12 Kinds of Neighborhoods

Whether you like big yards or hip nightclubs, there's a community type that fits your lifestyle.

2. Urban Pioneer (Up-and-Coming)

Where to find it:
Near downtown and inner-ring suburbs

What you can call home:
Fixer uppers, older single family homes ranging in style from ranch to modern, garden-style apartment buildings

Your Neighbors:
Ethnically diverse mix of young singles and couples, recently divorced and single parents, aging retirees who have lived in the neighborhood for years, immigrants

Why You'll Like It:
Cheaper homes that are likely to increase in value, working-class sensibility, new development

Why You May Not:
Construction noise and eyesores, neighbors who can't renovate their homes

Potrero Hill in San Francisco; East Austin, Texas; Montrose in Houston

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