Ah, the two questions I fear most are:
- What neighborhood should I live in?
- Is this a safe neighborhood?
Well friends, I can’t answer either of those questions. Any answer I give could be misinterpreted as red-lining, and that is a SERIOUS violation of real estate licensing law, and overall a terrible policy that has lead to long term impacts on neighborhoods in every city.
It feels like a disservice to not be able to answer all of my clients questions. I can not tell you what is the good/bad or safe/dangerous neighborhood. What I can do is provide you with links to several different information sources so that you can do research on the areas of concern that matter most to you.
- Wondering about the walk-ability of a potential new neighborhood? Our friends at WalkScore do a great job of answering that question.
- Wonder what the crime level is in a particular part of town? Seattle Police Department (SPD) has a SPD Crime dashboard with all sorts of stats.
- I use this one frequently: The SPD also has a 911 map so you can see in-the moment activity and get a feel for the types of 911 calls each area has.
- For a complete list of registered sex offenders, consult the Washington Association of Sherriffs website.
- Concerned about the schools in the area? Check out the Seattle Public Schools annual School Reports or the rankings from GreatSchools.org.
- Wondering how the parking works in an area? The Seattle Department of Transportation has a great interactive map.
- Curious if anything is being built next door or nearby? Check out the Seattle In Progress for GPS enabled maps that highlight all current building permits.
- Want to know more about your potential next-door neighbors? Type their address into the King County e-Real Property site and get their names. Then head to Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and dig up some info on them.
These are a few great ways to get information on crime, density, walk-ability and development in an area. If you have any other suggestions, please leave them in the comments!