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Old 12-17-2012, 07:55 PM
 
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Is this area decent at all? Looks very walkable.
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Old 12-18-2012, 11:33 AM
 
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It would be walkable. Depends on what decent is. Its marginal I think if you plan on buying a home and living there. Fairly high crime plus a lot of mixed zoning of houses, apartments, duplexes. I am sure when a lot of people lost their homes in the area investors moved in and turned a lot of stuff into rentals. I would want a garage if I bought there but a lot of homes only have carports or nothing.
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Old 12-18-2012, 07:07 PM
 
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Not a good area. East of Stone gets a bit better, but I wouldn't live around there, personally. Walkable? Certainly to the strip clubs and the drug motels.
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Old 12-18-2012, 07:19 PM
 
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A comparable place in Berkeley would cost 15 times more...., pimps, hookers, and all. I believe they call it "Balboa Heights". Correct me if I'm wrong. Is it on the upswing or is it somewhat hopeless? I shop in many different markets, and a commonality is that the neighborhoods were actually in decline, as prices were skyrocketing. Basically, a neighbor, who paid 50K cash, might be better than the one(s) who put down 3000 on the same house when it was selling for 235K.
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Old 12-18-2012, 08:19 PM
 
Location: Southern Arizona
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Yeah it's Balboa Heights. It's a weird neighborhood because there's the druggies and poorer areas...and then there's students that live in that area. (Not a ton, but there are definitely some with so many duplexes in there). I really would look other places further east before BH.
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Old 12-18-2012, 08:44 PM
 
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Would Roger, just E. of Stone, be a better choice? Thanks everyone!
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Old 12-19-2012, 01:04 AM
 
Location: Southern Arizona
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Not really. You're basically talking about the outskirts of the Oracle Corridor, which is really not good news.
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Old 12-19-2012, 06:57 AM
 
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Really tough to find homes in the 50-60k range. I have been checking real estate prices in Tucson for about a year. Late last year they took a dip over the already low prices, investors swooped in any by summer prices had gone up maybe 20% or more. The areas I would look in the 60 k range would be around Ajo and Silverbell within 2-3 miles. I have lived in the area in the past. Most of it wouldnt have good walking scores. Costco and Super Walmart have built new stores near Kino and Ajo ways. Thats an area that will be on the upswing. I also think Tucson Estates area which has had a lot of foreclosures as well as the Houghton road area south of Civano would be good areas to invest in. Both areas will have Super Wal Marts in the next year or so.
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Old 12-20-2012, 12:53 AM
 
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I talked to an old friend today. He said no dice on Alvernon anf Ft. Lowell (a previous post), I didn't even mention these. They mentioned drivebys when I said E 22nd. But, a few reliables are indicating I should go far East, but I felt comfortable around Glenn & Campbell, but there is probably a sizeable premium psf, due to the Uni and UMC. I'm near 50 (feel 32) yo, and do like the Uni scene and scenery, but wouldn't want to crash the party or live around empty beer bottles, as I have plenty of my own. So should I look around Campbell or try to get more value East?
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Old 12-20-2012, 09:08 AM
 
Location: Southern Arizona
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Unfortunately, Sutyotsuk . . . there are good as well as bad areas all over town. Some areas definitely have more bads than goods or vice versa.

Help us out a little bit more. Exactly what are you looking for both in "wants and needs" plus "highs and lows" in your budget?

Good Luck on your search.
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