After hunting the city for the last 3 months for a house I found those in my price range always ended up in Confederation Park or Pacific Heights. Always living on the East side I was fully aware of the West side stigma. I have to say my opinion has changed. I got a 1977 house on a 50' plus lot with a garage off the alley. I got the house for a good deal and after removing the flooring and having new hardwood and carpet installed along with a new kitchen and bathroom (the house was 900 sq ft so this wasn't a big expense) I have what I want on a quiet crescent. Shop the west side, its minutes from Safeway and Superstore, downtown, circle drive and Preston crossing. My street is mostly working families mixed with retired original homeowners. There are some nice areas in the crescents off the major streets.