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Old 01-10-2011, 11:49 AM
 
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I am a single female with plans on moving to New Orleans to work at the VA Hospital. I need some assistance in locating a safe area to live.
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Old 01-10-2011, 01:08 PM
 
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Rent or buy? What is your budget? What's important to you in a neighborhood? How long a commute can you tolerate? Drive or take the bus?
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Old 01-10-2011, 03:36 PM
 
Location: Metairie, LA
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More info needed
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Old 01-10-2011, 05:07 PM
 
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I'm still relatively new here and have lived in Broadmoor and Riverbend, both of which I would recommend highly as far as safety goes. The right neighborhood for you depends on your personal likes and dislikes, though. I love Riverbend because I can walk to various restaurants and stores, plus it's right on the streetcar line, which I really enjoy.

A lot of people will recommend the suburbs and that may be fine for you, but don't be fooled into thinking that's the only option. There are quite a few very safe neighborhoods, full of awesome friendly people, inside the city itself. This board is a great place to learn some of those hard-to-find details. You should definitely come visit first, though, even if you've been here before. I would also suggest you get a short-term lease at first so you can explore the whole area and find out where you will LOVE to live ;-)
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Old 02-03-2011, 11:17 PM
 
Location: Alexandria, VA - Kingstowne Subdivision
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It depends on what type of lifestyle you are trying to have. The city is full of different pockets for different types of people. If you are looking for energy and excitement try Riverbend, Mid City, Warehouse District and some parts of Bywater/Marigny. If you like a settled suburban lifestyle try Lakeview (in the city), Metairie Ridge, River Ridge. If money is no object try out the Garden District, Hurstville, English Turn and Old Metairie. If you don't mind a long commute try out Belle Chase or Mandeville.

There's really no easier answer to this question. How you want to live will determine where you want to live.

Side note: If you decide to live in New Orleans check out the cities website for crime stats. You can search by neighborhoods, street or zip code.

Good luck.
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Old 06-09-2011, 07:01 PM
 
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I will be moving to New Orleans on July 10, 2011 and I still have not found a place to live. I am looking for a 1BR apartment between 600-800 a month. I would like somewhere close to the VA hospital and grocery stores if possible or at least on a bus/trolley line. I will have my car but I don't know my way around yet.
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Old 06-09-2011, 09:53 PM
 
Location: Metairie, LA
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I would suggest Mid-City, more specifically, close to the intersection of Carrollton Ave. and Canal St. There is a lot of stuff within a few blocks of this intersection (including a good grocery store) and you will have a very easy commute to the VA hospital. This is a very walkable neighborhood. You'll see lots of pedestrians and bicycles.

The Canal streetcar runs down the full length of Canal St. and can get you downtown consistantly in about 20min. Just FYI, Streetcars run more frequently and later at night (at least 2am) than any of the bus routes, so just because you find a place that's next to a bus line, don't get your hopes up. It probably comes once every hour and stops running at 7pm. You want to be close to the streetcar.

You should be able to find a 1br in that price range. You can expand the search out to City Park Ave and down to Jeff Davis staying close to Canal St. This whole area is pretty safe, but generally, the closer to City Park Ave, the safer it is. Avoid the area between Banks St. and Tulane Ave.
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