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Traffic & Commuting

Traffic & Commuting

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Getting around Downtown isn’t easy for someone who’s unfamiliar with the area. Most of the streets are one way, there are lots of bikers and pedestrians that you need to watch out for and give the right of way to, and parking regulations are strictly enforced. Once you’re adjusted and know your way around, you won’t be too intimidated. But if you’re not comfortable driving, as I mentioned it’s a viable option to use a bike to get around or walk. There are also public transportation services, like trains run by Capital Metro and Amtrak, and buses that run through the area.

 
Traffic & Commuting

Traffic & Commuting

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Getting around Downtown isn’t easy for someone who’s unfamiliar with the area. Most of the streets are one way, there are lots of bikers and pedestrians that you need to watch out for and give the right of way to, and parking regulations are strictly enforced. Once you’re adjusted and know your way around, you won’t be too intimidated. But if you’re not comfortable driving, as I mentioned it’s a viable option to use a bike to get around or walk. There are also public transportation services, like trains run by Capital Metro and Amtrak, and buses that run through the area.

 
Nightlife

Nightlife

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There’s nothing better on the weekend than enjoying the energy of Downtown Austin. The city has become significantly younger in the past decade, and this has had a noticeable effect on the entire nightlife scene. Hip bars (there are over 100 in the Downtown area altogether) clubs, and music venues have opened up, and local comedy clubs have gained popularity. When you throw in all the events and festivals (like the SXSW music festival or Austin Food & Wine Festival) that are always going on, you have a nightlife scene that’s one of the best in the entire state. If you don’t think it can match up to a city like Houston or Dallas, you clearly haven’t been to Austin on the weekend in awhile.

 
Public Transportation

Public Transportation

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The Central West End was ranked the third most walkable neighborhood in the city by Walk Score, and only trailed Downtown and Downtown West on the list. You probably won’t be able to walk as a mode of transportation to work (for example, Downtown is 3.5 miles away), but for shopping, eating, and getting around the neighborhood, no wheels are necessary. For commuters, the MetroLink’s Yellow Line has a station in the neighborhood, and many people who live here take this to work every day. Metro St. Louis also has buses running through the community, and you can also take these to work.

 
Nightlife

Nightlife

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The Central West End thrives on the weekends when young professionals are able to roll up their sleeves and students can put their books down. Because of the neighborhood’s close proximity to Forest Park, Midtown, and Downtown, there are numerous nightlife opportunities to explore in this area. But if you want to stay local in the Central West End, you can enjoy great clubs like The Pepper Lounge, bars like the Scottish Arms, and terrific restaurants like Eleven Eleven and Tony’s. But I wouldn’t recommend confining yourself to just this community--it’s so easy to go out and explore the city if you live here, and you will find yourself doing so every weekend.

 
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Public Transportation

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The VCU neighborhood has a Walk Score of 75, which measures how walkable the neighborhood is. 75 grants the area a “very walkable” designation, which means that you would be able to live here and get around without a car or bicycle. This makes sense considering that most of the residents are students who don’t have cars with them at school. And if you’re reading this, you’re probably a student yourself looking for housing. You can be assured that you’ll be able to walk to most places, and for further away places like Downtown Richmond (about 1.5 miles away) there are buses available.

 
Schools & Education

Schools & Education

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VCU, the name of the neighborhood, is a reference to the Virginia Commonwealth University, as you probably know. The school has a population of 30,000 students if you count both undergrads and grads, and 45,000 if you include the staff. The majority of the students live on campus here, so as you can expect, the demographics are very young. If you’re looking to live here, you are probably associated with the university in some way. Fortunately, because of all the students, there are lots of rentals in this neighborhood and in the surrounding communities, which means there’s a good variety to choose from.

 
Apartment Costs

Apartment Costs

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When prospective renters think of diversity, they consider the demographics of the community. But the first thing that comes to mind for diversity in this area is apartment costs. Some apartments are high-end 3+ bedrooms pads, and will cost you over $2,000 a month. But then there are some fixer uppers, to put it kindly, that are considerably smaller and will cost around $700 or $800. The average apartment falls somewhere in between, but this is how wide the range here is. Overall, I’d say the neighborhood is somewhat more expensive than the average community, but I’ve had clients who have scored some great deals.

 
Public Transportation

Public Transportation

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Fontainebleau has a great location near the Pontchartrain Expressway, but if you don’t drive your own vehicle or carpool there are also public transportation options. There’s a streetcar service that runs on South Carrollton Ave, and is one of the best ways to get around the neighborhood, or to neighboring areas if you have to work during the week or visit friends on the weekend. If you need to go further than a few miles, like to Downtown for example, there are several buses that operate in the neighborhood and can take you there.

 
Local Events

Local Events

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Fontainebleau has a great location near the Pontchartrain Expressway, but if you don’t drive your own vehicle or carpool there are also public transportation options. There’s a streetcar service that runs on South Carrollton Ave, and is one of the best ways to get around the neighborhood, or to neighboring areas if you have to work during the week or visit friends on the weekend. If you need to go further than a few miles, like to Downtown for example, there are several buses that operate in the neighborhood and can take you there.

 
Renter Friendly

Renter Friendly

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The Irish Channel is located in a desirable area of town, near the St. Thomas and Lower Garden District neighborhoods. It’s nestled up against the Mississippi River, which means that there are plenty of properties with waterfront views. These will cost extra; and the prices here are already pretty high. There are only a couple of nearby neighborhoods that have higher prices: the Lower Garden District and Touro. But this is a popular area for a reason -- it has great character, high quality apartments, and as I mentioned, it’s located right on the water.

 
Local Events

Local Events

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Most people know that the city’s most famous annual event in Mardi Gras (which is one of the craziest celebrations in the entire country), but you may not know that St. Patrick’s Day is also a very fun holiday here. This is especially true in the Irish Channel neighborhood, as you can imagine from the name. There are all sorts of festivities held, including parades, dancing, music, and even though it goes without saying, drinking. Many of the Irish pubs in the community hold loud parties that go on into the late hours. There are a lot of Irish heritage groups in the neighborhood, and they also organize special events for the holiday. If you live here you will get to see how big of a deal it is, and will get front row tickets to all the fun festivities going on.

 
Economy and Jobs

Economy and Jobs

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If you’re looking for a job in New Haven, or have one and are looking for a great commuter neighborhood, Dwight is your best bet. You’ll be within short walking distance of Downtown and its business district, which is a huge part of the city’s economy. Of course, I have to mention that if you work at Yale either as a student, professor, researcher, on the administration, or in any other capacity, Dwight is a great neighborhood because you’ll be able to walk to most of the campus. Dwight is also close to other schools, a hospital, and plenty of other places that you’ll

 
Traffic & Commuting

Traffic & Commuting

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Dwight is directly west of the Downtown area; it’s about a ten minute walk or a three minute car/bus ride if you’re commuting to and from the two areas. CT Transit provides a bus line (Q) that goes back and forth, and if it’s cold out or if you’re short on time you can take it to where you need to go. Even more important than Downtown for some residents is Yale University, which is about a mile east of Dwight. As for other schools, the University of New Haven and Albertus Magnus College are both two miles away. Dwight has a great central location in New Haven that really can’t be beat.

 
Crime & Safety

Crime & Safety

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Tacoma’s North End contains part or all of three of the five safest areas of the city, according to Neighborhood Scout. Old Tacoma, which is just north of the University of Puget Sound’s campus, is the fifth safest, 6th Street/Tacoma Ave (directly to the east) is fourth, and Schuster Parkway/4th Street (on the eastern border of the neighborhood) is the safest. Overall, this area has much lower crime than the city average and is a place I would confidently say is one of the safest places for families, students, or anyone else to live here.

 
Demographics

Demographics

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The North End area is typically a very liberal neighborhood; in fact, it’s one of the most liberal in the city. The local university, Puget Sound, is the embodiment of this. It’s a well-respected liberal arts school, and many of the students (the majority of whom are young liberals) live in the neighborhood. As for other demographics, the neighborhood is one of the richest and most educated in the entire city. Most of the families here either fall in the wealthier range of middle class, or upper class.

 
Apartment Costs

Apartment Costs

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Juneau Town is probably Milwaukee’s most affluent area. If you compare housing prices here to other parts of the city, you will see that they’re nearly twice as much here. This extends to renting too; monthly rents here are a bit higher than what you can find in other neighborhoods. But you’ll what you paid for: most of the condominium and apartment buildings are high-end and new. Juneau Town is located right next to downtown, so a lot of the residents are young professionals or businessmen who work there. The population of Juneau Town is a bit smaller than average, with 661 people.

 
Restaurants

Restaurants

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There are almost a hundred eateries in Juneau Town where you can enjoy a full-course meal, a warm pastry, or a coffee. This is without a question one of the best neighborhoods in the city if you have an appetite. Establishments like Zarletti, Sabor, Carnevor, and the Harbor House are fancy but expensive places fit for an anniversary or birthday dinner. Safe House, Elsa’s on the Park, Buckley’s, and Metro are more affordable restaurants that are still awesome. Overall, there is an eclectic collection of choices here that vary in pricing, ethnic theme, hours open, and style. But one thing they have in common is excellent quality.

 
Traffic & Commuting

Traffic & Commuting

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Millenia is perfect for commuters; it’s located right on Interstate 4, so residents can easily hop on and off it every day. It’s also a short drive away from the Ronald Reagan Turnpike, which intersects Interstate 4 right next to Millenia. The only downfall about getting around in Millenia is that there can be a lot of tourists in the area because of nearby Universal Studios and the neighborhood’s mall. This creates traffic congestion that can be irritating at times. But overall, because of how you’ll be able to just drive right onto the Interstate and take it to wherever you need to go, the traffic isn’t too much of a detraction.

 
Recreation

Recreation

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Millenia is home to Orlando’s best shopping destination, the Mall at Millenia. It has electronic shops like the Apple Store, Sony, and FYE, clothing outfitters like GAP, American Eagle, and Macy’s, home decor stores like Bed, Bath & Beyond and Crate & Barrel, and a lot more. If you rent in the area, shopping will be so easy. The mall would be a short drive away, or if you wanted to you could take a LYNX bus there. As for other things to do, Millenia is just a few miles from Universal Studios -- even though this may sound touristy, there are still a lot of great restaurants, shops, and clubs in that area (especially CityWalk in Universal, which is one of the city’s best nightlife spots).

 
Weather

Weather

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Atlanta has beautiful weather; that is, if you can take the heat. Temperatures can hit a sweltering 100 degrees in the summer, and there are nearly two months worth of days in every year where the temperature is over 90. In fact, 90 is the average temperature in the hottest time of summer. Meanwhile, in the winter, the temperature lows don’t dip under 30, and they usually stay in the 40s or 50s, depending on the month. Rainfall stays fairly consistent throughout the year--usually there are 8-11 rainy days per month. Fortunately, the winters aren’t harsh at all with virtually no snow and warm temperatures. But summers are very harsh with the scorching temperatures, which is something you should consider before you move here.

 
Local Events

Local Events

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It’s not spring in Atlanta until the Inman Park Festival is held. It’s taken place every year since the ‘70s on the last weekend in April, and has music, street parades, arts and crafts markets, costumes, dancing, and great food. This event is even more special for Inman Park residents, and it’s truly special when the community starts coming together and preparing for it. There are also other annual events, like the Inman Park Beer Chase 5K and Dine Outs, where local restaurants hold special promotions and offer deals.

 
Public Transportation

Public Transportation

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West Boulevard is about seven miles from Downtown Cleveland, which is a 15-20 minute drive usually. But if you rely on public transportation to get to work every day, and you work near the downtown area, it will take three times longer to get there: there are two buses that can take you there, and the ride will be around 45 minutes. The nearest subway station is the West Park stop on the Red Line, which is a couple miles west of the neighborhood’s borders. If you take this it will be a bit quicker with a ride of a half hour.

 
Apartment Costs

Apartment Costs

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West Boulevard makes up for its distant location with its apartment prices. Here you can find a one bedroom apartment for around $500 or less, a two bedroom for $750 or less, and a three bedroom for $1000 or less (all these prices are monthly rent). Most of the apartments are located in the West Blvd/W 105th St area, but there are also individual listings that are sometimes available on lesser-known avenues. Overall, the amount of listings isn’t as vast here as other neighborhoods in Cleveland, but there’s definitely enough variety to have a productive housing search. With that said, you may have to sacrifice some of the amenities you want to find the best listing here.

 
Traffic & Commuting

Traffic & Commuting

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A few of Cleveland’s most important major roads run through Old Brooklyn. Interstate 480 comprises the southern border of the neighborhood. The Jennings Freeway shoots through the heart of the community, and the Medina Freeway snakes along its northern border near the zoo. Regardless of which block you live on in Old Brooklyn, you’ll be able to access these roads fairly easily and quickly. There’s also public transportation offered locally; there is a rail station near the zoo, and several bus routes (namely 35, 20, and 51) run through the area.

 
Recreation

Recreation

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Old Brooklyn is a huge neighborhood, as it stretches from Interstate 480 all the way up near where the Medina Freeway meets the Jennings Freeway. And in this huge area is a myriad of activities that you’ll be able to enjoy anytime you want as a resident. The most popular place to go here is the Cleveland Zoo, which is one of the best attractions the city has to offer. There are also a group of parks, like the Brookside Reservation (part of the Cleveland Metroparks), Loew Park, Harmody Park, Archmere Park, and others. Recreation aside, the area also boasts amazing cafes and restaurants that you will fall in love with if you live here.

 
Crime & Safety

Crime & Safety

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Newark has a negative reputation for its high crime, but this doesn’t mean that every neighborhood here is unsafe. Upper and Lower Vailsburg, for example, are both trustworthy parts of the city. And if you look at where they are geographically, you’ll see that they’re closer to Irvington (four or five minutes away) than downtown Newark. Students who go to nearby Seton Hall University who are looking for a nice place to live should really consider Upper Vailsburg, you will feel safe on your short commute to and from school, and most importantly, when you’re in your home.

 
Schools & Education

Schools & Education

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Seton Hall University is arguably the most well-known school in the Newark area, along with Rutgers University. Even though Seton is technically located in South Orange, it’s about a ten minute walk or so from Upper Vailsburg because the neighborhood is located on the borders of South Orange, Irvington, and Newark. Students who go to Seton could just walk from their apartment in Upper Vailsburg, or if they go to Rutgers, they just have to drive or take a bus four miles to the east. Other schools located right in or around the Upper Vailsburg neighborhood are University Middle School and Irvington High School.

 
Crime & Safety

Crime & Safety

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Located on the northernmost tip of Bellevue, Bridle Trails is far from crime-heavy areas like the City Center, Lake Hills Connector/140th Ave, Newport Way/Factoria Boulevard, to name a few of them. Bridle Trails itself is a very safe area, but if you want to research the safety of the neighboring communities, you will have to do some research on Redmond and Kirkland. I’m not too familiar with these areas, but because Bridle Trails lies on their borders, you may spend a good chunk of your commute driving, biking, walking through these towns, depending on your mode of transportation.

 
Recreation

Recreation

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If you’re into exercise and recreation, you will love the nearby Bridge Trails State Park. It has almost 500 acres of forest and nearly 30 miles shared between three trails for jogging and horse riding. In fact, the park has a strong equestrian background and specializes in horse trails and providing amenities for riders. There are also two other parks close by (Cherry Crest and Goldsmith), a golf course, a skate rink, and plenty of things to do in the neighboring Kirkland and Redmond areas.

 
Renter Friendly

Renter Friendly

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New renters in the North Avondale area who need assistance in finding a home should contact the North Avondale Neighborhood Association. They have plenty of tips and resources for both tenants and landlords, which include everything from how to find listings to lease laws. I’ve worked in conjunction with the group a few times, and they are definitely experts when it comes to local housing. They also have safety tips, a calendar of local events, meetings about neighborhood issues, and other resources that can come in handy to any renter in the neighborhood.

 
Schools & Education

Schools & Education

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Cincinnati residents know North Avondale for the large college population, plentiful rentals, and Xavier University. The school takes up much of the community and some of neighboring Evanston as well. But the neighborhood takes pride in its diversity; aside from college students there are also families, bachelors, and senior residents of all ethnicities. Its location is far enough from Downtown that you avoid the crime and traffic that comes with the very urban areas, but the drive there is quick enough (only a few minutes) that if you want to spend a weekend shopping or bar hopping you can.

 
Renter Friendly

Renter Friendly

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Vine supports a large young population because of how close it is to two local schools (Kalamazoo College and Western Michigan University) and the Downtown area. But its popularity is growing amongst all age brackets, and the culture is too. Some of the best eateries and shops in the city are flourishing here, and rental opportunities are opening up. Most of the neighborhood is a historic district with classic architecture and charm, and tax breaks are given to those who live in the Homestead Neighborhood Enterprise Zone area of Vine. There are a variety of rentals on this site you can look at to get started.

 
Schools & Education

Schools & Education

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Children who attend Vine schools are automatically eligible for a free scholarship to public universities like the University of Michigan or any community college in the state. It’s part of the Kalamazoo Promise program, and many families who have move here see their children benefit from a local scholarship. But first, to make sure that children get a chance to go to college in the first place, schools in the area are dedicated to providing residents a quality education. There are private schools you could send your child to, but I would recommend researching the public schools and scholarship programs here first.

 
Apartment Costs

Apartment Costs

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Living in South Lawndale won’t necessarily give you the Downtown urban lifestyle that many young professionals want to have, but it has plenty of rentals that you can afford. Most budgets won’t be able to handle the Downtown prices without sacrificing something or adjusting other areas of your life. But with cheaper rent in South Lawndale--and an easy commute to Downtown--you will have extra cash that you can put towards a nice car, student loans, etc. It’s likely you’ll be able to find a multi-bedroom rental for under $1000. For this same property, it would cost upwards to $2000 a month if you rented it close to Downtown.

 
Public Transportation

Public Transportation

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South Lawndale residents have close access to three stops on the city’s Pink subway line: Pulaski-Cermak (best for residents in the western part of the neighborhood), Central Park (central residents), and Kedzie-Cermak (eastern residents). This line transports commuters to their jobs all over the city, from your future home in South Lawndale to downtown, and anywhere in between. There are also buses (mainly 52 and 60) that serve the neighborhood, and they can take you to your job every day, or to one of the subway stations if you don’t have a car to get there.

 
Traffic & Commuting

Traffic & Commuting

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Residents who live in Cobbs Creek have jobs all over the Philadelphia metropolitan area, and some are employed locally in the neighborhood. But if you live here and are commuting every day, you should know about the transportation options. There aren’t any major roads that run through Cobbs Creek--the nearest one is Interstate 76, which is about four miles away. However, it’s a very easy drive there, as you only have to take two streets (Spruce and Market). These two streets are also the only two you need to get to Center City and the downtown area. If you don’t have a car, there is a subway stop in the neighborhood (SEPTA blue line) and a light rail stop as well.

 
Crime & Safety

Crime & Safety

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Cobbs Creek is one of the areas of Philadelphia where I would recommend researching the safety of the blocks surrounding the listing you’re interested in. Generally, the eastern part of the neighborhood is safer, near Cedar Park and Walnut Hill. The center of the neighborhood has the highest amount of crimes usually, although there are different numbers each year. There are many websites that will provide more in-depth analysis, or if you want you can contact me or any agent who specializes in this area. It’s important to know which blocks are safe in this neighborhood, especially if you have a family.

 
Renter Friendly

Renter Friendly

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The Hills neighborhood isn’t renter friendly because of its selection, but rather its pricing. Usually there are around 25 listings on the market at one time (depending on the season, demand, etc.), which isn’t a great selection. But the prices for these listings are consistently lower than you would think. You can find a one bedroom for around $500 or $600, and a two bedroom for under a thousand (all these prices are per month). The Hills is a neighborhood that has every positive quality you could ask for, and the fact that the prices are this low shows how great the rental values are.

 
Crime & Safety

Crime & Safety

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If you’re looking for low crime in a neighborhood where you will feel safe walking alone in, the Hills is one of your best bets in the city. The only part of the neighborhood that I would stay away from is the southern tip, which is directly west of Princeton Hills (Gravois Avenue/Des Peres Parkway). Aside from that, I would recommend any part of the neighborhood. The bordering communities are also safe, like Shrewsbury, Ellendale, and Mackenzie. Northampton to the northeast has some dangerous areas, but you can easily avoid them.

 
Schools & Education

Schools & Education

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If you have a family and plan on living in Mar Vista, you should take a look at the schools in the area. In my experiences, I’ve found most, if not all of them, to be great schools with excellent teachers. The only thing I should point out is that Mar Vista doesn’t have its own public high school. Kids who live here go to nearby Venice High School, which I hear good things about. However, this isn’t the only option. There are plenty of private schools in and around the neighborhood, and the city, that you can send your children to. However, if you decide to go with public schools, the ones in Mar Vista are run by the Los Angeles Unified School District.

 
Apartment Costs

Apartment Costs

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The typical price of a rental in Mar Vista is around $2500 (based on the average two bedroom costs). This is roughly in the same ballpark as West Los Angeles, Century City, and Sawtelle. Other nearby areas like Playa Del Ray, Playa Vista, and Venice are significantly more expensive. Overall, I’d say that Mar Vista is an affordable (albeit slightly more expensive) area of the city, despite the fact that its average rent is significantly more than the majority of most U.S. towns and cities. You have to factor in how high-priced Los Angeles real estate is as a whole. Of course, there are other parts of town you can live in for cheaper rent, but they won’t be as nice as Mar Vista.

 
Schools & Education

Schools & Education

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The University of Wisconsin--Milwaukee has a campus just past the northern border of Murray Hill in the Upper East Side. If you’re a student, you could live in an apartment in Murray Hill with friends and not even need a car. The walk to campus from here could be anywhere from a quarter mile to a mile, which isn’t bad (unless it’s the winter). And if it is cold, there’s a bus stop at every block that can take you straight to campus. Or, if you have a student internship in downtown, there are buses headed in that direction as well. This is a very popular student area, and I would recommend renting here if you go to the university.

 
Restaurants

Restaurants

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Many of Milwaukee’s most underrated restaurants are in Murray Hill. VIA Downer, Palermo Villa SoLo Pizza, Huan Xi, Two Bucks, Shiraz, Henry’s Pub & Grille... the options are so vast and variegated. There are restaurants you can take the family to, bars you can go with coworkers, and late-night pizza places that will serve you and your friends after a night of partying. Another thing to factor in is that Murray Hill is right next to the East Side and Upper East Side, which are fantastic culinary neighborhoods. If you want, you could also walk to one of those places for a dinner out with family or friends.

 
Demographics

Demographics

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It’s no secret that San Francisco has the largest gay population in the country, and a culture that actively celebrates LGBT pride. Bernal Heights is one of the staples of the city’s gay community, and in the past two decades has fostered a growing lesbian population. The income for the neighborhood is a little higher than average, and the most prevalent ethnicity is Caucasian. However, because of the Bernal Heights’ close proximity to Mission’s community, there is also a large Latino population here. Asian/Pacific Islander is the third most common ethnicity here, with a few thousand less than the Latino population.

 
Pet Friendly

Pet Friendly

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It’s no surprise that a neighborhood nicknamed “San Francisco’s backyard” is a great place for pets. In fact, the Bernal Heights Park allows off-leash dogs, and is the jewel of the neighborhood. It offers more than 35 acres of open space for your pup to run around, and best of all, it has a 360 degree panoramic view of San Francisco. It’s one of the best places to go to see the city, and coincidentally, also the best place in the city to take your dog. As for housing, there are plenty of rentals that allow pets here, and numerous local businesses and national retailers in the neighborhood that are targeted towards pets and their owners.

 
Apartment Costs

Apartment Costs

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The North Hill rental landscape is unlike most city neighborhoods. What it lacks in a shallow apartment building selection it makes up for with house rentals. You can easily find a nice, quaint house with two or three bedrooms for under a thousand per month here. In fact, I’m looking at a listing for a four bedroom, two bath house with a two car garage and a fenced backyard for under $900 per month. This is an incredible deal, and there are many others like that out there. If you want to see something even cheaper, there are one bedroom listings for under $500. You won’t be able to find many places with better rental values than in North Hill.

 
Traffic & Commuting

Traffic & Commuting

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North Hill residents usually spend an average of 15-20 minutes commuting to work every day, according to neighborhood statistics but personally I think this is a bit high. The commute to Spokane’s downtown communities is one of the easiest you will ever see. Just hop on North Monroe Street, drive three miles south, and you’re there. That’s it; no turns, no highway hassles. The only obstacle you may have to deal with is traffic, but compared to other cities it’s not too bad. The neighborhood also has buses that run through it all day if you need to take public transportation.

 
Public Transportation

Public Transportation

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Bus coverage in Mount Pleasant doesn’t just serve two of the major streets in the neighborhood (16th Street W and 14th Street NW), but also many of the smaller residential streets too. In fact, no matter where you live, there’s more than likely going to be a bus stop within walking distance of your new digs. This is helpful considering that the downtown area of the city is a few miles away. There is also a subway station in the neighborhood--the Columbia Heights stop. Both the Green and Yellow lines run through here, and many local commuters use the rail lines to get to work every day.

 
Recreation

Recreation

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Who ever said that all the best things to do in Washington were located Downtown? Even though that part of town has sites like the Washington Monument and the Lincoln Memorial, Mount Pleasant has great sites of its own. The most notable is the Smithsonian National Zoological Park, which is located on the western border of the neighborhood. This sprawling campus has an enrichment lab, a discovery center, education building, and plenty of animal exhibits including specific exhibits for apes, birds, and rainforest wildlife. For other places to go in the neighborhood, there’s the Powell Recreational Center, Wonderland Ballroom, and a nice selection of restaurants and bars.

 
Crime & Safety

Crime & Safety

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The top three safest areas of Cambridge, according to Neighborhood Scout, are all located in Neighborhood 9. They are Fresh Pond Parkway/Auburn Street, as well as Fresh Pond/Vassar Lane, and Concord Ave/Alewife Brook Pky. I would say that Neighborhood 9 on the whole is one of the safest neighborhoods in Cambridge; perhaps the safest. However, like any community, there are shady parts too. Crime rates are higher near North Cambridge (although most of this area is outside of Neighborhood 9’s official boundaries) and also near Harvard’s campus. You should watch out for Strawberry Hills and the Cambridge Highlands to the east of the neighborhood as well.

 
Schools & Education

Schools & Education

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Harvard University is located to the immediate southeast of the neighborhood, but it’s practically considered to be part of the community. So many of the students, faculty, and alumni of the school live here, and the school owns some of the buildings and properties here. If you are living or working there, this is a great area to consider working in. If not, you should be weary that much of the culture here involves Harvard. It is avoidable, however. The northeast part of the neighborhood near Porter Square is a quickly growing area with young professionals and families that are not connected to the school.

 
Renter Friendly

Renter Friendly

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West Cambridge is definitely one of the least urbanized areas in the city. There are two lakes, three ponds, and nearly ten public parks in the neighborhood. And if you walk through the streets here, you will see traditional-style homes lined up with few stores or shops. There are, of course, plenty of stores in the neighborhood, but in the residential parts it looks like a suburban community, even though it’s still in Cambridge. Boston and Cambridge are two of the best cities to rent in all of New England, but be prepared for the price tags--renting in West Cambridge is usually very expensive.

 
Public Transportation

Public Transportation

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You may be disappointed by the lack of public transportation options in West Cambridge. Boston and Cambridge are cities that are well-known for their extensive transit service, but there are no subway (T) stations in West Cambridge. The closest one is the Harvard Square stop on the Red Line, which is just outside the eastern border of the neighborhood. This is two or three miles away from some parts of the community. It should be noted, however, that MBTA buses run through the neighborhood, but this won’t help much if your job is far away, unless you use it to connect to other buses or the T.

 
Traffic & Commuting

Traffic & Commuting

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The James River splits Manchester from Richmond, but they are still just a mile and a half apart. There are three ways you can cross the river: either the S 9th Street or S 14th Street bridges, or on Interstate 95. If you don’t have a car, there are a few buses that can take you over the bridges. It’s only a ten or fifteen minute ride, and it’s usually a very reliable transit system. If you’re bold, or in great shape, you can walk, which would take around a half hour. Unfortunately, there aren’t any rail stations in Manchester.

 
Renter Friendly

Renter Friendly

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Manchester recently celebrated the 100th anniversary of its annexation to Richmond. Before 1910 it was its own independent city, and today it can sometime seem like this is still the case. The culture is very unique here; essentially the entire neighborhood is considered a historic district, with sites that are featured in the U.S. Registry of Historic Places and beautiful beaux arts/deco architecture. Many clients go out of their way to rent in historic districts--there is a certain charm about them, and they usually have a distinct aesthetic. In my opinion, Manchester is the premier historic area in Richmond, and I would highly recommend renting here.

 
Public Transportation

Public Transportation

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Most of the Waterfront’s rentals will give you a breathtaking view of New York City’s skyline, which is one of the greatest in the world. Even though the city may seem far away when you’re looking at it out your window, it really doesn’t take long to get there through public transportation. The Waterfront area has access to a few rail stations: Exchange Place, Harborside, Newport, and Grove St. If you go to the Newport station, there is a PATH line that will take you to New York City. Or, another option is to hop on a ferry at Paulus Hook, which can bring you to different harbors in the city.

 
Apartment Costs

Apartment Costs

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Anytime you hear “waterfront,” in real estate, you should prepare for price tags that will hit the ceiling of your budget. This neighborhood is no exception, especially with a view of New York City. For example, there’s a Section 8 listing (which is supposed to be “affordable housing,”) that’s over $1,000 for a one bedroom rental. You normally never see a Section 8 listing that’s more than $750, let alone a thousand. This shows just how expensive rentals are here. The average rent of a one bedroom is $2397, and for a two bedroom it’s $3301. The bright side is that there are always dozens of listings available; with all the selection you may be able to find a deal if you look hard enough.

 
Recreation

Recreation

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Highland Park, the public space inside the neighborhood that bears its name, is one of the finest city parks in Pittsburgh. It contains a beautiful reservoir, and there is a scenic loop that circles around it and is widely used for walking, biking, and jogging. The park also has tennis courts, gardens, and most notably, the Pittsburgh Zoo and Aquarium. You could easily argue that the Highland Park neighborhood has more recreational amenities than any other in the city, and this will only be strengthened when the Heth’s Run project is fully completed. This will add trails and sports fields to the park, and will connect it to the river.

 
Traffic & Commuting

Traffic & Commuting

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Highland Park is located right on the Allegheny River, so to get to some parts of the metropolitan area you’re going to need to cross a bridge (the Highland Park bridge is closest). But hey, you’re not officially a resident of Pittsburgh until you have to cross a bridge to get somewhere! To get to Downtown, you just have to hop on Route 380 and drive 20 minutes or so. Traffic isn’t really an issue because there are also two other ways you can take to get to Downtown, so check the traffic reports before you leave home or work, and plan your route accordingly. For public transportation, there are bus routes that serve the neighborhood.

 
Apartment Costs

Apartment Costs

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The main reason why many renters who want to live in Atlanta begin their search in Oakland City is because of the affordable housing here. Right now there’s a three bedroom house on the market that only has a rent of $800/month, and it’s a nice place. There are also some two bedroom rentals on the market for around $500, which is definitely a steal. I don’t see any listings right now that are $1000/month or more. They do exist in the neighborhood, but are much more rare than listings in the mid-hundreds. If you’re looking for great value in Atlanta, you’d be hard pressed to find a better neighborhood than Oakland City.

 
Public Transportation

Public Transportation

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Even though Oakland City is an older neighborhood, it has kept up with the times in public transportation services. The neighborhood has its own MARTA metro rail station, and both the Red and Gold lines stop there. There is another nearby station north of the neighborhood in the West End, which is also part of the Red and Gold lines. There are bus routes that take residents to the West End station, just in case you live too far to walk and don’t have a car. The bus services here leave something to be desired, but overall there are sufficient options here to commute via public transportation.

 
Demographics

Demographics

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Powderhorn Park is a predominantly residential area, with beautiful brownstone apartment buildings, single family houses, and duplexes dominating the architectural landscape. As for the people who occupy these homes, nearly half the population is White, and both African Americans and Hispanics make up a fifth of the population (around 20% each). The number of households here has risen over the past 20 years, and even though the number of people living alone in Minneapolis has risen, they have decreased in Powderhorn Park. This means that there are more families here than the average neighborhood: around 60% of the households in the neighborhood are families with children under 18.

 
Recreation

Recreation

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The park that the neighborhood is named after is also where most of the local events and recreation takes place. Powderhorn is one of the best public parks in the city, and residents from all over come out for the May Day festivities and the annual Art Fair in the summer. There is also a large lake in the park, which is very popular in both the summertime and winter, when it turns into an ice skating rink. This is a fantastic neighborhood for outdoor recreation, but also has shopping destinations. If you walk down Lake Street you will see a number of businesses and stores.

 
Renter Friendly

Renter Friendly

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Five Points is one of the most renter friendly spots in Denver, and right now there are dozens of listings on this website. This neighborhood is diverse, both in terms of population and housing. Walking down the streets here, you will luxury lofts and new apartment buildings mixed with classic Victorian-style homes. The diverse population is evident when you look at the demographics, especially historically. This used to be a African-American majority neighborhood, but has since become White majority, although there is still a sizable African-American population, and a large group of Latinos. The diversity, great public transit options, unique architecture, and close proximity to downtown make this a great neighborhood to rent in.

 
Public Transportation

Public Transportation

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Five Points is less than a mile from downtown Denver, so some residents who either go there for work or for a night out on the weekend choose to walk. But in the winter this is an unpleasant and potentially hazardous option, so residents tend to use a car or take public transportation. There’s a light rail station located in Five Points off of 25th Street; it’s part of the D Line and can take residents to many spots of the city, but most notably the 18th and Stout Station, which is in Downtown. There are also two buses, 30 and 38, that serve nearby.

 
Restaurants

Restaurants

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There are over a couple dozen restaurants in Hillsdale, which is really saying something considering that the neighborhood is on the smaller side. There’s a nice little variety too. The Verde Cocina Cafe serves up some of the best Mexican in the city, and the Charthouse has great Seafood. For either the traditional burger or a new take on American, the Three Square Grill is your best bet. The Golden Touch, Crab Bowl, Pizzicato, Noah’s Bagels, and Ron’s Center Deli are a few of the other places in the Hillsdale neighborhood where you’ll be able to find delicious food.

 
Recreation

Recreation

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Residents around Portland usually come to Hillsdale to shop at their favorite retail and local businesses. The shopping district here is centered around strip malls that line Sunset Boulevard and surrounding streets. Although if residents want to do shopping in the big city, downtown is just 20 minutes away. There are also several wineries in Hillsdale, and over 20 public parks for residents to enjoy. There’s a lot to do here in the neighborhood, and even though the light rail station here make commuting to downtown easy, you won’t necessarily have to to find fun.

 
Schools & Education

Schools & Education

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Wallingford is located directly west of the University of Washington and its University District neighborhood. In fact, the school’s campus (University Village) is just a mile away from Wallingford. If I were you I wouldn’t be surprised if I had student neighbors, or saw students walking around the neighborhood on the weekend. As for the younger grades of kindergarten through 12th, I don’t believe there are any schools actually in Wallingford. Students here are served by schools in neighboring communities, or if you want to you can send them to any other school in the city.

 
Local Events

Local Events

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Wallingford is a much smaller neighborhood than most of the communities in Seattle, which gives it a close-knit and connected feeling. There are several community groups that consist of residents who care deeply about a specific local issue. Some work to help out public parks, others with public facilities like libraries, and there is a group that organizes events in Wallingford. Seafair is Seattle’s largest summer event, and Wallingford hosts some of the activities held during the month-long festival. Specifically, it has a parade and barbecues. There is also an annual sausage festival here, as well as special local events that take place during holidays, like fireworks at Gas Works Park.

 
Weather

Weather

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East Bakersfield has one of the shortest winters in the country, which is evident when you look at the number of sunny days it has per year (almost 200). The winters are when most of the rain falls in Bakersfield, which is only around an inch per winter month. In the summer, it’s not unusual for an entire month to pass without any rain. This is typical of the city’s desert climate, as is heat. There are usually over 100 days per year where the temperature tops 90 degrees, and the summers are incredibly hot. But the rest of the year is much more bearable, as temps stay in the 60s and 70s in the winter and spring, and autumns are warm.

 
Traffic & Commuting

Traffic & Commuting

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The commute from East Bakersfield’s residential areas to Downtown Bakersfield is quick and easy. You can either hop on Route 178, on the north side of the neighborhood, or take a route through Beale, Sumner, and 21st Street. Either way, you should be able to get there in 15 minutes or less. But the truly lucky residents won’t have to commute to Downtown every day, they will have a job in East Bakersfield’s commercial district, which is located around Baker Street. Hillcrest, College Heights, and La Cresta/Alta Vista are a few other nearby neighborhoods.

 
Apartment Costs

Apartment Costs

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Whiteaker is a working class neighborhood, and the property prices here are very affordable. There aren’t many apartments, but a lot of houses are for rent instead. In my eyes, I think it’s preferable to live in a house over an apartment. And this doesn’t necessarily mean that the costs are more expensive. One or two bedroom places will run you anywhere from $500-800. Some of the rentals on the lower side of that price range are fixer uppers, but you really can’t beat the low monthly rent.

 
Demographics

Demographics

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Whiteaker is home to a lot of different types of groups than you’re probably used to seeing, and I don’t mean ethnically. Young activists in the late ‘90s created protests and near-riots in the neighborhood when they organizing tree sitting protests, and took a stand against corporate capitalism by vandalizing local businesses. The police called them anarchists. In addition, there are also large populations of artists, animal groups, and environmentalist groups located in Whiteaker. I’m not sure if I would go as far as to say that the area has a lot of counter-culture groups and activity, but people here love expressing and fighting for their opinions.

 
Traffic & Commuting

Traffic & Commuting

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Morningside-Lenox Park is six miles out of Downtown, so there aren’t as many public transportation options here compared to closer neighborhoods. But this is made up for by the fact that the Northeast Expressway and Downtown Connector, two of the most important roads in the metropolitan area, are both within a few miles of the community. It’s also worth mentioning that Morningside-Lenox is extremely walkable, and many residents get around locally just by walking. Because the area is mostly residential and most people who live here work further away, walking to work isn’t usually an option, for getting around the neighborhood it’s preferable over driving.

 
Crime & Safety

Crime & Safety

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Morningside-Lenox Park is a safe area with low crime. You should keep an eye on surrounding communities like North Druid Hills and Pine Hills, which have problem areas that you probably wouldn’t want to walk through at night. But for the most part, this community and its neighbors, like Virginia Highland, Druid Hills, and Midtown, are very safe. Morningside-Lenox Park is a walker-friendly neighborhood, and a large reason for this is actually the low crime. If you’re looking to live in a part of town that may be a little further from Downtown but is safer, this is a great choice.

 
Renter Friendly

Renter Friendly

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The East End is one of the most important areas of Houston, and contains notable neighborhoods like Idylwood, Pecan Park, Broadmoor, and Forest Hill. An especially renter friendly part of the district is East Downtown, which offers great access to the Downtown area and its commercial and recreational amenities. This is also an area with a very definite culture, as the majority of residents are Hispanic. This is reflected in everything from the restaurants and architecture to the languages spoken locally. But even if you’re not Hispanic or Latino, you will love living here, and will definitely appreciate the culture.

 
Schools & Education

Schools & Education

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The Houston Independent School District (the largest district in Texas) operates the public schools in most areas of the city, and the East End is no different. There are four high schools that serve East End students; two that are actually in the neighborhood, and two others that are in nearby 5th Ward and South Park. There are also three charter schools that provide educational services for a range of grades. In addition, there is one private school in the East End and a branch of the city’s community college here.

 
Nightlife

Nightlife

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This traditionally residential neighborhood has seen nightlife venues thrive over the last decade, and almost unexpectedly, this area is one of Manhattan’s busiest and most popular on the weekends. The music venues here, namely the Mercury Lounge and Bowery Ballroom, host many well-known acts that come to the city, and are terrific places to see a show. You can also see live music at one of the many bars and lounges here, which are really responsible for putting this area’s nightlife on the map. There are sports bars, dive bars, traditional pubs, or whatever type of establishment you’re looking for. When you factor in the neighborhood’s stellar dining scene, it adds up to one of the best nightlife spots in New York.

 
Restaurants

Restaurants

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Eateries like Antibes Bistro, Kuma Inn, Cocoron, and Apizz are a select few of the many acclaimed restaurants here, and have helped fuel a recent revitalization in the Lower East Side. In a city like New York, which is considered one of the top five foodie cities in the entire world, it’s tough to make a name for yourself. But this neighborhood is doing just that, and is drawing hungry residents from every borough. It’s arguably best known for the restaurants that line Clinton Street, like wd-50, Fatta Cuckoo, the Clinton St. Baking Company, and Allas. The Lower East Side is also bordered by Little Italy and Chinatown, which have excellent dining options of their own.

 
Recreation

Recreation

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When living in the Detroit Shoreway neighborhood, you will hear a lot about of buzz for the Three Engines of Gordon Square, which is the center for arts and culture in Detroit Shoreway. The first facet of this is the Capitol Theatre, which is a historic cinema that has been around since 1921 and was recently renovated. The second is the Cleveland Public Theatre, which features smaller productions and excellent educational programs. Third is the Near West Theatre, which has larger productions and recently moved to a new, much-improved location. There is also a flourishing shopping scene here, with boutiques and retail stores popping up all over. If you’re more into art, there are dozens of art and antique galleries here.

 
Public Transportation

Public Transportation

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Regardless of whether you’re someone who has a car or someone who depends on public transit, Detroit Shoreway has commuting options for you. It’s just a ten minute drive from Downtown, and Interstate 90 runs through the neighborhood. If you take that, you can hook up with I-71 or I-90 not too far away. The West 65th-Lorain station is the area’s rail stop (Red Line) provided by CRTA, and there are plans to develop both real estate and commercial opportunities near it. There are also a handful of bus routes that cover most of the neighborhood and its main streets.

 
Section 8 & Affordable

Section 8 & Affordable

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Section 8 housing was hard to come by after the housing collapse and subsequent Recession in 2008 because everyone was applying for it. However, it’s becoming easier to find Section 8 housing now, especially in Little Haiti. This neighborhood has made a concerted effort to provide affordable housing for its residents, which meant opening up more Section 8 properties and making sure that apartment costs stay low. Even if you don’t qualify for Section 8 or can’t find a listing you like, the normal prices for housing here are very reasonable. You should be able to find a deal in the mid-to-high hundreds (per month) if you look at the right time.

 
Demographics

Demographics

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Like Little Havana, another one of Miami’s culturally inspired neighborhoods, Little Haiti’s residents are very proud of their heritage and aren’t afraid to show it. However, the neighborhood has almost half as many people as Little Havana (there are around 30,000 residents in “La Petite Haiti”) and is being gentrified, which has displaced some of the local Haitians. The cause of this is the growth of surrounding neighborhoods and Lemon City attracting many businesses to the area. Despite this, the neighborhood is intent on keeping its culture alive, and is still one of the most authentic and tradition-centered communities in the city today.

 

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