York named ‘best old house’ neighborhood by magazine

news@enquirerherald.comOctober 1, 2013 

The city of York has been named one of 14 of the South’s “best old house neighborhoods” by This Old House magazine, in a feature that showcases the best places to live with historic homes.

Vern Eakin, president of the Yorkville Historical Society, said the organization submitted an application to be included in the listing earlier this year. A representative of the magazine contacted the group about a month later, Eakin said, and said York had been selected.

Eakin said the feature — which includes a brief written description of York that was submitted by the society — was published this month.

In introducing York and other areas, This Old House magazine said “these neighborhoods boast gracious old houses and features that will suit just about any lifestyle.”

The feature is published online at www.thisoldhouse.com, under featured galleries, click on Best Old House Neighborhoods 2013.

There are separate galleries for the Best Old House Neighborhoods in the South, West, Northeast, Midwest and Canada. The feature also includes 10 Editor’s Picks, which were “the cream of the crop.”

The magazine highlighted a total of 61 neighborhoods or communities.

In making the submission, Eakin said the society emphasized York’s small-town appeal, its location near an international airport, as well as its convenient location near employment, several colleges and shopping.

“It’s our close proximity to everything,” said Eakin. “And everybody is watching out for each other and having a great time with each other. It still has that small-town feel to it.”

In addition, Eakin said, housing costs are reasonable. According to the magazine, “homes that need TLC” start around $90,000, while a “fixed-up beauty” will be priced around $300,000 or more.

This Old House could not be reached for comment. The staff did not respond to repeated phone calls and emails seeking further information.

In describing York, the magazine wrote: “This charming city is home to a welcoming blend of Old South natives, Yankee transplants, and, increasingly, a growing community of potters and painters.”

It mentions York’s roots as a textile community, the job prospects in nearby Charlotte and the size of the city’s historic district, which “is one of the largest in the state, second only to Charleston.”

“Locals describe themselves as a fiercely proud and tight-knit bunch,” the magazine said.

The magazine mentions downtown York, including the 100-year-old Sylvia Theater, and notes that with the nearby Charlotte airport, “residents have the benefit of being globally connected without sacrificing an enviable small-town lifestyle.”

Some other communities identified as being Best Old House Neighborhoods in the South are Norwood in Birmingham, Ala.; Hot Springs, Ark.; Old Fourth Ward, Atlanta; New Iberia, La., and Hillsborough, N.C..

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