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Old 01-27-2011, 09:53 AM
 
Location: Nova, D.C.,
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Hello, just need some opinions regarding lifestyle in Savannah, please no extreme negativity! I already know every town has crime, drugs, etc.! Tell me which areas to avoid. I am middle income, renting an apt, single, in my 40's, divorced, no kids. Artsy, quiet, friendly, and enjoy music, books, nature, biking, hiking, walking, museums etc. I forgot to mention I am now in Northern Virginia, Washington, D.C. area. The land of high rents. Also I have checked the visitor sites for Savannah and they are great! Thanks!

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Old 01-27-2011, 11:09 AM
 
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A good rule of thumb for avoiding high crime areas is to stay away from those that LOOK like they are high crime areas.

Are the houses run down, junk in the unmowed lawns? Trash and junk everywhere? Do the home owners look as if they care what they live in? Drive by at night, are there groups of males standing around the corners, passing bottles around? During school hours, are there a lot of teens walking around when they should be in class? Even in the historic district, at night, there are people wandering around that look as if they don't belong there.

In other words, look at the neighborhood before you rent. There are places all over the Savannah area that are problem areas. The big decision for someone in your position is whether or not you want to live in the historic district with it's problems or out in the suburbs where you would be more apt to have neighbors with children. Another choice would be areas like Ardsley Park or Baldwin Park. These are older neighbor hoods, but with a lot of professional people.

I don't mean to sound vague, but the Savannah area (that includes places like Pooler, Thunderbolt, Tybee, and the Islands,) covers a large area with pockets of good and bad everywhere.

Get a short term lease first, live here a while and then decide where you think would suit you best.
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Old 01-27-2011, 08:44 PM
 
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Hello, just need some opinions regarding lifestyle in Savannah, please no extreme negativity! I already know every town has crime, drugs, etc.! Tell me which areas to avoid. I am middle income, renting an apt, single, in my 40's, divorced, no kids. Artsy, quiet, friendly, and enjoy music, books, nature, biking, hiking, walking, museums etc. I forgot to mention I am now in Northern Virginia, Washington, D.C. area. The land of high rents. Also I have checked the visitor sites for Savannah and they are great! Thanks!
to miss independent63 With the activities you enjoy, you will have probably not run into criminals very often. But I would suggest to get the full enjoyment of Savannah, adopt a dog from our Humane Society. This is a very dog-friendly city; the dog will help you meet more nice, friendly, active people like yourself. And criminals rarely approach when there is a dog. (I relocated here over 12 yrs ago)
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Old 01-28-2011, 10:57 AM
 
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We live on the Islands and crime seems to be pretty low-key such as DUI's and a few thefts of vacant properties. I work on the southside and people's a/c units are getting stolen, smash and grabs are advertised as being on the increase according to the alarm company ads, and there was a vehicle theft/officer shooting also on the southside last week. But there are some very safe neighborhoods where owners still take pride in their homes and there are some "transitional" ones that homeowners are walking away and the homes are vacant or rented out. I would recommend taking a week long visit and working with a realtor to find a good neighborhood that'll fit with your lifestyle. You can do historical, victorian, modern, low country, islands, etc. Possiblities are endless! Good luck!
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Old 01-30-2011, 10:12 AM
 
Location: Nova, D.C.,
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ok, thanks! Also, Did I say I had a beautiful Cat and I am pretty open about the work as I worked in non-profit and recently lost my job. Sounds terrible, but must move on from that. I am sure the unemployment is about the same everywhere now, maybe a bit more or less. Here it is actually the lowest anywhere, but the cost of living is so high it is all relative. I just think positive. I want a slower pace. I also love dogs.
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Old 01-30-2011, 07:52 PM
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ok, thanks! Also, Did I say I had a beautiful Cat and I am pretty open about the work as I worked in non-profit and recently lost my job. Sounds terrible, but must move on from that. I am sure the unemployment is about the same everywhere now, maybe a bit more or less. Here it is actually the lowest anywhere, but the cost of living is so high it is all relative. I just think positive. I want a slower pace. I also love dogs.
Unemployment is at or near all time highs here in GA. Plan accordingly....
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Old 02-01-2011, 01:24 PM
 
Location: Coastal Georgia
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Well, I don't even know you, but I can see you living downtown in the historic district where you can walk around and participate in all the goings on. It is near SCAD, the museums, the shops, and the historical society. I'm sure you can get some kind of job in one of those places.
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Old 02-01-2011, 02:31 PM
 
Location: Nova, D.C.,
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Is the employment rate very high there? I have a BA in English, 20 years of exp in non profit, but not very high up, retail exp, writing etc
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Old 02-01-2011, 02:33 PM
 
Location: Nova, D.C.,
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Default oops Sinusitus, Hole in my Tooth, Surgery upcoming

oops, sorry I did not read that before I posted. I am ill. I need to get off the computer now and rest! Medicine is very spacey. Thanks.
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Old 02-01-2011, 04:21 PM
 
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Is the employment rate very high there? I have a BA in English, 20 years of exp in non profit, but not very high up, retail exp, writing etc
Anyone with good communication and writing skills has a better than average chance of finding a job here. Employment is still tight but seems to have improved incrementally.
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