Did you know that I can’t tell you which neighborhoods in New Orleans are the “good neighborhoods”?
Yep. It’s true. It’s actually illegal. And I’m not talking about making a left turn on basically any street in New Orleans. I’m talking about PRISON. Real estate agents who don’t follow the Fair Housing policies are subject to extremely large fines, potential prison time, and just bad karma for being a not-so-great person.
Congress passed a law about this in 1968.
The reason for all of this too is because my definition of a “good New Orleans neighborhood” is likely going to be different from yours. As a New Orleans native, and having lived in numerous sections of the city, I’m definitely not the one to ask what is a good neighborhood. You’re going to have to do your own research and decide where is best for you.
Thank goodness for the internet to help you with your research project!
Trulia’s Heat Map: Their heat map shows you crime by neighborhood in New Orleans. It’s a great tool to see how things like car break-ins and noise complaints can vary by each block.
City of New Orleans Crime Map: If you want official data, this is your spot for it.
Your Gut Instinct: That feeling you get when you’re uncomfortable someplace. When you’re looking at a house, you need to think about the neighborhood it’s located in. (I keep telling y’all it’s as important as the house!) If you want to walk to the grocery store, is there a safe route? Is it well lit? Take a drive by the potential house on the weekend, even walk around for a bit. Drive by the house again in the morning and in the evening.
While no agent can tell you if this is a “good New Orleans neighborhood” (not only because of the jail thing), but they really shouldn’t. I may love living next to a bar, while you may want a park next to you.
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