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Benefits of Living in a Gay Neighborhood

Posted on August 25, 2015 in Buying a Home

If you’re thinking about moving, your gay or lesbian realtor may have suggested you look for a gay neighborhood.  These gayborhoods, as they’re sometimes called, do have a number of benefits for LGBT singles and families.  Of course, they may not be for everyone, and there may be reasons such as location that make you immediately dismiss the gay neighborhoods of your chosen new home.  However, there are reasons why you may want to consider moving to the gayborhood.

Higher Property Values

There Are Some Definite Perks of Living In a Gayborhood, If You Know Where to LookYou may pay more to move to a gay area, but your property is likely to increase in value.  A study done on gay neighborhoods concluded that they typically have higher property values on average than comparable communities that are predominately composed of opposite-sex couples. Neighborhoods with a high number of same-sex couples also often have above-average property values when compared to the rest of the city.

A Sense of Security

A number of LGBT people feel more secure living in an area that they know is home to a good number of other LGBT families.  This is especially true for people who have been bullied or attacked because of their sexuality.  Knowing that you can walk down the streets around your home and not fear being attacked is very reassuring.  Of course, even gayborhoods do have crime, but overall, LGBT people may feel more secure here.

The Unique Culture

These neighborhoods also tend to have their own unique cultures and atmospheres.  Many have rainbow flags visibly flying.  Pride parades and other events may be held annually, and there are often small bars, coffee shops, bookstores, and more located nearby and are run by LGBT people.  The overall tone of the neighborhood just feels different thanks to the LGBT community.  It usually tends to be more open and inviting, and in addition to gay and lesbian couples and families, you’re likely to see multicultural families in the area, too.

Are They Better?

This is a hotly debated topic.  Some people might say gay neighborhoods are all benefit with no detriments, while others would say that each neighborhood has its own pros and cons just like anywhere else.  Overall, it’s hard to say if living in a gayborhood is better or worse.  It really comes down to what you’re looking for.  If you want to be geographically close to a certain area or in a specific school zone, the gay neighborhood of the city may not work.  But if you don’t care about such things and don’t have to worry as much about housing costs, you may want to live in one of these areas.

Neighborhoods with the Highest LGBT Population Density

Posted on August 21, 2015 in Buying a Home

When someone says “gayborhood,” many people think of the Castro, West Hollywood, or parts of New York City.  While those areas do definitely have a large number of gays and lesbians living in them, did you know that there are other neighborhoods in some unsuspecting cities that actually have higher LGBT population densities?  Here are some of the neighborhoods currently at the top of the list.

There Are Many Densly Populated Gayborhoods If You Are Looking to Buy a Home In a LGBT CommunityGay and lesbian realtors are going to be very busy in Corona Heights.  That’s because an estimated 44.5 percent of all residents there identify as LGBT.  That’s fairly high even for San Francisco.  Home values here average out to be about $1.4 million, which is actually almost double what homes in the SF metro sell for.  Corona Heights is a part of the Upper Market area, but it’s considered a separate neighborhood from the Castro.  In fact, the Eureka Valley-Dolores Heights-Castro neighborhood is listed separately on the list.  It comes in at number four.  Only about 28 percent of its residents identify as LGBT, a number that many may find much lower than expected.

So what neighborhoods rank as number 2 and 3 on the list?  You may be surprised to find that they’re both in Ohio!  With 43 percent of its residents identifying as part of the LGBT community, the Necko neighborhood of Columbus comes in at number two.  It’s a part of the University District and is located near The Circles and Dennison Place.  A number of students live here, which has helped to bring in diversity.

Necko is followed by McPherson, a part of Dayton, Ohio.  It has a LGBT population density of 30.6 percent.  It’s classified as a Town Historic District and contains a little under 100 homes.  If the population density is applied directly to the number of homes, that means about one third of every house in the area is owned by an LGBT person or couple.  Many of these homes were built before 1900 and are gorgeous older houses that have been kept up very well.

Finally, rounding out the top five and coming in behind the Casto area is Poinsettia Heights.  It’s a neighborhood in Fort Lauderdale, and about 28 percent of all residents are LGBT.  It’s set in the northeastern part of the city.  These homes were built during the 40s and 50s.

Thinking about moving to one of these neighborhoods?  Be ready to pay.  Many of them have higher than average property values.

Being Gay in Napa Valley

Posted on August 8, 2015 in Buying a Home

Residents of California will tell you that Napa Valley, often simply called Napa, is one of the most popular tourist destinations for wine lovers in the state.  The Napa area is technically a part of the San Jose-San Francisco-Oakland combined area, but it’s usually thought of as separate from those three large cities because it’s so different.  There are many different wineries, bed and breakfasts, restaurants, and more in Napa, but many people only think of this when they think of the area.  Napa encompasses so much more, including a railroad, two small airports, two colleges, and more.  That’s why many LGBT people don’t just visit Napa, they live there.

Being Gay in Napa Valley Can Provide a Lot Fun and Opportunity for Those in the LGBT CommunityThe city of Napa itself is fairly gay friendly, although some people have rated it not as accepting and open as San Francisco or Sonoma County.  However, it’s definitely a very tolerant area, and if you’re in a touristy part of town, you’ll see many other LGBT couples there exploring the valley and everything it has to offer.

Napa does have an active LGBT community.  The Napa LGBTQ Connection, for example, is a very active organization that promotes gay and lesbian acceptance and visibility.  They are also a multicultural organization, offering many of their programs and resources in both English and Spanish.  If you’re thinking about moving to Napa and have any questions, you may want to contact someone from this group.

The Napa Valley LGBTQ Pride event is held every year in June.  It stretches over eight days and features 13 different events celebrating the Napa LGBT community.  With activities for children and families, food, live entertainment, a bonfire, a parade, and much more, this is a pride event you won’t want to miss if you’re in the area.

Of course, if you’re going to move to Napa, you’re going to want to work with a gay or lesbian realtor.  The properties in this area tend to go quickly and for a good amount of money because the area is very beautiful.  Some houses can be found for around $250,000, but these cheaper homes are also fairly small and are usually located in less than desirable parts of town.  Some of the larger homes in Napa, especially the really fancy ones, are $10 million dollars or more.  Of course, these homes are thousands of square feet and have plenty of extras, so they’re worth every penny.  If you want a nice place to relax and retire to, an estate in Napa that sits on a dozen or so acres is certainly a great option if price isn’t a consideration at all.

Best LGBT Cities in New England

Posted on August 1, 2015 in Buying a Home

Thinking of moving to the New England area?  If you are, there are a number of nice LGBT-friendly cities to look for. A great gay or lesbian realtor will be able to help you find the perfect home if you have an idea of where to start.  Here are just a few of the great New England cities you may want to consider for your new home.

Provincetown, MA

There Are Numerous LGBT Cities That Are Welcoming to Those Living in The New England AreaIn 2010, a survey showed that the Castro district of San Francisco was home to the largest concentration of gay male couples, but Provincetown, Massachusetts had the highest concentration of lesbian couples in the country.  It also had the third-highest concentration of gay male couples, making Provincetown a very LGBT-friendly city all the way around.

Northampton, MA

Northampton is also a popular home for lesbian couples.  In fact, it’s often called Lesbianville, USA.  Northampton is known for being one of the first cities in the U.S. to have a gay pride event.  In addition to being very LGBT-friendly, Northampton also has a fun, artistic community that attracts people from around the country.

Providence, RI

Moving to the east, Providence, Rhode Island is another LGBT-friendly city thanks in part to the three major universities located there.  Many of the students at these schools are members of the LGBT community, as is David Cicilline, an out man who has served as mayor of Providence (the first openly gay person to be mayor of a state capital city) and as one of the Representatives from the state.

Ogunquit, ME

This hard to pronounce small city in Maine is home to a number of different gay and lesbian bars and clubs.  In fact, the nightlife here is definitely a major draw.  Many gays and lesbians visit Ogunquit for vacations, but there’s no reason why it shouldn’t be considered as your next home.  It’s definitely a beautiful place, especially the nearby beach.

Montpelier, VT

Vermont was one of the first states to recognize gay marriage, so it should be pretty obvious that Montpelier, the capital of the state, would be a very LGBT-friendly city. Even though it’s the smallest state capital, it has a lot to offer anyone who wants to make the move to the New England area.

Of course, there are many other cities in the Northwestern part of the U.S. that would make a great place for LGBT people to move to.  Most of these cities are very gay-friendly.