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View Poll Results: Which Old Money Neighborhoods Have You Been To?
Back Bay - Boston 14 18.18%
Beacon Hill - Boston 16 20.78%
Bel Air - Los Angeles 15 19.48%
Beverly Hills, CA 17 22.08%
Brentwood - Los Angeles 10 12.99%
Buckhead - Atlanta 16 20.78%
Clayton, MO 8 10.39%
Gold Coast - Chicago 23 29.87%
Highland Park, TX 9 11.69%
Mission Hills, KS 4 5.19%
Nichols Hills, OK 4 5.19%
Old West Austin - Austin, TX 4 5.19%
Preston Hollow - Dallas 6 7.79%
River Oaks - Houston, TX 10 12.99%
Upper East Side - NYC 22 28.57%
Upper West Side - NYC 22 28.57%
Winnetka, IL 15 19.48%
Other 24 31.17%
Multiple Choice Poll. Voters: 77. You may not vote on this poll

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Old 09-08-2015, 12:09 AM
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Personally, I love Mission Hills and Indian Hills in Kansas City, KS. Gorgeous homes, mostly tudor, are nestled all throughout the rolling hills. As mentioned, the primary architectural style is tudor, but WOW! They are absolutely beautiful! The homes are mostly older and have a very solid, teutonic look to them. Additionally, residents are in close proximity to Country Club Plaza, an architecture masterpiece. Just across the state line, Ward Parkway connects the Mission Hills area to The Country Club Plaza. Mission Hills is home to not one, but two golf courses: Mission Hills Country Club and Kansas City Country Club.

Moving on, Oklahoma City's most notable old money neighborhood is Nichols Hills.

Located just northwest of downtown, Nichols Hills is home to the OKC Golf and Country Club and is close to both the uniquely-modrn Classen Curve and Chesapeake Energy's beautiful new campus.

The neighborhood was nice, but we were left wanting. The trees are unusually young, thus eliminating the old neighborhood feel often associated with an old money neighborhood. Sad, really. The homes were well-kept but were not all that architecturally interesting. Again, there seemed to be a shortage of older homes unlike in Mesta Park or Heritage Hills.

Another one of my favorites is Winnetka, IL. Yes, the McAllister's did live here, but this township offers so much more than a tourist stop. From soaring trees, old homes, and character one will leave with a warm and homey feeling. Located right on Lake Michigan, Winnetka is home to a golf club and has two "downtowns."

Lastly, there's Highland Park in Dallas. Designed by Wilbur David Cook, who also designed Beverly Hills, this neighborhood is notable not only for its great location but the best schools in the Dallas area. Streets are usually lined with trees and architectural styles are varied from French to Mediterranean, Prairie to Craftsman. The most notable street is Beverly Dr. Also located in Highland Park is Highland Park Village. This ultra high-end shopping destination was built in 1931 and is America's first shopping center with a unified architectural style and inward-facing parking.

What I find interesting about Highland Park is how Wilbur David Cook positioned the streets. Similar to its California sister, the curvilinear streets in west Highland Park have a graceful flow about them. Compare the two on a map.

In the future, I'd love to see Clayton and Ladue in St. Louis. From the photos I've seen, the area looks to be gorgeous, the lined with large trees and stately homes.

So, which "old money" neighborhoods have you been to?

Why did you go?
What did you like about it?
What did you notice about the homes, streets, trees etc?
Was it in close proximity to city attractions?
Was it walkable?
Was the natural scenery noteworthy?
Have you ever lived in an old money neighborhood?
If you could live in an old money neighborhood, which would you choose? Why?

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Old 09-08-2015, 05:11 AM
 
Location: Springfield, Ohio
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I don't care about them one way or the other, but Pacific Heights in Ssn Francisco should be included.
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Old 09-08-2015, 07:36 AM
 
Location: Maryland
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Gold Coast and Beacon Hill for me.
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Old 09-08-2015, 01:11 PM
 
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I don't care about them one way or the other, but Pacific Heights in Ssn Francisco should be included.
I didn't want to be the first to say that but I concur.

Also, is Sea Cliff in SF 'old money' at all? I know it's more known as a celeb neighborhood, which is 'new money'..
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Old 09-08-2015, 01:29 PM
 
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Beverly Hills is almost completely tacky, gauche new money. Bel Air too leans new money, but not as much.

Holmby Hills, Pacific Palisades, Hancock Park, and a few parts of Pasadena would be old money for LA.

And you seem to be missing the oldest and most prominent of old money areas in the U.S.- Gold Coast of Long Island, Southampton, Coastal Connecticut, Main Line outside Philly, etc. Places like New Canaan and backcountry Greemwich and North Shore of LI scream old money, yet not on the list.
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Old 09-08-2015, 01:31 PM
 
Location: Boston Metrowest (via the Philly area)
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And you seem to be missing the oldest of old money areas in the U.S.- Gold Coast of Long Island, Southampton, Coastal Connecticut, Main Line outside Philly, etc.
Indeed. The wealthy enclaves outside of all major East Coast cities are the very definition of "old money." Chevy Chase/Bethesda right outside of DC is another key player here.
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Old 09-08-2015, 02:22 PM
 
Location: Zurich, Switzerland/ Piedmont, CA
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I don't care about them one way or the other, but Pacific Heights in Ssn Francisco should be included.
Yep. Those LA places are wealthy and exclusive but not really old money. Pacific Heights, Presidio Heights, Nob Hill, Russian Hill, Telegraph Hill are all bastions of old money in The City of SF itself.

Outside of The City, many Peninsula and Marin towns were considered country/ summer/ weekend estates for the city elite, but today are rich and prestigious suburbs that still have old money. Hillsborough, Burlingame, Atherton, Portola Valley, Ross, Belvedere and Woodside come to mind.
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Old 09-08-2015, 02:27 PM
 
Location: Ca2Mo2Ga2Va!
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the only places i've seen on the list are in california....i voted "other" (charleston or savannah)
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Old 09-08-2015, 03:53 PM
 
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Philadelphia areas don't have "old money"?

Again, the most underrated city.
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Old 09-08-2015, 03:58 PM
 
Location: alexandria, VA
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Why no DC neighborhoods? Georgetown, Cleveland Park, Foxhall Road, etc.
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