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Old 11-16-2008, 05:05 PM
 
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Wondering about this area. Been looking at buying a place and there seems to be good deals in this zone, west of 805, north of el cajon, say east of texas. I've walked it during the day, and while el cajon seems sketchy.. i'm assuming the rules about being closer to adams still holds. What i don't know is crime in this area.. and whether, say walking home from some place on 30th at night is a potential for problems or not. Or, similarily, if i walk along Adams over the 805 to some of the normal heights things.

I can't imagine it's near as bad as some of the places I used to live in Atlanta, but... now that I'm actually looking at owning a place, i care a bit more. Seems like this is the between zone between university heights and normal heights proper... just antique shops on adams... nothing to exciting. But, it is cheaper so perhaps strikes a balance

Any thoughts?
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Old 11-16-2008, 11:49 PM
 
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The area isn't glamorous, hip, or exciting, but it's not a war zone either. Walking at night, if you exercise the usual urban caution you should be fine.

I used to live in Normal Heights, east of the 805. It wasn't upscale, but I would take walks in the evening and never felt unsafe. It helps that you're a guy though. Not sure how a woman would feel walking around at night.

You won't get the greatest appreciation out of this area, but if this is your entry point into the R/E market it's better than some other lower end areas.

Otherwise, the rule about being closer to Adams is sound. Also, I would try to be at least 2 blocks away from Texas Street because of the traffic noise, and avoid 30th Street too. That's another rather transient block, at least on the blocks between Adams and the freeway offramp.
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Old 11-17-2008, 07:04 PM
 
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The area isn't glamorous, hip, or exciting, but it's not a war zone either. Walking at night, if you exercise the usual urban caution you should be fine.

I used to live in Normal Heights, east of the 805. It wasn't upscale, but I would take walks in the evening and never felt unsafe. It helps that you're a guy though. Not sure how a woman would feel walking around at night.

You won't get the greatest appreciation out of this area, but if this is your entry point into the R/E market it's better than some other lower end areas.

Otherwise, the rule about being closer to Adams is sound. Also, I would try to be at least 2 blocks away from Texas Street because of the traffic noise, and avoid 30th Street too. That's another rather transient block, at least on the blocks between Adams and the freeway offramp.
+1. It's a fine area, with the usual urban accoutrement (street smarts go a long way, bad blocks, good blocks, etc). I've heard it be called "west normal heights," "between the heights," and even an extension of North Park. It's got a bet of a "between-ish" feel since the CBD of each neighborhood exists on the other sides of the 805/Texas st... other than the antique shops of course.
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Old 11-17-2008, 08:30 PM
 
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OLP is over there. North of Adams is mostly good. There is a lot of multi-family and the single family homes are not uniformly rehabbed. There are a lot of really small houses there as well. The blocks just south of Adams are pretty good too. South of Madison the apartments start to dominate the blocks. One area to be a bit more careful with is the condos and multi-family cluster around 30th, Suncrest, Kansas.
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Old 11-18-2008, 03:38 AM
 
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Yeah, surely the "Betweenish" feel. Bit it seems like a good area to get the foot in the door of SD real estate... given the way prices keep coming down, might be able to skip the condo step and at least get one of the old '30's houses... whereas, if I want to get into the good areas around there, looking more at having to start with a condo that i'll likely grow out of rapidly. (looking in the 275k zone).

Thanks for the thoughts, feel a little better about it now.
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Old 11-18-2008, 01:31 PM
 
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One more thing, if you can, avoid purchasing a home or condo that directly fronts on Meade Avenue. Nothing really wrong with Meade, however, it receives some of the east-west overflow from El Cajon Boulevard. That means the traffic is a bit heavier and faster than either the North-South streets, or Monroe and Madison which are the other east-west streets.
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Old 09-29-2011, 07:55 PM
 
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Default Just East of the 805 on landis

hello, I see this is an old thread but I'm hoping to get some feedback on the neighborhood south of university and east of the 805. I've always rented on the west side of the 805 and know it gets different on the other side. Looking at some of the remodeled little houses on that side vs buying a condo. Expecting a baby in 4 months and wonder how bad this area really is. i looked at the crime in 2011 and there hasn't been any more issues than the rest of north park. there's actually less in that little pocket. I don't think it's that bad but i wouldn't want to put my wife and soon to be girl in danger.
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Old 09-29-2011, 09:22 PM
 
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hello, I see this is an old thread but I'm hoping to get some feedback on the neighborhood south of university and east of the 805. I've always rented on the west side of the 805 and know it gets different on the other side. Looking at some of the remodeled little houses on that side vs buying a condo. Expecting a baby in 4 months and wonder how bad this area really is. i looked at the crime in 2011 and there hasn't been any more issues than the rest of north park. there's actually less in that little pocket. I don't think it's that bad but i wouldn't want to put my wife and soon to be girl in danger.
I dont know that area specifically, but generally the residential areas away from the lower income rental complexes can be ok.

I would treat it on a street by street basis depending on the houses you are looking at.
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Old 09-30-2011, 12:31 AM
 
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The area you are referring to is Cherokee Point. Board denizens who live near there generally say they feel safe, but the area isn't particularly glamorous. It gets better the further south you go, but it doesn't ever become great in the way that Kensington, Talmadge, or Normal Heights become great the further north you go. Also, the area narrows to a point at the junction of the 805 and the 15. At some point freeway noise really becomes an issue and you will need to deal with that. The area is not 'issue free'. Nowhere in Mid-City is issue free and occasionally, things will happen. A prostitute and her john may actually go all the way south into the area to take care of business. Various theft crimes are always a possibility. And finally for data reference purposes, the census has the area as 64% Hispanic, 20% White, 7% Asian, and 7% Black.
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Old 09-30-2011, 07:51 AM
 
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hello, I see this is an old thread but I'm hoping to get some feedback on the neighborhood south of university and east of the 805. I've always rented on the west side of the 805 and know it gets different on the other side. Looking at some of the remodeled little houses on that side vs buying a condo. Expecting a baby in 4 months and wonder how bad this area really is. i looked at the crime in 2011 and there hasn't been any more issues than the rest of north park. there's actually less in that little pocket. I don't think it's that bad but i wouldn't want to put my wife and soon to be girl in danger.
Not dangerous but not very desirable either.
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