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Old 02-13-2013, 08:26 AM
 
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Hi All - We're considering buying a home in the Farm Hill area of Redwood City... a bit south of Farm Hill Blvd. and a few blocks east of Alameda de las Pulgas. It's close to Stulsaft Park. I know the schools in this area are crappy, but would you consider the location to be safe? It seems to be, from what I can tell. Is it "trending" toward worse or better? Anyone know how it has done over time? I know RWC is a mixed bag...further south toward Woodside Rd. gets a bit worse as does of course east toward El Camino / 101.

Thanks in advance for your input!
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Old 02-13-2013, 09:02 AM
 
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I lived near there on Jefferson for a little while. It's a good area; I would often walk down Alameda de las Pulgas at night because it was so peaceful, and the neighborhood felt so comfortable. I heard from locals that sometimes kids liked to race down McGarvey to try and catch air over the rise, but they put in some speed humps to put a stop to that.
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Old 02-13-2013, 10:45 AM
 
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I lived near there on Jefferson for a little while. It's a good area; I would often walk down Alameda de las Pulgas at night because it was so peaceful, and the neighborhood felt so comfortable. I heard from locals that sometimes kids liked to race down McGarvey to try and catch air over the rise, but they put in some speed humps to put a stop to that.
Hi, thanks for your perspective. Good to hear, seems to be what I see there as well, just taking extra care given the disparity in some RWC neighborhoods.

Any other perspectives from others are appreciated as well!
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Old 02-13-2013, 12:25 PM
 
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I used to live in that neighborhood (Woodside Plaza) and my kids had birthday parties at Stulsaft even before they remodeled it. It's a fine area although FH can be a pretty busy street that people speed on going downhill from Stulsaft.
You can petition to go to Roy Cloud or Northstar Academy which are among the best schools in the state.
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Old 02-13-2013, 01:22 PM
 
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Are you closer to the Farm Hill area or to the Lil Caesar's/Rite Aid/Key Market plaza on Redwood/Upton? There's some property crime in both but there's a little more vandalism around the plaza. Nothing big though... if you're above Red Morton (community center) then there's next to nothing in terms of crime. If you're below Hudson around Vera that's another story...
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Old 02-13-2013, 04:23 PM
 
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Anything west of Hudson you'll be fine, and even then it's not necessarily a bad neighborhood, just lots of run down rentals.
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Old 02-13-2013, 05:41 PM
 
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Are you closer to the Farm Hill area or to the Lil Caesar's/Rite Aid/Key Market plaza on Redwood/Upton? There's some property crime in both but there's a little more vandalism around the plaza. Nothing big though... if you're above Red Morton (community center) then there's next to nothing in terms of crime. If you're below Hudson around Vera that's another story...
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Anything west of Hudson you'll be fine, and even then it's not necessarily a bad neighborhood, just lots of run down rentals.
Checked on a map, and the location is west of Hudson and Upton... a couple blocks west of Alameda de las Pulgas, actually, kinda by that Adelante Spanish Immersion school. So seems like I would hopefully dodge those issues..

Thanks to you all for your input - very helpful!
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Old 02-13-2013, 06:57 PM
 
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That area is super quiet, except for the traffic and school noise.
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Old 02-13-2013, 07:33 PM
 
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Anything west of Hudson you'll be fine, and even then it's not necessarily a bad neighborhood, just lots of run down rentals.
I agree it's not a bad neighborhood but crime does happen there, especially around Vera Market and the 100 block of Lincoln/Vera/Redwood (between El Camino and Adams). Most of it is vandalism and break-ins related to the Vera Ave Nortes but every now and then someone gets beaten or killed. It used to be mainly stabbings but lately shootings have been more common... I heard there was just a shooting a couple weeks ago somewhere on Vera.

It's definitely tame by Bay Area standards though.
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Old 02-13-2013, 09:07 PM
 
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Checked on a map, and the location is west of Hudson and Upton... a couple blocks west of Alameda de las Pulgas, actually, kinda by that Adelante Spanish Immersion school. So seems like I would hopefully dodge those issues..

Thanks to you all for your input - very helpful!
West of Alameda is basically Woodside. You'll be extremely safe.
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