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Old 01-25-2007, 09:11 PM
 
Location: Blacksburg, VA
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I was looking at some nice looking, reasonably priced homes for sale in Brentwood and found this slideshow about Brentwood. Can anyone tell me more, positive or negative, about the neighborhood?

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Alice
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Old 01-25-2007, 10:41 PM
 
Location: Raleigh, NC
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Brentwood started out as a very middle class neighborhood. Most of the folks that lived in there raised their kids and stayed. However, in the last few years, the homes have not been kept up as well. People got older, moved on or kept the homes as rentals. Alot of renters have taken over and just not kept up their yards. Its one of those neighborhoods that needs to have some TLC and hopefully as more people move in, the area will go up in value. Vicki
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Old 01-26-2007, 06:15 AM
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Location: Cary, NC
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Location is great for proximity to downtown Raleigh, and to some shopping.
Houses don't appreciate a great deal, which has kept them affordable.
Like Vicki says, a lot of rentals. That is due to the price point, which attracts investors.
Brentwood has been rumored off and on over the years to be "coming back," but it hasn't really taken off.
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Old 01-26-2007, 08:27 AM
 
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They seem to have a very active neighborhood group that gets involved in things...even got the city to put speed bumps on some streets to improve safety.
The proximity to downtown is better than most north raleigh neighborhoods, which is a big plus. But just down the road is Woodcrest which is just as affordable as Brentwood but actually appreciating faster since it is a bit closer into town.
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Old 01-26-2007, 08:52 AM
 
Location: Blacksburg, VA
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Thank you everyone for the information. Is there any problem with crime there? (I don't mind if it's a bit shabby. We do want safe, though.) We're interested in the neighborhood because of it's proximity to Casa Esperanza, which is near I-540 and Capitol Blvd.

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Alice
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Old 01-26-2007, 09:04 AM
 
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I have a friend who just recently moved out of Brentwood. He thought it was on ok neighborhood, but mentioned that a nearby portion had been converted into Section 8 Housing (Not sure exactly what that means) and that in the past year or so there was a bit more criminal activity in the area than usual. Nothing very serious, he just noticed cops around more often. I think younger people are moving into the area and fixing up some of the older places becasue it is pretty much just outside the beltline and in close proximity to Downtown. I have seen a lot of listings in the past year or so in the $165K range and they look they investors have doen soem serious renovations so the homes look pretty nice. Liek previous posters said, I don't think that area has seen a whole lot of appreciation. I still think it is worth checking out though. It is an established neighborhood with trees and some decent lot sizes. Some of the streets are better than others, but with a littel time and some TLC that could be a really cool neighborhood. The only thing I couldn't get past about it is how you pretty much get stuck using Capital Boulevard a lot if you live there, and I try to avoid Capital Boulevard at all costs.
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Old 01-26-2007, 10:41 AM
 
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NRG,

Thanks for the info. I'd be interested to know which area is Section 8 (Public subsidised housing).

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Alice
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Old 01-26-2007, 08:34 PM
 
Location: Wilson
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I have never lived in the Brentwood area. But I have heard there is a lot of gang activity these days. It was once a nice area....
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Old 01-26-2007, 08:37 PM
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NRG, Atlantic Avenue is a good alternative to Capitol Blvd.

Section 8 housing would be house by house in a SFR neighborhood like Brentwood.
"Areas" aren't "converted." Dwelling units are registered by the owner, and approved and inspected and regulated by the Raleigh Housing Authority.
Whether Section 8, or standard market rentals, absentee and unresponsive and irresponsible landlords are the issue, not the rent program.
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Old 01-26-2007, 08:43 PM
 
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I have never lived in the Brentwood area. But I have heard there is a lot of gang activity these days. It was once a nice area....
This is pretty accurate.
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