Best Old House Neighborhoods 2010: City Living

For our third annual Best Places to Buy an Old House contest, what we looked for was simple: oft-overlooked neighborhoods populated by people who share an appreciation of finely crafted homes that have plenty of past and lots of future. And what we found—with the aid of our friends at, who helped us contact thousands of neighborhood groups, real estate agents, residents, and preservationists for nominations—was mighty impressive.

For the homeowner who likes the hustle and bustle of an urban environment, here are 22 places where nightlife, great restaurants, and a diverse community are footsteps away.
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