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Wed Jul 6, 2016
Suretta Williams asked:
He doesn't come by often unexpected, which is fine, as long as there is someone to confine the dogs (which is usually me, but in the case of these inspections, at least one dog owner was…
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Tue Nov 18, 2014
Javier Montiel answered:
Try contacting the local police station....
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Fri Nov 14, 2014
Frances Callahan answered:
If you are asking about 452 Russell Road, it does have central air and there isn't an HOA fee. This home has been completely rebuilt. Please call me at 518,265.9295 if I can be of further assistance. ... more
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Sat Nov 8, 2014
Kim Willsey answered:
There is a great place called Restore at 70 Fuller Rd in Albany. They have gently used items at some great bargain prices! I have not been there personally but I have heard lots of good things about them. Their phone number is 275-6638. Happy hunting! ... more
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Wed Mar 26, 2014
espinozaraul45 asked:
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Sun Nov 4, 2012
Ian Smith answered:
Are you sure you want a townhouse? Parking is a major problem with these types of structures....

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..
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Thu Sep 13, 2012
ekuck67 answered:
Not sure where Ed is talking about - possibly another city. However, this address is located in the Park South neighborhood of downtown Albany. It was somewhat revitalized a few years back, but the crime and violence is still present. If you have a family I would definitely take a pass on this property in lieu of another in a safer neighborhood. ... more
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Thu Aug 9, 2012
Alexander Monticello, Esq. answered:
The HOA fees vary by condo and are typically calculated by area (square foot). Follow the link for a complete chart.

Here are the HOA fees per square foot for each Albany condo in Center Square. These are actual numbers that I pulled from the MLS. The price per square foot in each building should not vary from unit to unit within the same building. In other words, regardless of the size of the unit (let's say in 270 Hudson), the owner will pay the same HOA fee per square foot.

You can see that the HOA per square foot varies from building to building, but so does the included utilities. You should also consider parking and central air -- two amenities not included below. The most comparable building to 270 Hudson is 409 Madison (based on parking, central air, age of the units) and the HOA fees are similar.
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Mon Aug 6, 2012
Alexander Monticello, Esq. answered:
Many clients have asked about the downtown Albany neighborhoods. Whether it’s Center Square, Mansion Hill, or Ten Broeck Triangle, questions arise as to location, boundaries, and character. The downtown Business Improvement District has a nice summary of the downtown Albany neighborhoods. Below is a list of downtown and central neighborhood associations, with links to the active association websites. This information comes directly from the City of Albany, Neighborhoods page.

Council of Albany Neighborhood Associations:

The Council of Albany Neighborhood Associations, commonly known as the “CANA,” is a nonpartisan federation of neighborhoods associations and related organizations that was founded in 1976. CANA was established to coordinate the activities among the different neighborhood associations, and tackle the macro issues affecting the quality of life in Albany. Within the CANA are the following central and downtown Albany neighborhoods.

Center Square

Located in the heart of Albany directly adjacent to downtown, the Center Square neighborhood features a diverse mix of residents, Lark Street unique shops and galleries, and restored historic homes. Center Square Neighborhood Association website.


The Albany’s Hudson-Park is known for its convenience, cultural diversity and neighborly interaction. These characteristics stand out in the Hudson-Park area and are the main reason why residents are attracted to this neighborhood. It is located between Washington Park , Lincoln Park and the Empire State Plaza. Hudson-Park Neighborhood Association website.

Washington Square

Washington Square Neighborhood Association (WSNA) is located in Mid-Town Albany and covers the area west of Henry Johnson Blvd to Quail Street and north of Washington Park to Bradford Street. Located within the Washington Square Neighborhood Association are the old SUNY Albany campus, numerous houses of worship and Albany Fire Department Engine 1. Washington Square Neighborhood Association is a diverse community that mirrors the City of Albany population and we work on cleanliness, safety and other quality of life issues for our residents, visitors and those who work here. Meetings are generally held on the second Tuesday of the month at 7:00 pm at the First Unitarian Universalist Society of Albany at 405 Washington Avenue. Washington Square Neighborhood Association website.

Park South

Tucked between the growing University Heights and Washington Park, Park South features a mix of housing styles. Located close to services on New Scotland Avenue and downtown, getting anywhere quickly is easy in Park South.

Mansion Neighborhood

With the Empire State Plaza as a backdrop, the Mansion neighborhood features historic Victorian row houses, the New York State Governor’s Mansion, which is currently the Governor’s active residence, some of the City’s most popular, distinctive restaurants, a diverse artistic community, the historic Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception of the Albany Catholic Diocese. and a quick walk to all that downtown offers. Mansion Neighborhood Association website.

Ten Broeck Triangle – Arbor Hill

One of the first neighborhoods in Albany, the neighborhood’s rich past is illustrated in the spires of Saint Joseph’s Church, historic structures, and Ten Broeck Mansion. A diverse neighborhood enjoys parks, and a location adjacent to downtown and commercial offerings of Henry Johnson Boulevard.


A distinct neighborhood features mixed-use living where tennis courts, shops and courtyards are interspersed among historic owner and tenant occupied historic homes. The neighborhood is adjacent to downtown Albany and the waterfront.

South End

The South End is present in historic preserved brick row houses and Schuyler and Cherry Mansion, as well as newly reconstructed South Pearl Street and other new construction. Lincoln Park features the large scale Lincoln Pool, tennis courts and recreational space. South End Neighborhood Association website.
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Sat Jun 30, 2012
Leasehostage answered:
Don't listen to realtors and brokers... Look at the crime stats below; they tell the real story. As a resident of Center Square anxiously waiting for my lease to expire, I know....
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Wed Jun 6, 2012
Betsy Campisi answered:
I live in the Ten Broeck Triangle. I have lived almost everywhere in Albany except for the South End and this neighborhood is by far the most diverse in every respect. We have everybody mixed together, from heads of State Agencies, to yuppies, to a few down and out people. Lots of homeowners and a few who have lived here 40 or 60 years! People really care about the neighborhood and watch out for each other.

I have 2 dogs and walk them at all hours and always feel safe. Before this I lived in S. Lake Ave by Albany Med and my car was seriously vandalized three times by college kids coming home drunk from the bars. If I came home late and had to park around the corner (parking is only bad two nights around here, not every night like down by Albany Med) I would feel unsafe.

By contrast, this neighborhood is both quiet and safe. It's at the bottom of Arbor Hill, not directly in West Hill.. Please don't be swayed by uninformed and bigoted people out there. This is a great neighborhood. As long as I live in Albany, I wouldn't live anywhere else. It's interesting and nice here.
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Thu Apr 5, 2012
Donald Graves answered:
I am not familiar with that area, but you can find all kinds of useful information on this site. Good Luck!
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Sun Jun 28, 2009
Anna M Brocco answered:
Why not contact any local Realtor, I'm sure they will gladly help you with that information.

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Tue Mar 10, 2009
Carmen Di Biase answered:

I am assuming you mean "small cape" house. A ranch has all of the rooms on one floor. A cape usually has the living room, kitchen, dining room, bathroom and one or 2 bedrooms on the first floor with additional bedrooms and possibly a bathroom on the second floor. The rooms on the second floor are affected by the slope of the roof. ... more
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Sun Feb 15, 2009
Kevin Clancy answered:
I just took a look through our local Multiple Listing Service. There are 261 single family homes for sale in the city of Albany and 1,185 single family homes for sale in Albany County. Based on MLS data only 5 single family foreclosures are listed for sale in Albany and 19 in Albany County. I think the number of foreclosures is under reported. Remember this is just MLS data. Home may not be coded correctly or many foreclosures may be purchased at the court house and never make it to be listed with a realtor. This data provides some guidance to the number of homes for sale though. Taxes in the city of of Albany can be found by calling the city and school districts direct to get actual numbers. In general, your tax rate for Albany will be roughly 28/$1000 of assessed value for a single family homestead home. However, the actual numbers should be verified with a phone call. Hope this helps. ... more
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Fri Oct 31, 2008
Shelley Englert answered:
Hello Jon,

Favorite areas in Albany are; The Egg, The Palace and the great Restaurants which includes Jacks Oyster House and Bob and Ron's Fish Fry and Two Cousins Fish Market.
Albany is also filled with plenty of history which is great for tourist including the New York State Museum.

Shelley Englert
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Sat Jul 12, 2008
Thomas McGiveron answered:
1-800-541-RELO (7356) , EXT. 51

Relocating is tough - from personal experience though - it can be a lot of fun! When I relocated to North Carolina - I had a few friends down there so that made it a little easier. I rented for 12 months (6 months would be fine) - this gave me some time to really soak it all in.

With a Realtor in the backyard in those areas - you might benefit from them as a resource. A little "self-promo" here - but Coldwell Banker National Relocation Services is a wonderful way to hook up with a few Realtors in different areas of the country.

Good luck!
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Wed Jun 18, 2008
Phyllis Lerner answered:
Either one will add value... just choose the option that you like the best and get the most use out of... or even better maybe you can somehow mesh both options?... consult a landscape professional... you'll be astounded what they can do with a small backyard... ... more
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Wed Dec 12, 2007
Mlinda answered:
hey check craigslist ..however when renting from private landlords beaware of slumlords alot of that going on....
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