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Old 06-28-2013, 07:14 PM
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Hey All,

I am a 36 year old single female moving to New Orleans in August. Any suggestions on neighborhoods that are safe? I have contacted a realtor but she only wants to show me around Tulane...I enjoy a neighborhood with character- so long as I am safe. I also have a car and want to keep my rent around 900. I work from home so location is flexible.

Thanks for any input!
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Old 06-28-2013, 08:03 PM
Location: New Orleans
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Assuming that you mean Tulane U, that's definitely a neighborhood that has character. And a good bit of it is upscale-Drew Brees, James Carville, and quite a few other luminaries live nearby. It's also safe. As long as you can steer clear of the drunk kids, you should be fine there. I first read your post as saying $800; for $900 you should be able to do very well.
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Old 06-28-2013, 09:46 PM
Location: On the aggravation installment plan...
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What about areas off of the lake? Has that been fixed yet? I know it used to be a nice affluent area. Another area is off of Canal St or the Garden District. I just realized your rental budget, you probably won't find anything in the areas I've suggested they are slightly higher (like $1500) try Gentilly area, look around Elysian Fields Ave and Franklin Ave.
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Old 06-30-2013, 03:37 PM
Location: Bywater
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You can look in the Marigny and Bywater as well - has character (s) - but might not find much in your price range.
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Old 07-07-2013, 06:23 AM
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Midcity also has some nicer areas and is generally no worse than others as far as the safety aspect, in addition to having lower rents than the nicer (ie not surrounded by drunk kids) parts of Uptown. Pretty much of all of New Orleans proper (not Metairie) has an abundance of character, so it's more about finding a neighborhood that suits you.

You don't mention where you're moving from, but if you're not used to city life then make sure to train yourself to pay attention to your surroundings wherever you decide to live. Even in the "safe" neighborhoods people occasionally wander in for petty crime, sometimes with weapons, so a little situational awareness goes a long way.
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