New condo help, someone please???!!!

New condo help, someone please???!!!

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Safety Concern

Quincy, MA

#1 Jan 8, 2007
My fiance and i just bought a condo that is in pre-construction mode and wont be done till the summer in an old mill in Woonsocket. We always wanted to live in an old mill style loft and the price was decent. It seemed like a good idea at first but I am now becoming more and more concerned about the crime level in Woonsocket and the safety of the area. I e-mailed the Woonsocket police about this on the website and never got a response wich made me a little more weary about the area. I was told the area is being built up but it seems like they already tried and a lot of the new businesses on Main s.t. have already failed, is this a lost cause and to dangerous of an area? Any honest info from anyone who cares at all would be greatly appreciated.
Thanks
Jenckesville Resident

Woonsocket, RI

#2 Mar 25, 2007
I grew up in Philadelphia, PA in the 1980's and early 1990's so I'm pretty tuned into what would consititute a "high" level of crime. In my two years in Woonsocket, I've never had any problems. In fact, I feel considerably less safe in the upper-middle class neighborhood where I grew up in Philly (where my parents still reside) than I do in Woonsocket. Though I have a one car garage, I frequently park my car in the open during the spring, summer and fall with little fear that it will be stolen or vandalized.

March 31st will mark my 2nd anniversary in the River Haven Condo Complex in Jenckesville, Woonsocket on the site of the old Dunn-Worsted Mill. The neighborhood is about a 1/4 mile from the Bellingham and Blackstone line. With the exception of River Haven and some well kept houses right on the border, the neighborhood can be described as working class. There is a public housing project about 3/4 of a mile down the street, but it's pretty quiet.

Of course, Woonsocket isn't Mayberry by a long shot, but for a city which is one of the poorest in the region, it's pretty safe. Go to moving.com 's City Profiles feature or go to Sperling's on the web and compare Woonsocket's crime rate to Pawtucket, Providence, Fall River and New Bedford.

Woonsocket's crime is about two-thirds the national average. In almost all major crime indicies the city is well below the national average. There are over 2 dozen towns and cities in Mass. where the crime is greater than Woonsocket's, many of them considerably wealthier on a per capita income basis than Woonsocket.

The city is well policed; sometimes it can seem like there's a cop car on every corner. In the rare incidents when graffiti goes up, it is almost immediately washed away.

According to moving.com , your town of Readville, MA in Hyde Park, has a crime rate that's three to four times higher than Woonsocket, RI.

Just be streetwise. Lock your car at night. Don't leave any valuables (cell phones, rings, watches, packs and parcels) in open view. Lock your front door (preferably with a dead bolt). Don't make a habit of walking around the neighborhood by yourself late at night. In other words, do what you'd normally do in Readville and you'll be fine.
Would-be condo buyer

Raynham, MA

#3 Apr 1, 2007
I read your comment of concern about buying into the new Woonsocket condos going up on Main st. I have also been thinking of buying in that complex but have had my doubts about Woonsocket and its so-called gentrification efforts.
The condos are affordable for RI. But I wonder if the investment is sound and about the safety as I would be coming back from my job in Boston around midnight.
Have you found out any more info about the town?
Thanks.
Safety Concern wrote:
My fiance and i just bought a condo that is in pre-construction mode and wont be done till the summer in an old mill in Woonsocket. We always wanted to live in an old mill style loft and the price was decent. It seemed like a good idea at first but I am now becoming more and more concerned about the crime level in Woonsocket and the safety of the area. I e-mailed the Woonsocket police about this on the website and never got a response wich made me a little more weary about the area. I was told the area is being built up but it seems like they already tried and a lot of the new businesses on Main s.t. have already failed, is this a lost cause and to dangerous of an area? Any honest info from anyone who cares at all would be greatly appreciated.
Thanks
safety concern

Quincy, MA

#4 Apr 9, 2007
Thanks for responding and thanks for your help with this. I am feeling better about Woonsocket with some of the research I have been doing. Woonsocket is pretty small so I was told that the bad areas are within walking distance of all the good areas which kind of makes it hard to put a finger on the safety of the area if you are not familiar with it. It seems to me that it is pretty safe. I really hope the new lofts and shops,places to eat etc. survive on main st and they keep going with the build up of that area because it does have a lot of potential and it could be really nice. I have seen some of the finished units in that complex and you cant beat the price for a brand new contemporary loft style condo on a river that I have seen in RI or Ma.
Larry Poitras

AOL

#5 Apr 10, 2007
I have lived in Woonsocket for 57 years- born here in 1949. Fifteen years ago we bought our second home in Woonsocket. Raised tow childrn in this city.Recently I talked my daughter and her husband (and my new granddaughter) into buying their first home here in Woonsocket.

I have been a local radio talk show host in Woonsocket for the past 25 years. I believe I have a good handle on what is going on in town. For a city our size our crime rate is below average. The city is well patrolled. Emergency response time is very quick.

As far as the downtown area- Main Street is looking better than it has in 20 years. There is still room for improvement- but the city is moving in the right direction. Also we can be proud of the fact that our property taxes have been stable for the past 10 years.

Any questions about Woonsocket??? Just give me a call!
Safety Concern 2

Foxboro, MA

#6 Apr 18, 2007
I am looking to purchase a loft on Allen St and I would greatly appreciate any feedback regarding how safe this neighborhood is. I am female who would like to walk my dog and enjoy the immediate neighborhood and local businesses. Is this area safe? In addition, I would appreciate any info on specific info areas/neighborhoods that I should stay away from. I feel in love with Woonsocket and only hope that this is the area for me. Once again , I would greatly appreciate any insights. Thank you!!!
Jenckesville Resident wrote:
I grew up in Philadelphia, PA in the 1980's and early 1990's so I'm pretty tuned into what would consititute a "high" level of crime. In my two years in Woonsocket, I've never had any problems. In fact, I feel considerably less safe in the upper-middle class neighborhood where I grew up in Philly (where my parents still reside) than I do in Woonsocket. Though I have a one car garage, I frequently park my car in the open during the spring, summer and fall with little fear that it will be stolen or vandalized.
March 31st will mark my 2nd anniversary in the River Haven Condo Complex in Jenckesville, Woonsocket on the site of the old Dunn-Worsted Mill. The neighborhood is about a 1/4 mile from the Bellingham and Blackstone line. With the exception of River Haven and some well kept houses right on the border, the neighborhood can be described as working class. There is a public housing project about 3/4 of a mile down the street, but it's pretty quiet.
Of course, Woonsocket isn't Mayberry by a long shot, but for a city which is one of the poorest in the region, it's pretty safe. Go to moving.com 's City Profiles feature or go to Sperling's on the web and compare Woonsocket's crime rate to Pawtucket, Providence, Fall River and New Bedford.
Woonsocket's crime is about two-thirds the national average. In almost all major crime indicies the city is well below the national average. There are over 2 dozen towns and cities in Mass. where the crime is greater than Woonsocket's, many of them considerably wealthier on a per capita income basis than Woonsocket.
The city is well policed; sometimes it can seem like there's a cop car on every corner. In the rare incidents when graffiti goes up, it is almost immediately washed away.
According to moving.com , your town of Readville, MA in Hyde Park, has a crime rate that's three to four times higher than Woonsocket, RI.
Just be streetwise. Lock your car at night. Don't leave any valuables (cell phones, rings, watches, packs and parcels) in open view. Lock your front door (preferably with a dead bolt). Don't make a habit of walking around the neighborhood by yourself late at night. In other words, do what you'd normally do in Readville and you'll be fine.
paradude

Woonsocket, RI

#7 Feb 3, 2008
I can totally relate...I was living in Somerset, Ma prior to moving to Woonsocket. I've been here almost 3 years and I LOVE it!!! Just accept the city for what it is: An old New England mill town trying to recover from decades of urban decay. I NEVER thought I would enjoy living in Woonsocket, but it's actually a pretty nice place. The people are friendly, it's close to several larger cities, and as long as you use common sense you'll be fine.
sandy keirstead

Nashua, NH

#8 Jun 28, 2008
Is there a website for all the mill reburbished
condos in Woonsocket? Possibly relocating to the area. thanks
Tim Harrison

Tel Aviv, Israel

#9 Jan 25, 2009
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#10 Feb 21, 2010
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Dann B

Foxboro, MA

#11 May 13, 2010
sandy keirstead wrote:
Is there a website for all the mill reburbished
condos in Woonsocket? Possibly relocating to the area. thanks
Try welovelofts.com
Jun

Salt Lake City, UT

#12 Sep 29, 2010
I've heard some things about the area, but nothing really too different from any other city. I would just keep your doors locked and give the area a try, especially if it's been a dream of yours to live in a house like that. Don't give up yet! http://www.gatecitymoving.net
Woonsocket Bound

Providence, RI

#13 Jun 24, 2013
I'd be interested to hear your thoughts on River Haven since you've lived there? Were you happy with the complex? I am looking to buy there.

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