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Old 10-16-2012, 12:47 AM
 
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How do these areas compare as far as crime, traffic and walkability?
The houses are beautiful & reasonably priced in both areas.

Any thoughts??

Thanks
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Old 10-16-2012, 11:24 AM
 
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Neither west nor that far south are walkable. They are car dependent areas of town. Depending on where you are talking about out west, I think traffic and lack of crime are comparable. West probably looks like it has more traffic but that is just because south has more alternative routes for cars to go so we don't look quite as dense.
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Old 10-16-2012, 02:36 PM
 
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Thanks so much Silverfall!
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Old 10-16-2012, 03:50 PM
 
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In my opinion, South Salem is far more travel-friendly (by car) than West Salem. I find West Salem to be rather congested, much like the busy areas of North Salem (Lancaster Dr/Market/Center). I agree that neither is very walkable, although again, South Salem would be more walkable, I think. South Salem is also more convenient to get to and from than West Salem.

As far as crime, from what I've noticed in the last couple years, I would guess West Salem has less crime than South Salem, although neither is a real concern, in my opinion.

Really, both are very comparable regarding traffic, crime, schools, weather, etc. You're going to find great neighborhoods on either side.
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Old 10-17-2012, 06:19 PM
 
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Thanks so much for all your help. There are some beautiful new homes going up in S Salem and SE Salem and they are pretty reasonable too. One has caught my eye
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Old 10-17-2012, 06:22 PM
 
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Thanks so much for all your help. There are some beautiful new homes going up in S Salem and SE Salem and they are pretty reasonable too. One has caught my eye
South and SE are not the same thing. SE is on the east side of I-5 and is totally different than south Salem.
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Old 10-17-2012, 06:36 PM
 
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South and SE are not the same thing. SE is on the east side of I-5 and is totally different than south Salem.
How are they different?
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Old 10-17-2012, 06:45 PM
 
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South and SE are not the same thing. SE is on the east side of I-5 and is totally different than south Salem.
Silverfall, on Zillow, anything to the left of the 5, near the golf course or by Skyline road comes up as SE, are they wrong?
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Old 10-17-2012, 06:51 PM
 
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How are they different?
Schools aren't as good (test score wise). Neighborhoods aren't as well maintained generally speaking. SE is very working/middle class. South is middle/upper class. South Salem is generally referred to as anything south of Mission street (although State st is the North/South Divider) and west of I-5 (although Mission to Madrona is often called south-central). SE is anything south of State street and east of I-5. West is over the river so that is an easy designation for people.
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Old 10-17-2012, 06:53 PM
 
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Silverfall, on Zillow, anything to the left of the 5, near the golf course or by Skyline road comes up as SE, are they wrong?
No it's old street designations. There are some SE street names in south Salem. They are just older streets. Just know that if you say SE to Salemites, they will think you are talking about east of I5.
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