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Old 08-03-2007, 08:43 AM
 
Location: Milwaukee, WI
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I have lived in CT for a year now, moved from Detroit...and I always hear really bad things about Hartford. I'm looking to move closer to where I work (E. Hartford) but prefer to live on the west side of the river. I've been told to say in the west end or the south end of Hartford.

Right now I'm looking at a place on huyshope ave which is close to the convention center downtown. I'm also looking at whitney right off of farmington ave.

It seems like the neighborhood varies so much from one street to the next, it's hard to just judge the book by it's cover. Does anyone know anything about the huyshope ave area? Or should I just pay the extra 50 - 95 bucks a month to live off of farmington ave....

Thanks in advanced for your feedback.
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Old 08-03-2007, 09:56 AM
 
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I would think it would be better to live on the same side of the river as your job. Especially if you have to commute on 84. The commute is terrible.
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Old 08-03-2007, 10:42 AM
 
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Default West end and South end are ok

Hi there, I feel your concern, I use to live in East Hartford for the longest time and dreaded the North part of Hartford because I used to live there and I know from first hand experience how bad it is. Where you are planning to live at is close to Colt Park, and that area has also a colorful history. I currently live in the south end of Hartford and love it here, safe neighborhoods and friendly people. If you google map it, look for any place in Hartford below the Brown street, White street, New Britain avenue line.

Hope this helps, Good luck

artsenal
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Old 08-03-2007, 01:17 PM
 
Location: Connecticut
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The Huyshope Avenue area is part of the old Colt Firearms neighborhood in the Dutch Point section of the city. The beautiful old Colt Building is being renovated into upscale lofts and offices. It should be very nice when completed.

The problems in Dutch Point had primarily been due to a public housing project in that area. I believe that project is now gone but there are still remanents of problems here and there. The city's largest homeless shelter is near there, but I do not know of any and have never heard of any problems related to it. Jay
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Old 08-13-2007, 03:56 PM
 
Location: Milwaukee, WI
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Cool Thanks

Thanks for responding...

In response to the commuting across the river comment, fortunately I do not have to go onto I-84 to go to work..I can take rt 2 and it's the first exit once I cross the river to the east side.

I decided to take the place...I think that the history of the neighborhood is worse than the current state. From what I hear it's not a bad area...but it's not the best either. Turns out I have a couple of friends within a mile radius of the place...so that is good as well.

The owner of the condo that I am renting from also told me about the nice loft style places going up right across the street. Even though this project will not be complete this year, I am hoping it will bring up the quality of life in the area as well.

Thanks again for everyone's comments.
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Old 08-13-2007, 11:32 PM
 
Location: Connecticut
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Babydoll9983 - Congradulations, I think you made a good choice. that area is changing for the better and there is so much going on that it will continue to improve. Please keep us informed of how it goes and your impression of the area. I am sure there will be others that will be interested to hear what your experience has been and your thoughts on the area. Good luck, Jay
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Old 09-04-2007, 08:48 AM
 
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To bring this forum back...
I'm currently overseas for a position and I'll be moving back to CT in November. I used to live outside of New Haven, so I don't know a lot about picking where to live in the Hartford area. I'm looking to find something affordable (read: under $750), and I don't care about the frills of apartment complexes. Since I'm looking online, most of the apartments I've found are in Hartford, West/South ends. Are there particular streets/areas to stay away from? I'm not afraid to live in a rough neighborhood, but I don't want to live in a place with major problems.
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Old 09-04-2007, 10:05 AM
 
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Most of the south end and west end are fine. Stay out of the north end which is where most of th eproblem areas of Hartford are. Jay
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Old 09-05-2007, 09:54 PM
 
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Default From the South End and Proud!!

I was born and raised in the South End of Hartford between Franklin Ave and Wethersfield Ave...the area has changed, however, has a lot of history. The South End portion by Fairfield Ave is nice. There are a lot of apartments on both Franklin Ave and Wethersfield Ave in your price range. In addition, there are many nice Italian bakeries (Mozzacato's is by far the best), many restaurants of various ethnicities (you must try Franklin Giant Grinder) and somewhat of a night life (Azucar is a latin club, music is AWESOME). You will also been on a major bus line (the T and the U buses), which is awesome if you don't have a car. Grocery stores, pharmacies, laundromats, Hartford Hospital, etc are also in the immediate area. The zip code is 06114 just in case you need that.

I hope this helps, let me know!!
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Old 09-07-2007, 09:16 AM
 
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Thanks for the info! I'm looking forward to moving back.
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