jobbers" who spilled a lot of cheap gas!! Most sites are identified and on record. ... more
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Sat Feb 6, 2010
Sylvia Barry, MAS,CIPS,SRES answered:
Novato is famous for it's small town feel and low crime rate. Although Novato officially has a population of over 50,000, but because of the appeal of different areas (such as San Marin, Country Club, Pacheco Valley, Pleasant Valley, Hamilton, Indian Valley, ..,etc); each area has it's own concentration of residents. This is a family-oriented town and it always seems to me that I know almost everybody in town.Kids feel safe to go from one place to the other and they enjoy a lot of outdoor activities from soccer, to swimming, to horseback riding, to tennis, to baseball, .., etc. This is a wonderful and safe town for kids and families. ... more
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