Unique, tight-knit neighborhoods are precisely what we looked for in selecting the winners of our second annual Best Old House Neighborhoods contest—places that might not be on your radar but deserve to be. Like last year, we relied on our good friends at PreservationDirectory.com
to help us contact thousands of neighborhood groups, real estate agents, and preservation societies to get their takes on the best places to track down, fix up, and fall head of heels for older homes.
These 21 spots boast great qualities of life, where retirees can walk to local businesses and restaurants. For those of us in our glory years, these places offer decent weather, outdoor and indoor activities, and a low cost of living.