09-21-2009 04:11 AM
My wife and I found this really nice house for sale in Highland Park and the price is right and we're thinking of buying it. However, we are not familiar with this area and are looking for some insight.
The house is East of Fig, and South of York. I guess the closest landmark is the Highland Park Recreation Center, West of Fig. The street seems decent, but we've only been there, on the weekends, during the day time.
One of our concerns is crime. I've heard that HP can be rough, but that in some pockets its just fine. We'd like to know if this area we're looking at is one of those pockets. We don't expect any area to be 100% safe, and having grown up in Brooklyn, NY, we can live with your typical small stuff which you can find most anywhere.
We just thought we'd try to get some more info from some of you great people here on this forum.
Thanks in advance!
09-21-2009 10:42 AM
09-21-2009 11:35 AM
Check out: http://www.lapdcrimemaps.org/
It's not a bad source to see the crime stats of the area. It's a predominatly Hispanic area that has it's share of gang problems due SouthWest of the location you are asking about. Like LosFeliz said, you have to consider the train, unlike South Pasadena that gets low blowing horns and slower speeds.
09-21-2009 11:35 AM
Hi losfelizlove, you got it right, its on Echo St. We are both architects and we feel that the house has a lot of potential and we're ripe for the chance to fix it up.
Your opinion is pretty much what we thought. It's a nice area, pretty quiet, and as I said, we like the house. The train doesn't bother us too much because where we live now, we literally front the 10 freeway. This will be quiet compared to our current situation.
The alarm system is a definite item on our to-do list. You never know when you can get robbed, and that happens everywhere!
Sounds like you're from NY too. I would love to move back home, but work is out here. Broooklyn has definitely changed from when I was a kid there in the 70's and 80's. I grew up in lovely Bushwick...yeah right. That's why neighborhoods like this don't bother me much. I'm used to it.
Anyway, thanks for the help.
09-21-2009 12:02 PM - edited 09-21-2009 12:10 PM
yes we are here 2 years from NY..we love it, and just don't want the Brooklyn feeling anymore (no offesnse!!) I'm sure it's the same house, because it's historically well preserved and a gorgeous living room! It was a hard decision, and still a bit sad about giving up the actual house..I am still waiting for my deposit to come back ...) If it is the exact house, it's in pretty good shape considering how old it is..that also made it hard, because the inspections weren't as bad as I thought they would be..growing up in Brooklyn, you'll be totally fine over there. But you must promise to take care of those 2 kittens that roam the block freely ( a black one and a cream one-..! ) the kittens came over to visit every time we were there!
09-21-2009 12:18 PM
09-21-2009 09:30 PM
There are a lot of really beautiful houses in the area that people sadly let go to waste. Driving around there I've had similar dreams of fixing up one of those homes because they have so much character.
But let me be honest. The neighborhood is not too safe. It's crime and gang ridden. Btw, some people say the Hispanic gangs are targeting blacks, so depending on your race it can even more dangerous for you. Walking around at night is dangerous (even though you could find some good food within walking distance).
There are some pioneers that have attempted to take back this neighborhood (by doing what you plan to do) and will make good neighbors but from the looks of it they are in the minority.
I would suggest trying driving through at night. If you feel safe enough get of your car and walk. If you don't feel safe doing that, then you'll know you can't live there. I know I don't feel too safe there at night (and I do go every once in a while).
The safe parts that I have seen border Pasadena and South Pasadena btw.
09-21-2009 09:46 PM