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Old 02-28-2012, 10:10 AM
 
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Default Typical Post- Looking to move to Chatt. - advice/opinions appreciated..

The husband and I have been toying w/ the idea of moving to Chatt. for the year. He has been working at the Westinghouse plant and will be continuing to do so throughout the year. We live in NC and he has been commuitng home each weekend to be with the kiddos - Exhausting!! So At first we thought of looking for a rental to test out the waters, but the rent is so high on most of the homes for what you are getting. I know people are making decent money off the rentals (yahoo!) but trying to find a home and an area that competes w/ what we have now in NC, only makes me want to go out a buy and if Chatt. isn't the place for us then we'll rent it too. (agents, please don't contact me!!) I've been looking at Hidden Lakes, Windstone? But looking for a subdivision that has amenities, nice pool, tennis, sidewalks, etc... we have two little ones not school age yet, but would like to position ourselves in a location that if we were to decide to stay that our kids would go to the best schools. I see that Signal Mtn has great schools, but any other areas? We looked at a house on Lookout mtn and can't say that i would enjoy driving up and down the mtn everyday., I'm assuming signal is the same...
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Old 02-28-2012, 02:57 PM
 
Location: Atlanta, GA
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Chattanooga is not doing so well right now. I lived there for a very long time and crime is very bad right now. Also, the job market is beyond dismal and no new indusrty is being added. As a professional who lost his job, I had to move to another city to make a decent living.

What part of town are you looking in? Hidden Lakes and Windstone are both very nice subdivisions but not sure where they are in relation to your husband's job? I can give you a lot of advice/information about the chattanooga real-estate market as well as anything else you would like to know. What kind of lifestyle are you looking for?
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Old 02-28-2012, 04:31 PM
 
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Chattanooga is not doing so well right now. I lived there for a very long time and crime is very bad right now. Also, the job market is beyond dismal and no new indusrty is being added. As a professional who lost his job, I had to move to another city to make a decent living.

What part of town are you looking in? Hidden Lakes and Windstone are both very nice subdivisions but not sure where they are in relation to your husband's job? I can give you a lot of advice/information about the chattanooga real-estate market as well as anything else you would like to know. What kind of lifestyle are you looking for?
I have to disagree with this. I moved here in 2009 and crime doesn't seem much worse to me now than it has been since I moved here, and the city finally just recently created a much-needed dedicated gang task force unit. The job market here is excellent. I'm only a blue collar worker and when I got laid off in January, I hit the job market and received five job offers within less than two months (and now landed an excellent one). That was out of MANY good companies that were hiring both entry level and experienced positions.

Also, there is new industry. Amazon just started up here in the last few months, it's rumored Audi may be on the way to join VW (which just got here within the last few years), a Carmax dealership just opened up and was hiring for a bunch of positions, and these are just the ones I've known of. I've seen at least a couple large construction projects in the area that I haven't even identified yet.

Unfortunately, beyond refuting those points, I can't help much. I rent an apartment and have no insight into the real estate market, other than when driving around it is fairly easy to find some nice/cute homes for sale. But I don't know for how much, or anything about specific neighborhoods. I personally like the north Red Bank area (west of Dayton Blvd.), but no subdivisions. Good luck either way.
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Old 02-28-2012, 07:50 PM
 
Location: Chattanooga
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I'm not sure I can / should post here but... well... you know

The rental market here is BOOMING! Why??? Because of the companies that have recently located here. I do not think that folks are "Making Money" by renting their homes to people coming into town and to folks that no longer qualify for financing (and still have good income) but they are mitigating their losses or breaking even.

Its a fact. If you have good credit (and the standards have come down a bit) and a down payment (FHA 3.5%) you can buy cheaper than you can rent here. Rates are redonkulas low right now. The cost of ownership is crazy low now.
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Old 03-01-2012, 08:40 AM
 
Location: chattanooga
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Chattanooga is not doing so well right now. I lived there for a very long time and crime is very bad right now. Also, the job market is beyond dismal and no new indusrty is being added. As a professional who lost his job, I had to move to another city to make a decent living.
You and I must not live in the same Chattanooga. Are you sure you were in Chattanooga, TN? no new industry? Are you kidding me?! Alstom, VW, Amazon, Waker, I could go on and on. The crime I see reported is generally in the crime ridden areas and committed against the criminals themselves, thats the crime wave that's high. Usually very low for just the average joe. I have lived here my entire life, born here. AND in 42 yrs and travelling all over this city, and thru the hood at night, I have NEVER been a victim of any type of crime. I work and play downtown, I use to go to Fathom on a monthly basis, I live in brainerd, I walk the levee, I walk the waterfront, I go to clubs on MLK Blvd.

I am CONFUSED with your comment

Chattanooga is booming, has been booming in the past few years, our housing didn't collapse, industry jobs increased, and BUYING a home right now is cheaper than rent!
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Old 03-18-2012, 01:51 PM
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I have to agree with the last few posts. Chattanooga has plenty of jobs and the crime is only within the crime ridden areas. My family just relocated back to Chattanooga after grad school and we couldn't be happier.

As for places to live, Ooltewah is growing rapidly. This is where the VW plant, Amazon plant, and possibly the new (speculated) Audi plant will be. It is very much the suburbia area. There are tons of newer neighborhoods off Ooltewah-Georgetown rd. It is is a good school district. I have three kids but one are school aged. I love the Ooltewah area, but I may be bias since this is where I live. I will attempt to get my kids in CSLA, which is a fantastic school (blue ribbon). If I am not picked through the lottery, they will go to the public schools.

The new elementary school will be built on Ooltewah-Georgetown rd. The Hightower school is on this road as well. Every one gets excited about new buildings for their kids

Some people think Ooltewah is too far away from stuff. Another good family area East Brainerd. It is a bit closer to the mall and the busier areas. There is the new High School there that everyone wants, East Hamilton and I think the desired elementary school is westview. I may be wrong on that, but I know it starts with a W. Sorry I couldn't be more help with that...
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Old 03-20-2012, 07:56 AM
 
Location: Salt Lake City
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You and I must not live in the same Chattanooga. Are you sure you were in Chattanooga, TN? no new industry? Are you kidding me?! Alstom, VW, Amazon, Waker, I could go on and on. The crime I see reported is generally in the crime ridden areas and committed against the criminals themselves, thats the crime wave that's high. Usually very low for just the average joe. I have lived here my entire life, born here. AND in 42 yrs and travelling all over this city, and thru the hood at night, I have NEVER been a victim of any type of crime. I work and play downtown, I use to go to Fathom on a monthly basis, I live in brainerd, I walk the levee, I walk the waterfront, I go to clubs on MLK Blvd.

I am CONFUSED with your comment

Chattanooga is booming, has been booming in the past few years, our housing didn't collapse, industry jobs increased, and BUYING a home right now is cheaper than rent!

Blue502, I just thought I'd point out to you and some of the other TN residents in case you didn't notice what you are dealing with in "hotboi". It will quickly clear up some of the confusion. I spend a lot of time on the forums researching for my next move and trying to help others seeing how I've lived in so many states myself. I was doing a search in this forum when I came across "hotboi" as he calls himself, many slanderous posts on TN. After seeing a few, I dug just a little to see what this guys deal is. It's clearly obvious that this guy has never lived in Chattanooga, but has a serious disdain for Tennessee in general. I'm guessing he had a negative experience in Nashville due to his "alternative lifestyle" that has left him bitter and angry. Assuming he really lived there. Now I have no problem with people "telling it like it is". I think any one moving to a city or state should learn about the negatives so they know what to expect and can make an educated decision. But I don't approve of one spreading incorrect information about an area to serve some personal agenda all because they had their feelings hurt, or they are upset that a particular area of the country is not fully accepting of their lifestyle. I am amazed at how he loves Atlanta, which to me is a cess pool. But i'm not here to bash Atlanta, so i'll stop right there. Just wanted to warn the guards in this area so that anyone considering a move to Chattanooga or TN in general can receive a higher percentage of accurate info, and not some baseless info from someone who has a private agenda who has never even resided in the area.
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Old 03-20-2012, 02:06 PM
 
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Any opinions from the folks who are natives where the best water front/just off water living is? Take into consideration the commute to work would be Downtown.
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Old 03-20-2012, 03:24 PM
 
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Any opinions from the folks who are natives where the best water front/just off water living is? Take into consideration the commute to work would be Downtown.
If you judge it by supply and demand. The closer to the city the better. There really isn't anything going north until you get to the Enclave and the least expensive waterfront home there is $1.595mm.

Then you move up into Hixson and they are less pricy starting around $500K and going up to near $2mm.

Go to the other side of the lake (Harrison / Hwy 58) and the prices are pretty much the same as Hixson.

Moving further north to Soddy you see things starting around $450K for a true lakefront home and going up well over $1mm after that.

Another thought is to go downstream to Tiftonia and which is really a beautiful location and only 10 minutes to downtown by car. Those start around $379K and go up to $750K.

I've boated extensively in both areas and prefer the river (Nickajack Lake which is South of Chickamauga Dam). The only places you will find Waterfront communities that have a "Community Lot" are the older neighborhoods in Soddy and Harrison. Bal Harbor has one but that is a very pricy area just off Hwy 58.

All the prices I gave you are for waterfront homes not homesites. But the same is true about the homesites. They are move expensive the closer you got to downtown.
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Old 03-21-2012, 09:27 PM
 
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If you judge it by supply and demand. The closer to the city the better. There really isn't anything going north until you get to the Enclave and the least expensive waterfront home there is $1.595mm.

Then you move up into Hixson and they are less pricy starting around $500K and going up to near $2mm.

Go to the other side of the lake (Harrison / Hwy 58) and the prices are pretty much the same as Hixson.

Moving further north to Soddy you see things starting around $450K for a true lakefront home and going up well over $1mm after that.

Another thought is to go downstream to Tiftonia and which is really a beautiful location and only 10 minutes to downtown by car. Those start around $379K and go up to $750K.

I've boated extensively in both areas and prefer the river (Nickajack Lake which is South of Chickamauga Dam). The only places you will find Waterfront communities that have a "Community Lot" are the older neighborhoods in Soddy and Harrison. Bal Harbor has one but that is a very pricy area just off Hwy 58.

All the prices I gave you are for waterfront homes not homesites. But the same is true about the homesites. They are move expensive the closer you got to downtown.
Thanks! one more question.....When you mention a community Lot are you talking bout a boat drop, community park type of area? If so, what town would you say has the more 30 to 40 year old "professional" types living in it? Are the public schools any good or are private schools the better option?
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