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Old 04-15-2018, 07:48 AM
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Hey all,
Can anyone recommend some safe neighborhoods around Bethlehem to rent or buy in? Or basically, give an idea of which neighborhoods to steer clear of? Ultimately we would like to rent with a budget of $1500/mo, and it must be a dog friendly rental, preferably with a fenced in yard. If that's too much wishful thinking (which I suspect it is), we may buy instead but since we don't know the area yet, it would be helpful to know where to look.....I've tried to look at rentals on craigslist and zillow and unfortunately very few show pictures or addresses, so it's very hard to have an idea of what's available. Any info would be greatly appreciated! Thanks everyone!
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Old 04-15-2018, 12:13 PM
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We moved to B'hem from out of state, rented for a year before we bought. We chose Woodmont at 8th Ave. between 378 & Eaton, across from the Martin Bldg., behind Lowes. A one bedroom might be in your price range (I know the rent has increased since we left). Very pet friendly (they even have a 'pet pool day') two fenced dog runs, nice walking areas and our dog was safe on the patio or balcony with us. What we liked: always seemed safe and quiet, good maintenance response, clean, well kept grounds, garage rental option (+$). We had a 2 bdrm with a beautiful view, second floor...excellent fireworks viewing. Apts's are spacious with decent storage and in home washer/dryer and some are newly remodeled. Friendly complex, nice courtyard with community grills. Also a gym and 'office' for residents in the community building (dogs were allowed in, except for community dinners). It was walking distance to downtown Bethlehem...a long walk, but not difficult; there is a trail behind the martin bldg. Shopping within easy walking distance (pharmacy, grocery and home) and parks (large dog park at Illick's Mill). Very easy access to freeways. We did a lot of looking and this one checked all of boxes except...elevator; second and third floors are walk up.
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Old 04-16-2018, 06:12 PM
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I know two young couples that live over by the Bayou restaurant. They both have dogs and got great deals on their row homes.
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Old 04-18-2018, 07:08 PM
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Just one caution. We're in transition back here. There's an area called
Beverly. It looks decent, saw some okay houses there. Had been
cautioned if we moved there (we aren't) not to walk alone at night.
We have niece and family who live off Main St.

In terms of apts. When we were looking from the south online, many
complexes were in noisy areas. When we'd ask about if they were in
the flight path, we never got an answer. Now that we're transitioning
here, we understand why. We liked the look and feel of Bridle Path.
It was off the beaten path. A two bdrm ran about 1500. We were going
to seriously consider it due to the peace and quiet. Couldn't tell that from
another state.

Last thing about houses here. We looked extensively . Got a preview
late last year and we think we have one now in Allentown. Our agent,
who we believe is the best we've had and this is definitely going to be
our last house, said Allentown properties went through a major appraisal
process not long ago. Bethlehem has not gone through one. So, prices
will likely change as property taxes go up.
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