Boston condos for sale, is that neighborhood safe?

One of the most common things Boston condo for sale buyers look for is a safe neighborhood. You want to feel like you and your family will be secure outside your home. However, finding a safe neighborhood isn’t always as simple as just looking around the area for a few minutes. Follow these tips to figure out whether a Boston downtown neighborhood is a safe place.

Talk to Neighbors

One of the most effective ways to gauge the safety of an area is to converse with  people who live there. Start a conversation,with neighbors this lets you obtain information about what it feels like to live in the area. Ask neighbors about how often there are disturbances. You can also ask about things like local stores and community events.

Look at National Criminal Registries

The United States Department of Justice has registries that allow you to view an address and see if there are criminals living nearby. These registries usually only give you information for certain crimes, it can help you get a picture of the overall safety in an area. One or two former felons in an area isn’t a problem, but a high concentration of convicted criminals could be.

Visit the Neighborhood Multiple Times

Walk or drive around a neighborhood to see what it looks like. In safe neighborhoods, residents usually take care of their yards and maintain their properties. Safe areas tend to have plenty of residents out doing things like walking dogs and socializing with others. Just seeing a neighborhood once isn’t enough to assess safety, especially if it’s in a busy area like downtown Boston condo buyers should make sure they view neighborhoods on weekdays and weekends as well during the nighttime and daytime.

Check Local Crime Maps

There are several different websites that let you see the frequency of police activity and crime reports in a neighborhood. These convenient services show average crime rates across a city to indicate which neighborhoods are safer or more dangerous than others. Make sure to check what sorts of crimes frequently occur in the area, and avoid places with a high number of violent crimes.

Consider How Many Homes Are Selling

 Boston downtown real estate trends aren’t necessarily linked to safety, but they can help you get an idea of how others feel about the neighborhood. An area may have a lot of Boston condos for sale because residents are leaving for a safer region. High numbers of properties for sale could also be an issue because vacant properties tend to attract criminal behavior.

Following the tips above can help you find out how safe a neighborhood is before you buy a Boston condo for sale. Another tip is to work with real estate agents who have the most up-to-date information about downtown Boston real estate. The experienced professionals at Ford Realty can give you all the details about safety when you’re looking for your new Boston downtown condo in America’s Finest City. Give us a call at 617-720-5454 to speak with one of our real estate experts.

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John Ford
John Ford

Over the course of 20 years in the Boston downtown real estate market, John represented and sold numerous, condominiums, investment and development properties in Greater Boston and in the surrounding suburbs

In addition to representing Boston condo buyers and sellers, John is currently one of the most recognized Boston condo blog writers regarding Boston condominiums and residential real estate markets. John's insights and observations about the Boston condo market have been seen in a wide variety of the most established local & national media outlets including; Banker and Tradesman, Boston Magazine The Boston Globe, The Boston Herald and NewsWeek and Fortune magazine, among others.


For over 24 years, John Ford, of Ford Realty Inc., has been actively involved in the real estate industry. He started his career in commercial real estate with a national firm Spaulding & Slye and quickly realized that he had a passion for residential properties. In 1999, John entered the residential real estate market, and in 2000 John Started his own firm Ford Realty Inc. As a broker, his clients have come to love his fun, vivacious, and friendly attitude. He prides himself on bringing honesty and integrity to the entire home buying and selling process. In addition to helping buyers and sellers, he also works with rental clients. Whether you’re looking to purchase a new Boston condo or rent an apartment, you’ll quickly learn why John has a 97% closing rate.


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