You can assess a neighborhood in many simple ways but I would like to talk about ways that I use.
1. I walk the streets. Talk with neighbors and see how they feel about the area.
2. Determine which people are owners and which ones are renters. If there are more homeowners the neighborhood will be more stable and likely have higher real estate value.
3. How is the neighborhood maintained. Do the homes have nice yards. Do they take pride in the way the houses and lawns are kept up?
These are good indicators that this is a neighborhood that you will want to invest your time and money in.