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Old 02-27-2014, 03:16 PM
 
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Hi everyone!

My husband and I are moving to Erie, PA around the end of March (in about a month...yikes!) He starts his new job as a manager of CVS April 1st so we don't have a lot of time to plan. We currently live in the finger lake region of New York...so about 3 hours away from Erie.

We've only been to Erie twice for his interviews and were only there for a couple of hours each time so we don't know much about the city at all.

Can anyone recommend apartments/townhomes to rent? We are looking for 2 bedrooms around the $650-$750 range.

What areas and neighborhoods are a little on the shady side that we should avoid?

What areas are nicer that we should consider looking for a place in?

Is the snow really that bad? We live in New York so we are used to snow, is it that much different then around the finger lakes?

Anything else you think we should know that might be helpful to us would be much appreciated!

Thanks!
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Old 02-27-2014, 03:46 PM
 
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Is the snow really that bad? We live in New York so we are used to snow, is it that much different then around the finger lakes?
This is the only question I can definitively answer since I haven't lived in Erie for 33 years ... No. The snow isn't that bad.

I have some questions that might help us with your search: Which CVS will your husband be working at? What kinds of neighborhoods (urban, rural, somewhere in the middle) do you like? Does he like to live close to work, and what's his maximum preferred commute? Do you have kids, and are schools a factor? Do you want to be able to walk to stores, parks, etc.? Will you be working?

Good luck to you! Wherever you land, enjoy your new home.
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Old 02-27-2014, 06:35 PM
 
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Well most of the CVS stores in the Erie area are either in the city of Erie or Millcreek township. Depending on the store location and your need for access to good schools, I can give a few recommendations. There are several very good neighborhoods in the city of Erie, some that are okay and others that are kind of bad. My top picks for neighborhoods in the city would be Sixth St. near Gannon University aka Millionaires Row, the entire Frontier Park area, Glenwood Hills, the neighborhoods around Mercyhurst University, the Greengarden Blvd. area, some parts of the downtown are also pretty nice and I like some of the apartments by Erie Insurance and some parts of the upper west side are pretty nice, especially the areas that have a view of the bay. Overall, the city is pretty nice and safer than most people realize. Living close to the college campuses in the city can also be nice because they have private police forces that patrol in addition to the city police officers. Most of Millcreek township is also pretty nice, but there are some apartments to avoid in this area. Here are some options for you and I will try to help you more if you let us know about the schools and the general area of the CVS.

Landmark Square Apartments in Erie PA
Lovell Place | Stylish Residential and Office Space in Erie PA
Federal Row Square Apartments for Rent : RentalGuide.net Apartment/Rental Complex for rent at 4th & 5th & Holland Streets, Erie, pa, 16502
millcreek apartment near Glenwood.

In terms of the snow, it is pretty much the same as Syracuse, or typically a little bit less snow than Syracuse.
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Old 02-27-2014, 07:30 PM
 
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He will be training in one CVS and then managing another store, but we're not sure which store he will be managing. Confusing I know haha. I did see that most of the CVS stores are pretty much grouped close-ish together.

We have no kids yet but I can imagine a baby won't be too far away for us. However, that still means schools won't be an issue since there is no baby as of yet. Maybe near a nice park would be good though.

I work from home so that's not an issue for us either.

A commute under 20 mins would be nice and the type of neighborhood doesn't matter to us much. It just needs to be safe. I want to be able to park my car without worry of it being broken into and I'd like to be able to take a walk at night without worrying about being mugged. We used to live in Phoenix so I'm not naive when it comes to crime, but I'd like to feel safe in my own home.

Thank you for the links! I'll take a look at them. Anymore help would be awesome, thanks!
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Old 02-28-2014, 02:21 AM
 
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Does anyone have an personal experience with the Carleton Court Apartments?

They are located at 2710 Carleton Ct, Erie, PA 16506, is that a good/safe neighborhood?

I've looked up reviews online and they all seem to be good, but I wonder if anyone on here has actual personal experience with them or that neighborhood?
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Old 02-28-2014, 10:40 AM
 
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AlyMarie

Given the new information you posted I will try to help. You should definitely consider the safer neighborhoods of the city of Erie first since schools don't matter in your case and you can get some better rental deals than places like Millcreek, Harborcreek, etc. It is also nice to be in the city because you are centrally located to many of the attractions and have good bus service if you need it. I don't know anything about the Carleton Court Apartments, but that is a very good neighborhood and close to some very expensive houses near Asbury Woods and the Kahkwa Club. The only real negative about this neighborhood would be the lack of walkability and the fact that you will have to take 38th, 26th, or 12th/Route 5 to get to the center of town and east if your husband works at the CVS that is further east. Nothing in Erie is really that far away, but the little amount of traffic we do have is mainly in the western suburbs on the streets I mentioned above and Peach St. where the shopping is located. Overall though this is a great pick for a place to live and the prices seem pretty reasonable.

Here are some other options:

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Old 02-28-2014, 11:12 AM
 
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Does anyone have an personal experience with the Carleton Court Apartments?
One of my friends lives there. I haven't been to her place, but she wouldn't live there if it weren't in a good neighborhood, trust me ...

It's a bit close to the airport, if that would bother you. And as trackstar mentioned, it's not an easily walkable neighborhood; you'd have to drive almost anywhere.
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Old 02-28-2014, 11:58 AM
 
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Thanks for replying so quickly both of you!

Is there a good bus system in or around that neighborhood? Does Erie have a good bus system at all?

I don't know if you would know this, since none of you actually live there, but I thought I'd ask anyway....with the Carleton Court Apartments being so close to the airport is there a lot of airplane noise? I'm fine with a little noise but will a huge boeing 747 be roaring over the apartment complex at 3am or anything?

What are the neighborhoods that I should avoid in and around Erie? What would you all say is Erie's biggest crime problem? Drugs? Theft? Murder? Etc. etc.
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Old 02-28-2014, 01:36 PM
 
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Is there a good bus system in or around that neighborhood? Does Erie have a good bus system at all?
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It looks like Route 29 runs out W. 26th Street past the apartment complex.

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with the Carleton Court Apartments being so close to the airport is there a lot of airplane noise? I'm fine with a little noise but will a huge boeing 747 be roaring over the apartment complex at 3am or anything?
That's what I wondered in my last post, too. Probably not at 3 a.m. - the Erie airport isn't that busy - but there would be airplane noise.

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What would you all say is Erie's biggest crime problem? Drugs? Theft? Murder?
I'm going to say drug-related crimes of all sorts, pretty much like any other city.
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Old 02-28-2014, 01:45 PM
 
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AlyMarie

Currently, airplane noise is really not a big deal anywhere near the airport, but they did extend the runway and they are trying to add flights so maybe it could be an issue in the future. Also, there are not very many late/early flights so even if you hear the noise it won't be at odd times.

The main crime issues recently in Erie have been an increase in violent crime with specific increases in rapes and armed robberies. The murder rate has actually had a significant decrease recently and property crimes are also down. Here is a good read about what is going on: FBI data: Erie's violent crime rate for part of 2013 up from previous year | GoErie.com/Erie Times-News

In terms of what neighborhoods to avoid in Erie, census tracts 4, 8, 7, 5, 6, 13, 14 are probably the ones you want to avoid if at all possible. See the link for the census tract map below. Also, there are several pockets of crime and notorious apartment complexes in various parts of the city and suburbs. If you are looking at a specific place let me know the address and I can try to help.
Census tract map: http://www.erie.pa.us/pdf/city.of.er...nformation.pdf

In regards to the bus system, the "E" as it is called provides pretty good service to limited areas at specific times. Riding the bus in Erie is not bad and the people on the bus are typically pretty nice and I have not had that many negative experiences yet. It is much better than some cities, but there is the occasional run in with a someone who has some type of mental health issues or is looking to cause trouble. Overall, the bus service is good for a city the size of Erie, but the sprawl of the metro makes it tough to create and staff routes that hit all the major areas/attractions when people need them. For instance, the Millcreek Mall, West Erie Plaza, Harborcreek Giant Eagle Plaza, the Airport, downtown Erie, Wegmans, Yorktown Center, Presque Isle, Frontier Park, Liberty Park, Dobbins Landing, the Erie Zoo, Waldameer, UPMC Hamot, St. Vincent, the colleges/universities, Presque Isle Downs Casino, etc. Many of these things are a pretty good distance from one another and depending on where you live it may be tough to rely on the bus to get you to specific shopping or certain attractions by a certain time. The best thing to do is check the bus routes and times. Also, as a general rule of thumb being in Erie or some parts of Millcreek will provide you with the best bus options. There is some service to Fairview, Harborcreek, Lawrence Park, and Summit Township, but it is very limited. Here is the website: Home
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