Background:

“This Old House” reveals its “Best Old House Neighborhoods” of 2011

thisoldhouse2011_mast“This Old House” magazine has declared its best historic house neighborhoods for 2011, releasing an extensive report featuring 64 neighborhoods from all over North America.  So as to not leave out anyone, 1 neighborhood was chosen for each U.S. state and 1 for each Canadian province.

The magazine editors say that  these “best” historic neighborhoods are often found in “long- or formally forgotten cities, towns, and ‘burbs that are worth a fresh look.”   It also promises that these neighborhoods feature some of the “most architecturally eye-popping older houses on the continent.”  Of course, as fun as these lists are, they must be taken with a grain of salt.  After all, a new one comes out every year — featuring NEW “best” towns & neighborhoods.  But lists like these serve a very important purpose, raising awareness about historic preservation & promoting the desirability (and thus the values) of properties located in these wonderful districts.

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thisoldhouse2011The magazine’s online article offers a dizzying array of  options for browsing the selected neighborhoods (see pic at right).  The primary organization is by region. But the editors also hand-pick some of the neighborhoods as offering “bargains,”  or being in “college towns,” or offering “walkability,”  or being “family friendly,” featuring “fixer-uppers,” and so on.

One unfortunate thing about the article is that the neighborhoods are presented in one of those annoying “slideshow” formats —  where you must click a little arrow to refresh the page to see each new neighborhood (worse yet, you must click through the occasional advertisement sprinkled in, as well).  But still, it is a fun (and informative) read.

If the suspense is killing you and you want to see if your town was selected, you can quickly check the names of the neighborhoods below, where I have painstakingly listed each neighborhood/town by its corresponding state/province.

For the list, click here.  For the full “This Old House” article, click here.

United States

Alabama – Montgomery’s “Historic Garden District”

Alaska – Sitka

Arizona – Mesa’s “Downtown”

Arkansas – North Little Rock’s “Park Hill”

California – Alameda’s “The West End”

Colorado – Denver’s “Ghost Historic District”

Connecticut – Simsbury’s “Tariffville Village”

Delaware – Milton

District of Columbia – Eckington

Florida – Palatka’s “South Historic District”

Georgia – Atlanta’s “Whittier Mill Village”

Hawaii – Honolulu’s “Lower Nu’uanu”

Idaho – Lewiston’s “Normal Hill”

Illinois – Berwyn

Indiana – Greencastle

Iowa – Elkader

Kansas – Atchison

Kentucky – Augusta (Riverside Dr., Second St., Fourth St., etc)

Louisiana – New Orleans’ “Holy Cross”

Maine – Portland’s “Deering Center”

Maryland – Easton

Massachusetts – Ipswich

Michigan – Grand Rapids’ “Heritage Hill”

Minnesota – Minneapolis’ “Prospect Park”

Mississippi – Vicksburg

Missouri – St. Louis’ “Compton Heights”

Montana – Bozeman

Nebraska – Omaha’s “Field Club Historic District”

Nevada – Reno’s “Powning’s Addition”

New Hampshire – Francestown

New Jersey – Lambertville

New Mexico – Silver City

New York – Brooklyn’s “Bay Ridge”

North Carolina – Asheville’s “Montford Historic District”

North Dakota – Minot’s “Eastwood Park”

Ohio – Springfield’s “South Fountain Historic District”

Oklahoma – Bartlesville

Oregon – Astoria

Pennsylvania – Bethlehem’s “Historic Bethlehem”

Puerto Rico – Old San Juan

Rhode Island – South Kingstown

South Carolina – Columbia’s “Melrose Heights Historic District”

South Dakota – Yankton

Tennessee – Nashville’s “East Nashville ”

Texas – Dallas’ “North Oak Cliff”

Utah – Salt Lake City’s “University District”

Vermont – Hardwick

Virginia – Roanoke’s “Mountain View”

Washington – Seattle’s “Wallingford”

West Virginia – Martinsburg

Wisconsin – Sturgeon Bay’s “The Washburn-Lawrence Neighborhood”

Wyoming – Sheridan

Canada

Alberta -Lethbridge’s “The London Road Neighborhood”

British Columbia – Cranbrook

Manitoba – Winnepeg’s “The West Broadway Neighborhood”

New Brunswick – Saint Andrews

Newfoundland & Labrador – St. John’s

Northwest Territories – Yellowknife’s “Old Town”

Nova Scotia – Halifax’s “Central Halifax”

Ontario – Toronto’s “Leslieville”

Prince Edward Island – Charlottetown

Quebec – Montreal’s “Le Plateau Mont-Royal”

Saskatchewan – Regina’s “The Crescents”

Yukon Territory – Dawson City

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10 Comments

  1. by CaddCreations, on 03.09.11 @ 9:50 PM

     

    Some of the most extraordinary homes can be found in the most ordinary places!

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    ed@caddcreations.net

  2. by Margaret Thomas, on 04.15.11 @ 11:18 AM

     

    So happy to read about this, as I have been charged with selling the family home in Lewiston, Idaho and it is in the neighborhood referenced in this list. How would I get a copy of the Idaho entry? Or the whole publication? Thanks very much – Margaret

  3. by Michael, on 04.18.11 @ 11:09 PM

     

    Hi Margaret…..Well this recognition should help! You can follow the link in this blog post, and it has a page for each state. You could probably print out the Idaho page.

  4. by Roadtrip: Lewiston, Idaho- Brothels and Ghosts « Inspirations and Explorations, on 05.02.11 @ 10:51 PM

     

    […] is known for its historic houses. Normal Hill(named after the former teaching school) was named a best historic house neighborhood by this Old House Magazine shortly before we arrived.  I found the variety of these cottage-like homes to be intriguing and […]

  5. by Terry, on 10.21.11 @ 8:51 PM

     

    It seems odd that Marshall, Michigan doesn’t appear on this list. The beauty of the historic houses here is astonishing, as is the variety. If you’re an old house afficianado, you’d be hard pressed to find a town that beats Marshall. We’ve lived here for 5 years, and it’s still a treat to just stroll around the neighborhood.

  6. by Michael, on 10.22.11 @ 6:49 AM

  7. by green building design, on 02.17.12 @ 3:18 AM

     

    Never use sealers. Sealers trap moisture, compounding problems during freeze/thaw cycles.

  8. by Roberta Correa, on 09.27.12 @ 5:46 PM

     

    Thanks for featuring this article in your blog. Originally I am from Providence, RI but lived in Putnam,Pomfret, and Thompson, CT for many years restoring several historic homes along the way. One of my sons is even a UCONN grad! In 2005 I purchase a home in historic Palatka, FL and love it here. That is way I submitted Palatka’s South Historic Districtfor inclusion in the Best Old House neighborhoods article 2011. When most people think FL they think South FL or Orlando/Disney and Palatka is totally different. Great history and great historic architecture with real estate at a reasonable price! Palatka also offers a slight seasonal change in weather.

  9. by Roberta Correa, on 09.27.12 @ 5:48 PM

     

    Thanks for featuring this article in your blog. Originally I am from Providence, RI but lived in Putnam,Pomfret, and Thompson, CT for many years restoring several historic homes along the way. One of my sons is even a UCONN grad! In 2005, I purchase a home in historic Palatka, FL and love it here. That is why I submitted Palatka’s South Historic District for inclusion in the Best Old House neighborhoods article 2011. Great history and great historic architecture with real estate at a reasonable price! Palatka also offers a slight seasonal change in weather.

  10. by Michael, on 10.01.12 @ 5:57 PM

     

    Roberta….I love the Quiet Corner of Connecticut and miss it a lot! My wife and I lived in Ashford and Willington for about 5 years, but moved out of state when our son was born. But Putnam, Pomfret, and Thompson are great places to find cool old houses. And I’m glad to read about your efforts to promote Palatka’s historic character! Thanks for reading! — Michael

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