I rented in Center Square for about a year, some years ago, and my car got broken into twice (not a new or expensive car) and my apartment was broken into while I was at work (walked to Empire State Plaza). I never had such problems in Pine Hills.
Center Square LOOKS nice and gentrified but there are a lot of hard core drug addicts around Lark Street and towards Central...
My advise: Stay away... Center Square is over priced, a parking nightmare and not really safe. There is much better value for the money in Pine Hills or further west in the Washinton/Western Corridor and you can still ride a bike or jump on a bus to work..
Some of the drawbacks would be lack of parking, but a new parking permit system is due to be implemented early 2013, should help provide residents priority parking over visitors. There are parking garages and lots close by that can be rented monthly if you live close enough to them.
The one other concern, I would have, would be the amount of traffic, and activity, but I prefer a more Country living area. To someone who likes a living area with a lot to do, great food, Art, businesses, entertainment, and community touch, would be right at home.
Please feel free to contact me directly with any questions, happy moving!
If you want an objective measure of safety, you can look at the City of Albany Police Department Crime mapping data. This information is updated every Wednesday. http://albanyny.gov/Government/Departments/Police/cmapping/m
Finally, you can search for other historic downtown homes on my website. Unfortunately, Trulia doesn't always have the most recent listings, some have sold or expired. My website pulls listings directly from the Capital Region Multiple Listing Service (MLS). So the townhouse listings on my website will be as current and accurate as the Capital Region MLS. http://search.monticellonys.com/i/12856/results.php?savedNam
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