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Old 04-01-2008, 10:16 PM
 
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Tonight, my husband and I put an offer on a beautiful house in Carnegie. It's on a very nice street. However, only after signing all the contracts, did we learn of the home's proximity to Carnegie Towers, a HUD property. To be exact, it's a quarter-mile away, separated by a highway. (I can't believe I never discovered this during my extensive research/asking around).

I don't have a problem with government-subsidized houses per se. What I'm more concerned about is the multitude of serious crimes and misdemeanors that have taken place at the high-rise building. I'm curious whether Carnegie Towers affects other areas of the community, and if so how. Our realtor tried to assure us that the tenants don't bother anyone; then again, she's trying to do her job and make money.

I am comfortable with urban living and mixed income neighborhoods. But, I don't want to feel afraid to live in this home. I would appreciate any sincere advice from current Carnegie residents.
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Old 04-01-2008, 11:28 PM
 
Location: Sh-ittsburgh, PA & Lancaster County, PA
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"http://www.apartmentratings.com/rate/PA-Carnegie-Carnegie-Towers.html"
Carnegie Towers Apartment Ratings, Reviews, Map, Rents, and other Carnegie apartments for rent from ApartmentRatings.com
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Old 04-02-2008, 04:40 AM
 
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"http://www.apartmentratings.com/rate/PA-Carnegie-Carnegie-Towers.html"
Carnegie Towers Apartment Ratings, Reviews, Map, Rents, and other Carnegie apartments for rent from ApartmentRatings.com
Thank you for the link. I came across that information too--after we signed! I guess what I'm trying to find out is whether or not the crime is isolated to that immediate area or whether it wreaks havoc on other streets of Carnegie.
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Old 04-02-2008, 10:46 AM
 
Location: The Beautiful Lowcountry of SC
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My husband and I bought a house literally right around the corner from the towers back in '93. We didn't realize it was a HUD property; our house was a beautiful old Victorian.

I'm not against Section 8 per se, but there was trash constantly around the area. My husband and I even picked up the trash that was around the towers and we didn't even live there. Then we starting noticing lots of hanging out of people who probably didn't live there; police cars racing up there at all hours; etc. The final straw came in '99 when I had just put our one-year-old to bed. There was a deafening noise, and I called down to my husband: Was that a gunshot? To which he replied 'Yes".

The next day we called a realtor and sold the house. A month after we moved into our new home, I saw in the paper that a woman had been murdered in the Towers.

If you're separated by a highway, I don't think there's a problem, however. Like I say, we were RIGHT around the corner. My girlfriend lived in an apartment in a house next to the Towers, and there were constantly people hanging out on her fron porch at all hours. She moved the year before we did.
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Old 04-02-2008, 02:56 PM
 
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Did you put any money down? If not, then pull out. If you did, I'm sure you can find a way to get out of the house. (i.e. "I didn't know that the right side of the house needs some repointing...., deals off."
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Old 04-02-2008, 05:34 PM
 
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Call the local police department (non-emergency number) and ask them about the crime near your new house.
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Old 04-02-2008, 07:23 PM
 
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1.) Just forfeit the earnest money.
2.) Did you go with an option 1 or an option 2 for the home inspection? The home inspection could give you an out without losing the earnest money

You're not stuck. Trust me.
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Old 04-03-2008, 09:27 AM
 
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Thanks for all the advice guys. We were able to rescind our offer with no problem. The realtor never had a chance to present the offer to the sellers. I'm glad we were quick about it. She agreed to shred the documents and we'll be getting our hand money back.

Part of me is kicking myself for having to do this. I loved the house.
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Old 04-03-2008, 12:03 PM
 
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My sister and her fiance lived nearby for awhile and had a similar experience to the above poster. There was a break-in and rape on their street not long before they decided to move out.

If you lived on the other side of 79 or Rt. 50 you would probably not have any problems. Ppl who live nearby would be happy to see the place disappear.
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Old 04-16-2008, 12:55 PM
 
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Hi. I live in Carnegie now and thought I would give you my 2 cents. I like Carnegie, and after living in Baltimore for several years "The towers" aren't all that bad.
The good areas:
Around Carnegie Park
Parts of Rosslyn Heights
Parts of Cubbage Hill

Safe for the most part areas:
The rest of the Heights and the Hill
Around the School
Pockets of areas in the Flats are nice too. Near the Funeral Homes

Not the best choice:
Beechwood Avenue-Nice Close Proximity to Towers
Use caution around Irishtown and the Flats Loads of rentals so it can change quick.

It seems the Tower is contained to Washington Avenue the Scott Twp border and the creek. It occasionally goes to the downtown area but not too often.

After the flood alot of properties became rentals and thats the problem.
It sounds like you want a victorian, have you looked in Crafton??
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