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Old 01-16-2008, 10:42 AM
 
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What is the area like around the Rhode Island Metro. Specifically the area south of the metro called Eckington? Basically, is it safe? I have tried to crime map it but the dc crime site is down.
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Old 01-16-2008, 01:17 PM
 
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Not the greatest. I had some friends that lived around there and we were always hassled. Mind you this was 2-3 years ago and I've only walked through a few times since.

I would say from driving/walking lately, it's getting a bit better and a good value if you want a home on the cheap, but don't plan on it being anything like Dupont late at night. I would also make sure the place has your standard steel gate as I've heard of many robberies down there, both on the street and home break-ins.
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Old 01-16-2008, 07:42 PM
 
Location: Arlington, VA
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If you are looking to buy in that area see if you can find a rowhouse rather than a condo. It will be a much better investment in the long run since you basically have a fixed supply. There a lot of condos planned for south of that area in NoMa so you could be buying into a long term saturated market.
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Old 01-16-2008, 07:43 PM
 
Location: 16th St Heights
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Check out the crime maps on the Washington Post site:


http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn...t/metro/crime/
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Old 01-17-2008, 04:39 AM
 
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I live north of Rhode Island. The area is coming along pretty well. There is a new coffee house (Big Bear) at 1st and R that has provided some life to the neighborhood. It's not Dupont, but it's also not especially dangerous. But I wouldn't live south of Florida or east of N. Capitol.

There are some nice condos in the area that are probably going for a steal these days. But be careful about the number of units occupied by renters. Many of these condos were bought by investors who promptly rented them out.
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Old 01-17-2008, 07:48 AM
 
Location: NW District of Columb1a USA
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Terrible area.
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Old 01-17-2008, 01:46 PM
 
Location: Washington, DC
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Depending on your price range, you can probably buy a condo in a nicer area. Columbia Heights has some nice condos $200-300k close to where the new shopping center (Target, Bed Bath Beyond, Best Buy) is going in. Investment wise, I personally think that area is a better choice.
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Old 01-17-2008, 06:38 PM
 
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Hmm... in terms of safety I'd much prefer Eckington (north of Florida) to Columbia Heights. There seems to be persistant gang activity and shootings in CH. But to each their own...
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Old 01-18-2008, 09:38 AM
 
Location: NW District of Columb1a USA
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I agree with you jm67.
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Old 01-18-2008, 05:30 PM
 
Location: Washington, DC
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Depends on where you're looking in CH. I have many single women friends who live there and are not scared one bit.
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