Is this a good neighborhood? Which neighborhood is better? Can you recommend a good neighborhood? I get asked questions like these every day. I also hear statements like: "I don’t want to live in THAT neighborhood". "I have heard that is a bad neighborhood". "I want to find a house in a good neighborhood".
As a licensed Realtor I can not steer home buyers away from a neighborhood or into a neighborhood. It is against the law and could cost me my real estate license. To keep my license I am required to take fair housing classes.
The statement "bad neighborhood" is open to interpretation. What is a bad neighborhood? If crime rates are the issue home buyers should visit the St. Paul Police department web site. Look at crime rates by city blocks. To find out if a level 3 sex offender lives in the area go to the department of corrections web site and search by zip code. To learn more about a neighborhood try the city of St. Paul web site.
For information about schools, demographics, quality of live and more visit the resource page on my web site and check out some of the links on the left side of this page. Also try the St. Paul Neighborhoods Wiki. For average home prices by neighborhood see: Local market conditions and prices by neighborhood. When it comes to style and architecture, the older homes are closer to the center of the cities, and the newer homes are further out. See "laughing in my car" the post about the radio announcer looking for a craftsman style home in suburban neighborhoods where the style is almost non-existent.
Lot sizes get bigger further from the core. A historic home on a large lot is fairly rare but the lots are bigger on Summit Avenue, but the prices are too steep for most. New construction can be found through out the twin cities in most neighborhoods, much of the new construction is townhouses and condos.
Please don’t ask me if a neighborhood is good or bad. Talk to freinds, or colleagues and ask them about their neighborhood. Do your home work based on your criteria for what a good neighborhood is.