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Safe, Affordable Neighborhoods in Hartford

Considering living in Hartford? Connecticut’s capital city isn’t only safe—it’s also known for being one of the most affordable places to live in Connecticut! Whether you’re a young professional looking to start your career or in search of a place to settle down with your family, there’s something for everybody in these safe, affordable Hartford neighborhoods!

Blue Hills

Small White House in Blue Hills, Hartford. Photo by Instagram user @sellyourhomect

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  • Home Price: $191,067 median purchase price, $995 median monthly rent
  • Crime Rate: Safer than 82% of Hartford neighborhoods
  • Perfect For: Singles, young professionals, families, retirees

A quaint neighborhood nestled on the edge of Hartford and near the suburb of Bloomfield, Blue Hills is a great place to live for commuters. Right off I-95, Blue Hills is a short 15-minute drive to the city center, but the neighborhood still offers residents plenty of outdoor recreation opportunities and a huge selection of restaurants. Those looking for a house in Hartford can find a variety of affordable homes in styles ranging from Colonial to Cape Cod.

Things to Do in Blue Hills

Play a game of basketball or take the kids to the playground at Joseph V. Cronin Park. Check out the latest book or participate in community events at McMahon Wintonbury Library. Become a member at the Bloomfield Tennis Club, where you can sign up for tennis lessons or play a game of doubles with friends. Bike, hike, and explore the 270 acres of Matianuck Sand Dunes Natural Area Preserve. Start your morning with an Everything Bagel or the Meat Lovers Omelette at Isaac’s Bagel Cafe II. Try a fresh-fruit smoothie or the Acai Bowl from locally-owned Head Over Berries. If you’re looking for pizza in Hartford, check out Mr. Pizza and order a Beef Sausage Pizza or build a Calzone. Or enjoy Jamaican favorites like Brown Strew Chicken, Jerk Chicken, or Fried Fish at Scotts’ Jamaican Bakery.

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Downtown Hartford

Trumbull Apartments in Central Hartford. Photo by Instagram user @196trumbull

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  • Home Price: $59,767 median purchase price, $812 median monthly rent
  • Crime Rate: Safer than 71% of Hartford neighborhoods
  • Perfect For: Students, singles, young professionals

Downtown Hartford is considered the heart of the city and is known for being a trendy neighborhood for singles and young professionals! Companies like Travelers, The Hartford, and United Healthcare offer Hartford residents jobs, but thanks to its central location, commuters can easily catch the shuttle or transit express at Hartford Union Station. And, with the University of Connecticut-Hartford Campus within the neighborhood’s borders, the city center is always buzzing with activity. An abundance of bars, coffee shops, restaurants, and entertainment are all within walking distance, giving residents living in downtown plenty of choices for things to do in Hartford.

Things to Do in Downtown Hartford

Check out popular touring Broadway shows or attend the symphony at The Bushnell Performing Arts Center. Spend the day riding the carousel, seeing a show at the Performance Pavilion, or visiting the Corning Fountain at Bushnell Park. Cheer for the Hartford Yard Goats (MiLB) at Dunkin’ Donuts Park. Cheer on the University of Connecticut Huskies (NCAA) by attending a basketball game or hockey game at the XL Center. Learn about the history of Hartford by visiting Connecticut’s Old State House. Spend the day at the country’s oldest public art museum and take in works created throughout the ages, from Ancient Egypt to contemporary European Art at the Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art. Stop by Max Downtown for an Aged New York Strip Steak or Chilean Sea Bass paired with a bottle of Sauvignon Blanc. Chow down on Mediterranean favorites such as Butter Chicken, Egg Curry, or Vegetable Korma at Aladdin Halal. Fill up on classic southern barbecue at Black-Eyed Sally’s Southern Kitchen & Bar and eat St Louis Pork Ribs or Low Country Shrimp & Grits.

Sheldon Charter Oaks

  • Home Price: $88,450 median purchase price, $903 median monthly rent
  • Crime Rate: Safer than 65% of Hartford neighborhoods
  • Perfect For: Singles, young professionals, families, retirees

Known as the first settlement in Hartford, Sheldon Charter Oak is home to the Charter Oak Monument, which was one of the spots the royal charter granting legitimacy to Connecticut was hidden. Located just south of Downtown Hartford and along the Connecticut River, Sheldon Charter Oak is perfect for those wanting to live near the city’s hustle and bustle with picturesque views! So, if you’re looking to buy a home in Hartford, you’ll find a variety of affordable options in Victorian and Colonial-style houses, as well as a great selection of condos and townhomes near the river or expansive Colt Park.

Things to Do in Sheldon Charter Oaks

Spend the day walking the trails, swimming, or playing a game of basketball on Roberto Clemente Field within Colt Park. Take your pup on a walk or out for a picnic at Pulaski Mall. Launch your boat off the Charter Oak Landing or spend the day fishing at the Connecticut River. Cheer on Connecticut’s only pro soccer team, Hartford Athletics (USL), at Dillon Stadium. Support the local performing arts, exhibits, and ensembles at the Charter Oak Cultural Center. Start your morning with The Big Breakfast or one of Ashley’s Specials and a cup of coffee at Ashley’s Restaurant. Check out Soulfood Sundayz for Fried Chicken, Shrimp & Grits, or a Burger and Fries. Order your favorite Chinese-American dishes such as Spring Rolls, Beef and Broccoli, or Shrimp Lo Mein at New World Chinese Restaurant. Or catch up with friends while sipping on an Irish Red or Blonde Ale at Thomas Hooker Brewery Co.

South West

Classic residence home in South West. Photo by Instagram user @mcguirehomellc

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  • Home Price: $158,543 median purchase price, $821 median monthly rent
  • Crime Rate: Safer than 76% of Hartford neighborhoods
  • Perfect For: Singles, young professionals, families, retirees

If you’re seeking a quieter lifestyle, consider living in the safe Hartford neighborhood of South West. Located in the southwestern corner of Hartford, South West is a more suburban neighborhood, with a slower-paced vibe and plenty of green spaces to visit! Children in this safe neighborhood can go to E.B. Kennelly School or attend a school in the Wethersfield or Newingtown Public School Districts. Families of all sizes can find a variety of affordable homes in South West ranging in styles from Cape Cod to Colonial. Those looking to rent in Hartford will find a great selection of reasonably priced apartments to pick from, too!

Things to Do in South West

Feast on classic Greek food, jam out to live music, and watch traditional folk dances at St. George’s Annual Greek Festival. Spend the day hiking at Cedar Mountain and enjoy the breathtaking views of Hartford. Sign up for golf lessons or play a quick nine at Goodwin Park Golf Course. Take advantage of South West’s 3,000 acres of forest and 30 miles of trails at the MDC Reservoirs. Play a game of baseball with the family or take your furry friend on a walk at Thomas J. Hyland Memorial Park & Southwest Recreation Center. Join your kids on the splash pad or race down the slides at Forster Heights Playground. Have your fill of Italian dishes like Spaghetti with Meatballs, Margherita Pizza, or Penne Ala Vodka at First & Last Tavern, which has been a Hartford favorite since 1936! Savor Mexican favorites like the Enchilada Roja, Chole Relleno, or Spinach Quesadilla paired with a hand-shaken Cranberry Margarita at Coyote Flaco. Order some of the best pizza in Hartford such as Old School Nick Pizza, Cool Chicken Pizza, or Hot Roni Pizza at Bro’s Dough Pizzeria.

West End

  • Home Price: $228,300 median purchase price, $894 median monthly rent
  • Crime Rate: Safer than 88% of Hartford neighborhoods
  • Perfect For: Singles, young professionals, families, retirees

As one of the safest neighborhoods in Hartford, West End is perfect for anyone looking to live away from busy city life. And while the diverse collection of restaurants, cafes, and bars lining Farmington Ave offers some of that city lifestyle, more entertainment can be found in events hosted by the West End Civic Association, like the community-involved Holiday Giving Project or 100 Neighbors Who Care. Families in particular are drawn to these events, and also appreciate being close to top-rated schools like Noah Webster MicroSociety Magnet School and Hartford Public High School. And, as a historical area, residents can find gorgeously preserved Colonial and Queen Anne housing options throughout the neighborhood, with front and backyards big enough for young households to grow into.

Things to Do in West End

See where the famous author and his family called home when you stop by Mark Twain’s House. Learn about the history of Connecticut while visiting the Connecticut Historical Society Museum & Library. Check out the Butterfly house, learn about composting, or check out The Planetarium at The Children’s Museum. Tour more than 2,000 works of art, some of which date back to the 15th century, in the Art Museum at USJ. Stroll through the rose gardens, relax by the pond, or attend one of the free outdoor summer concerts at Elizabeth Park. Munch on classic Mexican entrees like the Tacos De Pollo, Burrito Vegetariano, or Fajitas de Carne Asada at Fogata Mexican Restaurant. Enjoy live music while nibbling on Corned Beef Reuben and Fish & Chips paired with an Elysian Space Dust IPA at The Half Door. Consider trying Tabouli Salad, Gyros, or Koftafrom the Middle East and the Mediterranean at Tangiers International.

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