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Old 11-22-2011, 11:38 AM
 
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I've been lurking on this forum for a while, just signed up today to post.

I am interviewing at the University of Rochester medical school in two weeks and would like to take the opportunity to look around a few neighborhoods while I'm there. My fiance and I are hoping to purchase a home if I end up attending U of R, but it's going to have to be something within our budget, preferably under $70k.

My question is, what neighborhoods are a short commute to U of R Medical Center, reasonably priced, and also relatively safe? I would personally prefer an older home with some old-style design details. I would be very grateful to anyone who can suggest some areas or neighborhoods I could take a look at.
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Old 11-22-2011, 11:45 AM
 
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the neighborhood between the hospital and the Erie Canal is probably your best bet. It's most inhabited by students and is beautiful 1950s architecture. It forms kind of a parallelogram on a map -- the boundaries are Crittenden, Mt. Hope, Kendrick, and Westmoreland. Anything inside that parallelogram would likely suit you.
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Old 11-22-2011, 11:59 AM
 
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That area is very close to the school, which would be great, but it's outside of our price range. Are there any good areas across the river from the school?

I know there is a little bit of student housing over there, the Riverview Apartments on Plymouth Avenue. There's a house for sale on the next street over from them, backing up to the Riverway Trail. Would this be a safe area?
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Old 11-22-2011, 12:34 PM
 
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If you look close, you may be able to find a house in that range by U of R. Not likely, but possible. My friend bought a house for 71k about a month ago. It is small but in the price range and by U of R in a nice neighborhood off Mt Hope.
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Old 11-22-2011, 08:20 PM
 
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Not IMPOSSIBLE but it would be difficult, and you would probably have to settle for a fixer upper (it could very well be a 1920's bungalow with loads of the character that you seek). You could find plenty of decent sized houses in better shape across the river in the 19th ward and PLEX neighborhoods; but those neighborhoods aren't exactly known for being safe (19th ward would be a little better).

FWIW, there are a lot of smaller cape/ranch style houses in some of the inner-ring suburbs, especially Greece, that would be in your price-range in very safe neighborhoods. You obviously wouldn't be as close to UofR but if you don't mind the commute or living in a suburban vs urban setting it wouldn't be too bad (also, commutes in the Rochester area tend to be much shorter than most other cities its size)
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Old 11-22-2011, 09:14 PM
 
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Old 11-22-2011, 09:24 PM
 
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It depends on (i) what you consider to be "close" to U of R and (ii) your definition of "safe." Most of the single family homes on the east side of the city in the immediate vicinity of U of R usually sell in the $120,000 range. Your best bet may be to take a look at nearby condos in Henrietta or Brighton or to consider the North Winton neighborhood (14609 east of Culver Road) where you could find some inventory in your price range, especially along the state streets. I personally do not know a lot about the 19th ward but the areas closest to U of R tend to look pretty bad to me.
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Old 11-22-2011, 11:13 PM
 
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That area is very close to the school, which would be great, but it's outside of our price range. Are there any good areas across the river from the school?

I know there is a little bit of student housing over there, the Riverview Apartments on Plymouth Avenue. There's a house for sale on the next street over from them, backing up to the Riverway Trail. Would this be a safe area?
Honestly, this area is patchy -- it's hard exactly to describe but "patchy" is the best word.

I lived there in 2008-2010 and there are some perfectly wonderful neighborhoods, then you go one block over and it's a bad neighborhood. Visit it before committing to anything.
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Old 11-23-2011, 07:31 AM
 
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Honestly, this area is patchy -- it's hard exactly to describe but "patchy" is the best word.

I lived there in 2008-2010 and there are some perfectly wonderful neighborhoods, then you go one block over and it's a bad neighborhood. Visit it before committing to anything.
It seems like the 19th ward south of Brooks seems to be alright still or am I wrong?
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Old 11-23-2011, 09:11 AM
 
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Honestly, this area is patchy -- it's hard exactly to describe but "patchy" is the best word.

I lived there in 2008-2010 and there are some perfectly wonderful neighborhoods, then you go one block over and it's a bad neighborhood. Visit it before committing to anything.
Patchy is a very good word.

I don't live in the 19th ward I live on the Eastside but the same thing "Patchy". But I know a lot of people in the 19th ward. You're best bet is to check out the neighborhoods. And it also depends on your definition of "bad" or "safe".

I live in a great neighborhood with wonderful neighbors. But we're not without our problems. It's part of urban living, IMHO. And I know many people that think we're in a "bad" neighborhood. Been in my house 14 years, other than someone going through my car never had a problem. And my car is such a mess I didn't realize it until some of my neighbors reported the same.

So I would check out 19th ward. Drive the streets at different times of day, weekends and weekdays. Of course this time of year is quieter than summer.

Another resource might be the Neighborhood Service Center that services that area.

For that area it's the Southwest Quadrant Service Center

City of Rochester | Southwest Quadrant Service Center

Good Luck!
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