Best old house neighborhoods 2011: city life, handyman

For the fourth time in a row, we have located the most timeless quarters in North America – places where lovingly designed old houses have an extraordinary past and undeniable prospects for the future. With the help of our friends at, Portland, Oregon (USA), who have distributed our nomination forms to more than 14,000 historical societies, neighborhood groups and conservation organizations, we have compiled our largest list of unusual people to date. Paths worth looking for a great old home.

Here are 20 charming neighborhoods that offer historic homes and healthy city life – proof that you don’t have to give up one to have the other.

Park Hill, North Little Rock, Arkansas

Small town values ​​get a glimpse of the big city in North Little Rock’s historic Park Hill neighborhood. This cozy bedroom community is located directly across from the state capital’s Arkansas River and is characterized by shady sidewalk-lined streets where animal lovers, sports enthusiasts, and pedestrians can feel old-fashioned. The community of around 2,000 residents attracts many young families looking for close proximity, just a short drive or bus ride from the hustle and bustle in Little Rock. Sandra Taylor Smith, who grew up in Park Hill, says: "It is still one of my favorite neighborhoods in Arkansas. It is practical, calm and picturesque." It is also a stone’s throw from the old mill, the picturesque structure of Blown by the wind Opening scene. Small town charm, a hint of Hollywood and a 7-minute drive? We’ll take it.

The houses
Park Hill derives its architectural flair from two different eras: the 1920s produced a range of revival styles and Craftsman bungalows, while the post-World War II era brought simpler constructions in the form of minimally traditional houses. Nestled in trees that are at least half a century old, the neighborhood’s typical one-story houses often cost $ 100,000 to $ 200,000 and are fully renovated. Larger houses with an area of ​​up to 3,000 square meters lead the market with around USD 350,000.

Why Buy Here?
It is affordable. Today’s Park Hill market offers several charming homes priced cheaply around the hundreds of thousands mark that are unknown in most cities that are transferable to major cities. Many of them are well-kept, characterful residences. "You get what you pay for – and more", says Cary Tyson, director of Main Street Arkansas, an Arkansas Historic Preservation Program. How’s that breath of fresh Arkansas air??

Among the best for: The south, family-friendly, holiday homes and bungalows, city life, first-time buyers, gardening, outdoor activities

Whittier Mill Village, Atlanta, Georgia

Jan Stephens and her husband struggled to find a desirable and affordable area near downtown Atlanta until they discovered Whittier Mill Village. "We had no idea that this place existed", says Jan. "Many people in Atlanta have never heard of it." The residential area was hidden on the largely industrial northwest side of the city on the Chattahoochee River and was set up for employees of the Whittier Cotton Mills in the late 19th century. It started with 30 wooden house cottages, and many more were built during an expansion in the 1920s. After the mill closed in 1971, the houses remained occupied, but the settlement was more or less forgotten by the Atlanteans. In 1994, the Trust for Public Land bought the site and turned it into a 22-hectare park, significantly increasing the area’s seal of approval.

The houses
There are still 107 original wooden huts, and newer houses that resemble the old ones have increased the stock. The Queen Anne and Georgian style houses have pitched roofs, pine work and wide verandas. They are located on quiet, wooded lots. Prices range from $ 100,000 to over $ 400,000.

Why Buy Here?
A new generation discovers the Whittier Mill Village, which is drawn to the nearby community and takes 15 minutes to the city center. This side of Atlanta is experiencing a market boom as industrial buildings are turned into lofts and attract young professionals and new businesses.

Among the best for :, bargains, cottages & Bungalows, Victorians, City Life, Family Friendly, Singles, First Time Buyers, Easy Commute, Outdoor Activities, Gardening

Deering Center, Portland, Maine

The Deering Center’s reputation is famous: it is said to be the only place in the United States where a child can go to kindergarten on the same street. In addition to Longfellow Elementary School and Deering High School, the neighborhood is also home to the University of New England on Stevens Avenue. Deering Center, an early suburb of trolley cars, was annexed by Portland in 1899. It was ideal for raising children, with set-back houses, sidewalks and a huge wooded park with hiking trails as the city’s refuge. For several years now, residents have been upgrading houses by the famous Portland architect John Calvin Stevens and peeling the turn of the century off the facades of their historic houses. "We have everything", says Naomi Mermin, president of the Deering Center Neighborhood Association, and quotes several thousand residents, an old-fashioned butcher, and cross-country ski trails in the park as evidence.

The houses
The streets here show one, according to Merman "highly sophisticated mix" of home styles, including Italianates, Queen Annes, Colonial Revivals, Foursquares, Craftsman bungalows, Sears kit houses, and a peasant style that locals call it " New Englanders, "the majority were built in the first half of the 20th century. Prices start in the middle of $ 200,000 and are around $ 500,000.

Why Buy Here?
Do you want an almost turnkey nest instead of a roll-up your sleeves project? "There are no bad homes in this area", says Merman. "Homes in fairly original condition that need updates but are otherwise in good condition are easy to find." And many older houses here are apartment buildings including rental units; These large houses not only offer income potential, but are also remarkably energy efficient in Maine’s long, cold winters.

Among the best for: The Northeast, Family Friendly, Vacation Homes and Bungalows, City Life, First Time Buyers, One Way, Walkability

Heritage Hill, Grand Rapids, Michigan

This neighborhood is a mecca for people who love historic American architecture. The houses are not only stormy, the fact that they are standing is important for the preservation of societies in the United States. The urban renewal plans for Grand Rapids in the 1960s had doomed this treasure trove of old houses, but the community struggled to protect them. By winning the historic case, the members of the Heritage Hill Association have set a precedent: federal planning agencies must now review the impact of their projects on historic properties.

Surrounded by five urban colleges (including the Grand Valley State and the Kendall College of Art and Design), Heritage Hill is a cultural center with many artists, philanthropists and restaurants. Well-tended gardens are celebrated here, especially in May, when a public tour gives owners the opportunity to showcase their home and horticultural skills. Heritage Hill is diverse and offers college students, singles, couples and families of all origins.

The houses
The 1300 houses, some of which date back to 1844, feature a remarkable variety of styles. You see everything from Italianate and Chateauesque houses to later Tudor revivals; There is also an abundance of Greek and colonial revivals, Queen Annes and even a Frank Lloyd Wright Prairie house. TLC Craving Villas can be sold for around $ 200,000. However, if you’re looking for something more turnkey, you can find a beloved three-bedroom folk Victorian with 1886 and Eastlake details for around $ 170,000.

Why Buy Here?
Short sales and foreclosures haven’t reached Grand Rapids (long the center of the office furniture industry) like Detroit and other automotive cities, but Heritage Hill hasn’t overlooked the run-down market. Today you can grab the former castle of a wooden baron or a wealthy judge – and go from home to work in the city center.

Among the best for: The Midwest, Bargains, Fixer-Uppers, College Cities, Retirees, Singles, City Life, Victorians, Gardening, Easy Commuting, Walkability

Compton Heights, St. Louis, Missouri

In this historic district in the south of St. Louis, children can romp around on shady lawns bordering massive brick and stone houses, each of which is "our house" could be called. The streets are named after letter men like Hawthorne and Longfellow. The literary topic makes sense. Compton Heights was developed in the 1880s and still feels torn off the pages of a Victorian novel. The neighborhood has other charms too. "The houses here are incredible!" says Gregory Zavaglia, who a few years ago achieved a 1911 Beaux Arts house with his wife Cayce with an area of ​​5,800 square meters. The house has stained glass windows, hand-painted murals, vaulted ceilings and a red mahogany staircase. A nearby version of the Zavaglias house was recently sold for less than $ 200,000.

The houses
They were built by the city’s wealthiest beer barons and business people, who were looking for the best architects and brought opulent styles such as Beaux Arts and Richardsonian Romanesque to extravagant heights. Prices start at around $ 190,000 for a large house that needs a thorough renovation. While many single family homes have been restored, others that have long-term residents have come to market as excellent opportunities for advancement.

Why Buy Here?
Unlike many neighborhoods, Compton Heights has never seen a significant decline. The entire section is listed as a local historic district. A 60-year-old homeowners association keeps things tight, and the hub is one block from Reservoir Park, a 36-hectare green space.

Among the best for: Midwest, Bargains, Fixer-Uppers, City Life, Family Friendly, Easy Commuting, Walkability

Bay Ridge, Brooklyn, New York

The old Brooklyn area on the shores of New York Harbor was once home to thousands of Norwegian shipbuilders, Italian and Irish immigrants. Families walk to church together on Sundays or meet at local restaurants and bakeries on Third Avenue. This is a peaceful, varied area where you can visit a Norwegian pastry shop, an Italian butcher, and a Middle Eastern grocery store in one block. and offers a wonderful view of the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge."We like things that are subject here", says Victoria Hofmo, who grew up in the community of 70,000 people. "We also like all green spaces, access to water and the village atmosphere. We have everything."

The houses
Two- and three-story single and multi-family terraced houses made of brick and brownstone are just as common as Tudor style in wood and stucco style and Renaissance revival terraced houses made of limestone. This, of course, is New York City, where "affordable" everything means less than seven digits. A two-story brick row house with an original mill and pocket doors could cost $ 500,000. A restored 1930s Tudor townhouse that was recently quoted at $ 558,000. Renaissance revivals start at $ 700,000.

Why Buy Here?
It’s just over an hour on the subway to Midtown Manhattan. Young families and professionals come for what is unreachable in most New York City homes today: a single family home.

Among the best for: Northeast, Waterfront, City Life, Family Friendly, Walkability, Row Houses

Melrose Heights Historic District, Colombia, South Carolina

The words "gem not sung" came to my mind when we discovered the Melrose Heights in Columbia. Although it is less than 2 miles from the state capital and University of South Carolina, it is not well known. With family facilities like affordable homes, some of Colombia’s best public schools, and a five-minute drive downtown, this is a neighborhood you should know. Every Saturday, joggers and cyclists meet in the shady streets, and fathers play with dogs – or children – on the lawns. "We didn’t have to build play equipment", says John Sherrer, an eight-year-old resident and father of two elementary school students. "It was there in Melrose Park." In 2003, the municipality voted in favor of the district founded in 1900, which was declared a protected area. The result: All residents are proud of their well-tended gardens and eclectic houses, creating block-of-block appeal.

The houses
Tudor Revival, Craftsman, Colonial Revival and Prairie are plentiful in these neat streets with typical houses, brick houses from the 40s and kit houses like Sears and Aladdin. We found a renovated 1936 Tudor Revival in the heart of the neighborhood for $ 355,000; Smaller or less turnkey options can cost as little as $ 150,000.

Why Buy Here?
Melrose Heights benefited from its historic conservation efforts without losing accessibility. "It is not" Old south "the Greek revival neighborhood with huge, unreachable houses", says city planner Jerre Threatt. "It’s an intact suburban neighborhood from the early 1900s with a diverse range of architectural styles at affordable prices."

Among the best for: The south, bargains, university towns, family-friendly, holiday homes and bungalows, city life, first-time buyers, gardening, one-way trips, accessibility

East Nashville, Nashville, Tennessee

Like every major neighborhood, East Nashville is home to writers and waiters, teachers and sculptors, accountants and artists, feminists and families. "It is definitely a cool place and we have a real mix of people who choose to live here", says activist Carol Norton, who is in the "neighborhood" pulled by about 25,000 people in the 70s. In the decades she’s been here, Norton has survived recessions in East Nashville, some serious bad urban renewal projects, and a 1998 tornado that was nearly eighty-six. Nowadays, it gets an incentive for what brings a new younger generation to the neighborhood – from the tomato festival, which is organized every summer by a team of local artists and musicians, to the new cafes and ice cream parlors and music events that take place here every week seem to open. In fact, part of East Nashville’s charm can be attributed to the fact that almost all of the shops are local neighborhoods. "There is no applebee here", says Norton.

The houses
"I think of East Nashville as an architectural picture book", says Norton. Here you will find both modest and majestic examples of Foursquares, Queen Annes, Tudor Revivals and Craftsman style bungalows. There are currently many homes on the market ranging from $ 100,000 to $ 200,000.

Why Buy Here?
Aside from affordable accommodations, East Nashville also offers easy access to Music City, just across the Cumberland River. But the main reason to look here is the sense of community that you rarely see in cities or suburbs, and the creative energy and camaraderie borne by residents and small business owners. It is what Norton calls "Mayberry – with a twist" describes. From young bohemians to growing families to local vintage cars, this is a place where everyone belongs and has the opportunity to thrive.

Among the best for: The South, Bargains, Fixer-Uppers, Cottages & Bungalows, City Life, First Time Buyers, Victorians, Easy Commute

North Oak Cliff, Dallas, Texas

Minutes from downtown, across the Trinity River via the Houston Street Viaduct, North Oak Cliff is not a typical Dallas neighborhood. Built on a solid rock foundation (as opposed to the clay that covers most of Dallas), the area has rolling hills and majestic trees that escape the flat city. North Oak Cliff has "the kind of authenticity you just can’t see anymore", says the resident Michael Amonett, who particularly points out the historically preserved architecture. Visitors quickly pick up on something else: a not-so-business lifestyle, illustrated by an art scene and an exuberant community, the North Oak Cliff "Austin of Dallas" -Brought in the label. Whether at a craft fair or a Bastille Day parade, the locals celebrate here with flying colors.

The houses
Tudors and Craftsman bungalows are predominant. Spanish colonialists, Spanish eclecticists and Italian Renaissance houses can be found in fewer numbers. A restored English Tudor with its own kitchen was recently sold for $ 225,000. First-time buyers can find smaller, ready-to-move-in cottages and bungalows starting at $ 100,000.

Why Buy Here?
North Oak Cliff seems to seamlessly combine old and new. Michael Amonett lives in the house his grandfather built in 1936, and his story is not unique. Many families have settled here for generations, and their beautifully preserved homes, which generally only require minor updates, are occasionally available. The region’s property values ​​will increase in 2013 with the return of an inner-city tram system. Our advice? Get in while you are fine.

Among the best for: Southwest, Family Friendly, Vacation Homes and Bungalows, City Life, First Time Buyers, One Way

University District, Salt Lake City, Utah

Young families live with professors and college students in this Salt Lake City neighborhood between downtown and the University of Utah campus. Think of the university district as a perfect university city, with residential streets divided by grassy midlines just a few minutes’ walk from local pizzerias and cafes. and where a sea of ​​residents, who wear their finest reds and whites, moves to nearby Rice Eccles Stadium on autumn Saturdays to see how their beloved Utes plays football. "People love this neighborhood", says the Realtor Celeste Council, whose customers are attracted to its progressive atmosphere and narrow houses, which reinforces the sense of community in the university district. In the 1970s, the neighborhood was afraid when the developers started pulling down historic houses to make room for homes and commercial buildings. But residents resisted, gained new zoning laws, and got much of the neighborhood in the National Register of Historic Places.

The houses
Most are brick or clapboard folk Victorians built between 1900 and 1920 for professors and employees at the University of Utah. Other styles are Gothic Revival, Queen Anne, Tudor and Craftsman. You can get a modest two-bedroom Folk Victorian for less than $ 200,000. Larger houses, however, start at $ 500,000.

Why Buy Here?
Buyers are buying and renovating more and more old houses, ensuring that this historic district retains its classic architecture and character. Many smaller, low-carbon houses also bring environmentally conscious buyers who install solar panels, swap thirsty lawns for xeriscaping, and use rain barrels to collect water for gardens. University district residents also forego cars and rely on Salt Lake City’s bicycles and light rail network to get downtown.

Among the best for: The West and Northwest, Fixer-Uppers, university towns, family friendly, holiday homes and bungalows, city life, singles, gardening, one way, walking

Wallingford, Seattle, Washington

Colorful kites fly and children roll down grassy hills are in South Wallingford Gas Works Park, a 19-hectare green area populated by coal gasification structures from the early 20th century – omnipresent sights – disused rust-colored symbols of the industrial revolution in Seattle. Wallingford is a walkable area with access to the Burke-Gilman Trail in Seattle, a 14 mile path for cyclists, joggers and skaters. A farmers’ market, independent cinema, bars, restaurants, and rocking cafes line North 45th Street, the main street, and with the University of Washington nearby, there’s a definite college town feel. "I have my Children raised here", says Kris Murphy, a realtor who has lived here for 20 years. "Now they’re teenagers and they love it."

The houses
Wallingford is known for its Craftsman bungalows, which were built between 1906 and the mid-1920s and framed with Douglas fir from local mills. Most have verandas and lush backyards. Wallingford is perched on a gentle hill that rises from Lake Union and offers spectacular views of the Space Needle. Expect to pay more than $ 600,000 in good condition for a 2,000-square-foot home, or wait for one that needs a $ 400,000 upgrade.

Why Buy Here?
Families, artists, old Seattle hippies and new money give Wallingford a creative, entrepreneurial spirit. With easy access to I-5 and SR-99, you can quickly shop, enjoy culture and fresh seafood from downtown Pike Place Market.

Among the best for: The West and Northwest, university towns, family-friendly, holiday homes and bungalows, singles, city life, easy driving, walking, outdoor activities, gardening

Eckington, District of Columbia

Forget Bethesda and Arlington. When technology director Steve Rynecki moved to Washington, DC from San Diego, California in 2002, he wanted to live within the city limits. He also wanted an older place with historical details – a row house on Capitol Hill or a red brick Queen Anne in Columbia Heights. Unfortunately, the excavations in these neighborhoods cost over half a million dollars. So Steve looked into the northeast of the district and found what he was looking for: an 1893 townhouse for around $ 250,000. "The price was right, the architecture was fantastic and the subway was 10 minutes away on foot", he says. Originally the province of powerful Victorian politicians and entrepreneurs, Eckington later became a stronghold of the Afro-American middle class of D.C. Nowadays, this is a magnet for those who avoid the beltway fringes and want to find a renovated home in a cool, urban neighborhood just 10 minutes’ drive from Capitol Hill.

The houses
Most are brick, Federal, Queen Anne or Colonial Revival Rowhouses. We found a renovated 1913 Colonial Revival six bedroom townhouse for $ 249,000. The building in need of renovation was a Victorian terraced house with four bedrooms and a tower for $ 345,000.

Why Buy Here?
Government offices have been opened around the five-year-old Florida Ave / New York Ave subway station, which is just a stone’s throw from Eckington. Newly opened restaurants and clubs near the bustling Atlas District also offer residents plenty of entertainment. "It was discovered as an affordable place to find a home in D.C. to buy", adds local real estate agent Michelle Buckman, "and there is a lot of renovation going on."

Among the best for: Northeast, City Life, First Time Buyers, Victorians, Row Houses, Easy Commute, Walkability

The Washburn-Lawrence neighborhood, Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin

The historic Washburn-Lawrence neighborhood is in the middle of Wisconsin’s picturesque Door Peninsula between Lake Michigan and Green Bay. It is home to around 420 of the 9,700 residents of Sturgeon Bay. Gardeners, boaters or cross-country skiers, pensioners and families of all ages are attracted to the region’s temperate climate. The lake and the bay keep the summer airy and the winter mild. Roofs with mature maple trees and preserved sidewalks adorn the residential streets of the neighborhood, in which there are only apartment buildings, bed and breakfasts and churches. Homely cafes, art galleries and the old Avenue Playhouse are just two blocks away in the walk-in downtown of Sturgeon Bay.

The houses
71 of the district’s 180 residential units are historic Italians, Queen Annes, Classical Revivals or Craftsmans. Most were built between 1881 and 1931. Bargain hunters with a yen for Reno can find restoration-worthy options that normally replace a roof and require foundation work – from around $ 100,000.

Why Buy Here?
The peninsula is a tourist hotspot and hosts 2.2 million vacationers every year. They meet with locals in the orchards for apple and cherry picking and take part in tastings in local wineries. If you’ve always wanted to open a specialty shop in a quaint town or turn a historic Queen Anne into a busy bed and breakfast, this may be the place for you.

Among the best for: The Midwest, Waterfront, Retired, Family Friendly, City Life, Victorian, Gardening, Outdoor Activities, One Way Travel, Walkability

Old San Juan, Puerto Rico

It is said that you have to be either a poet or a locomotive to live in Old San Juan, where the charm of the Old World clearly meets the eclecticism of the New World. The winding alleys of this fortified Caribbean peninsula house artists, students from three universities, shopkeepers, café culture fans, lawyers, musicians, millionaires, government employees and members of the folk art Gobierno himself who lives in La Fortaleza; It was built in 1540 and is the longest mansion in the western hemisphere. Neighbors chat over café con leche in places like La Bombonera Every morning and a walk on the blue-gray cobblestones adoquines, leads past immaculate, colorful Spanish colonial townhouses that match those of Madrid.

The houses
The restoration of a Spanish colonial stable with its 2-foot thick walls, brick bricks and lead pipes is a lengthy process that is closely monitored by the Spaniards Instituto de Cultura Puertoriqueña. "You have a say from the inside and outside, right down to the fishing rods", says Realtor Margarita Gandía, whose mother was one of the first Realtors of San Juan in the 1950s. A shell could cost $ 300,000. Homes that require less than one renovation can cost $ 600,000. The properties with a value of at least USD 1 million have been completed.

Why Buy Here?
Strict adherence to conservation guidelines has the advantage that if the result of the test is not passed, you do not have to pay taxes. This status has to be renewed every 10 years, which keeps the neighborhood in top shape.

Among the best for: The South, Fixer-Uppers, College Cities, Waterfront, Pensioners, City Life, Row Houses, History Happened Here, Easy Commuting, Accessibility

St. John’s, Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada

Newfoundland is different from Canada, an island with its own time zone, a dictionary with idiomatic English and a lively cultural pride. Downtown St. John’s, built in a geographic bowl at a sheltered harbor, is a junction of steep streets where a local politician lives next to a crippled musician in the Duke of Duckworth Pub. Bourgeois boast that downtown St. John’s zip code has more artists per capita than any other in Canada, and Newfoundland’s narrative stands out in terms of a huge gallery, archive, and cultural center called The Rooms that overlooks the area.

The houses
"We love ours" Jelly Bean "-Houses", says Dale Jarvis of the Heritage Foundation of Newfoundland and Labrador. It refers to rows of three-story row houses from the Second Empire in the city center. These buildings have a remarkably consistent style, all built in the wake of an 1892 fire that turned St. John’s into a fire. Uphill, a bit of Queen Anne’s and bungalows, live here from merchants who hope to avoid future fire hazards. Thanks to offshore oil drilling in the past decade, St. John’s has broken the real estate bust, but row houses with room for improvement are still available for $ 250,000. List of detached houses in the range of $ 500,000.

Why Buy Here?
You haven’t had as much fun with color since Crayola came into your life. Local company Templeton Paints has introduced a range of historic Newfoundland colors. The jelly bean colors embraced by the owners of the Downtown Rowhouses are a feast for the eyes – and the immediate motivation to put on your patent clothing.

Among the best for: Canada, Fixer-Uppers, Waterfront, Retirees, Family Friendly, Singles, City Life, Victorians, Row Houses, Easy Commute, Walkability

The Crescents, Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada

The crescents were the inhabitants of Regina in the upper crust at the beginning of the 20th century. While the rich still live here, the neighborhood is also a paradise for scientists and city types who are looking for a perfect neighborhood for raising children. Residents can walk downtown to have dinner at Regina’s gourmet restaurants, or hike to the Mosaic Stadium to see the Canadian Football League Saskatchewan Roughriders compete against the Montreal Alouettes or the Calgary Stampeders.

The houses
Most were built in the early 1900s and are designed with mature trees and lush landscaping. Homes include Craftsmans, Queen Annes and Tudors. Prices range from $ 250,000 to $ 1,000,000.

Why Buy Here?
The Crescents is a 15-minute walk from downtown Regina, a city of 190,000. The real selling point is access to the Wascana Center, a 2,300-hectare park that houses the Royal Saskatchewan Museum, the Saskatchewan Legislative Assembly building, the Regina Conservatory of Music, and a huge artificial lake. Thanks to the large reserves of oil, natural gas and potash in this region, the local economy is thriving in comparison to the other regions of Canada and the USA.

Among the best for: Canada, University Cities, Family Friendly, City Life, Outdoor Activities, Gardening, One Way, Walkability

Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island, Canada

In the middle of the crescent-shaped Prince Edward Island lies Charlottetown, the oldest and largest city in the province. Believe it or not, the country was born here after a meeting of statesmen in the city’s neoclassical provincial house from 1864. Charlottetown, founded in 1765 as the colonial capital, contained 500 lots: five large sections that were cut into 100 properties each. What came up on these plots is a who’s who of domestic architecture spanning 200 years. Most of the buildings are of the wooden cladding style of the early 19th century, although some are brick buildings Fire remember that was blown in 1866. The city’s 33,000 residents are of all ages, with universities, incredible views, an active lifestyle and here tourism Possibilities as well as the historical architecture.

The houses
"Charlottetown has examples of the styles of Georgian, Queen Anne and Arts and Crafts that you would find in the UK, as well as the versions that became popular in the US", says James W. Macnutt, author of Heritage Houses from Prince Edward Island. The 500 lots, as the locals call it, are also home to Gothic Revival, Second Empire, Italianate and a remarkable inventory of Colonial Revivals. Raw diamonds can go for $ 120,000 (USD), but prices over half a million are not uncommon.

Why Buy Here?
The city is experiencing growth thanks to employers such as Invesco, Ceridian and several biotechnology companies, as well as a steady stream of travelers who come to the annual SummerFest, a week-long waterfront party for families, and the Jack Frost Festival, a winter wonderland for children, created from 2,000 tons compacted snow.

Among the best for: Canada, Bargains, Waterfront, University Cities, Family Friendly, City Life, Victorians, History Happened Here

The West Broadway neighborhood, Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada

In addition to Winnipegger, the residents of West Broadway also include West African, Middle Eastern and Eastern European residents. The neighborhood is also popular with artists and art students, many of whom volunteer or take classes at Art City, a nonprofit that offers photography, sculpture, and other courses to residents of West Broadway all year round. This is a friendly, environmentally conscious area where public gardens and waste for composting are a matter of course. A popular meeting place is Stella’s Café & Bakery, a popular local chain that opened here two years ago. "When Stella’s moved in, it somehow legitimized this area", says Drew Perry, an instructor at Yoga North. "It’s definitely turned around the corner."

The houses
This densely populated area – 5,200 people in less than one square mile – dates from the late 19th century. In the turn of the century merchants and transport magnates built magnificent houses along the streets of Balmoral and Spence. Much of the area’s character comes from 208 two-and-a-half-story queens Annes, Stuck Foursquares and Tudors, who make up $ 180,000. With a little luck you will find ceilings, floors and molded parts made of maple, oak and massive double pockets with etched glass panes.

Why Buy Here?
"It will be the trendy new neighborhood", says Brian Grant of West Broadway Development Corporation. This organization puts its money where it has its mouth. It has helped the region receive $ 16.5 million in state aid for public and private projects over the past decade. Now is a good time to get in and claim your share of the cake.

Among the best for: Canada, Bargains, Fixer-Uppers, University Cities, Family Friendly, Singles, City Life, Victorians, First Time Buyers, Gardening, Easy Commute, Walkability

Central Halifax, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada

"You have to be a certain person to live in Halifax", says real estate agent Pam Cherington. "The kind that cares about quality of life." The love of water doesn’t hurt either, because this so-called sleepy city with almost 400,000 inhabitants is surrounded by everything. Some of the most enviable old houses belong to the residents of the Central Halifax district on the Halifax Peninsula, with their brightly painted townhouses and a five-minute walk from the city center and its restaurants, cafes and brewing points – all of this is part of the appeal for the hotel’s young Working and growing families moving here. Halifax also has a number of universities, so there is a steady influx of young people, some of whom never go.

The houses
The attraction here are the cedar shed row houses from the late 19th century with high ceilings, original pine or Douglas fir mills and thick crown moldings. Some are two stories with flat roofs; others are two and a half stories with sloping roofs and dormers. The houses built by the captains, merchants and merchants in Nova Scotia can be renovated from rundown to immaculate. Prices start at just under $ 200,000.

Why Buy Here?
The area declined in the 1980s and 1990s, but the past decade has been used as a target for house fins that have modernized many kitchens or bathrooms. However, those who are obsessed with attractive resale values ​​have largely evolved, and those who come in are more likely to seek community and stay in the long run.

Among the best for: Canada, Bargains, Fixer-Uppers, University Cities, Waterfront, Family Friendly, Singles, City Life, Easy Commute, Walkability, Rowhouses

Leslieville, Toronto, Ontario, Canada

The former, industrialized district of Leslieville in the east of Toronto (27,000 inhabitants) has grown in importance as families, artists and entrepreneurs arrive in droves, from the fashion scene, the safe and walkable streets, the proximity to the local beaches and the surrounding area be attracted – at least according to expensive Toronto standards – affordable apartments that are offered here. "Leslieville has changed completely in the past three years", says Jasmin George, who works in the children’s boutique Baby on the Hip. Your company is one of many new companies that have opened in Leslieville in recent years, including pubs, restaurants, markets, bakeries and a cheese shop.

The houses
"There is definitely something adorable about this place", says David Dunkelman, a realtor who runs Three-story Victorian terraced houses with steeply sloping gables line narrow tree-lined streets. Prices for two-story townhouses and country-style cottages start at $ 300,000.

Why Buy Here?
It is one of the few coveted nabes near the center of Toronto where an affordable home can be found. The city center can be reached by car or tram in 15 minutes. The nearby beaches of Lake Ontario can be reached on foot or by bike.

Among the best for :, Victorians, Waterfront, City Living, Family friendly, Singles, First time buyers, Easy Commute, Walkability, Bargains, Fixer-Uppers, Rowhouses


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