Monthly Archives: August 2019

Reasons to Look for an LGBTQ Community Center When Moving

Posted on August 23, 2019 in Buying a Home

If you’re moving from a conservative area or from a fairly small town or city, you may have never lived in an area that had an LGBTQ community center before. While these centers are becoming more and more prevalent, there are still many places where people do not have access to the services they provide. If you’re preparing to move, one thing you may want to consider is if the city you’re relocating to has an LGBTQ community center or not. This isn’t likely going to be the determining factor regarding your move, but it can be something to consider. Even if it doesn’t affect what neighborhood you’re settling into, it is useful to know where your local LGBTQ community center is. The resources they provide can be quite extensive, plus it can also be a source of new friends when moving to a new place.

Why Visit an LGBTQ Community Center?

Why should you want to live near one of these centers or look for one in the city you’re moving to? There are a number of different resources a LGBTQ community center can offer you regardless of your age, gender identity, income status, or anything else. They are non-profit centers that serve as places of information and safety. Some even provide housing information and other assistance to young people who have nowhere else to go.

As a homeowner, you may not need a place to stay or even to visit to escape from a stressful home life, but you may be interested in the community events held at the center. These events often focus on how you can help raise awareness for your local LGBTQ community and LGBTQ rights as a whole. Some centers bring in local politicians and city leaders to discuss what they can do for the LGBTQ community and how you can get more involved.

Many community centers also take an active role in organizing or sponsoring local pride festivals, cultural events, and other activities. Often, these events are spearheaded by community volunteers. Volunteering gives you a way of meeting new people and becoming a part of the community, something that can be difficult to do when moving somewhere new.

It’s never a bad idea to ask your gay or lesbian real estate agent where the local LGBTQ community center is located. It could be a great asset to have when you move!

Northside, Cincinnati – Ohio’s Progressive Gay Village

Posted on August 9, 2019 in Buying a Home

Are you looking for a progressive LGBTQ community in Ohio? If so, you may want to look at Cincinnati, specifically the Northside neighborhood. This district is set in the northwest part of the city and was originally called Cumminsville until I-74 was constructed and divided it into two different parts. Today, Northside is known as a progressive, hip neighborhood that’s home to many LGBTQ individuals and families.

The History of Northside

Northside was originally a small, independent settlement, but when the Miami and Erie Canal was built in the 1820s, the population of the area began to rapidly grow. Soon, it was renamed Cumminsville after one of the original settlers, David Cummins. When the town merged into Cincinnati in 1873, it kept the name, but became a neighborhood rather than its own town.

Cumminsville expanded over the next 40 years, bringing in more and more people. However, in the 1920s, a new highway route was built, and people began moving outward to the rural areas and suburbs instead of living in the more populated areas near businesses. This, in turn, meant that most of the businesses moved out of Cumminsville because fewer people were shopping there.

Revival in the 80s and Transformation into a Gayborhood

In the 1980s, housing prices had dropped to much lower than the city average, so people began purchasing these old homes and renovating them. Now known as Northside, the area transformed from an eyesore into a revitalized district. The founding of the Gay & Lesbian Community Center of Greater Cincinnati in 1999 cemented the neighborhood as a gathering place for the city’s LGBTQ community. The Cincinnati Pride Parade and Festival was held here for nine years before it was moved downtown. That same year, it was replaced by the Northside Pride event.

In addition to holding its own pride festival for years, Northside is well-known for its Fourth of July parade. In recent years, the Northside Pride has been folded into the Fourth of July celebration, giving the parade a strong LGBTQ feel to it. The many different restaurants and boutique shops that cover Northside are mostly independent, and many cater to the LGBTQ community. A popular farmer’s market is also held in the area during the warmer months.

If you’re thinking about moving to Northside, you’ll find that housing prices have risen. The average sale price is now around $185,000.  That’s a bit higher than the $148,000 average in Cincinnati. However, many of these homes have been restored and look amazing. A gay or lesbian real estate agent can help you navigate the Cincinnati real estate market and find the right home for you.

The Tower District – Fresno’s LGBTQ Hub

Posted on August 1, 2019 in Buying a Home

Fresno, California, is located near the middle of the state. It’s a part of the San Joaquin Valley in what’s known as the Central Valley. Originally a railway station, today Fresno has grown into an economic hub with more than 500,000 residents. In fact, it’s the most populous city located inland in the state and has the fifth-largest population overall. It also has a strong LGBTQ population and its own gay neighborhood – the Tower District, which is located north of the city’s downtown area.

History of the Tower District

The Tower District gets its name from the Tower Theatre, an historic site that was built in 1939. It’s on the corner of Wishon Avenue and Olive Avenue, and is about dead center in the middle of the Tower District. The area was originally laid out as a residential area, but the theatre and other businesses transformed it into a booming mixed residential and commercial area following World War II.

Today, a number of small businesses and cafes dot the area. Many thrive due to the neighborhood’s proximity to the campus of the California State University at Fresno, which is located about a half-mile north of the area. Even so, the area did go through a decline in the 1970s before experiencing a renewal in the 80s. The Tower Theatre, which had been closed for some time, reopened and began drawing in many visitors to the area. As a community hub, the theatre continues to serve as the center of the neighborhood and hosts many of its activities.

The Tower District Today

Today, the Tower District is known as a diverse neighborhood full of amazing small businesses and residential homes and apartments. The neighborhood is also home to a thriving LGBTQ population as well as an artistic community and, perhaps surprisingly, Fresno’s heavy metal community.

The homes in the area have a unique and varied style. You’ll find California Bungalows situated next to Mediterranean Revival Style homes, while across the street you might see homes done in the Spanish Colonial Revival Style and in the American Craftsman style. There’s something for everyone here, regardless of what type of home you love. These more classic styles certainly contract with the newer houses you’ll find in other parts of Fresno.

If you’re looking for a unique neighborhood that’s also home to a friendly LGBTQ population, the Tower District in Fresno is worth checking into. You’ll find many gay and lesbian real estate agents here to help you find the home of your dreams.