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Here Are The Most Beautiful US Neighborhoods According To Locals

From East Coast hidden gems to West Coast beach towns, we got the scoop on awesome neighborhoods across the country.

1. Downtown St. Augustine (St. Augustine, Florida)

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Perfect for: History buffs and architecture aficionados

Local's take: "Downtown Saint Augustine (the oldest continuously occupied European-established city in America) is very picturesque and beautiful. It's old — founded in 1565, and most of the buildings look out of place with the rest of modern Florida. Yes, it's a little touristy — this was the original Florida tourist trap before Walt Disney bought all that land in Orlando — but it has a quaint charm, especially in December when they light up the city and the Bridge of Lions for their Nights of Lights."

—Kirk D.

2. The Alberta Arts District (Portland, Oregon)

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Perfect for: Free spirits and street fair connoisseurs

Local's take: "The Alberta Arts District in Portland pretty much sums up everything that's weird and lovely in Portland. There's galleries, a street fair every week, colorful and vibrant store fronts, and old-timey mustaches as far as the eye can see."

—Eileen C.

3. Lincoln Park (Chicago, Illinois)

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Perfect for: Young professionals and zoologists in training

Local's take: "Lincoln Park has a peaceful, small-town vibe but also offers many trendy restaurants and live music joints. Obviously the greatest part about Lincoln Park is the park. There is even a free zoo!"

—Emily W.

4. East Mesa (Santa Barbara, California)

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Perfect for: Active families and avid surfers

Local's take: "The Mesa is my favorite spot in Santa Barbara. There is a large park where you can find families picnicking, kids flying kites, and basically every breed of dog frolicking in the grass. With views overlooking the ocean, you can watch surfers at Leadbetter Beach and even get a glimpse of the boats in Santa Barbara Harbor. Or you can take the dirt path that leads from the park down to the sand and jump into the water yourself!"

—Alex S.

5. Church Street (Burlington, Vermont)

6. Bishop Arts District (Dallas, Texas)

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Perfect for: Artsy types and lovers of pie

Local's take: "I am in love with the Bishop Arts District in Dallas. It's a charming neighborhood with a very artsy vibe. It has cute vintage stores and street fairs to explore during the day, and live music venues and tasty restaurants to visit at night. There is also an adorable little pie shop with the best pies you will ever taste!"

—Madi U.

7. North End (Boise, Idaho)

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Perfect for: Nature lovers and free thinkers

Local's take: "The North End boasts all things charming, historic, artistic, and free-spirited about Boise. With gems like Hyde Park, Camel's Back, the Co-op, and chickens clucking from your neighbor's backyard, you can't go wrong when you head north of the capitol building. Basically, if Bend and Portland had a love child, Boise's North End would be it."

—Ali E.

8. West Village (New York City, New York)

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Perfect for: Big-city lovers and bar hoppers

Locals take: "When you step outside, the streets are calm and inviting yet bursting with positive energy. Somehow you're smack in downtown Manhattan surrounded by restaurants and bars — but in a cozy tree-lined paradise all at the same time. It's like my own little urban fairyland."

—Katelyn P.

9. Mission District (San Francisco, California)

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Perfect for: Park picnickers and Mexican food fanatics

Local's take: "Whether you want to relax and take in the skyline views from Dolores Park or find a cool new bar to try with friends, The Mission has something for everyone. But my favorite thing by far is the insanely delicious Mexican food you can find here. You also can't go wrong with any of the ice cream shops!"

—Jamie L.

10. Essex Village (Essex, Connecticut)

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Perfect for: Small town seekers and boat enthusiasts

Local's take: "The shops are all family owned, the buildings are hundreds of years old and perfectly kept up, the locals all know each other, and it's right on the Connecticut River where everyone likes to take out their boats."

—Liam C.

11. Washington Park (Denver, Colorado)

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Perfect for: Dog owners and outdoorsy folk

Local's take: "Whether it's midsummer or there are a few feet of snow on the ground, you're guaranteed to find runners, volleyball players, and all kinds of outdoorsy Denverites here. And if you're a dog lover, this is the place where all your dreams will come true!"

—Alexa C.

Tell us about your stomping grounds in the comments! And remember: A RE/MAX agent can help you find the perfect home in your dream neighborhood.