Jenna Christy

A Real Estate Broker at Neighborhood Intel

Jenna Christy

Neighborhood Intel

A Real Estate Broker based in Normal Heights

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Restaurants

Restaurants

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There are around 40 restaurants in the Normal Heights neighborhood of San Diego. Most are casual, inexpensive places to grab a bite. However, there is one gem that shines in every aspect. The Cellar Door is an exquisite American bistro with a unique menu and upscale environment that still feels comfortable and relaxed. It is perhaps the only place to spend more than $10 on a meal. Almost half the restaurants in Normal Heights are Mexican, the local favorite being Super Cocina. There are several pizza joints around town as well; Blind Lady Ale House would be my first choice, and most locals favor Zia Gourmet’s, which is a little less expensive. Jyoti Bihanga is a vegetarian/vegan restaurant, and is one of the most popular in town for those of all diet types. There are a few Japanese, Thai, and burger spots around the neighborhood as well, all easy on the taste buds as well as the wallet.

 
Local Events

Local Events

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Normal Heights holds some of the most popular events in Southern California, most happening on Adams Avenue, referred to by some as Antiques Row, due to the many antique shops lining the street. It is no surprise that they hold an annual Antique Fair there. The street also sees the annual Taste of Adams Ave event, with more than 30 restaurants offering samples and specials. Art Around Adams sees a 2 mile stretch of over 100 businesses transforming into art venues. This neighborhood is the place to be for music festivals as well; Adams Ave Roots Festival lasts 2 days in April and showcases music from many cultures, Adams Ave. Unplugged, features 3 outdoor and 21 indoor stages showcasing around 170 performances in 2 days, and the infamous Adams Avenue Street Fair, consisting of 6 stages, more than 400 vendors of food, arts, and crafts, a children’s carnival and 3 beer gardens. It is the largest free music festival in Southern California.

 
Public Transportation

Public Transportation

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Although Virginia Highland is known as a streetcar suburb, for gaining its popularity through streetcar service, there are no longer streetcars serving the neighborhood. It is now served by six bus routes, all providing connections to various rail stations around Atlanta. Route 2 connects to Inman Park and Edgewood stations, route 6 also to Inman Park, route 16 to Five Points rail station, and route 99 travels to Midtown station. Route 36 begins at Midtown station and travels to Avondale station. Fare for all one-way travels are $2.50. Busses and rails are all provided by the Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority, MARTA, and operate from 4:45 am to 1 am during the week, and 6 am to 1 am on the weekends. There are other transit opportunities in Atlanta, but MARTA busses is the primary in Virginia Highland.

 
Recreation

Recreation

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Virginia Highland is an eclectic neighborhood of Atlanta; in 2012 Creative Loafing magazine named “VaHi” the Best Walkable Neighborhood, following its honor in 2011 of Atlanta Magazine’s Favorite Neighborhood of All. Much of the fun in VaHi is focused on the great outdoors and arts. There are three public parks in this neighborhood: John Howell Memorial, Orne Park, which has Clear Creek, a runoff of the Chattahoochee, running through it, and New Highland, an eco-friendly park and rain garden. It is also home to one of seven arboretums in Atlanta. For some fun indoors, Freeze Dried Monkey comedy club, The Drunken Unicorn music venue, Solomon Projects art gallery, and the infamous Blind Willies jazz & blues club provide some unique, local flavor. For a mix of the outdoors and the arts, the two day Summerfest and annual Taste of the Highlands showcase the best of Virginia Highland’s food, music, and art.

 
Local Events

Local Events

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The Elizabeth Community Association organizes events throughout the year for entertainment, goodwill, and to build a strong sense of community. During the holidays, the city of Charlotte organizes most of the big events, such as parades and festivals. However, Elizabeth has come up with several of its own annual traditions, such as Easter Egg Stuffing Party and Hunt, neighborhood holiday party in December, Trunk or Treat, and Elizabeth Recycles Day. The ECA also organizes regular activities throughout the year, such as Independence Park maintenance project, tree planting, and gardener’s workshops. They hold an annual Elizabeth 8K, and regular neighborhood socials at different restaurant, bars, and galleries within Elizabeth. Elizabethcommunity.com has all the information on what’s coming up and going in Elizabeth.

 
Nightlife

Nightlife

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There are approximately 20 nightlife venues in the 1.3 square miles that make up the Elizabeth neighborhood of Charlotte. While there are plenty of places to grab a drink, is it a little slow here; there are no dance clubs or lounges with ropes at the door. What there are plenty of is live music venues and relaxed pubs. The most popular are Double Door Inn; more of a bar with a stage, and Visulite Theater; more of a stage with a bar. Loft 1523 is a nice, mellow lounge, and Jackalope Jack’s is the best place to catch a game. Another place worth knowing about in Elizabeth is Crown Station, which transforms from coffee shop to swingin’ bar between 7am when it opens and 2 am closing time. There’s plenty of nightlife here, and for those looking for more flashing lights and dance tunes, Charlotte is a big city.

 
Local Events

Local Events

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Many of the events that take place in The Rockaways are centered around the arts. The Rockaway Theater Company, Rockaway Artists Alliance, and Rockaway Music and Arts Council organize various activities and entertainment regularly. The RMAC organizes trips year-round, summer concerts, art exhibitions, and coordinates with schools to create student art programs. The Theater Company and Artists Alliance both schedule regular performances and exhibitions, many in Fort Tilden. The neighborhood also organizes annual festivals, random events, and groups holding regular events, such as the Walk, Talk & Laugh Group and Rockaway Youth Task Force. All events, groups, and more about The Rockaways can be found through the neighborhood newspaper at rockawave.com.

 
Renter Friendly

Renter Friendly

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Renter Friendly

The Rockaways, a peninsula of Long Island, is known as a “bedroom community”, meaning that it is typically residential. While the boardwalk once made the rockaways a tourist driven area, development in other areas of New York has taken away from that, and left room for many housing developments. In 2002, a “revival” was initiated in the Rockaways, and in 2008 New York City Council approved building of five new communities spanning 280 blocks, all for your renting pleasure! With all these new developments, it is surprising that The Rockaways still have some of the lowest rental rates in Queens; studio apartments show an average of $935 per month, one bedrooms for around $1,100, two bedrooms for $1,450, and three bedrooms for $1,650. Rates tend to be lower in the fall and winter.

 
Recreation

Recreation

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For all of the negative attention West Baltimore receives, there are some positive things to do in these neighborhoods. During the temperate months, Gwynns Falls Trail provides great outdoor recreation opportunities, including biking and walking trails and excellent white water rafting when the creek from the falls is high. Druid Hill Park also offers some outdoor fun. The Pimlico Racetrack, known as Preakness Stakes, is the site of some of the most popular horse races following the Kentucky Derby. The Edgar Allen Poe House and Museum and the Maryland Zoo are two major attractions in West Baltimore, and the Baltimore & Ohio Railroad Museum, Black Cherry Puppet Theater, Druid Hill Studios art gallery, and two casinos also provide entertainment to residents and visitors.

 
Crime & Safety

Crime & Safety

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West Baltimore is a grouping of several neighborhoods: Union Square/Hollins Market, known as Sowebo (Southwest Baltimore), Reservoir Hill, Edmonson, Pimlico, and Pennsylvania Avenue, which consists of sub-neighborhoods Upton, Penn North, Druid Heights, and Sandtown. While West Baltimore is said to be mainly responsible for Baltimore’s high crime rate, some neighborhoods are better than others. The Sowebo area is generally safe and more affluent and Pennsylvania Avenue, specifically Sandtown, is the most dangerous. While crime has been on a steady decline, and has seen rates half of those in the 1990’s since 2010, they are still among the highest in the country, specifically violent crimes and murder. A person’s chance of being a victim of violent crime in West Baltimore is 1 in 47, and of property crimes is 1 in 16.

 
Recreation

Recreation

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When people refer to New York as “the city that never sleeps”, they most likely have Midtown Manhattan in the forefront of their mind. This neighborhood is home to some of the country’s best shopping, dining, and entertainment venues. Some are entertainment simply for being landmarks, such as the Empire State Building and St.Patrick’s Cathedral. Others are among the most noted entertainment: approximately 60 museums including the Museum of Modern Art, Madame Tussaud's Wax Museum, Intrepid Sea, Air and Space Museum; more than 50 music venues including Radio City Music Hall, Carnegie Hall, and The Tank; more than 300 art galleries including the International Center of Photography, Astro Gallery of Gems, and The James. The list goes on, there is more to do in Midtown than any neighborhood in the country.

 
Economy and Jobs

Economy and Jobs

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Midtown Manhattan is the busiest single commercial district in the United States, and the the largest central business district in New York. Times Square, Grand Central Station, Madison Square Garden, Statue of Liberty, and many more money-making NYC sites reside in this two square mile area in the heart of the city. Many of the city’s tallest buildings, most upscale stores, restaurants, and hotels, as well as many arts venues are located in Midtown, accounting for more than 700,000 jobs. There are more than 40 major American company headquarters, and around 5 foreign company headquarters in Midtown, including the NY Institute of Finance. Surprisingly, rental costs are not among the highest in Manhattan, probably because it is not a very residential area.

 
Restaurants

Restaurants

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The small neighborhood of Centennial Hills is home to more than 115 restaurants. While many areas in the country have an abundance of one type of cuisine or another, this is Las Vegas, and there is nothing uniform about it. The most upscale dining in the neighborhood is T-Bones Chophouse. Another popular American style eatery is Bob Taylor’s Ranch House, quite on the other end of the ambiance scale. Leticia’s Mexican Cocina is top of the list for local Mexican, as Sammy’s is for Pizza, Shucks Tavern & Oyster Bar is for seafood, and Smashburger is for burgers. The Cracked Egg is a great breakfast restaurant. There really is plenty for every craving in Centennial Hills.

 
Apartment Costs

Apartment Costs

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Rental rates in Centennial Hills are the second highest in Las Vegas, after only the Sun City/Summerlin area. One bedroom apartments rent for an average of $740 per month, two bedrooms for $1,110. Two bedrooms in Sun City/Summerlin rent for an average of $1,137, slightly higher, while the neighborhood with the lowest rental rates, Michael Way, rents them for $712 monthly. Three bedroom apartments in Centennial Hills are only slightly higher than two bedrooms, showing an average of $1,190 monthly.

 
Apartment Costs

Apartment Costs

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Rental rates in Fort Sanders are among the highest in the area, but are not very high and are not the highest in Knoxville. Studio apartments in this neighborhood rent for an average of $435 monthly, one bedrooms for $550, and two bedrooms for $865 per month. Other neighborhoods in Knoxville rent two bedrooms for various surrounding rates, most lower: Morningside for $530, and some higher: Fourth and Gill, $1,550. Three bedroom apartments rent for an average of $1,190 per month. Fort Sanders is just west of downtown Knoxville, but is primarily residential.

 
Demographics

Demographics

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Fort Sanders is located immediately north of the University of Tennessee. This is reflected heavily on the demographics. The .55 square mile neighborhood is home to 4,927 residents, a very dense population. The median age in Fort Sanders is 25, with many residents between 18 and 23 years. The neighborhood is predominantly white, with about 10% each of Asian and African Americans. If you are a young adult looking for a fun neighborhood, this is a great place to live. Otherwise, be aware that it has a reputation for frequent house and block parties, sometimes spanning several blocks. In the summer months, however, when all the college “kids” go home, it is a very quiet, empty place.

 
Nightlife

Nightlife

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There are around fifteen nightlife spots in the small, densely populated neighborhood of Noe Valley. Some are local restaurants that stay open late and cater to the drinking crowd after kitchen hours. The most popular of these are Basso’s and Noeteca, open until 9:30 and 11:00 pm respectively. Some of the most popular bars in town are Noe’s and The Valley Tavern, both relaxed pubs. Bliss Bar is a lounge, good for dancing and fancy cocktails. The Dubliner and The Peaks are also popular dive type bars. Many residents of Noe Valley are young adults, so these bars stay busy. Most have full bars and are open until 2am.

 
Traffic & Commuting

Traffic & Commuting

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Noe Valley is right in the center of San Francisco, making commuting to other areas of the city easy, but outside slightly more time consuming. The area is not a heavy traffic one, as it is surrounded by mountains and is primarily residential. Noe Valley is 1.15 square miles, and with a population of 21,106, the population density is a high 7,107 people per square mile; foot traffic generally keeps the streets busier than cars. There is at least one street providing access outside of Noe Valley in every direction, several on the east side. There are two bus lines that run through downtown Noe Valley, 24 Muni and J Church routes.

 
Apartment Costs

Apartment Costs

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Brentwood is a very affluent neighborhood. The L.A. Times profiled every one of the city’s communities a few years ago, and found that Brentwood has a median household income of $112,927, which is much higher than both the national and Los Angeles average. Additionally, the number of households that make more than $125,000 annually was higher than normal too. There’s a direct correlation between wealth and housing costs: renting or buying a property here is much more expensive than the average LA neighborhood. On the whole, the city is expensive, but if you have a low-to-moderate budget that you’re trying to stick to, there are other communities you should look into first.

 
Schools & Education

Schools & Education

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The Brentwood neighborhood is home to a lot of college students who go to USC or UCLA, and many college graduates stay in the area when they leave school and get a job in the city. Over 70% of the residents here have a college degree of some sort, whether it’s bachelor’s, a doctorate, or anything in between. Mount St. Mary’s College is also located in the area, and their students live here too. There aren’t any public high schools that are in Brentwood necessarily, but there are two right outside of the area’s borders. There are a few private schools located here, however, such as the acclaimed Brentwood School.

 
Apartment Costs

Apartment Costs

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With a great location relative to downtown and desirable, historic districts, home values in the Upper Eastside are very valuable. Areas like Biscayne Boulevard and Miami Modern (MiMo), which used to have high crime, have vastly improved and are steadily flourishing. If you want to rent in the Upper Eastside, you’re looking at a rent of $1000 at the least. There are a couple of listings on this site right now that are even more expensive--over $10,000 per month. Of course, not all apartment prices are this steep and you will surely be able to find a deal if you look in one part of the neighborhood over another.

 
Renter Friendly

Renter Friendly

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The Upper Eastside neighborhood has sub-communities like Belle Meade, Morningside, and Bay Point. Belle Meade is the nicest part of the Eastside in my opinion, as it is private (gated), has low crime, and is home to some of the best listings in the area. Morningside is the most historic community, and has many older buildings from the early 19th century still intact. The Bay Point Estates is a more affluent part of the Upper Eastside, where homes can range from $1 million on the low end to $10 million. There’s 24-hour security footage on the neighborhood so it’s very safe, and if you can afford it is one of the finest places to live in all of Miami.

 
Recreation

Recreation

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One of the biggest perks of living in the Central Park neighborhood is that you are seconds away from arguably the city’s most popular destination during weekends in non-winter seasons. You can bask in the sun and read, sit on a blanket with friends, play frisbee, walk your dog, or do countless other activities in the Park. Not to mention, the Park is in the heart of Manhattan, which is one of the most desirable places to live in the country and is the absolute opposite of boring. If you want to find something to do outside of the Park neighborhood, the rest of the city is at your command.

 
Crime & Safety

Crime & Safety

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Many of the negative associations between Central Park and crime still exist today, despite the fact that there isn’t much statistical evidence to back it up. In the ‘80s, there were about a thousand crimes a year in the Park. However, now there is rarely ever more than a hundred annual crimes. The Central Park Precinct of NYPD and the NYC Parks Enforcement Patrol have done great jobs of keeping the area safe, and though I wouldn’t recommend walking through the Park alone at night, the neighborhood is considerably safer than it used to be in past years.

 
Traffic & Commuting

Traffic & Commuting

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The Seventh Ward lies two miles away from many popular neighborhoods -- two miles north of downtown New Orleans and the Mississippi River (which is its southeastern border), two miles south of the Botanical Garden and City Park, and two miles east of Mid-City. You can get to downtown by taking St. Bernard Ave and North Rampart Street, to the Garden by taking Esplanade Ave, and Mid-City through North Broad Street. Also, Interstate 10 runs through the Seventh Ward, which is perfect for commuters who live in the area and need access to major roads.

 
Demographics

Demographics

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Out of the city’s 17 wards, which are the communities in New Orleans, the seventh is the second largest. And, along with wards 4-9, it’s considered a downtown ward. It is bordered by the Mississippi River on one side and Lake Pontchartrain on the other. So, as you can imagine, with two bodies of water next to the ward, Hurricane Katrina devastated the neighborhood back in 2005. It ruined homes and displaced families, and it took time for everyone to recover. But eventually, residents returned, and the area is being rebuilt into the community it used to be.

 

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