sad goodbye, but new beginnings
I recently made a significant career move to a new city. I will, sadly, be leaving my old "manse" behind (if anyone wants to buy it, let me know - the hard stuff is done).
So this new city is chock-full of old victorians (colonial revival and mansard roofed townhomes are abundant) and many HUGE old pre-20th century colonial revival "mansions."
But, as with so many great old homes, the neighborhoods are "rough" - some reporting crime levels that are 4-5 times that of the city overall.
I am certainly not looking in the worst of these areas (i cant live that way any more, I'm not 20 years old ...) but other areas with outstanding restored homes (and a few bargains in between) are in neighborhoods that have "turned themselves around" while being surrounded with some unsavory spots.
How do those of you who are in amazing old homes in rougher areas, or areas that are "pre-gentrification", do it ? What made you choose the house/neighborhood you are in?
Tell me about your home and neighborhood - both present and past experiences with good lessons are welcome.