I've been casually house hunting for a while, and I'm particularly picky single dude. I find a beautiful 4-bedroom house built in the 1930's... it's got all the architectual details I hope for... nice hardwood flooring throughout, spacious rooms, high ceilings, crown moulding... basically, space and character. It's also just been renovated throughout and is priced rock bottom as part of a state-funded program trying to revitalize home ownership in certain Syracuse city neighborhoods. The downside is that it's in a very questionable neighborhood. Nobody's house on the street is boarded up or has trash on the front lawn (though a block in either direction there are) but there are plenty of shootings and the occasional murder, drive by, home invasion or armed store robbery in that general area of the city. Granted, I'm guessing a lot of this has to do with drugs, gangs or both - but nonetheless it's unsettling. How many of you would opt for paying more for a crappier, smaller house or even settle for an apartment in a better neighborhood over a beautiful and affordable house in a shady neighborhood?