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Old 08-18-2011, 04:13 AM
 
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I'll be moving to Chicago as a grad student at the SAIC during fall. While looking for housing, the Coop (http://www.noblesquarecoop.com/index.html) seemed like a good choice because of the proximity to the blue line and also the price. Searching the threads, Noble Square seems to be an okay place, some streets better than others, but a couple of posts mentioned that the building houses a lot of low income shady people. I'm wondering if living in the building is safe, and also if anyone knows how safe it is to walk from the blue line station to the apartment.

Other housing opinions are also welcome, my general budget being up to 1,200 a month, but I'd like to be in a decently safe area with convenient transport to the school. Thanks ahead of time for any advice.
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Old 08-18-2011, 04:16 AM
 
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If you are a woman I say no way-don't move in there. If you are a guy you might be able to squeeze by, however the co-op is only one small step above a CHA housing project.
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Old 08-18-2011, 08:21 AM
 
Location: Tower Grove East, St. Louis, MO
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If your budget is $1200 there's no resaon to consider such a sketchy building. You should be able to easily find something else in the neighborhood, which I generally consider to be pretty safe. I'd rather be by the Damen blue line stop than the Division for what it's worth.
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Old 08-18-2011, 08:29 AM
 
Location: Tower Grove East, St. Louis, MO
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Like this one: 1406 N HONORE! THIS JUST IN! REHABBED 1B SEPT 1 MOVE IN! (http://chicago.craigslist.org/chc/apa/2552073416.html - broken link) (I actually rented from Peak -- they're not a great company, but they fixed things generally when necessary and were priced realyl well)

Or this place: HOT WICKER PARK (http://chicago.craigslist.org/chc/apa/2540523539.html - broken link)
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Old 08-19-2011, 12:31 AM
 
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Thanks for the replies, and thank you aragx6 for the specific listings, I have a better idea of which kind of postings to look for now.

(The Damen over the Division stop is also worth knowing)
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Old 09-20-2011, 11:06 AM
 
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First Noble Square is a coop and not a rental (huge difference).. Secondly it is extremely safe w/ 24 hour armed security and nothing like a CHA project. Yes the people who live there resided there for many years before the neighborhood changed (mostly africans, black, hispanic, asian, etc..) but that is the only similiarity.

There is an underground garage and it is steps to the blue line, bus stops, taxi stand, and other ammenities..

imo it is the safest place to live in the west side looking at crime maps in that area and from 5 years personal experience. Many single students and especially females live in the tower because of the safety and location. Damen stop is better if you like to go out and want proximity to bars and restaurants.. drawback is more crime, less parking, more cost, less space..
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Old 09-20-2011, 11:26 AM
 
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No idea about the building but the area is great and you could have your pick of any 1 br you want in WP for that price. I'd personally much rather live in a walk-up around there.
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