Steve Harper

So many cool places to live… and so little time!


Moving to a new city is intrinsically a big step, and typically an exciting one. Sometimes it’s hard to figure out where the most livable neighborhoods are located, however, and in which one you’ll feel most at home.

Fortunately, CNNMoney offers a helpful guide to point you in the direction of the most popular neighborhoods in some of the biggest cities of the United States. Take your pick!

Park Slope, New York
NYC residents are huge fans of Park Slope. One of the main reasons is its location close to 585-acre Prospect Park. Crime rates are also relatively low here, and the commute from Brooklyn downtown is a mere 40 minutes – well, depending on traffic. This is worth it for the tree-lined streets and local artisan shops of historic Park Slope.

Silver Lake, Los Angeles
Hey, hipsters! If you love LA, then Silver Lake is your hotspot. This is a favorite neighborhood for creative types, and one of the most walkable neighborhoods in this big, big city. After filling up on food trucks, you can burn off some calories with a run around the 2-mile Silver Lake Reservoir Trail.

Lakeview, Chicago
Culture and entertainment are some of the key ingredients that make a neighborhood a hit, and Lakeview has it in spades. This cool Chicago neighborhood sports great appeal. It’s close to Lake Michigan, a quick train ride to the theater district in the downtown Loop, and right around the corner from Wrigley Field. From baseball to Broadway, you’ll find it in Lakeview!

Houston Heights, Houston
Like everything in the great state of Texas, Houston is huge. You can narrow the field, however, by searching for an apartment in Houston Heights. According to CNNMoney, this hip ‘hood is one of the most livable in the city. Stroll 19th Street for vintage shopping and locally-roasted coffee. You’ll also stumble across the pocket parks that make Houston Heights so charming.

Mount Airy, Philadelphia
Just the name Mount Airy sounds quaint, which is exactly the way to describe the leafy lanes and historic homes of this popular Philadelphia neighborhood. Mount Airy is a racially and religiously diverse community where families can enjoy hikes, biking and picnics at nearby Wissahickon Valley Park.

Windsor Square, Phoenix
Where in the world is Windsor Square? Right on the outskirts of Phoenix, Arizona, and just a short light-rail trip into town — not that you really need to leave this historic hamlet for the larger town! Windsor Square offers everything you need, including a hip and happening square whose soirees date back to 1929. Check out the annual home tour for an inside look at this very livable neighborhood.

Alamo Heights, San Antonio
Remember the Alamo! Or rather, Alamo Heights. This unforgettable neighborhood in San Antonio is actually an incorporated city. It’s just 5 minutes north of San Antonio and a stone’s throw from great outdoor amenities like the San Antonio Botanical Garden, Olmos Basin Park and one of the most popular public golf courses in town.

Pacific Beach, San Diego
When it comes to fave neighborhoods in big cities, Pacific Beach has always been high on the list. The former post-college party spot is growing up, and new young professionals are moving into this coastal paradise that boasts both great schools and a laid-back lifestyle.

Lakewood, Dallas
Texas towns take the cake when it comes to having the sweetest neighborhoods in the U.S. Lakewood is one of the older neighborhoods in Dallas, with charming historic features like the art deco Lakewood Theater, built in 1938. White Rock Lake is the center of the action in Lakewood, offering unique attractions like White Rock Lake Museum and the first off-leash dog park in Dallas.

Willow Glen, San Jose
We wind down the list with wonderful Willow Glen. Known fondly as San Jose’s local treasure, this favorite neighborhood is home to fun festivals and events like the Saturday farmer’s market, an annual Founder’s Day parade and Dancin’ on the Avenue. After all that excitement, top off your weekend with a relaxing Sunday brunch at Bill’s Café, a breakfast tradition since 1977.

Why not find your perfect apartment in one of these big-city neighborhoods that will make you feel at home in an instant!

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Steve Harper enjoys seeking out and writing about topics that matter to renters for the Apartment Guide Blog. He hails from Atlanta, Georgia. Find Steve on Google.