Thanks for the input. I really liked the house but the reviews online definitely have me apprehensive. That said, the house is at the end of a dead end, seemingly quiet road. Part of what I liked was how private the house seemed as it's up on a hill and half surrounded by woods.
Is the crime isolated? I've lived in both New Haven and many parts of Boston which both have somewhat bad reps. I found however though that the bad areas were kind of separate.