10 best neighborhoods in America

The American Planning Association has honored 10 diverse communities for their sense of place. Do you live in a great neighborhood?

By Teresa at MSN Real Estate Oct 7, 2011 3:18PM

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I once lived in a neighborhood that was considered a fabulous location. It was close to downtown — but not too close — full of cute 1930s houses, convenient to activities I enjoyed and near friends.

And I hated it, because it just wasn't neighborly. I persuaded my partner to move back to our old, less convenient but much more neighborly neighborhood. Location matters, but neighborhood sometimes matters even more.

The American Planning Association has just come out with its list of the 10 best neighborhoods in America. The criteria include architecture that's visually interesting, a design that encourages social contact and a memorable character.


"You don't feel like you're in Everywhere, USA," said Denny Johnson, APA public-affairs coordinator, in USA Today.

If you think you'd like to live in one of these neighborhoods, Curbed put together a collection of homes for sale in some of them.

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Here are America's 10 best neighborhoods for 2011:

Do you live in a great neighborhood? What draws you to a neighborhood?

Jul 25, 2012 2:33AM

The best place to live is Cary , Nc. I do not have to say anything else!. I just love it!.


Mar 8, 2012 5:25PM
Highland Park near Birmingham is a war zone. i lived there once and was lucky enough to sell my house and get out of that mess. whoever compiled this list has never been there. what a joke.
Feb 17, 2012 6:42AM

This is not a report, this is a sales pitch. You have to at least see the neighborhoods you describe to understand how badly they are. Not as bad as some others, but definitely not the best places to live.

Jan 5, 2012 7:21AM
This article is nothing more than a Real Estate marketing strategy to pass off bad neighborhoods as the best place to live. Same strategy different year from the desperate real estate market. 

Most of those listed continue to make the FBI's worse crime infested list (i.e.,. Birmingham, Alabama; Atlanta, GA; Chicago...then, you have Providence, R.I. where the State is practically dead & bankrupt with a report that it is #1 in losing it residents as a large number of them are packing up and getting the hell out of that lousy State). 

Jan 5, 2012 7:02AM
This has to be a joke.   Whoever was in charge of this article did zero research.   I would like to drop that person off in the middle of Pullman and see if they make it 1 hour without getting robbed or shot. 
Jan 5, 2012 7:00AM
My little Canyon Road neighborhood near downtown Salt Lake City, Utah is the absolute best.  Five minutes from my front door, I can walk to a vibrant downtown area with a brand spankin' new major shopping center, entertainment, restaurants, movies plus where I work.  Or I can go the other direction through a lovely city maintained park and be completely out of the city in a beautiful canyon where hiking and biking trails are available.  The homes in the neighborhood are some of the first ones built in the Salt Lake valley.  It's difficult to move into this little enclave because homes usually change hands by word of mouth or have been in the family for generations.

You should check out Spring Hill Florida. Near enough to everything you want to see yet far enough away that we don't have the tourist trouble. Also the nature coast has some of the best fishing you'll ever find.


Jan 5, 2012 6:53AM
Meridian-Kessler in Indianapolis, Indiana is beautiful...if you are coming to our city for Super Bowl...it is a must see!!!
Jan 5, 2012 5:53AM
Pullman in Chicago is on the far south side, in one of the most dangerous areas of the city. Check the crime stats on the city website. Drive a few blocks west, and every other house is boarded up due to the mortgage bust. Go east and you run into the multi acre city of Chicago auto impound lot. Just take a look on Google Earth, and you will see how blighted the area is.
Jan 5, 2012 5:38AM
Jan 5, 2012 4:10AM
How about Knickerson Gardens in Watts Los Angeles? It's beautiful there. Look it up!
Jan 5, 2012 3:40AM

I have lived all over the world, in Europe, Asia and Africa where parents were posted by US Dept of State.

I am lucky to have lived in beautiful and wonderful places.

Here is my list:


Austin, Texas Travis Heights neighborhood, craftsman homes in one of Austin's oldest subdivisions, 10  minutes from downtown, situated around Stacy Park and convenient to business district, entertainment center of town on 6th Street and medical facilities, good schools, recreation and park space.


Alexandria, Virginia : Old Town. nieghborhood,  Not far from Pentagon City and District of Columbia  by metro just minutes away. Historic tourist area, on Potomac River, great sightseeing on King Street, live music, restaurants, great boutiques for the "gee just like Europe real shops and not a strip mall" feeling., art galleries, civic clubs, you could spend your life in historic Old Town without leaving other than to visit Smithsonian and other stimulating sights in the District of Columbia. Rent on a small one bedroom apt 1,800 per month. Llyes Crouch Elementary School -TC Jester High School and private schools in area.


Coral Gables Fla. Venetian Pool, Miracle Mile Shopping, Tennis Courts, Country Club, unique and interesting homes, nothing better than this - good schools.


Tirennia Italy, near Pisa, has seaside village atmosphere, villas and apartments, good restaurants.



Jan 5, 2012 2:32AM
Great schools, small town atmosphere, readily available medical institutions, commute to work, access to the arts of NY, Boston, Providence. It's all here so don't come. We keep good things a secret. Go to Calif.
Jan 5, 2012 1:19AM
What?  Isn't  "Birmingham, Ala." on the top 10 list of the most dangerous cities in the US?   
Oct 16, 2011 7:03AM
i think & know Kasipell Montana is the best, better laws, people, air to breath that is great, people there are wonderful. love Chuck Baldwin he's the best to learn by.
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