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Old 10-07-2019, 03:28 PM
 
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Neighborhoods in Chicago, Milwaukee, Albany and Worcester are all quite affordable, and not trendy in the least..
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Old 10-07-2019, 06:15 PM
 
Location: Chi > DC > Reno > SEA
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The Claremont area of Berkeley. Also: north Berkeley around Solano Avenue, also: the Elmwood district (Berkeley, again), and Rockridge, Oakland. OK, maybe they're disqualified by the "affordability" requirement...
Yeah the Bay Area would be tough. Even looking up listings out in Antioch right now, I'm not really seeing anything under $1k, and there's probably a lot of competition for those (or they're income-restricted). If I were moving to that area with these criteria and didn't want roommates, I'd just live in Sac or Stockton and make the quick drive to the Bay Area for big-city culture.
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Old 10-08-2019, 09:24 AM
 
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I'm very interested in Lakewood. Prices seem great and the neighborhoods seem very walkable. Too bad it's in Ohio though. I hear the weather isn't the greatest in the Cleveland area.

Anyway, other neighborhoods that fit this thread include:

Center Square, Albany, NY - Many people commonly call this downtown Albany. It's very pedestrian friendly. I just wish there was a supermarket closer.

New Scotland, Albany, NY - Lived in this neighborhood for many years. Great if you like to walk and cycle. Pizzerias, delis, post office, banks, and more within walking distance. Its neighbor, Pine Hills is also great and is closer to the Price Chopper. Lots of families in this neighborhood.

Schenectady, NY - While this city isn't known for being the safest, I've found the area between Nott and Union in between Ellis Hospital and the High School are extremely safe, quiet, and walkable. Puts you right on the border with Niskayuna which is very safe and very family friendly.

Scotia, NY - Just across the river from Schenectady is Scotia. Small, friendly community with a very walkable strip that's easy to walk to from many of the neighborhoods. I personally think this is the best kept secret in the Capital Region. Scotia's known for being safe. All along Mohawk Ave you have everything you need: barbershops, jewelry stores, banks, gas stations, grocery stores, restaurants, bars, and more.
Another neighborhood that just came to mind in that general area: Upper Union Street BID | Schenectady, NY | Capital Region Businesses
https://www.google.com/maps/@42.8048...6!9m2!1b1!2i37
General area: https://statisticalatlas.com/neighbo...treet/Overview

A couple of residential neighborhoods/sections in that area as well: https://www.gerealtyplot.com/
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Genera...ic_Realty_Plot
Census Block Group 033400-1 in Schenectady County, New York
https://statisticalatlas.com/block-g...400-1/Overview

http://uniontriangle.org/
Census Block Group 033400-2 in Schenectady County, New York
https://statisticalatlas.com/block-g...p/neighborhood

Census tract those 2 areas are in: Census Tract 033400 in Schenectady County, New York
https://statisticalatlas.com/tract/N...33400/Overview
along with this college: https://www.union.edu/

Schools in the area/nearby: Home - Howe Elementary School (magnet)
Home - Jessie T Zoller Elementary School
Home - Oneida Middle School
Home - Schenectady High School
https://stkaterischool.org/
https://ourworldmontessori.net/
https://nd-bg.org/
Home
In the very good and suburban Niskayuna SD, but the adjacent neighborhood(Old Niskayuna) blends in with that area of Schenectady: https://www.niskayunaschools.org/hillside-elementary/
https://www.niskayunaschools.org/van...middle-school/

Some nearby employers besides Union College and Ellis Hospital: https://www.pricechopper.com/ (Its HQ's)
https://www.ge.com/ (original HQ's were located there, but a facility is still there)
https://navalnuclearlab.energy.gov/ (in Niskayuna)
https://mint.peopleanswers.com/pa/te...6408&pc=810335
https://www.stssteel.com/

Public transportation: https://www.cdta.org/schedules-route...l?route_id=370
https://www.cdta.org/schedules-route...l?route_id=354

Nearby park: https://www.discoverschenectady.com/.../central-park/
An adjacent golf course: https://muni.golf/

Property listings in the area: https://www.realtor.com/realestatean...,-73.899668,16

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Old 10-14-2019, 11:47 AM
 
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Another place that would fit is Kenmore NY: https://www.google.com/maps/@42.9618...6!9m2!1b1!2i37

https://www.planning.org/greatplaces...09/kenmore.htm
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Old 10-14-2019, 05:14 PM
 
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I agree with the above poster. I have a friend who lives in Kenmore and have visited there.


It's walkable and dense, with short blocks in many sections. There are sidewalks throughout the community. Its streets follow the grid pattern originating in Buffalo. Buffalo's transit authority operates buses in Kenmore, which gives Kenmore residents the opportunity to reside in a suburb, and commute to employment in the downtown Buffalo area.
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Old 10-14-2019, 07:21 PM
 
Location: Chi > DC > Reno > SEA
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More examples in the West would be good. I peeked at a map of Denver rents, and Barnum seems to be pretty afforable (median rent $900) and has lower crime than some of the areas north and south of it. Not terribly far from downtown either:

https://goo.gl/maps/muTtSGMXJsX1JEub8
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Old 10-14-2019, 08:30 PM
 
Location: Thunder Bay, ON
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Probably a lot of smaller NE cities in New England, SE PA, Appalachia... like York, PA, Lewiston, ME, Cumberland, MD.

The Cincinnati area should have some areas too, like Northside Cincinnati, Norwood and Covington KY.

Payne-Phalen in Saint Paul is relatively affordable imo and walkable.

Also with Bishop Arts District in Dallas, the heart of the neighbourhood is trendy for sure, but that's contained to a rather small area of just a few city blocks. Jefferson Ave is mostly not trendy with a lot of discount stores and Mexican restaurants. You should have a zone of blocks between the trendy and more expensive section at the heart of Bishop Arts District and the rougher neighbourhoods further out which is still reasonable safe, walkable and affordable.
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Old 10-15-2019, 04:07 PM
 
Location: Seattle
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What is the closest thing to Bellevue, but affordable?
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Old 10-15-2019, 04:13 PM
 
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What is the closest thing to Bellevue, but affordable?
In terms of what?
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Old 10-15-2019, 04:14 PM
 
Location: The City of Brotherly Love
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For Philly:

-Port Richmond, though the southwestern portion (south of Aramingo and west of Allegheny) will become increasingly trendy in the coming years.
-Parts of Northeast Philly southwest of Cottman Avenue, such as Mayfair and Oxford Circle.
-Some neighborhoods in Upper North Philly, such as Olney and West Oak Lane.
-Much of South Philly below Snyder Avenue.
-Portions of Cobbs Creek (mostly below Spruce Street) and Overbrook (west of 59th Street) in West Philly.
-The walkable portions of Roxborough, along with Wissahickon, in the Northwest.
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