Thursday, July 9, 2009

"This Old House" Names the Best Old-House Neighborhoods

The housing boom may be over, but the This Old House editors have tracked down 51 great neighborhoods that have promising futures and homes that truly deserve a long-term commitment. The Best Old-House Neighborhoods appear in the July/August issue, on newsstands June 29, and online at www.thisoldhouse.com/best-places.

This Old House scoured the United States, and for the first time, Canada, to find unique, tight-knit neighborhoods for their second annual search for the best old-house neighborhoods. These places might not be on your radar, but deserve to be, according to the magazine’s editors.

This Old House magazine (pg. 48) and thisoldhouse.com feature 51 great spots that fit the criteria of old-house neighborhoods – architectural diversity, craftsmanship of the homes, and the preservation momentum in the area as well as neighborhood amenities including walkability, safety and community. With the help of PreservationDirectory.com, neighborhood groups, real estate agents, and preservation societies, This Old House compiled their list of the best places to track down, fix up, and fall head over heels for.

The Best Old-House Neighborhoods are:

ALABAMA
Capitol Heights, Montgomery

ALASKA
Ketchikan

ARIZONA
West University, Tucson

ARKANSAS
Eureka Springs

CALIFORNIA
Temescal, Oakland

COLORADO
The North Side District, Pueblo

CONNECTICUT
Old Wethersfield

DELAWARE
Smyrna

FLORIDA
Seminole Heights, Tampa

GEORGIA
Newnan

HAWAIIL
anai

IDAHO
Weiser

ILLINOIS
Elgin

INDIANA
Woodruff Place

IOWA
Guttenberg

KANSAS
Leavenworth

KENTUCKY
Covington

LOUISIANA
Lower Garden District, New Orleans

MAINE
Douglas Park, Brunswick

MARYLAND
Lauraville, Baltimore

MASSACHUSETTS
The Highlands, Fall River

MICHIGAN
The Vine Neighborhood, Kalamazoo

MINNESOTA
Morgan Park, Duluth

MISSISSIPPI
Poplar Springs Historic District, Meridian

MISSOURI
The Southmoreland Neighborhood, Kansas City

MONTANA
Hi Bug Neighborhood, Red Lodge

NEBRASKA
The Dundee Neighborhood, Omaha

NEVADA
Virginia City

NEW HAMPSHIRE
Hopkinton

NEW JERSEY
Atlantic Highlands

NEW MEXICO
Huning Highlands, Albuquerque

NEW YORK
Richmond Hill, Queens

NORTH CAROLINA
East Durham

NORTH DAKOTA
Southside Historic District, Fargo

OHIO
College Hill, Cincinnati

OKLAHOMA
Guthrie

OREGON
Boise, Portland

PENNSYLVANIA
Beaver

RHODE ISLAND
Quality Hill, Pawtucket

SOUTH CAROLINA
Georgetown

SOUTH DAKOTA
Central Residential Historic District, Brookings

TENNESSEE
Fayetteville

TEXAS
Houston Heights, Houston

UTAH
Sugar House neighborhood, Salt Lake City

VERMONT
The Hill Section, Burlington

VIRGINIA
Church Hill, Richmond

WASHINGTON
Barge-Chestnut Neighborhood, Yakima

WEST VIRGINIA
Wheeling

WISCONSIN
Brewer’s Hill, Milwaukee

WYOMING
South Wolcott District, Casper

CANADA
St. Patrick’s Ward, Guelph, Ontario

This Old House Ventures is America’s premier home enthusiast brand, netting 50 million multi-media impressions each month through its award-winning television, print, and web properties. The leading consumer publication for home how-to and inspiration, the award-winning This Old House magazine currently has a circulation of 950,000 and reaches an audience of almost six million.
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