Posted: Sep 16, 2009 12:59 pm
Aw, what do you know? Our little 38117 on a budget 'hood is getting love from the Midtown crew? I love it! Finally, a mutual admiration society.
Our neighborhood is called Sea Isle, but the whole area is better known as Colonial Acres. It is a post WW2 (early 50's) ranch tract development where you can get a fantastic home, in great shape and with all the pluses mentioned by Miss Faye and SAMBEAUX for around $90-$125K. In fact, a killer 1500 sq ft, 3 bedroom, 2.5 bath, fireplace, completely redone ranch on a corner lot of our street went for $124K a month ago. We got our 978 sq foot, 3 bed/1 ba with a massive backyard for around $90K a year ago. The boundaries are basically what Miss Faye said, but I've found a few good spots east of White Station and south to Quince. Ideally, you would want to get in west of Estate, north of Quince, south of Park (good luck on cheap north of park) and east of Perkins.
The pluses: More/newer home for money spent; the aforementioned cool midcentury ranch styles; two great neighborhood parks; easy to zip onto I-240 and get anywhere; still a nice, quiet neighborhood feel but close to any kind of retail/health care/good schools/food; more true diversity than we ever get credit for--example: Our street includes original owners on oxygen tanks who will watch your property like hawks, Mexican family, black family, grad school students from U of M, house of recent grads of Mississippi State living in the big city, young attorneys, nosy middle-aged foxy lady, The Guys in Some Shitty Band and apparently, some teacher who sells her prescription pills (hey, I've just heard the rumors!) and more than a few young white families. And us.
The best plus? The seriously different vibe due to the relative lack of crime going on. I know several women who run--for health--in the morning before the sun comes up. Alone.
The minuses: The drive home that looms before you if you got drunk in Midtown or Downtown. It isn't far (15 minutes max) but well, it isn't fun either. The fact that Cooper-Young is in Midtown. Not many big front porches (Back patios though? Check). And finally, most of your friends live in Midtown still. That is about all I can think of that I miss about giving up Midtown.