Properties in that neighborhood tend to be more expensive as it's where all of the famous hospitals and research centers are located. Just going back to look at the listings, all of those other condos are on shitty blocks to live on. The one on 3rd is on the crack corner, the one on 4th is above the park with the protesters, hippies, and homeless people, and the one on 1st is right next to the Hwy 99 off ramp. But also, the one on 1st is not going to be near the off ramp for long. As the Viaduct will be taken down. The Juliet Balcony overlooks the off-ramp. I kind of like it. It's actually a really good location for what I want. The one on fourth is also right across the street from the light rail station. Convenient to shopping, dining, and entertainment. Its on the quiet side of Westlake park, not the protester side. There are occasionally rallys there, but it's not that bad. The one on 3rd is not on the crack corner. The crack corner is 5 blocks away at the park. It is near the "hanging out waiting for the bus" corner. But I don't give a crap. Let em hang out. This is less than two blocks from Bed Bath And Beyond and/or Borders. It is not "dangerous". I am not afraid of non-gentrified neighborhoods. I don't need a boring, 100% safe, serene environment to make my house in. What you call "shitty blocks to live on" I call "what I'm looking for".