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Old 10-23-2010, 11:05 AM
 
Location: Formerly Pleasanton Ca, now in Marietta Ga
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Wow, a lot of Antioch haters out there. We bought our house last year and so far, the only challenge was the commute, it does take 20 min to get to Bart but overall, quality of life is really good. There are a lot of schools and they are getting better, a lot new families are moving in but hardly sec 8. Zip codes 94531 are a good bet, well maintained houses and lots, parks and trails are safe and clean, lots of big box stores, farmers market. Brentwood is pretty good but it will give extra 15 min on the road.

Most towns/cities have a bad neighborhood. You will find them on the outskirts of every city. Walnut creek, San Ramon has them.

Overall, Antioch is a good buy, you just have to check the neighborhood you are buying into.
where is the bad neighborhood in San Ramon?
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Old 10-23-2010, 02:03 PM
 
Location: Oakland, CA
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where is the bad neighborhood in San Ramon?
I sure it is like the bad neighborhood in Dublin. Not bad by any stretch of the imagination. Just a little worse than the rest of town.
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Old 10-23-2010, 02:55 PM
 
Location: East Fallowfield, PA
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Is it still sketchy in Antioch? I know some of the post reflect a couple of years ago, but times and situations can change. It appears the housing costs are excellent for the Bay Area.
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Old 10-23-2010, 05:10 PM
 
Location: San Leandro
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I have been offered an interview with the Antioch Schools. Presently we live near the Wine country in the southern part of California (Temecula); its a very quiet, low crime, great schools (several are distinguished schools). Although I have not been offered a position, I have looking for such a position in the district office. I was pleased to be called for an interview but have read the horror stories about the schools, gangs, and low morale. Can anyone offer any more insights?--thanks P
Yea. Move to brentwood instead and save yourself the head ache. Its right next to antioch, yet worlds apart.
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Old 03-04-2011, 02:27 PM
 
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Crime:What are the main bad streets in Antioch? What are the main good streets in Antioch ?
Thank you,
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Old 12-04-2011, 11:02 PM
 
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Default Wanna move from Sacramento to the SF Bay Area

I'm originally from the L.A. area & have been in Sac for about 5 years & now am thinking of moving closer to the bay area. The problem is I don't know what areas are decent & what areas are infested with crime & gangs. I know Oakland & Richmond have high crime rates but what about the east bay areas like Brentwood, Oakley, Antioch, Concord, Pleasant Hill. Does anyone know what areas are pretty decent & what areas I should avoid. I realize that crime can occur anywhere, but some places are more prone to crime & have higher crime rates.
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Old 12-04-2011, 11:15 PM
 
Location: Oakland, CA
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I'm originally from the L.A. area & have been in Sac for about 5 years & now am thinking of moving closer to the bay area. The problem is I don't know what areas are decent & what areas are infested with crime & gangs. I know Oakland & Richmond have high crime rates but what about the east bay areas like Brentwood, Oakley, Antioch, Concord, Pleasant Hill. Does anyone know what areas are pretty decent & what areas I should avoid. I realize that crime can occur anywhere, but some places are more prone to crime & have higher crime rates.
I hear Antioch has a lot of crime, not sure how prevalent it is. There are lots of forclosures in Brentwood, Antioch and presumably Oakley so neighborhood quality is hit or miss. Concord has good parts and bad parts -- you should ask someone who lives there where to avoid. Pleasant Hill is generally OK. All of these places are spread out and suburban (which may be a plus or minus for you). If are are keen in living in that part of the Bay Area, you should add Martinez, Pacheco and Benicia to your list. They are all in that general direction and neighbor each other an/or Concord. They are closer in than Brentwood, Antioch or Oakley.

Richmond has good areas and bad areas. Generally near the waterfront is great, and there is an area around Hilltop that is good as well, but you should ask someone who lives there.

I live in Oakland. Crime is very concentrated in Oakland. So much so that if you don't live in one of the high crime areas you are unlikely to witness, hear about or even know the serious crime exists. There are plenty of great neighborhoods with low crime rates. You can do a search in the forum for threads with lists of good neighborhoods in Oakland. It is a big misconception that the city is crime-ridden. Yes there is crime, but there are lots of nice neighborhoods as well that are unaffected. And not all of these neighborhoods require you to be in the 1% to live there.

But the most important questions are:
1. What kind of neighborhood do you want
2. Where and what time do you need to get to work/commute

Living in Brentwood, Oakley or Antioch ( would subject you to terrible commutes to most Bay Area job centers. If you work in Concord or Walnut Creek or Pleasant Hill it would be tolerable.
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Old 12-04-2011, 11:31 PM
 
Location: San Ramon, CA
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My wife, who grew up in Pittsburg and moved to Antioch in her teens into a new home off of Davidson. At the time, Antioch just started building new houses which were very affordable. The next 15 years she has lived the city was great. Starting in the late 90s, as prices in the inner Bay Area started to appreciate, many people in Oakland and Richmond started moving there, and with it, a lot of the bad elements.

When I started dating my wife, I used to drive to Antioch every weekend and visit her and I noticed it going downhill. New housing divisions started to look old really quick, houses being robbed, etc. My In-Law's neighbor's home was robbed, and there was another robbery at her aunt's home neighborhood in an even newer part of Antioch (next to the Lowes and close to Brentwood). This prompted her aunt to install a security system in their house. After I got married, my wife and I moved into San Ramon (actually I already owned in San Ramon, she moved in with me) and my wife noticed how different San Ramon is compared to Antioch, to the point that she would not want to move back there ever again.

As another poster stated, "where is the bad neighborhood in San Ramon?"

A friend of mine stated it best, "I rather live in a small house in a nice area, than a big house in a bad area."
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Old 12-05-2011, 12:39 AM
 
Location: San Leandro
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A friend of mine stated it best, "I rather live in a small house in a nice area, than a big house in a bad area."
Works fine until you have kids, or want a back yard, or you start getting more material possesions. Not much you can do with a 900 sq foot late 40's bungalow at that point.
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Old 12-05-2011, 11:17 AM
 
Location: San Ramon, CA
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Works fine until you have kids, or want a back yard, or you start getting more material possesions. Not much you can do with a 900 sq foot late 40's bungalow at that point.
In my situation, I live in a 3 BR/3BA 1700 sf. townhome (bought brand new), with 2 kids and a backyard. Bought during the first housing collapse right after 9-11 and the first .com bust during Christmas, so I got a great deal. We're right beside my children's elementary school (5 minute walk) and close to ammenities. This is the first (and probably the only home) we'll own. Compared to most homes in San Ramon, which are usually over 2000 sf., it is the perfect size for my family (we're done with kids). Could easily sell the house and probably have enough equity to live mortgage or close to mortgage free in Antioch.

However, sometimes living in a desirable community really does have its advantages. Of course the educational system and low crime rates is one factor. However there are many other factors as well. Access to great parks and trails, good neighbors and friends we have made, lots of things for us to do that go on in the community and nearby cities, and that true suburban home town fell. Sometimes it's hard to explain, but when you move here and compare it to the place I grew up in, it really is different.
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