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Old 07-27-2012, 05:34 PM
 
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Hi everyone,
I've been getting rental tips by lurking these boards for awhile. I have lived in Syracuse area for about 5 years now, in Liverpool, then Camillus. My husband and I just split so I am looking for something a lot more affordable that accepts a 40lb dog. It's been a hassle, and on short notice too.

I have an appointment to view a one bedroom flat in the lower level of a house on W Colvin St right across from the Lower Onondaga Park in a couple of days. The rent is in my budget and a dog will be accepted. The photos of the interior on craigslist look really nice and I looked on google street view to get an idea of the neighborhood.

But I am wondering, with its proximity to the South Side neighborhood, is this really a safe place for a single 20-something woman? I have been mugged before while walking home (when I lived in South Berkeley, CA, which is right near Oakland) so I'd really appreciate any feedback about this area to avoid that happening again.
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Old 07-27-2012, 06:17 PM
 
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That is a better part of the South Side, but that isn't saying much. Just look the other way if you see something, don't buy or sell drugs, don't join a gang, and you should be fine.

I once lived in a neighborhood that made the South Side look like Mayberry and the best advice I was ever given was that if I ever got into a situation, just act crazy. Not even thugs want to mess with crazy people because they don't know how they will react. Like dogs, they can smell weakness, but crazy throws off their ability to read you. I never had to use that advice, but in a weird way, it makes sense.
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Old 07-27-2012, 06:20 PM
 
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It's a little fringe-y - certainly a more stable end of West Colvin compared to the blocks east of there.

Tough to judge these things; what's "safe" for one person might not feel right for someone else. Probably worth a walk-through to see if it's within your comfort zone. Not fun to live in a place where you don't want to go outside.
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Old 07-27-2012, 07:42 PM
 
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It's a little fringe-y - certainly a more stable end of West Colvin compared to the blocks east of there.

Tough to judge these things; what's "safe" for one person might not feel right for someone else. Probably worth a walk-through to see if it's within your comfort zone. Not fun to live in a place where you don't want to go outside.
^This.... It's pretty much the further up the hill, the better. I don't know your budget, but there are some websites with rental homes that may help you if you are not comfortable with that location.
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Old 07-27-2012, 08:05 PM
 
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Well my budget is very small, so that's why I'm even considering it. Like 500-650. I've looked extensively at rental home sites and they are way expensive for me. Even the complexes I looked at today in Baldwinsville/Liverpool that I liked were either out of my range, or kind of dirty and run down. I think I will go by tomorrow morning and see what it's like. I did look at a crime map and the only thing I really saw in the last couple of years were a few burglaries but I think you find that in any neighborhood.
Any thoughts on walking in the park? Or should I head further west to walk my dog?
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Old 07-28-2012, 12:17 AM
 
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Well my budget is very small, so that's why I'm even considering it. Like 500-650. I've looked extensively at rental home sites and they are way expensive for me. Even the complexes I looked at today in Baldwinsville/Liverpool that I liked were either out of my range, or kind of dirty and run down. I think I will go by tomorrow morning and see what it's like. I did look at a crime map and the only thing I really saw in the last couple of years were a few burglaries but I think you find that in any neighborhood.
Any thoughts on walking in the park? Or should I head further west to walk my dog?
I think walking the dog in the park should be fine, as you can find quite a few walkers and people during the day up there. Neighborhoods just south and west of the park are very nice.
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Old 07-28-2012, 01:11 PM
 
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So I tried to drive by this morning and my car broke down in Southside! Not the best of times. I had to pull over in front of someone's house around Brighton/South Ave and he gave me a very dirty look so I poured some water on my engine and tried to make it to the nearest auto shop which i looked up on my phone. It was closed! Then my car wouldn't start. I didn't want to get out of the car b/c it seemed like a rough neighborhood and it was so hot! And I had my dog with me. Luckily my friend met me there and AAA towed it to a shop further into the city.
But I never did get a chance to drive by the apartment and see how that neighborhood feels. I definitely wasn't enjoying my time on South Ave but with this city it goes block by block so you never can tell.
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Old 07-28-2012, 01:25 PM
 
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So I tried to drive by this morning and my car broke down in Southside! Not the best of times. I had to pull over in front of someone's house around Brighton/South Ave and he gave me a very dirty look so I poured some water on my engine and tried to make it to the nearest auto shop which i looked up on my phone. It was closed! Then my car wouldn't start. I didn't want to get out of the car b/c it seemed like a rough neighborhood and it was so hot! And I had my dog with me. Luckily my friend met me there and AAA towed it to a shop further into the city.
But I never did get a chance to drive by the apartment and see how that neighborhood feels. I definitely wasn't enjoying my time on South Ave but with this city it goes block by block so you never can tell.
Man, I'm sorry that you had to deal with all of that. Hopefully, once everything gets settled, that you can drive by to get a feel for the neighborhood.
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Old 07-28-2012, 03:38 PM
 
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Well I have a friend taking me to my apartment viewing appointment on Sunday so at least I will have someone with me now if I am feeling uncomfortable! As for my car... I don't find out if she's still alive until Monday!
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Old 07-29-2012, 10:12 AM
 
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Hey...when i started looking for an apartment in syracuse...couple of people asked me to avoid south side....
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