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View Poll Results: Should I Strive for the Home in Hazelwood?
Yes 14 35.90%
No 25 64.10%
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Old 11-07-2011, 02:25 PM
 
Location: Sebeka, MN
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Spent some time in Hazelwood back in the day. Kind of handy to town and just out far enough. That property looks to be in a decent place, I've never been up that way. I doubt seriously there is any flood plane issues..

Prognosis for that region should be on the positive side in the long run. Hazelwoods worst days are behind it.
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Old 11-07-2011, 03:01 PM
 
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[quote]Spent some time in Hazelwood back in the day. Kind of handy to town and just out far enough. That property looks to be in a decent place, I've never been up that way. I doubt seriously there is any flood plane issues..

Prognosis for that region should be on the positive side in the long run. Hazelwoods worst days are behind it.[quote]
True true, but the same issues (crime, riff-raff, drugs, gangs, gang violence, poverty, lack of opportunity, lack of pride in neighborhood) that plagued Hazelwood 'back in the day' are still very much around today though of course to a noteable lesser degree...
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Old 11-07-2011, 07:46 PM
 
Location: 15206
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That house is sold
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Old 11-26-2011, 09:01 PM
 
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If you are interested in checking out some place in Millvale, I'd be glad to take you around town. I've lived here for 6 years now, bought a little cute place for $10k and am just loving the experience of it all. There are also a number of real cool things that we're just getting going in town - community gardens, community orchard, huge street tree program, and just enjoying the small town atmosphere with big city access for next to nothing. Holler!
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Old 11-27-2011, 03:14 PM
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Location: Crafton via San Francisco
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If it hasn't already been suggested, visit the neighborhood on a Saturday night. That should give you an idea of how rowdy it can get. Find out what your street is like.

Also, figure out the approximate cost of renovation and how much you could get for the place once it's renovated. Even if you aren't planning to sell anytime soon, those are numbers you want to know. Life sometimes throws you a curve and you may need to sell sooner than you think. It's good to know what kind of profit/loss you can expect. The bottom line is that you should have as much info possible before spending large amounts of money and time on a piece of property.
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Old 11-28-2011, 08:53 AM
 
Location: Upper St. Clair
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Are you sure you won't reconsider buying where you live now? Polish Hill is suppose to be in a transition right now? That is what I heard but I am not sure of all the details...
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Old 11-28-2011, 10:30 AM
 
Location: Polish Hill, Pittsburgh, PA
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Are you sure you won't reconsider buying where you live now? Polish Hill is suppose to be in a transition right now? That is what I heard but I am not sure of all the details...
Real estate rarely comes on the market here, and when it does it tends to move quickly. Polish Hill is not as "undiscovered" as it was even a year ago when I moved here (my big fat rah-rahing yap is probably partially to blame).

Right now a search on CraigsList for available rental options in the neighborhood turns up only the following ads posted over the past month:

CONTEMPORARY RENOVATION (http://pittsburgh.craigslist.org/apa/2719597889.html - broken link)

Polish Hill 2 BR (http://pittsburgh.craigslist.org/apa/2670809405.html - broken link)

wonderful home polish hill (http://pittsburgh.craigslist.org/apa/2667219819.html - broken link)

House 3-4bd Huge Yard Near Oakland (http://pittsburgh.craigslist.org/apa/2648506604.html - broken link)

A Howard Hanna Real Estate search shows only a couple of homes for sale as well, at least one of which is currently pending.

It appears as if the owners of our neighborhood's many vacant and blighted properties would prefer to just sit on them and let them continue to decay rather than do the responsible thing and market them towards those who see potential in the neighborhood's impending revitalization and who will renovate these homes to their former grandeur. Once history is gone it can't be replicated---one only needs to look at how garrish the newer townhomes on Herron Avenue stick out like sore thumbs when contrasted with the otherwise nostalgic flair of the neighborhood.

Some places I'm considering for my first home purchase next year (in addition to Polish Hill if something miraculously comes on the market) are Millvale, Sharpsburg, Etna, Troy Hill, Hazelwood, Wilkinsburg, Elliott/West End, and even on up to Springdale/Cheswick.
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Old 11-28-2011, 10:39 AM
 
Location: Upper St. Clair
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That is ashame. I didn't know that I hope you find something, I hope things change for Polish Hill and that you can find a home that makes you happy Maybe something will open up where you are now...its a great location I think...

I give you another rep but I am not allowed, thanks so much for the pics btw!
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Old 11-28-2011, 10:44 AM
 
Location: ɥbɹnqsʇʇıd
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It appears as if the owners of our neighborhood's many vacant and blighted properties would prefer to just sit on them and let them continue to decay rather than do the responsible thing and market them towards those who see potential in the neighborhood's impending revitalization and who will renovate these homes to their former grandeur.
Although I share your admiration for old housing, most of these small business owners don't have nearly enough money to fix things like this and make a profit. Believe me, if it was that easy to turn a buck with old Pittsburgh housing everyone would be a wealthy landlord.
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Old 11-28-2011, 11:02 AM
 
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My understanding is lots of property in Polish Hill changes hands without any sort of public listing, making it very hard to break into that market as a new buyer.
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