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Old 04-15-2011, 12:48 PM
 
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Sidney Ave? IS this ghetto area? I heard it was being developed. Cheap homes. must be ghetto. advice??

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Old 04-15-2011, 12:52 PM
 
Location: Squirrel Hill
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Westport has some potential for the future due to its location and proximity to the water, for now however, your guess about the current situation of the area is accurate.
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Old 04-15-2011, 12:59 PM
 
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Damn. So a SWF such as myself looking at homes to buy should probably stay away for now huh?
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Old 04-15-2011, 01:04 PM
 
Location: North Baltimore ----> Seattle
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There's been a lot of specualting in that area. I've done a few volunteer neighborhood cleanup days in the area. People who can afford it are buying and sitting on houses. Construction on the new development is supposed to begin this summer.

I had some acquaintances who lived on Sidney Ave. Artist, urban pioneer types. Used to have concerts in their house. I don't think they're still there (the band broke up). The one time I went, there didn't seem to be too many other early gentrifiers. It wasn't a war zone, either. But my guess is you might be a little uncomfortable.
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Old 04-15-2011, 02:30 PM
 
Location: Baltimore, MD
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Its a little uncomfortable, and IM NOT a SWF. I just did a contract on a house ther actually. There are some professional types moving in like myself. Especially DC-Centric people, who have easy access to 295 (its a hop skip and a jump), cheap housing, and not to mention a serious INVESTMENT. They've already started work on the waterfront, not to mention beginning with the Cirque Du Soleil. It depends on what you're trying to do. Invest in something that will most likely appreciate? - Sure. Are the people nice? - Well, once people shed their prejudices and get off of their high-horses as if theyre so much better, then you'll find that YES THEY ARE. (even the bad-ass kids who dont want to go to school and hang out on the stoop all day).
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Old 04-15-2011, 03:01 PM
 
Location: Squirrel Hill
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Only you can decide for yourself. Its an investment with risk. There are many areas in Baltimore that are still pretty crappy and are touted as "up and coming." As for which (if any) of them ever pan out to actually live up to the hype, who knows? As a SWF looking for a place to live, personally I'd steer clear. Actually as anyone (of reasonable means) looking for a place to live, personally I'd steer clear. There are worse places you could live in Baltimore, but that's not really saying much as there are some pretty horrible areas of Baltimore.
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Old 04-17-2011, 03:02 PM
 
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Default Hmmm....more advice needed.

Well I'm very interested in whether or not this "Westport Waterfront" development is actually going to happen...you know, like so many things are planned, but sometimes they never happen. Is this really being built? When is it being built? Has building started? I checked out the whole area on a baltimore crime map and there was nothing really to speak of in this particular area...so that's good...and I would say that I'm a brave soul and have a saavy way about me so I'd make the best of the situation...a house for 100K sounds good to me in an area that's promised to be transformed. I do need more advice though. I don't want to move to crackhead central no matter how pretty the place will be in 2 or 3 years...Would I be the only single gal living there? ADVICE!!! I just like the price of homes there and the taxes seem lower at first glance...........ugh...so many decisions.
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Old 04-17-2011, 04:27 PM
 
Location: 21093
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Well I'm very interested in whether or not this "Westport Waterfront" development is actually going to happen...you know, like so many things are planned, but sometimes they never happen. Is this really being built? When is it being built? Has building started? I checked out the whole area on a baltimore crime map and there was nothing really to speak of in this particular area...so that's good...and I would say that I'm a brave soul and have a saavy way about me so I'd make the best of the situation...a house for 100K sounds good to me in an area that's promised to be transformed. I do need more advice though. I don't want to move to crackhead central no matter how pretty the place will be in 2 or 3 years...Would I be the only single gal living there? ADVICE!!! I just like the price of homes there and the taxes seem lower at first glance...........ugh...so many decisions.
Have you tried going to the area at various days of the week/ times and feeling it out? I'm pretty sure that there's a light rail stop there, I don't know how the shopping is.
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Old 04-17-2011, 04:30 PM
 
Location: North Baltimore ----> Seattle
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Have you tried going to the area at various days of the week/ times and feeling it out? I'm pretty sure that there's a light rail stop there, I don't know how the shopping is.
The only businesses are a handful of carry outs and liquor stores. There is a light rail stop.
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Old 04-17-2011, 04:34 PM
 
Location: 21093
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Well I'm very interested in whether or not this "Westport Waterfront" development is actually going to happen...you know, like so many things are planned, but sometimes they never happen. Is this really being built? When is it being built? Has building started? I checked out the whole area on a baltimore crime map and there was nothing really to speak of in this particular area...so that's good...and I would say that I'm a brave soul and have a saavy way about me so I'd make the best of the situation...a house for 100K sounds good to me in an area that's promised to be transformed. I do need more advice though. I don't want to move to crackhead central no matter how pretty the place will be in 2 or 3 years...Would I be the only single gal living there? ADVICE!!! I just like the price of homes there and the taxes seem lower at first glance...........ugh...so many decisions.
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That's a good article on Westport. I'm not at all familiar with the area, but because waterfront property is desirable I would imagine the property values are going to go up (just a question of when.) Especially since Maryland's population will grow, and that corner of the city is most convenient to DC.
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