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Old 07-26-2010, 12:20 PM
 
Location: Kennesaw, GA
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Default Shreveport Historic district

Let me start by mentioning that my husband is from S'Port and the whole family still lives there. I visit alot, but aside from the tourist stuff and the little museum in downtown, I don't know alot about the historic areas. After doing some reading, and going through current real estate listings and then doing a google streetview...well, let's just say that preserving the historic homes is not the highest priority. Originally we were looking to buy land outside the city and commute, but after living in Atlanta all this time and commuting everywhere, work and entertainment included, we are thinking about the possibility of living in a city neighborhood instead. Fixer-uppers are fine. We have renovated two houses already- and I don't mean just painting and changing out a faucet- I mean BIG stuff.
So back to the real estate listings....There are some beautiful and inexpensive giants on Dalzell Street. Is this a crime-ridden area? Would buying a house on this street make a middle class person become an urban pioneer? I am wondering if anyone has any experience with restoring in the Highlands area and if the community pulled together to watch each other's back. Or is it more like "Gran Torino" with Clint Eastwood living next door...
And just a side note- By addressing the crime issue, I am not in any way trying to insult the city. I grew up outside NOLA and currently live nextdoor to Atlanta, so I understand the big differences between making personal safety choices in your environment verses a place where violent murders/assaults happen frequently without warning.
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Old 07-26-2010, 07:47 PM
 
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There are definitely some nice old homes in that area (north Fairfield) but it is close to some not so great areas. I think I would look at other areas, like near Centenary College or farther south on Fairfield (South Highlands area).
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Old 07-27-2010, 06:16 AM
 
Location: Kennesaw, GA
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So if you had to generalize---would you say that it would be best to stay south of King's Hwy? Most of the houses listed on the Historic Registry are boxed in by Line Ave, Olive St, Jordan St and Highland Ave. And then again, Fairfield south of Leander. How would you describe those areas? I can;t get to S'Port until October, so I want to narrow down places to really focus research. I know the area immediately surrounding Centenary is pricey. Those houses have already been remodeled and I would prefer a diamond in the rough (aka money pit). Anything you can think of to pass along is much appreciated.
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