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Old 07-30-2013, 03:08 PM
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I'm currently considering buying a house for the first time. I live in New Orleans and I'm familiar with both of these areas, but I wanted to get some outside opinions on whether either of these neighborhoods are likely to improve in the future (I'm not looking for an "investment home" per se, but I certainly don't want my house's value to go DOWN as time goes on).

The first is near the intersection of St. Philip Street and N Rocheblave. I know this area is currently pretty rough (although not the worst New Orleans has to offer, and it is nearby some nicer areas), but I'm wondering if the new Mid-City boom may reach down and positively impact this area in terms of blight and crime.

The second area is near the intersection of N Broad and Onzaga. This area is pretty quiet, and it's also very nearby the Fairgrounds. I don't know if the Mid-City boom and/or just the fact that it's a nice area with recent improvements and investments may have a positive impact on the neighborhood.

Any opinions? Again, I'm not looking for house flipping or anything of that nature, I just want to make sure that I'm making a smart decision either way. Any thoughts would be great.
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Old 07-30-2013, 03:57 PM
Location: Metairie, LA
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I don't see either of those areas improving dramatically in the next 5-10 years. I believe it some parts will get better, but it won't be Uptown anytime soon. The Whole Foods on Broad is probably the biggest catalyst that would spur neighborhood improvement, but that's way back by Bienville. Those locations won't be gentrifying like St. Roch or Bywater.

If I had to choose one of the two to live, it would be definitely be Onzanga near Broad. As you move down broad away from Esplanade towards Gentilly it's much more well kept and you're close to the fairgrounds neighborhood which is nice. They've had a few troublemakers at Stallings playground, but the neighborhood isn't that bad. I feel A LOT more comfortable walking/riding around there as opposed to St. Phillip and Rochenblave. Go see for yourself.

Either location has their share of crime. See: CrimeMapping.com - National Map
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Old 07-30-2013, 11:24 PM
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Thanks for the advice. That's pretty much what I had gathered (I'm familiar with both areas of town), but it's nice to hear it from other people too. I notice that you mentioned the St. Roch neighborhood; obviously the area on the Elysian Fields side of Press Street has the most potential, but do you think the area between St Claude & Claiborne (north to south), and Press and Poland (east to west) has a fair shot at improving as well?
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