Syracuse, New York – Top Gay Neighborhoods

Syracuse is located in the picturesque Finger Lakes Region of Upper New York.  It is a city with four distinct seasons including a very snowy winter and a hot humid summer.  Real estate is also quite affordable here considering that it is still small enough to be charming yet big enough to have most of the features of a big city.

The city is surround by swamps and wild land so walks through nature are never far away from the sophisticated urban life of this big city that is home to several research universities including the SUNY Environmental Science and Forestry.

One of the most sought after and gay-friendly neighborhoods to live in is the Sedgwick –Highland-James Preservation District in Syracuse New York.  This is one of those neighborhoods where it seems that time has stood still. Originally it was an 80 acre farm.  These streets here have huge houses that date back at least 100 years or more.  However the homes are practically mansions that are single dwellings and there are a lot of rules about not subdividing or renting out these properties that are a condition of sale. This is to help the area maintain its air of historical significance.

More affordable is the Hawley-Green GLBT area, which has a very strong community that puts posters all over the city inviting other LGBT individuals to live in their area.   This is a triangular-shaped neighborhood that is bordered by James and Lodi streets and Burnett.  The neighborhood is famous because the 19th century homes are painted in merry hues of green, blue and orange.  Many who live here regard their fellow LGBT individuals like family.  There is a newsletter, cookouts and other get-togethers for members of both the gay and lesbian Hawley-Green residents.  The area is also home to SAGE, which is a proactive group that supports senior gay residents.   There is a lost a place called The Living Room where people infected and affected by HIV can come for support and a meal. Many LGBT individuals are buying homes as well as investment properties here so that gay people can rent to other gay people.

The architecture in the Hawley-Green neighborhood is also a gorgeous mix of Greek Revival, Gothic Revival and Italianate-style buildings from the nineteenth century as well as Queen Anne, Stick Style homes and Second Empire homes from the twentieth century.

Syracuse is an affordable place to live in general with the average price of a home in the entire city being $64 per square foot for February 13, to April 13, 2013.  The median sales price for a home increased by 5.6% since the same time last year.  As of June 12, 2013 the average listing price for a home on the historical Eastside was $136,982 .  The average listing price for a home in the very gay-friendly Northside of the city is $125,894.

To get the most accurate picture of the gay-positive real-estate and rental opportunities available to you in Syracuse it is best to engage the help of a Syracuse gay realtor who knows the area well. If you want to find out more about the economy, attractions and other perks of living in Syracuse then go to the Greater Syracuse Chamber of Commerce at