I live in Center Square, and have for the last 7 years. There is no other area rich in historic homes that is safer. But there are a few other nice historic neighborhoods, that you should consider. Ten Broeck Triangle, is an up and coming neighborhood with great homes and many young, committed home owners. I summarized the various downtown neighborhoods here in a recent blog post. http://www.monticellonys.com/2012/general/center-square-albany-neighborhoods
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/maps.aspx
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?savedName=Center_Square_SF&per=10&start=11
If you have any further questions or would like to setup a showing, just call or email.
Alexander H. Monticello, Esq.
Principal Broker &