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Old 04-15-2013, 03:36 PM
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My wife and I are looking to rent a place at Baronne St and Harmony and wanted to get the local perspective on safety of the area. We have been told the farther you get away from St Charles the more rough it gets. Any info you could provide on this area would be greatly appreciated.

We have checked out the Crime maps and they look like there is a fair share of petty crimes but mainly we are looking to make sure we are safe in our rented home on this street.
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Old 04-15-2013, 04:07 PM
Location: Metairie, LA
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Definitely not my first choice for a new transplant. I would say borderline. It starts to get sketchy real quick as you move away from St. Charles right there (Dryades, Daneel, etc). At least if you're on Carondelet, the Garden Dist security patrols will pass in front of your house. Further uptown, Baronne, Dryades and Daneel are nicer and safer.

What is your budget? There are better options.
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Old 04-15-2013, 05:10 PM
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Budget is 1400 a month rent, or 200k to buy. If renting we would prefer to stay below 1400 by we currently pay 1400. Want a nice area walkable to bar and food. Dot want to have to live Metairie but the safety stuff seems dicey for our budget and New Orleans propper. Any advice helps move date is may 1 yikes!!
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Old 04-15-2013, 07:32 PM
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What kind of place do you need? 1BR, 2BR? If it's you and your wife, $1400 budget for a 1BR should put you in some more decent areas. Like rburnett said, that's definitely on the edge. I'd prefer both of these over what you mentioned, especially the Upperline location (I'm not as familiar with Bywater, but it's closer to the river thus I think typically safer, right?).

Available June - Charming & Historic - Close to Tulane

Bywater apt.
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Old 04-17-2013, 01:15 AM
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I actually used to live at Baronne and Harmony. In fact, I wouldn't be surprised if the place you're looking at is my old place, as it was one of the few newer-ish, not-too-rundown-looking buildings at those cross streets, IMO. This location is literally right on the cusp of the Garden District and what may be considered a "less safe" area (Central City). Carondelet (on the side of the street closer to St. Charles) and Harmony is considered Garden District...Carondelet (on the side away from St. Charles) and Harmony, continuing toward Baronne (Baronne is the next block up from Carondelet going away from St. Charles into Central City), is considered Central City, which IS technically known as one of the more "dangerous" neighborhoods of New Orleans. Personally, I never once felt unsafe there. I am a 27-year-old male. People would walk by occassionally that might've seemed "sketchy" to some people, but I never had a problem. Sure, I wouldn't go walking around at night in the area going away from Baronne, but I used to ride my bike through that neighborhood all the time, as I taught a few after-school claasses on MLK Blvd.

It also depends on the type of people you are. I have never been one to feel overly deterred by "bad areas" or afraid to go in them. I'm always super vigilant of course, and sure, if an area is downright atrocious, I will try to avoid it, but overall, I usually feel pretty comfortable wherever I go, and just make sure to always look assertive, and like I know what I'm doing in the "rougher" areas. Oh, and I lived at the aforementioned location for a year. Like I said, I never had any problems, but you definitely need to feel comfortable where you are. I felt perfectly fine there, but i am certain there are others who might not.

I hope I was able to lend a bit of insight, and feel free to reply with any questions, or if you need clarification on anything.
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Old 04-17-2013, 05:37 AM
Location: Port St Lucie Florida
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Not a safe area at all. I would not live there. I lived in NOLA for 68 years. Now Harmony and Prytania, Harmony and Magazine- much better on that side of St Charles. Once you go to the other side if falls off fast.
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Old 04-17-2013, 05:07 PM
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Not a safe area, but not necessarily a dangerous area either. I'd definitely try to find a different place, and if you need suggestion you can PM me, but I wouldn't freak out if this was the only place right for me.
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