Best Places to Buy an Old House 2009: Urban Suburbanites

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 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.

This year, among the winners, we discovered eight great spots like Richmond Hill, Queens, that are close to big cities, but offer larger houses and yards, and a more tranquil lifestyle, with all the amenities of the big city just minutes away.
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