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Old 12-09-2009, 09:35 AM
 
Location: Buffalo, NY
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Ok, so..I've been planning on moving to Buffalo but I just want to make sure I haven't prematurly rulled out any and all other possiple places to move...

I did a quick look around on craigslist and it looks like apartments are well priced. What are my odds of finding a 1br at least 600sq ft of space, utilities included for under $750 in a diverse, urban -yet reasonably safe neighborhood?
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Old 12-09-2009, 10:02 AM
 
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It depends what you consider reasonably safe. In many of Hartford's "tough" neighborhoods you will be alright if you stay away from trouble. The West and South Ends both have some lovely spots, though I will admit that there is a car break-in problem. My "solution" when I lived there was to have a crappy car with nothing in it.
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Old 12-09-2009, 10:30 AM
 
Location: Buffalo, NY
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It depends what you consider reasonably safe. In many of Hartford's "tough" neighborhoods you will be alright if you stay away from trouble. The West and South Ends both have some lovely spots, though I will admit that there is a car break-in problem. My "solution" when I lived there was to have a crappy car with nothing in it.
Wow..not esactly how I want to live. I mean I don't want to live in the clean-cut steralized suburbs but I would also like to walk home late at night with my partner and not worry about being attacked/robbed/or shot.

Also, I need a place where if I want a cup of coffee at midnight I have a place to go to.

One more thing... I know the job market sucks everywhere right now; Buffalo's is pretty bad that why i'm still looking at my opitons...How bad is it in Harford? - Clerical/admin/paralegal or retail?
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Old 12-09-2009, 04:35 PM
 
Location: Westchester County, NY
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Wow..not esactly how I want to live. I mean I don't want to live in the clean-cut steralized suburbs but I would also like to walk home late at night with my partner and not worry about being attacked/robbed/or shot.
My sister lives in suburban Buffalo.....I can tell you the real cheap apartments in Buffalo are like the areas that were described here about inner-city Hartford.
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Old 12-09-2009, 06:18 PM
 
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I was never attacked, robbed, or shot in Hartford- but the same couple of panhandlers would ask me for money. After I told them no a couple of times, they stopped asking. Overall, it was a great experience: good quality housing, a community atmosphere, and I actually got to know my neighbors.
Hartford has the most jobs of any CT city, but the economy is not growing much. Probably more than Buffalo.
If you want a cup of coffee at midnight you probably need a bigger city than CT has to offer. Have you considered Boston? No way you will find $750 rents, but you might find a share in a fun outer neighborhood for that much.
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Old 12-09-2009, 06:34 PM
 
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If you want a cup of coffee at midnight you probably need a bigger city than CT has to offer.

I hate Dunkin' Donuts, but i think it's impossible to not find a 24hr. operation in any city in the state. Diners as well.
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Old 12-09-2009, 06:45 PM
 
Location: Connecticut
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You might be able to find something for that price in the West Side of Hartford, but visit the neighborhood first to get a feel for it. Most of this area is decent but a few of the streets closer to Parkville nabe (southern part) and the Asylum Hill area (east) aren't so hot. Farmington Ave has lots of restaurants and stores, so if you're on this street or close to it this might work.

Did you look at Newington? There's a ton of aprtments on Willard Ave close to the town center. The apartments aren't within walking distance but it's a short drive & might be within your budget. It's a nice town worth exploring.

Check out the Park Road district in neighboring West Hartford. There's a couple of apartment complexes on this street. Down the street from these are some bars, coffee houses and ethnic restaurants that are truly amazing. This area is fine & the prices might be in your range. The actual apartments are older so they don't have modern amenities like pools or gyms, but they're in a safe area and you might be able to afford it.
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Old 12-09-2009, 06:53 PM
 
Location: Westchester County, NY
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I was never attacked, robbed, or shot in Hartford- but the same couple of panhandlers would ask me for money. After I told them no a couple of times, they stopped asking. Overall, it was a great experience: good quality housing, a community atmosphere, and I actually got to know my neighbors.
I was up in Hartford for a training seminar Monday and Tuesday and while leaving the Taco Bell on Farmington Ave. yesterday around 4:30pm I think I met one of them (she was what I'd describe as a "late middle age" lady). Basically exactly what you say above.
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Old 12-09-2009, 09:24 PM
 
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I will say that I've spent a fair amount of time in Boston, NYC, Philadelphia, Baltimore, and other cities, and never yet had a problem, but I've had a couple of mildly unpleasant random encounters in Hartford. Nothing serious, just dudes looking to intimidate someone who was (to them) obviously out of place.

Both times it was in the vicinity of Frog Hollow/East Parkville, though, and you probably won't have much cause to live in (or even visit) that neck of the woods. I've never had a problem in the West End, though friends of mine who live there have had other kinds of issues (theft, burglary, etc.).
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Old 12-10-2009, 03:42 PM
 
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There are some good high-rise buildings downtown. I've heard good things about Park Place Tower but it may be out of your price range (starts at $850). Boulevard West is in an okay-but-not-great neighborhood. It has secured off-street parking so your car would be safe too. It's walking distance to a 24 hour a day convenience store, a bar, and a few restaurants.
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