Researching A Neighborhood From The Comfort Of Your Own Home

Find out about your new location in advance with these resources

Searching for a new home is a daunting task. Aside from filtering through disclosures, and finding the right deal you need to research the neighborhood where you will soon be living. This information applies to any community and to any San Francisco Bay Area real estate.
Below are several tools to help you get started in your neighborhood research:

Neighborhood Crime statistics research

Crime reports has a great feature that allows you to type in a prospective address and view all the different police reports for a given area. Details include when and where the crime happened and what type of incident it was.

Schools Near Your New Home

Great Schools is a comprehensive resource for information on different schools. The website uses their own grading criteria as well as a community rating including input from parents of students to measure both public and private schools. Great schools lists over 200,000 schooling opportunities ranging from preschool through high school.

Community Shopping & Amenities

Walkscore allows you to enter an address and get a google map of the different shops, schools, and amenities in the area.

This will get you started but the best way to get acquainted with your new neighborhood is to head over and spend some time meeting people and checking out your surroundings in person.

Devin Ratoosh is a real estate broker based in Berkeley specializing in advising clients in buying and selling Bay Area Real Estate.