Just out of curiosity, is it really that bad eastwards HWY 403?
Yes, it's pretty bad. Strathcona is alright, can be hit and miss, but you can find something semi decent.
Other than that, anything northwards of King Street, is pretty much a dumpster. Lots of crime is happening there. Especially eastwards of downtown, it's pretty much Detroit.
Southwards of King Street it's moslty bad, but getting better as you get closer to the mountain (so closer to Aberdeen). Aberdeen is normally a very nice place to live, there are rich houses that were converted to rent out 1 bedroom units. If u get them you are golden.
Oh, and all tall appartment buildings (except for the newly built obviously) are dumps, they usually have constant roach and bedbug problems. I remember a building where a lot of vietnamese families lived, so the halls and the stairs smelled like badly cooked fish all the way to the top. It's pretty terrible, might sound racist but it's the fact.
Rule of thumb is, anything owned by Effort Trust is aids, avoid it.
I was checking out some 1 bedroom appartments between King and Aberdeen earlier this months, they were ranging from cozy, to mediocre (if it was cleaned), to a dumpster that smells like wet potatoes. They were all in the same price range too. The really shitty ones are usually old houses that were converted to apparments, because they don't have proper ventilation or AC. Unless it's some rich house like at Aberdeen (as mentioned above).
@GeorgeLucas: Mechanical Engineering
Right on, who's your super?
It's no palaces there, but generally safe and clean (more or less).