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It was a very big deal when the Census Bureau named Columbia City’s zip code as the most diverse in the country. This study cited how you can just walk into a local cafe and here ten or fifteen languages being spoken at once. Overall, the Bureau estimated that nearly 60 different languages are spoken here. Unlike other neighborhoods where diversity can lead to racial tension or class segregation, the community is a very safe and happy place to be. Mostly all residents respect each other (I haven’t heard of any incidents that would prove otherwise) and use their diverse cultures to weave a truly unique culture here. The New York Times even recognized the neighborhood and said that it’s a microcosm of Seattle itself.

 
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Public Transportation

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Columbia City recently scored a 92% on WalkScore, a grading system that ranks how walkable a certain area is. This stellar score highlights just how viable of a transportation option walking is in this neighborhood. The neighborhood also has its own light rail station -- the Columbia City Link Station -- which provides commuter rail access to the Link’s Central line. It’s still somewhat new, having opened in 2009. The station also is a stop for the bus lines that run through the area, although you can catch them on any of the major streets here. If you’re big on public transportation, check out Rainier Vista, a housing project that is developed around the rail station.

 
Crime & Safety

Crime & Safety

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Humboldt Park’s safety depends entirely on where you live in the area. If you look at a crime map, you’ll see that West Humboldt Park, and the central part of the neighborhood (west of the actual Humboldt public park) have crime rates that are higher than average. But the Humboldt public park marks a threshold of safety for the city. To the east and northeast of this park is a string of safe neighborhoods with low crime rates. To the west of it, however, in communities like Humboldt Park and Austin, the crime rates are higher. In practical terms, this threshold isn’t as strictly defined as it looks on a crime map, but a general rule of thumb for the neighborhood is that the Eastern side near the public park is overall safer than the Western side.

 
Demographics

Demographics

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Humboldt Park is known as a large center for Puerto Ricans in the Chicago area. In fact, it’s the only officially recognized Puerto Rican neighborhood in the U.S., and the Paseo Boricua, a strip of the neighborhood dedicated to Puerto Rican traditions and heritage, is the only place outside of Puerto Rico to be given permission to fly an official Puerto Rican flag. No other neighborhood in any other American city, even cities like New York City or Miami that have large Puerto Rican populations, have received this honor. Needless to say, you will recognize the cultural pride and traditions the first day you spend here.

 
Traffic & Commuting

Traffic & Commuting

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Old West Austin is situated about a mile west of Downtown Austin, but it’s such an easy drive (or walk if you’re willing) that it feels even closer. Just hop on West 6th Street and you’ll be there in minutes. This is incredible convenient if you work in the area, like at the Capitol building for example, or want to go there on the weekend to experience the nightlife, like if you see at show at the Austin Music Hall. If you’re trying to get somewhere further than Downtown, the MoPac Expressway is located on the western border of the neighborhood. This Expressway, along with Interstate 35 east of Downtown, is a major road in the city.

 
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Old West Austin isn’t so much a neighborhood, but rather a reference to a historic area that’s a little west of Downtown. However, there are three neighborhoods inside this area: Bryker Woods, Old Enfield, and Pemberton Heights. These communities have their own distinctive traits, like Bryker Woods is a very family-oriented place, Pemberton Heights has a large African-American population and a slightly higher than average median income, and Old Enfield features some of the oldest homes with colonial style architecture in the city. I would recommend living in all three; they each have their own charms and quirks that will appeal to any renter.

 
Nightlife

Nightlife

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Downtown DC has the best nightlife venues in the entire city; where else can you party with the President of the United States at a political event? OK, so maybe that doesn’t happen too often (or ever), but still, the nightlife here is presidential-worthy. The Washington Capitals of the NHL and Wizards of the NBA play at the Verizon Center if you’re into sports, but if not, there are several theaters in the area that host the best concerts, broadway shows, comedic acts, and any other stage entertainment you can think of. Most of DC’s best restaurants are also located in Downtown, as are the best bars and clubs. Like Downtown areas of other major U.S. Cities, DC’s is a place where a good time is not hard to come by at all.

 
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Downtown DC used to be strictly commercial, with restaurants, art venues, businesses, and historical sites taking up most of the real estate here. But in the two decades between 1990 and 2010, the population doubled from 4,000 to 8,000. This still is relatively low for a major downtown area, but it’s significant that the number of residents is rapidly growing. It also shows that the city is focusing on increasing the rentals in this neighborhood, specifically with projects like City Center DC, which is a $950 million complex that has four new real estate buildings (two for apartments and two for condos). It’s one of the biggest urban development of its kind in the country, and when it’s completed in 2013, will add thousands of residents, and rentals, to the Downtown area.

 
Demographics

Demographics

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Unlike Chinatown, Little Italy, and other cultural neighborhoods in the U.S. where there aren’t actually large populations of Chinese or Italian residents anymore, Little Havana is very authentic. 85 percent of the 50,000 residents in Little Havana are of Latino or Hispanic descent; there are a lot of Cubans especially. The second most prevalent heritage is Non-Hispanic Whites at 10 percent, and the third is African-Americans at 3 percent. The Latino and Hispanic traditions that this community was built from are just as present now as they were when the area was founded, and this is probably the proudest and most spirited neighborhood in Miami.

 
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Local Events

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Little Havana has more pride and traditionalism than any neighborhood in Miami. The people here love dancing, partying, and celebrating their heritage. There are so many fun annual events that take place here, like the Calle Ocho Festival (you may recognize “Calle Ocho” from the popular Pitbull song “I Know You Want Me”), parades like the Three Kings Parade, and Cultural Fridays, a monthly street festival with music, food, and art. Even though the residents here are very proud of their heritage, if you are of a different ethnicity you won’t feel left out at all. The locals here are very friendly and love to celebrate with anyone and everyone; you will feel at home before you know it.

 
Schools & Education

Schools & Education

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Prospect Park is part of the larger University community in Minneapolis, meaning that it’s within close proximity to the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities and houses many of the students that attend it. The most student populated area of Prospect Park is University Avenue. At first glance, you may be alarmed that the median household income for this part of the neighborhood is just $9,000, but that’s just because of how many students live there. If you are currently a student, or are planning on attending one of the schools in the area, Prospect Park is a popular area and many of your classmates will probably end up living here or closeby.

 
Restaurants

Restaurants

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For restaurants, East Avenue has trusted chains as well as local flavor. In the morning, you can swing by the Dunkin’ Donuts or Tim Hortons for coffee or breakfast, or wait until lunch and go to Subway. For small, locally owned restaurants, Ristorante Lucano is my favorite Italian restaurant in Rochester. It’s sort of on the expensive side, but so worth it. The Char Steak & Lounge is another trendy spot, as is the Pomodoro Grill and Wine Bar. East Avenue doesn’t have the most options in Rochester, but the blend of national brands and local eateries comprise the nice little culinary scene.

 
Apartment Costs

Apartment Costs

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East Avenue is one of the most affluent areas of Rochester, and it’s very apparent when you see the neighborhood’s grand mansions and high-end apartments and condos. Most of the listings for the area are over $1,000 a month; even some of the one bedroom properties. It’s possible to live here for under a grand, but the rental won’t be as nice. The price of a lower end apartment here is similar to luxury apartments in other areas of the city. So if you’re intent on living here, be ready to throw a bit more cash into the ring, or hope you find a deal.

 
Crime & Safety

Crime & Safety

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The crime rate in Fresno is around twice the national average, which is close to the California state average. That being said, Woodward Park has a crime rate for violent and property crime that is 19% lower than the city average, rendering it safer than 70% of other Fresno neighborhoods. However, that also shows it to be safer than only 4% of California cities. A person’s risk of being a victim of a violent crime in Woodward Park is approximately 1 in 199, and of property crime 1 in 25, creating a total risk of being victimized by crime of any sort of 1 in 22. In summary, Woodward Park is among the safest areas in a dangerous city. If you are concerned about crime, and can live outside the city, you should. However, if you must be in Fresno and are concerned about crime, Woodward Park is a good choice.

 
Crime & Safety

Crime & Safety

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The crime rate in Fresno is around twice the national average, which is close to the California state average. That being said, Woodward Park has a crime rate for violent and property crime that is 19% lower than the city average, rendering it safer than 70% of other Fresno neighborhoods. However, that also shows it to be safer than only 4% of California cities. A person’s risk of being a victim of a violent crime in Woodward Park is approximately 1 in 199, and of property crime 1 in 25, creating a total risk of being victimized by crime of any sort of 1 in 22. In summary, Woodward Park is among the safest areas in a dangerous city. If you are concerned about crime, and can live outside the city, you should. However, if you must be in Fresno and are concerned about crime, Woodward Park is a good choice.

 
Demographics

Demographics

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Woodward Park has a population of approximately 45,000. Of this number, 78% are Caucasian, 10% Asian, 2% African American, 5% claiming two or more races, and 4% identifying as other. These statistics are much less diverse than Fresno city averages. Age and income, however, show much more diversity. 30% of residents earn between $60 and $100 thousand annually. 20% are between $40 and $60 thousand, while both those earning $25-$40 thousand and $100-$150 account for 15%. 33% of residents are under the age of 18, while 32% are between 25 and 44 years, suggesting there are many families with children. Woodward Park is more newly developed than some other neighborhoods of Fresno, and boasts the highest rental rates in the area.

 
Crime & Safety

Crime & Safety

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Anaheim’s crime rate is lower than the California average by approximately 13%. The Colony’s crime rate is 22% higher than Anaheim, leaving it around 10% higher than the California average. Some numbers that might seem more practically useful are that The Colony is safer than 17% of Anaheim neighborhoods, and 37% of California cities. Violent and property crimes are both 22% higher here than the rest of the city. A person’s risk of being victimized by violent crime is 1 in 238, and of property crime 1 in 33, creating a total risk of 1 in 29 of being victimized by crime of any sort. These numbers suggest that The Colony is not extremely dangerous, but it is among the worst neighborhoods (concerning crime only) in a relatively safe city.

 
Recreation

Recreation

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While most people coming to Anaheim for some fun are usually headed Downtown to Disneyland, The Colony has plenty of fun to offer as well. There are several restaurants and cafes, as well as Embre, the premier dance club. Embre is not the only place to let your hair down, though; The Juke Joint, The Doll Hut, and Chain Reaction are local music venues with regular live shows drawing crowds from all over. For more of the arts, Muzeo museum offers not only art exhibits of many different types, but also engaging programs and workshops, and Anaheim Ballet also allows you be an observer or participant. Anaheim Ice rink and Pearson Park & Pool offer some physical recreation, as does the many adult and youth sports leagues.
For details on all of this, and more information on The Colony, visit anaheimcolony.com.

 
Local Events

Local Events

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East Village Association organizes many events throughout the year. The EVA holds events specifically for its members including breakfasts, mixers, and more; of course, that’s not all. PETCO Park’s opening has assisted in community events as it is the location for many of them, including the annual East Village Appreciation Day. Other annual festivities include the Anniversary Block Party, Halloween Block Party, Entrepreneur Day, and more. Eastvillagesandiego.com has all the information you need on East Village, including an events page where you can see whats coming up. Some more fun events include Light the Night Walks for cancer and Color Me Rad 5K/paint throwing extravaganza. Night and Day Street Fest and SoCal Music Festival two-day music and art festival are both held in East Village and draw residents from all over the area. Many of these events have recently been created, and more will come as the development continues.

 
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Renter Friendly

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Before the opening of PETCO Park baseball stadium in 2004, East Village was known for its run down store-fronts and nearly dilapidated residential buildings. Once the stadium was built, though, the East Village Business Improvement District began a whole urban renewal. The 130 blocks have since been transformed into a thriving neighborhood. Developments included many new apartment complexes and condominium mid-rises. This has made the East Village one of the most renter-friendly neighborhoods in San Diego. Neighborhoods in this area see similar rental rates, and none are very low. A studio apartment in East Village rents for an average of $1,600 monthly, one bedroom for $1,925, two bedrooms for $2,.575, and three bedrooms exceeding $3,000.

 
Apartment Costs

Apartment Costs

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Old West End shows rental rates directly in the middle compared to surrounding Toledo neighborhoods. One bedroom apartments rent for an average of $489 monthly, and two bedrooms for $525. Rates for two bedrooms range from a high of $750, in City Center, to a low of $400 in Roosevelt. Three bedroom apartments in Old West End don’t even meet the two-bedroom Toledo high, remaining at an average of $715 per month. Rates tend to remain the same; fluctuations happen everywhere, but there is no significant pattern here. Many rentals are older houses either for rent themselves, or divided into apartments.

 
Demographics

Demographics

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Old West End is a small historic neighborhood of Toledo, with a population of approximately 8,481. Residents consist of a wide variety of people; the age demographics are spread relatively evenly, with the smallest population being those between 20 and 24 years old, making up about 6%; it is more of a place to settle than to get your first apartment. 66% of Old West End residents are African American, 29% are Caucasian, 3% claim two or more races, and others made up less than 1%. These figures are almost exactly reversed from Toledo city percentages. 31% of the community are married couples. Economically, the neighborhood is mostly in the lower-middle class, 50% making between $10 and $25 thousand annually. As Old West End has been referred to as "the largest neighborhood of late Victorian, Edwardian, and Arts & Crafts homes east of the Mississippi", many rentals are large homes divided into apartments.

 
Crime & Safety

Crime & Safety

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Pittsburgh’s crime rate is more than twice the national average. That being said, Brookline is safer than 72% of neighborhoods within Pittsburgh. What this should mean to you, is that if you must live in Pittsburgh, this is a good area, but if you are concerned about crime and can rent somewhere outside of the city, that is a good idea. Crime rates in Brookline are 10% higher than the Pittsburgh average concerning both property and violent crimes, and these rates are lower than only 3% of other Pennsylvania cities. A person’s chance of being a victim of a violent crime in Brookline is 1 in 101, and of property crime 1 in 26. 1 in 21 is the risk a person has of being victimized by crime of any sort in this neighborhood.

 
Public Transportation

Public Transportation

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Brookline is served adequately by Port Authority of Allegheny County’s bus and light rail. Route 39 has been associated with Brookline since the first streetcar trolley days. Now route 39 relates to the Port Authority Bus route, which serves Brookline and East Brookline as well as Station Square. Port Authority’s light rail, known as the T, seves Brookline via the Blue Line, which begins in the South Park neighborhood and travels to Library. The line splits and not all trips travel the extent, but travel between the two ends is available. The light rail service provides opportunities to get to Downtown Pittsburgh, and from there various other transportation of rail and road are available.

 
Economy and Jobs

Economy and Jobs

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Near Southside is often referred to as the “medical district” of Fort Worth. It is the second largest employment center in Tarrant County, employing more than 30,000 employees in its several medical as well as other institutions. The city of Fort Worth has recently been designated an Urban Design District due to all of the recent developments, restricting building to zoning regulations so it doesn’t become overcrowded while continuing to build. This is the city’s most up and coming neighborhood, home to many new restaurants, retail stores, and nightlife. These developments, along with the many medical facilities, keep the economy strong and provide many jobs for residents in every field.

 
Local Events

Local Events

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Near Southside organizes many fun events throughout the year. There are many physically based activities, like runs and bike rides. The Cowtown Marathon, Joe’s Run, Rahr Oktoberfest 5K and Mayor’s Southside (bike)Ride are all extremely popular among residents. There are some regular events that occur when the weather is right, such as the Broadway off Broadway free concert series in Magnolia Park and Friday on the Green celebrations of local food, drink, and live music as well. There are also several annual events held in Near Southside, such as Magnolia Street Festival, Arts Goggle 90 site gallery crawl of music and arts displays, and Open Streets day of all being welcomed into the open, blocked off streets, including dogs, skateboarders, yoga classes, arts displays and classes, and more. Fortworthsouth.org has information on events and more in this neighborhood.

 
Demographics

Demographics

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Rice Military is a predominantly white, middle class neighborhood. There are approximately 13,766 residents. Of that, 58% are Caucasian, 10% African American, 1.5% are Asian, and 27% claim to be “other”. These numbers show less diversity than Houston’s average. However, when the neighborhood was polled to calculate predominate language, it was a 50/50 split between English and Spanish. Around 50% of residents are married couples, and most have children. Economically, the neighborhood is more diverse. The largest grouping of income is between $10 and $25 thousand, which encompasses 22% of residents. 15% make more than $100 thousand, and 11% below $10 thousand. Rice Military was once considered a rural area, but is now considered more urban, being referred to by the Houston Chronicle as “nearly at capacity”.

 
Restaurants

Restaurants

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Rice Military is home to around 35 restaurants, of all styles and price ranges. This is not the barbecue, deep south Houston area you may be expecting. There are a few Tex-Mex spots, El Tiempo being the most popular, but otherwise you will see the same mix here as any city in the country. The most acclaimed restaurant in the neighborhood is Benjy’s, an American style eatery with a unique menu, serving breakfast, lunch and dinner. Coppa Ristorante is a nice, comfortable but a bit pricey Italian place, El Rey Taqueria is great for Mexican food, and The Blue Fish is a fantastic Japanese sushi spot. There are tapas bars, Cuban, Spanish and Mediterranean restaurants. Truly something for every craving, except Texas barbecue, but Texas is a big place.

 
Crime & Safety

Crime & Safety

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As with any popular urban city, New Orleans sees its fair amount of crime. However, Marigny has a crime rate that is 60% lower than the city’s average; both property and violent crimes are around 60% lower. This makes it safer than 86% of New Orleans neighborhoods, and 19% of all cities in Louisiana. A person’s chances of becoming a victim of violent crime in Marigny is approximately 1 in 344, and of property crime 1 in 71, leaving the overall chance of being victimized by a crime of any sort at 1 in 59. So, while you may want to take a cab rather than walk around at night, there is no need to worry excessively about your safety in Marigny.

 
Nightlife

Nightlife

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Most people are aware of the party atmosphere of New Orleans. While Marigny has plenty going on, even during Mardi Gras it is a sort of local secret, just below the French Quarter. Here, there are approximately 45 nightlife hotspots, many of them lining the popular Frenchman’s Street. You can bet that on any given night, there is live music in at least a few bars around the neighborhood. Some popular jazz clubs are 3 Muses, Spotted Cat, Snug Harbor, and D.B.A. New Orleans, which stays open until 5am on the weekends. Some good music venues not specializing in jazz are Cafe Negril, Maison, and Blue Nile. There are several gay bars in Marigny, some sports bars and lounges, and many dive style locals type bars; Igor’s Checkpoint, Lost Love Lounge, and The John are all very popular.

 
Nightlife

Nightlife

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Most people are aware of the party atmosphere of New Orleans. While Marigny has plenty going on, even during Mardi Gras it is a sort of local secret, just below the French Quarter. Here, there are approximately 45 nightlife hotspots, many of them lining the popular Frenchman’s Street. You can bet that on any given night, there is live music in at least a few bars around the neighborhood. Some popular jazz clubs are 3 Muses, Spotted Cat, Snug Harbor, and D.B.A. New Orleans, which stays open until 5am on the weekends. Some good music venues not specializing in jazz are Cafe Negril, Maison, and Blue Nile. There are several gay bars in Marigny, some sports bars and lounges, and many dive style locals type bars; Igor’s Checkpoint, Lost Love Lounge, and The John are all very popular.

 
Pet Friendly

Pet Friendly

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Portland is a great walking neighborhood; Downtown and the CTLH/South Portland neighborhood. It is right on the water of the Willamette River, and for that reason is full of walking trails and parks. This, along with the number of complexes accepting pets, make it a pet friendly neighborhood. When it comes to renting with large dogs, there tends to consistently be availabilities mostly in upscale, more expensive buildings. Of course, there are more places accepting small dogs and cats, and with those you should be able to find rentals of all costs and styles. Last time I applied the pet options modifier in the advanced options section of My Apartment Map’s search area, I saw around ten buildings with various accommodations accepting pets.

 
Nightlife

Nightlife

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There are approximately 10 nightlife venues in the Corbett/Terwilliger/Lair Hill neighborhoods of South Portland. The only place considered to be a dance club is Scandals, a club catering to the gay community, which doubles as a bar and grill during the daytime, and stays open until 2:30am seven days a week. Kay’s Lounge has the same hours, but is more of a laid-back, old-school type place to grab a few drinks. Hound Dog Bar & Grill, Firkin Tavern and East End are similar, while Bar Avignon is a more upscale bar with an extensive wine list and fancier decor. Cascade Brewing and Barrell House is renowned for its beer selection, especially sours. Bunk Bar and Rotture are both cool venues with frequent live music. For the low number of bars available, there is some variety.

 
Restaurants

Restaurants

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Battery Park is home to approximately 40 eateries, consisting of everything from hot dog carts to upscale dining. North End Grill is the most popular spot in the neighborhood. It serves American style food, is a bit pricey ($30-$55 per entree), it is worth the money if you have it to spend. Merchant’s River House is similar and a little easier on the wallet. Blue Smoke is a fantastic barbecue spot, also a bit pricey, and also worth it if you’ve got it. There are a few good sushi spots, including Yushi; and around 5 pizza places, Harry’s being the local favorite. Some other places I would recommend: Quality Burger, Wei West for Asian fusion delights, and Francois Payard Bakery for a sandwich, tart or pastry. There’s a little bit of everything in Battery Park, and a lot more of it all around the city.

 
Public Transportation

Public Transportation

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Public transit is the best way to travel in and around Battery Park. It is located in Lower Manhattan, right on the Hudson River, so parking is almost non-existent outside of assigned spaces. If you must drive, coming from the east side, FDR Drive South to Exit 1 will get you into Battery Park, and from the west side, West Side Highway South/9A. Luckily, Battery Park is very easily accessed by bus and rail. By subway, the Local 7th Avenue and Broadway lines, to the last stop and Whitehall Street respectively, as well as the Express Lexington Avenue Line to the Bowling Green stop will all bring you into Battery Park. M1, M6, and M15 busses taken to the final stop (South Ferry) also serve the neighborhood.

 
Demographics

Demographics

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The 19th Ward is the largest neighborhood in Rochester. It is home to 22,000 residents of all economic and racial types. Although the neighborhood has gotten a bad reputation for gang violence after being one of the first in the 80’s to see significant “white flight”, gang violence has subsided and residents live in general harmony, proud of their mixed culture. Due to its reputation, commercial and resident spending declined, but is currently climbing again, mostly due to Brooks Landing, a development including an 88 room hotel, 20,000 square feet of office space and 11,000 square feet of retail space. The 19th Ward is home to all types of renters and buyers; first time homeowners enjoy the inexpensive mortgages on small single family homes, and students, professors and other individuals enjoy low rent in the many duplex and individual apartment complexes.

 
Section 8 & Affordable

Section 8 & Affordable

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Rochester Housing Authority makes it very easy to apply for Section 8. Rochesterhousing.org has a printable application for Section 8, as well as steps to begin the process, and opportunities for other government assistance, such as the Family Self-Sufficiency program (FSS), which helps residents to get jobs and reach goals in hopes of lessening their need for assitance. The 19th Ward has many listings on My Apartment Map for rentals accepting Section 8; you can access them by entering the advanced options section and applying the modifier. Last I checked, there were single family homes, townhouses and apartments available. 19th Ward is among the least expensive in the area, more expensive than only Genesee Jefferson and Charles House. One bedroom apartments rent for an average of $615 monthly.

 
Local Events

Local Events

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There is something going on almost every day in Downtown Santa Barbara. Santabarbaradowntown.com has information on all neighborhood happenings, including special local events. There is constantly live music events indoors and out, lectures on various topics including art, cooking, and more, craft fairs, farmers markets, Center Stage theater productions, food and drink tastings, and Scene on the Street outdoor art exhibits. Since Downtown is the center of the city, it is home to all major holiday celebrations like parades and parties. This is a very community oriented neighborhood, and there is always something going on.

 
Apartment Costs

Apartment Costs

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Rental rates in the Downtown area of Santa Barbara are among the most expensive in the city. However, the gaps to those both above and below Downtown in price are not large. Studio apartments rent for an average of $1,025 monthly, one bedrooms for an average of $1,590, and two bedrooms for $2,400. The most expensive two bedroom rentals in Santa Barbara are in Riviera, for $2,640; only there and Eastside are more expensive. Most neighborhoods in the city are less expensive, Upper State is the lowest, renting two bedroom apartments for an average of $1,900. Rates tend to escalate in the fall, especially October.

 
Recreation

Recreation

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Most of the recreation opportunities in Westville involve the arts and the great outdoors. The neighborhood is very focused on the arts, dedicating 3 complexes to artists’ live/work studios. There are 5 formal galleries and many casual studios, as well as regular art walks, where artists display their work along the streets of Westville. There are several parks in the area; Edgewood Park offers soccer, baseball, and rugby fields as well as basketball courts, all open to the public. The park also has organized playgroups, nature programs, and recreation programs year-round. West Ridge State Park offers nature, hiking and biking trails, and as it is located on Lake Wintergreen, boating and fishing opportunities as well. Westville is also home to Beecher Park, West River Riverwalk and Open Space, and West Rock Nature Center, 43 acres including a waterfall and over 300 species of plants. Details, events, and happenings in Westville can be found at westvillect.org.

 
Public Transportation

Public Transportation

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Westville is served quite adequately by a few different transit companies. CT Transit bus routes B, Q, and Z provide local service around the New Haven area, and offer connections to rail service outside the city. CT Transit also offers a commuter rail (Shore Line East), offering service between New Haven and New London stations. Amtrak provides several means of transit, travelling further than the busses and commuter rail. The regional route travels from Boston, MA to Newport News Virginia; the Vermonter travels from Washington, D.C. to St.Albans, VT, and the Acela Express from Boston to Washington, D.C. Amtrak also operates shuttle trains from New Haven to Springfield as well as van and car service for local travel. New York’s MTA Rail serves New Haven in the Westville area as well, via Union and State Street stations. Seasonally, residents can also get ferry service to Martha’s Vineyard.

 
Public Transportation

Public Transportation

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There are two main public transit options in the West Side of Jersey City. Both the A&C Bus Corporation and New Jersey Transit provide bus service to the community, and most of the major streets in the neighborhood are lined with stops. Lots of locals take these buses to work every day; they run often, and are reliable with their times. The other public transportation option here is the Hudson Bergen Light Rail, which has a terminus station located on West Side Avenue. Bus 80 also serves the station, so if you live within walking distance of it you’ll have both transit options available close to you. I should also mention that the West Side is a mile or so away from the Journal Square station, which can take Jersey City residents to New York City via rail.

 
Recreation

Recreation

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The West Side neighborhood is, sensibly, located around West Side Avenue, which is important to know because it’s one of the largest shopping areas in the city. The West Side, like Bayfront, is a planned community, meaning that since its inception there were urban engineers with long term goals and development ideas for the neighborhood. The plans for the West Side involve more retail and shopping opportunities which, combined with West Side Ave, will make this neighborhood a huge shopping district. Also, there are going to be increased recreational opportunities. Lincoln Park, or West Side Park as it used to be known, is nearly 300 acres of public open space, and features a RiverWalk as well as facilities for biking, sports, running, etc.

 
Public Transportation

Public Transportation

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The most popular public transportation method in Ledroit Park is the subway, especially in the neighborhood’s Shaw-Howard University station. Washington Metro’s Green and Yellow lines both run through this stop, which can take residents to different regions of the city. These two lines also run through the U Street station, which is a short walking distance from the Shaw-Howard stop. Other options besides the subway are bus routes, like number 80 for example, which run through the neighborhood. Then again, walking is also an option. Downtown DC is too far away (three miles), but if you’re a student at Howard University or work in any of the surrounding neighborhoods, you could easily walk.

 
Demographics

Demographics

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Ledroit Park, located near the center of Washington DC, is a neighborhood that originated as a Whites only community, but over time this barriers was broken down. The largest reason for this is the nearby location of Howard University, which is a historically black school. Now, in the 21st century, Ledroit Park is very diverse. And it’s not just large populations of Blacks and Whites either; residents here span dozens of countries, and the diversity this community offers is a huge selling point for some.

 
Renter Friendly

Renter Friendly

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If you research the Queen Anne neighborhood and notice that it seems like most of the residents here rent instead of own, it’s not your imagination. According to the Census, 63% of residents in Queen Anne rent, and only 37% own a property. This can be attributed to the neighborhood’s young age and the lack of married couples here. Young bachelors and bachelorettes are more likely to rent than married couples and families. Because renting is so popular in the neighborhood, you shouldn’t have any trouble at all finding listings to choose from. Rentable properties are more plentiful here than in most other Seattle neighborhoods.

 
Demographics

Demographics

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Queen Anne’s median household income is barely higher than (just $3,000 more) than Seattle’s average, but has noticeably lower marriage rates. Only 32 percent of the population is married, which is nearly half of the state and national averages of 55 percent. Queen Anne’s population is 80 percent White, compared to 70 percent for the city overall, and is a couple years younger than average with a median age of 33.9. Probably the most lopsided difference is that 60 percent of residents in Queen Anne hold a Bachelor’s degree. Seattle’s average is 40 percent, but the difference really shows when you look at the state average -- 28 percent -- and the national average of 24 percent. Overall, the trends for Queen Anne show that the neighborhood is wealthier, younger, more educated, whiter, and more single than the Seattle averages.

 
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Restaurants

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There aren’t many neighborhoods in Seattle that have more restaurants than Belltown. In just its zip code, there are over a hundred. It’s astounding when you consider that you could go to a different restaurant every week and after two years you would still have new restaurants to go to. And that’s without even considering how many new eateries pop up every year. With such a vast selection, the culinary options are very eclectic. In Belltown you could find a cheap take out joint on the same street as a ritzy fine dining destination, or a group of restaurants on the same street that each serve foods from different continents. Seattle is a great city for foodies, and Belltown is one of the best communities in the city to dine.

 
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Renter Friendly

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Belltown used to be an industrial area that was only renter friendly because of how cheap the rent was. But now, the neighborhood has built a solid reputation for its trendy shops and boutiques, restaurants, art museums and galleries, and nightlife. In fact, Money Magazine called it a walkable neighborhood that has everything anyone could need. For this reason, they said it would be a perfect community for retirees. But this doesn’t mean that the demographics here skew towards an older crowd. There are three colleges in Belltown: the Art Institute of Seattle, Antioch University, and Argosy University, and there is a large population of young adults here.

 
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Recreation

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North Shore is thought of by many to be the best surfing spot in all of Hawaii, and perhaps the world. Surfers from all over make the pilgrimage here to ride the huge waves and enjoy the area’s stunning beaches. Surfing is an intricate part of this community’s culture, as mostly everyone does it or knows someone who does. If you rent here you’ll try it at least once, and who knows, you could fall in love with it. If not, you can still be a beach bum and enjoy the perfect weather here on a white-sanded beach. North Shore is far from the urban part of Honolulu, but there are still plenty of outdoor activities to keep you busy on a sunny weekend.

 
Weather

Weather

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Many renters begin their Honolulu housing search because they want to live in the city’s beautiful weather. And really, I don’t blame them at all. The temperatures here mostly stay constant year-round, as every month averages highs in the 80s. The main difference lies in rainfall: in the summer, it barely rains at all. However, from November to April, there’s an average of two or three inches of rain every month. But still, would you rather live in a city that has to deal with snow in the winter, or a tropical city that has some showers in the winter? And for those who worry that it gets too hot in the summer, the highest temperature ever recorded here in 95 degrees F, and it rarely ever gets that hot. Some people think that moving somewhere just for the weather is foolish, but when you think about it, it’s an aspect of the city that you have to deal with every day, like transportation and crime. If living in a sunny tropical city makes you happy (why wouldn’t it?), then I would highly recommend living in Honolulu.

 
Traffic & Commuting

Traffic & Commuting

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You will have to commute a bit further than San Diego’s average time if you live in La Jolla and work near downtown San Diego or its various districts. La Jolla is 13 miles away, although the drive is easy and convenient; Interstate 5 runs along the east side of the neighborhood, so you just have to drive a couple of minutes and hop on it. You can take the Interstate all the way to downtown, with the only hitch being traffic in the morning and late afternoon. But overall, because most of the miles are highway miles, your drive will feel a lot shorter than it really is. If you don’t have a car, MTS provides a bus (#30) that travels from La Jolla to Downtown.

 
Recreation

Recreation

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La Jolla is an area that is mixed with both residential homes and businesses. The neighborhood is quite far from downtown San Diego compared with other communities (13 miles), but fortunately there are plenty of things to do locally. The Shops at La Jolla Village and La Jolla Village Square both have shopping, dining, and entertainment options that will keep you coming back on the weekends. Arguably the best museum in the entire city, the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego, is also located in La Jolla. And I haven’t even mentioned that La Jolla is a coastside community, so beaches or oceanside parks (like the Eileen Browning Scripps Park) are never far.

 
Crime & Safety

Crime & Safety

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Despite the fact that Harlem is in the midst of gentrification and revitalization, crime is still a very real concern here. To its credit, it has noticeably decreased, but in the first ten months of this year, there were five times more shooting Harlem than the Upper West Side. Areas like East Harlem especially continue to be plagued by crime, and are much higher than the averages for other neighborhoods in New York City. However, many believe that downward trends will continue and the community will continue to fall closer to the average. Until that happens, however, don’t forget that Harlem is still one of the most dangerous parts of the city to live in.

 
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Renter Friendly

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As rental prices continue to soar past historic highs downtown Manhattan neighborhoods, the residents who can’t afford the increasing costs are moving to more affordable areas. Because of this, Harlem has become one of the trendiest NYC neighborhoods to live in. If you had told locals this just ten years ago, they wouldn’t have believed it. Harlem has historically been one of the most violent parts of the city, and far from desirable. However, it is currently undergoing a very controversial gentrification, as rents have risen and locals who have lived there for years are being forced to leave. But it’s indisputable that this neighborhood is being revitalized, with new businesses and housing properties popping up all over the community. I would recommend renting in Harlem now while the rent is still affordable, because in another decade it could easily transform into an expensive hotspot.

 
Nightlife

Nightlife

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College Hill is a great neighborhood for nightlife because of the venues it has in the community and its close proximity to downtown Providence. There are plenty of popular college lounges, dive, pubs, etc. that are filled every weekend with students. There are also local restaurants that have cheap dining options for the “college budget,” as well as more expensive options for what I like to call the “wedding anniversary budget.” But if this neighborhood doesn’t offer enough nightlife for you, downtown Providence is less than a mile away.

 
Schools & Education

Schools & Education

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This neighborhood is best known for housing nearly all of Brown University, as well as significant parts of the Rhode Island School of Design. These schools are a major factor in nearly all facets of the community: they own and preserve the historic architecture, they attract the vital young adult demographic, they hold local events, they bring diversity to the area... you get the idea. Without the schools, especially Brown, this neighborhood would be nowhere near as prosperous as it has been. I would say that College Hill is one of the best neighborhoods for students in the country, and is definitely among the top in the Northeast United States.

 
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Recreation

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In a wealthy neighborhood like Preston Hollow, shopping opportunities will always be abundant. The Plaza at Preston Center. This mall has familiar retail names like New Balance and Jos. A. Bank to go along with its high-end boutiques and specialty shops. You will be able to shop until you drop here, but depending on where you shop it may require a large wallet to do so. For more shopping and other casual recreational activities or nightlife, Preston Hollow is only eight miles from the neighborhoods in Downtown Dallas and all the culture they offer.

 
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Apartment Costs

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Preston Hollow is affluent, prestigious, and one of the most desirable communities to live in all of Dallas. As a testament to this, none other than George W. Bush lives here. You may also recognize other high-profile residents like Mark Cuban, and Luke Wilson, and Roger Staubach. More specifically, homes here are typically on sale for at least a million dollars, although they can easily reach ten or twenty million. Thankfully, you don’t have to pay these prices if you only rent here, and there are plenty of affordable price tags in the rental market. Rentals can range in the mid-hundreds for one or two bedrooms, and high hundreds to low thousands for three or four bedrooms, or more luxurious pads. If you compare those costs to a million dollar house for sale, you’ll see how much of a deal it is.

 
Recreation

Recreation

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A large area of Woodlawn, especially on its eastern side, is made up of public park space. Most of this belongs to Jackson Park, which is a 500 acre public park that’s positioned right against Lake Michigan. In fact, there is an 18-mile lakefront trail that runs through it where cyclists, joggers, and walkers enjoy the sights and weather in the warmer months. Also during the warm months is when the nearby 63rd Street beach (site of the city’s oldest beach house) becomes popular with locals. Other places to visit here are the Osaka Garden, the local lagoons, and the Republic, a well-known local statue.

 
Demographics

Demographics

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The history of Woodlawn is very involved with race, from tensions in the early 20th century to movements in the ‘60s to current issues. African-Americans made up almost 100% of the population just a couple decades ago in the early ‘90s, with a median household income of around $13,000. But in the past decade, the White population has grown and is currently at almost 7 percent, which would be very low for any other neighborhood in the U.S., but is high here. The area is being gentrified, which has revitalized the community in some ways but has also upset locals in others. Racial tensions aren’t nearly as bad as they used to be, to say the least, but there are still underlying issues going on today.

 
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Renter Friendly

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Kansas City is quickly becoming more renter friendly for its residents. There are currently under 4,000 housing units being built in the city at the moment, spread out over 15 new buildings in five neighborhoods. These buildings vary from lofts, to traditional apartments, to studios, and more. And get this: there are more than another 3,000 housing units that are currently proposed and will likely be built in the near future. Kansas City is a flourishing city, and it’s a terrific sign that its housing is keeping up with the growth. It’s also encouraging that so much of the housing being built are rentable properties, because leasing has definitely become the most popular way to live in a city.

 
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Economy and Jobs

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The Business District is the economic anchor for the entire city’s metropolitan area. There are many big businesses and corporations headquartered here, especially recently: there has been over $5 billion of new construction in this area, and much of it has been dedicated to businesses. For example, H&R Block, AMC Theaters, Aquila, DST Systems, and UMB Bank are a few of the businesses that have headquarters here. In the past, it was difficult to be a young professional in Kansas City because there weren’t as many opportunities. But now, this is definitely a city on the rise, and has shown significant commercial, corporate, and business growth in recent years.

 
Crime & Safety

Crime & Safety

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Bensonhurst is a safe neighborhood where residents feel like a collective community, unlike some other NYC boroughs. Crime is lower in Bensonhurst than the average Brooklyn neighborhood, and I would say the only real dangerous areas are west of the neighborhood. This area includes part of Fort Hamilton and to the northeast of it, and south of Dyker Heights. Aside from there, and maybe New Utrecht, none of the crime statistics really jump off the page at you. Still, you should get to know the block you plan on living on first before signing the lease.

 
Demographics

Demographics

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Bensonhurst is known for its large Italian population. A recent report showed that there are actually around 15,000 Italian-speaking residents who still leave here, despite the changing local demographics. The area also a rich gang history, as many famous mobsters have lived here and were arrested or killed on these streets. This has lent to the neighborhood’s “Little Italy of Brooklyn” mystique, but in modern times there are traditions that also reflect the neighborhood’s shared Italian heritage. The Festa di Santa Rosalia is an annual event held in late summer that draws thousands of Italians from around the city to Bensonhurst.

 
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Economy and Jobs

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Brooklyn’s business district is often overlooked because neighboring Manhattan is home to Wall Street and a world famous financial district. However, if you exclude these areas, Brooklyn’s business center is the largest in the city. Overall, downtown has received millions of public funds and billions of private donations towards improvements, which has greatly benefited the economy here. The area that represents business most in downtown Brooklyn is probably the MetroTech Center, which houses a number of high-profile companies like Bear Stearns, JPMorgan Chase, Blue Cross Blue Shield, National Grid, and others. In fact, it’s the biggest urban science and technology park in the country. Many young professionals who come to the city think that they have to work in Manhattan, but Brooklyn is a growing example of why this simply isn’t true.

 
Public Transportation

Public Transportation

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Brooklyn is part of the New York City metropolitan area, which has the highest rate of public transportation riders in the country, by far. Over 50 percent of New Yorkers take public transit to work every day; by comparison, other cities consider their rate high if it’s over 15 percent. So if you rent in Brooklyn, it doesn’t matter if you need to travel to the other boroughs every day for work or another reason. There will absolutely be a way to get there provided to you through public transportation. There are dozens of NYC bus and subway lines that run through downtown Brooklyn, and the Long Island Rail Road commuter rail also has a stop in the neighborhood.

 
Demographics

Demographics

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Uptown is a large area of the city with many fauborgs, which if you’re unfamiliar with the French culture here, is another word for a suburb. Some of the municipalities that are encompassed in this area are Jefferson City, Hurstville, Rickerville, Greenville, and Burtheville. New Orleans is a city that is full of spirit and individual flavor, and each neighborhood has its own style that sets it apart from others. Uptown is arguably the best area of the city to rent in, but choosing to live there is the easy part; now you have to research the communities and fauborgs. Message me or any of the other local agents I work with for a breakdown of each area; I don’t have enough space to do so here.

 
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Renter Friendly

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Uptown has been home to musicians like Lil Wayne, Louis Armstrong, Harry Connick Jr., athletes like the Manning family and Drew Brees, and other famous New Orleans residents. It’s definitely one of the most popular parts of the city to live in, especially after the Hurricane. Sectors of Uptown were hit, but a large portion on higher that was on higher ground escaped without too much damage, and because of this many businesses and residents moved to the area. Uptown is one of the city’s oldest neighborhoods--its historical district is nationally recognized--but it is thriving and is more renter friendly now than ever.

 
Public Transportation

Public Transportation

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The city’s light rail (TRAX) system isn’t very old, but is already one of the most popular forms of public transportation in Downtown, and an extension that connects it to the airport will be opened in 2014. The Utah Transit Authority also runs two types of buses: normal routes and rapid transit routes. The best part about public transit in Downtown is that it’s completely free if you’re traveling in the Free Fare Zone, which stretches from Downtown to the Capitol. As for other services, Amtrak also serves the area, and there are plans for a streetcar line to open up in late 2013 or 2014.

 
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Local Events

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Salt Lake City shouldn’t be lost in the shuffle of larger cities when you’re considering local excitement and cultural aspects like nightlife and the arts. Most people don’t associate sports with Salt Lake, but there is a very active sports scene here. The Utes (the University of Utah) consistently have one of the best college football teams in the nation, and their homecoming is always a huge event. Also, the Utah Jazz are the city’s NBA team, and have a dedicated fanbase here. Anytime they make the playoffs, the entire city comes alive. As for music, there are concert series in the summer, and popular music venues for other parts of the year. There are also venues for off-Broadway shows, dance shows, and operas. Restaurants, clubs, and bars top off the cultural scene here as one that shouldn’t be slept on.

 
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Apartment Costs

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Fox Chase’s further location (it’s more than ten miles away from downtown) may be an annoyance for your everyday commuter schedule, but it makes up for it when it comes to housing value. Because Fox Chase isn’t located right in the city, properties aren’t as ludicrously expensive. If you’ve been looking in other popular Philadelphia ‘hoods, you’ll be surprised to see that many of the rental price tags here are in the hundreds. It’s not uncommon for renters here to land a great pad that has a monthly rent that’s less than a grand. See for yourself: browse the listings on here or contact me.

 
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Traffic & Commuting

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Fox Chase is much further away from the Philadelphia City Center than most of the city’s neighborhoods. In fact, you could consider it a suburb with a distance of 12 miles from downtown. Even with the city’s extensive subway and rail service, the majority of the public transportation options offered in Fox Chase are SEPTA bus routes; there is only one other option, which is a commuter rail service. The most popular mode of transportation by far is driving, and the commute takes at least a half hour no matter which way you go. When you’re considering whether to live in Fox Chase, it’s important to take the long commute (with fewer public transit options) into account.

 
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Nightlife

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In addition to having a prized reputation for its academics, North Oakland also offers a lot of culture to the larger Downtown area. The Carnegie Museum of Art, the International Jazz Hall of Fame, the Andy Warhol Museum, and the Carnegie Museum of Natural History are some of the best artistic venues in the city. The theater and music scene is dominated by venues associated with local universities, like the Studio Theatre, Carnegie Music Hall, and University of Pittsburgh Repertory Theatre, to name a few. There are also a number of parks, historical sites, and of course, like any college neighborhood has, bars.

 
Schools & Education

Schools & Education

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Oakland is where the main campus of the University of Pittsburgh, one of the city’s most well-known schools, is located. Their 42-story Cathedral of Learning is arguably the neighborhood’s most ubiquitous landmark, and is one of the tallest academic buildings in the world. Carnegie Mellon University, a school that is ranked among the finest private schools in the country, and the world for that matter, is also located in Oakland and nearby Squirrel Hill. When you factor in Carlow University as well, Oakland leads the city in the number of students and educated residents.

 
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Renter Friendly

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In most of Pine Hills’ housing listings you will see the word “student” or “campus” in the title. It’s no secret that this is a community dominated by college students, and that the majority of renters are in their early 20s. If you are a young person in Albany, whether you’re in school still and are looking to move off-campus, or are a recent graduate, this neighborhood is perfect for you. The housing is affordable, the leases are fit to match the academic calendar, and your neighbors will be people your age. I wouldn’t necessarily recommend renting here to older adults, but I wouldn’t rule it out either. If you can snag a cheap listing and don’t mind living in a college area, why not do it?

 
Demographics

Demographics

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The school with the largest presence in the city, the University of Albany (SUNY), doesn’t have any academic buildings in Pine Hills, but there is a residence hall here called the Alumni Quad. Also, it’s a popular site for off-campus students to live, as there are lots of college bars and cheap housing here. The large student population has led some to call Pine Hills a “student ghetto,” and this nickname was especially prevalent after an infamous 2011 student riot. If you rent here you should be aware that this is a rowdy neighborhood on the weekends, and if you live in an apartment building with college kids it can oftentimes be louder than you’re comfortable with. Make sure you research the part of the community you want to live in before settling down.

 
Schools & Education

Schools & Education

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Chelsea’s fashion and art-heavy culture is evident even in the local schools, such as the Fashion Institute of Technology (which is part of the State Universities of New York system) and the School of Visual Arts. There’s even high schools called the New York City Museum School and the High School of Fashion for students who are interested in the field. There are also traditional public schools, of course, such as the William T. Harris School and the Chelsea School. For private high schools, the Xavier High School is located here.

 
Recreation

Recreation

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Chelsea’s rich culture makes it stand out in Manhattan, which is really saying something considering how much the borough has to offer. The Rubin Museum of Art, the Chelsea Market, the Barneys Co-Op, the Hudson River Park, the Chelsea Art Museum, Joyce Theater, and the Kitchen all offer different types of things to see and do, whether it’s shopping, theater, art viewing, or outdoor recreation. Chelsea’s demographics show that there is a large creative class living in the neighborhood, and you can tell from the culture here. If I were to pick out a favorite part of the community to visit on the weekend, it would probably be the Chelsea theatre district.

 
Traffic & Commuting

Traffic & Commuting

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The Dwight D. Eisenhower Expressway (I-290) defines the southern boundaries of East Garfield Park, conveniently providing a direct route to downtown, or if residents need to travel further, it connects with the Kennedy Expressway. No matter where you live in the neighborhood, you won’t be further than a few minutes (by car) from 290. There are also public transportation services available in the form of two CTA rail lines (Blue and Green), and east-west and north-south CTA bus routes.

 
Crime & Safety

Crime & Safety

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East Garfield Park as a whole isn’t considered one of Chicago’s safe neighborhoods. I’d have to say that the area with the least crime is Madison Street and Kenzie Avenue, but I’m not sure if I would recommend walking around the rest of the neighborhood late at night. Directly to the east and northeast of the community are a pocket of very safe neighborhoods, like West Town, East Village, Wicker Park, and Ukrainian Park. It becomes more dangerous when you move west towards E. Garfield, W. Garfield, and Fifth City. Locals claim that Garfield is safer than it used to be, but if this is a major concern for you (for example, if you’re moving with a family) then you should look east of the neighborhood.

 
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Apartment Costs

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I’m always making sure that there are a solid number of Whittier listings on this site for you to browse; right now there are around 50 or so. I want prospective renters to be able to gauge the housing opportunities in the neighborhood, and the most important factor on everyone’s mind is pricing. Looking at all the properties right now, there are only a few that are over $1000, and the ones that go over usually have three bedrooms or extra bathrooms. It’s certainly realistic to find a comfortable two bedroom rental for under a grand, and even more realistic if the apartment you’re looking for is a studio or one bedroom. But, like any other area, more luxurious homes will cost more money, and there are some expensive properties you can look at in Whittier too if you can afford it.

 
Pet Friendly

Pet Friendly

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Whittier’s selection of pet friendly rentals is more extensive than the average neighborhood. Check out the Murals of LynLake, the Pillsbury Manor or Place, Blaisdell Housing, Rose Manor Apartments, or Art Institute Apartments as a starting point for homes that will allow animals. All of these places will let cats and small dogs live with you, although they have differing opinions on big dogs. There are also individual rentals that are pet friendly as well, including houses with yards, which are a necessary amenity for some pet owners.

 
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Renter Friendly

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Grant Park is one of the most attractive Atlanta neighborhoods to rent in for many reasons. First off, it’s probably the closest you can be to the Downtown area while living in a house (as opposed to an apartment or condo), and housing costs are less expensive than normal. Because of public transportation provided by MARTA, you don’t need a car to get around the neighborhood, or to access other parts of the city. And last but not least, Grant Park is the largest historic neighborhood in the city, and most of the houses showcase beautiful Victorian architecture.

 
Recreation

Recreation

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The most notable feature this neighborhood has is its namesake, Grant Park. It’s the fourth largest in the city, and there are more than two million people who visit it every year. Downtown Atlanta is just a mile away, yet you would never know it if you stand in the middle of the park with its foliage and open green space. Atlanta’s weather is mostly warm year-round, so you could spend any day picnicking, biking, walking, or any other recreational opportunities here. Popular destinations like Zoo Atlanta make the community a hotspot on the weekend.

 
Public Transportation

Public Transportation

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Many Jersey City residents commute to work via public transportation because of how close New York City is. The Hudson-Bergen commuter rail service has two stops in Greenville: Richard St and Danforth Ave, and its West Side branch also serves the neighborhood. Four of the major streets in the community also have bus routes that connect them to other parts of the city like Journal Square or Exchange Place, for example. The PATH station that provides routes to NYC is just three miles from Greenville, which is a short and easy drive. If you don’t have a car, there is a bus route that can take you to the station.

 
Crime & Safety

Crime & Safety

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Greenville is one of the Jersey City neighborhoods that people think of as a problem area. It often has a higher crime rate than any other community in the city--it got so bad in the mid-00s that there were curfews enforced on certain streets. In the past, the neighborhood has struggled with drug and gang issues, to be specific. Despite the crime, high housing prices in surrounding NJ/NY areas forced people to move here. Ever since, the neighborhood has been undergoing a revitalization of gentrification of sorts. However, crime is still very much a problem, especially on Ocean Avenue, Bidwell Avenue, and Martin Luther King Jr Drive, to name a few.

 
Public Transportation

Public Transportation

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The City Center is a major hub for public transit, with companies like SEPTA, PATCO, New Jersey Transit, Greyhound, Peter Pan, Trailways, and Megabus all providing services to residents here. There are subways, commuter rails, buses, taxis, and more that take residents to work during the week, to friends and family on the weekend, and home every day. With such widespread transit coverage, you don’t need a vehicle to get around here. If you want to live the car-less lifestyle, try to plan your location around public transportation, not vice versa. This is more important in Philadelphia than other cities that may not have as many options for transit.

 
Recreation

Recreation

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Living in City Center (downtown) Philadelphia opens up a vast world of entertainment and recreational options. The east side of the neighborhood is where you will find Market East, which is one of Philadelphia’s major retail districts. If you love shopping, you’ll find yourself here spending a lot of time here. If you love arts, you should find yourself a place near the Avenue of the Arts on Broad Street. The city’s most popular theaters are located within this area, such as the Kimmel Center and the Academy of Music. As the third most populated downtown in the country, behind New York and Chicago, City Center has no shortage of things to do on the weekend.

 
Restaurants

Restaurants

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There are a couple national brands in Nob Hill, like Cold Stone Creamery and Starbucks, but the majority of restaurants here are individual businesses owned by locals. The variety is evident in the 30-plus eateries in Nob Hill. Orchid Thai Cuisine, El Sarape, Cafe Giuseppe, Crazy Fish Sushi, El Taco Tote, and Mannie’s are a handful of fantastic places that all offer different culinary experiences. There are expensive, high-class restaurants like the Zinc Wine Bar & Bistro, as well as affordable, casual dining spots like Kelly’s Brew Pub.

 
Nightlife

Nightlife

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With its name taken from San Francisco’s well-known Nob Hill neighborhood, Albuquerque’s Nob Hill also reflects the vibrancy and cultural offerings the city has. There are over 30 establishments in the restaurant scene here, featuring some of the most acclaimed eateries in the city. After dinner, you can step into the neighborhood’s culture. The Lobo Theater has been open since 1938, and is the only independent theater in the city. An Artscrawl, which features the best art from the best galleries in the area, is held every Friday. And, as the local college students could tell you, there are a number of great bars and pubs in Nob Hill as well.

 
Traffic & Commuting

Traffic & Commuting

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The Monongahela River separates Southside Slopes from Downtown Pittsburgh, so commuters have to take the Liberty Bridge or the 10th Street Bridge to get there. If you have to drive into the city every day, you will most likely take Arlington Avenue, which will take you directly from Southside Slopes, over the Liberty, to Downtown in three miles and ten minutes (without traffic). For public transportation, there aren’t any rail lines that have stops in the area, but there are multiple buses that you can take to get around.

 
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Renter Friendly

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Southside Slopes is one of the most unique communities in Pittsburgh, and is well-known for its steep roads; if you’ve been to San Francisco, think of what their streets are like. Because of how steep they are, many of the sidewalks here are actually staircases. Some of the stairways are actually considered their own streets, and prompted the neighborhood group here to launch an annual event called Steptrek where visitors and locals can walk along the public steps in the neighborhood. Another unique aspect to the neighborhood is one that will interest renters: many of the properties here have panoramic views of the city’s skyline.

 
Crime & Safety

Crime & Safety

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It’s safer in Rogers Park now than it ever has been, or at least as far back as I can remember. Overall crime has fallen 40% since 1996, and parts of the neighborhood that used to be known as high-crime areas have dramatically improved. In fact, in 2009, Rogers Park had the third lowest crime out of any Chicago neighborhood. It ranked among other safe communities like Near North Side, Uptown, and Logan Square. Rogers Park is a huge neighborhood, probably one of the largest in the region, so the fact that it has one of the lowest crime rates in the city is a testament to how safe it is here.

 
Public Transportation

Public Transportation

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Rogers Park’s identity is largely defined by the public transportation options it offers to its inhabitants. One of the “L” trains that run through Rogers Park is the northernmost service provided by the CTA (the city’s public transit company), and is part of the red line. There are also three other “L” red line stops in the neighborhood, and the yellow and purple rail lines begin in Rogers Park. Local train operator Metra runs through the Rogers Park Station, which is located right in the middle of the neighborhood. There are also non-rail options in the form of seven local buses.

 
Traffic & Commuting

Traffic & Commuting

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Many students choose to live in Cedar Riverside because of its close proximity to notable universities and colleges in the city, but this isn’t the only reason why the neighborhood is great for commuters. Both Interstate 94 and Interstate 35W both run through Cedar Riverside, in the southern and western parts of the community, respectively. If you live here, you will only have to drive a minute or two, then you can hop on these major roads and get where you need to. Public transportation is also offered in the area, as the neighborhood has its own light rail stop.

 
Schools & Education

Schools & Education

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Cedar Riverside is officially part of the city’s University community, which is named after the fact that it’s home to the University of Minnesota’s campus. Cedar houses more of the campus than any other neighborhood in University, and is also home to the private liberal arts Augsburg College and a St. Catherine’s University campus. The large student population brings their culture and innovation to the area, making Cedar Riverside a very hip and vibrant community. There are trendy restaurants, music venues, cafes, and other cultural sites that are popping up all over the area. When these students graduate and enter the professional workforce, many of them stay put, so the younger demographic is constantly growing here.

 
Apartment Costs

Apartment Costs

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The Garment District is a very small and contained area (less than one square mile), which means that there aren’t as many rentals here as in other parts of the city. And because there are less rentals, the prices skyrocket. New York City, and especially Manhattan, is already expensive as it is, but the Fashion District’s price tags are staggering. They’re comparable to the Financial District’s costs: the average studio is $2500+, and $4000+ for a one or two bedroom. If you are employed in a high-paying fashion job in the district and want to live closeby (or a rich tycoon looking for a supermodel wife), this may be a feasible option for you, but I would suggest other prospective renters to look elsewhere.

 
Economy and Jobs

Economy and Jobs

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You will probably see more models and well-dressed cosmopolitans walking the sidewalks of the Garment District than anywhere else in the country (although my Los Angeles friends could debate this). This is because the neighborhood, as you may have figured out from the name, is one of the world’s premier fashion centers. You may be skeptical, but this isn’t just subjective: the fashion industry here generates around $15 billion in the average year in sales. The world’s hottest names like Calvin Klein or Liz Claiborne have stores that line the streets; everywhere you turn is a gallery, shop, production facility for fashion. More than any other business, fashion dominates this community’s economy.

 
Renter Friendly

Renter Friendly

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North Halsted, West Lakeview, Wrigleyville, and Lakeview East are the four neighborhoods that make up the Lake View community. If Wrigleyville sounds familiar to you, it’s probably because it’s the name of the area that surrounds Wrigley Field, one of the oldest and most famous stadiums in the history of baseball. North Halsted is America’s first officially recognized gay village, and hosts the Chicago Gay Pride Parade every year. The LGBT community is also very present in Lakeview East, which has undergone a tremendous cultural shift with gentrification and revitalization. West Lakeview is a quiet neighborhood with affordable housing prices, and is one of the top neighborhoods for young couples in the city.

 
Local Events

Local Events

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Lake View hosts a wide selection of yearly events that attract interested Chicagoans from all over the city. Arguably, the most popular is the Chicago Marathon in October, which spans the entire city, but a crucial stretch of it is run in Lake View on North Lake Shore Drive and North Broadway. Another crowd-drawing event is the Chicago Gay Pride Parade, which Lake View proudly open their streets up to every June. There’s live music and entertainment, food, and small booths. There are also annual events for art, exercise (like biking), music, holidays, and food that Lake View locals can enjoy.

 
Economy and Jobs

Economy and Jobs

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One thing you should know as a (hopefully) future resident of Ocean Beach is that locals here are very resistant to chain companies. High-profile brands like Starbucks and Exxon are just two corporations that were told to get lost by the community. Admittedly, a couple chains have snuck into the area, but the majority of businesses are small and locally owned, which gives the economy and shopping scene here a unique identity. Even the hotels aren’t the Holiday Inns or Hiltons you would see around the country; they’re independent and owned by locals. If you’re someone who has a small business, is interested in starting one, or just enjoy local businesses, you will fit right in here.

 
Pet Friendly

Pet Friendly

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Ocean Beach is a community that’s very receptive to animals of all breeds and sizes. In addition to offering all the usual services your pet requires, like food stores, veterinarians, and (for the extravagant) groomers and stylists, it also has a well-known, 24-hour dog beach where pups can run, swim, and enjoy the outdoors. But before you can enjoy any of this, you have to find a rental that allows pets. Unfortunately, not all of them do, but there are a good number of pet friendly apartments here. You can search for them on My Apartment Map or in local listings. Here’s one tip: find a listing that’s close to the dog beach so it’s a short walk there for you and Fido.

 
Apartment Costs

Apartment Costs

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The Old Town Chinatown neighborhood has a perfect location nestled next to the Willamette River, and just half a mile from the downtown area. But with every great location comes high costs. This is especially true if you are looking through the rentals that are right on the water. Riverfront apartments can cost thousands of a dollars a month. In fact, I have a listing in front of me that is going for $3,000 a month. This is definitely more extreme than the norm, but it shows that if you want a riverfront property you’re going to have to fork over some serious cash. Other parts of the neighborhood are much cheaper, and you can find easily an apartment in the high hundreds of low thousands (depending on what you’re looking for), so don’t be scared off by the waterfront costs.

 
Public Transportation

Public Transportation

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Old Town Chinatown is fortunate to serve as a home to the city’s Union Station, which is a hub for three Amtrak trains (Cascades, Coast Starlight, and Empire Builder). It also provides access to two of the city’s TriMet buses (9 and 77), and to two of the MAX Light Rail’s services (Green and Yellow lines). For traveling further distances, there are also Greyhound Buses that run out of the station. Elsewhere, the light rail also stops at three other locations in the neighborhood, and the Portland Transit Mall, which is a series of one way streets for buses and light rail, starts in Old Town.

 
Renter Friendly

Renter Friendly

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The City Heights neighborhood has undergone a dramatic transformation. If you could see what the community used to look like, or hear what people used to say about it, you would be shocked. There used to be a sign posted here that said “Welcome to City Heights, San Diego’s Crime Capital. Won’t Anybody Help?” for crying out loud. This billboard (in the 90s) actually helped bring about a lot of change, although the revitalization -- or renaissance, as locals are insisting I call it -- really took place in the ‘00s. Retail complexes, new schools, libraries and police headquarters, an urban village, and hip bars and clubs have all been critical factors in this renaissance. Also, nonprofits have helped redevelop buildings and homes, as well as clean up a lot of the graffiti and mess in the community. This is absolutely a neighborhood on the rise.

 
Schools & Education

Schools & Education

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The San Diego Unified School District is in charge of every public school in City Heights--there are around 12 elementary schools, 2 high schools, and 3 middle schools. There are also private schools and charter schools too, if you want more options for your child. The Waldorf School School of San Diego and Our Lady of the Sacred Heart School are private schools, and the Health Science High and Middle College and the City Heights Prep Academy are charter schools. There are some truly excellent schools here, such as Crawford High, which has sub-schools within itself, like a Law and Business School and a Multimedia and Visual Arts School.

 
Demographics

Demographics

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West and East Price Hill have very similar demographics: East has 15,340 residents, West has 15,320, and East is only a quarter of a square mile larger than West. As for households that have two or more members (usually an indicator of families in the area), the East has 64.9 percent and the West has 65.3 percent. It’s tough to tell these two neighborhoods apart, both statistically and geographically, which is important when you’re looking at listings for the two areas. West Price Hill contains Bruening Park, Rapid Run Park, and the Dunham Recreational Complex.

 
Section 8 & Affordable

Section 8 & Affordable

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In the ‘90s and ‘00s, Section 8 availability has risen substantially in West Price Hill. A lot of people are using this fact to explain why crime has increased here recently, but I don’t have the same negative view of it. I think that a lot of Cincinnati families who can’t afford housing in the city are able to settle here in West Price Hill with their vouchers, and I am in favor of it. If you want to know more about the local Section 8 process, or if you want to know if any Section 8 properties are available, you can call the area’s housing authority. Or, you can use this site, as it has a search option for Section 8 listings.

 
Traffic & Commuting

Traffic & Commuting

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West 6th Street, which runs alongside the Ohio River, connects East Price Hill to downtown Cincinnati. Overall, the commute is only four miles, or about a ten minute drive at best. At worst, when traffic is heaviest, it can take a half hour. But still, the accessibility to Downtown (and the view of its skyline from some EPH rentals) is a major benefit to living here. Two buses, 32 and 33, which are run by the Southwest Ohio Regional Transit Authority (SORTA), transport carless residents to Downtown, and are very convenient.

 
Crime & Safety

Crime & Safety

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The Price Hill area often gets knocked for having high crime, and admittedly there are some pockets in the neighborhood where I wouldn’t want to be late at night. But the Incline District in East Price Hill is a part of town that’s being revitalized, as are many other parts of EPH. Columns A and B are spotty when it comes to crime though, I would recommend breaking down your research block by block and seeing where most crimes occur, and find a way to avoid those streets. There isn’t any community in Cincinnati that is totally immune from crime, and East Price HIll. But with its beautiful historic homes, close proximity to downtown, and a dedicated community council, there are more pros than cons in EPH.

 
Pet Friendly

Pet Friendly

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Jasper’s Dog Park in Juanita is just one of the many pet friendly amenities that this community offers. McAuliffe Park, Juanita Beach Park, and Juanita Bay Park are other parks that pet owners can look at, even though they may have more restrictions than the dog park. As for pet friendly real estate, there are an increasing number of listings that allow animals. Check out Avalon Juanita Village, Shadow Wood Townhomes, Chelsea at Juanita Village, the Resort at Forbes Creek, Villa Bonita Apartments, or Woodlake if you plan on having a furry roommate live with you.

 
Renter Friendly

Renter Friendly

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Juanita has only just recently become an official part of Kirkland, as it was officially annexed a few years back in 2009. Even though it used to be considered a suburb, it was always thought of by locals as a neighborhood in Kirkland. However, because it was an individual municipality for so long, it has its own individual culture. You won’t have to take the short two mile drive to Kirkland if you want something to do; renting here will open up many local opportunities for you. For example, Juanita has some of the best parks in the metropolitan area, such as the Juanita Beach and Bay Parks. However, the prices here are more expensive than the Kirkland average, so keep this in mind when considering renting in Juanita.

 

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