Monday, December 7, 2009

Buying a Home in South Berkeley: Neighborhood Update

Well there is some good news to residents an to those thinking of buying a home in South Berkeley.  A long standing problem has finally been addressed by the city.   The house at 1610 Oregon Street is going to be shut down, boarded up for a year and the owner and residents evicted.  The history of this property goes back at least 30 years and had long been known as a "drug house." But last spring when there was a shooting on the 1500 block of Oregon and two children were hit, fed up residents put pressure on the city to clean up the neighborhood. If you're planning on buying a home in South Berkeley you want to be aware of what is going on in your prospective neighborhood.  Fewer drug dealers is generally considered a good thing.  I've been a resident of South Berkeley since 2001 and in that short time have seen a tremendous improvement in quality of life. Cafes, restaurants, and an influx of young families who are buying a home in South Berkeley are changing the dynamics of this area.

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