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.
For small business owners, we looked for tax incentives, available retail space, financial incentives for restoring old buildings into income-producing properties, or tourism economies. These are the eight places that offered the most of what individual business owners need.