Best Old House Neighborhoods 2010: First-Time Buyers

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 those just starting out, here are 15 places you can get a house so well built, you might just end up hanging on to it for life.
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