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Old 11-16-2011, 07:59 PM
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I'm talking to a recruiter about a welding position in Aurora IL. I posted some stuff on the Chicago forum about me visiting in mid Dec. but so far I'm having a lot of luck with employers in the Chicago area. So I may just end up checking it out and making the move. I'm talking someone about a welding position in Aurora, can you tell me anything about the place. Things like housing, decent to best neighborhoods, travel time to Chicago, activities. Things of that nature. I haven't landed the job yet but I'm pretty confident that I'll get it. it pays 20/hr full time, benefits, all the goods. I have little debt and just around 1600/mnth in expenses. I'm single and coming alone and will just need a studio apartment. Oh and I would love to bring my German Shepherd. She's pretty old and prob only has 1-2 more years left as she's in pretty bad shape due to her hips. But I really dont have to bring her, I would just like to if possible. I'm coming up from Texas and I do know that there is a big climate difference. I just need info about the area. I don't know the physical address of the job yet but it really doesn't matter. I'm driving there so I'll have a car and commute is something I'm not picky on. i just want to live in a nice neighborhood. Is 700/month rent something that's unheard of in a nice part of town?
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Old 11-17-2011, 06:38 AM
Location: Sugar Grove, IL
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Aurora is the 2nd largest city in Illinois. it is about 45 miles west of chicago. depending on where your job is and where you want to look for housing, time to the city would be an hour or more. aurora is a diverse city as well. Aurora has a riverboat casino, Paramount Arts Theater, museums, nice library, a number of community festivals etc. I really don't know much about rents/apartments.
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Old 11-17-2011, 07:56 AM
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Aurora has quite a few apartments, but if you prefer to have a little room for your dog you might look at renting a smaller house. There are handful of rough neighborhoods in Aurora, but honestly even these tend to be sorted with quiet blocks of single family homes that are well taken care of easily identified compared to the blocks of rental units that attract more trouble. Aurora covers a wide area and if you rented a nice home in Aurora or an adjacent town like North Aurora or Batavia you might have a 20 minute or longer drive to the more industrial areas, some of which are near Aurora's airport. It gets quite rural nearing SW from the airport and if you want a place kinda "out in the country" that might be an option, though the drive in winter might be a little hairy if you are not used to snow / ice...
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Old 11-17-2011, 12:53 PM
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Thanks guys. So far pretty helpful info. I'll will be talking to the recruiter again tomorrow to find out a little more about the job and everything. As far as my pup, she's around 10 years old and has bad hips. She just tends to lay around now days and only gets up to do the necessities of life. so there's not really a need for a ton of room for her. She could get all the exercise with just a quick walk around the block. I feel so bad for her But anyways thanks for the info I'll keep these things in mind and I didn't know Aurora was the second largest city in IL.
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Old 11-18-2011, 09:37 AM
Location: Greenville, SC
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You might also want to check out Montgomery, Oswego and Boulder Hill; all are south of Aurora. And Naperville is adjacent to Aurora -- a lot of rental opportunities there.
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Old 11-23-2011, 04:49 PM
Location: Arizona
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Look into Naperville, Oswego, Warrenville, Sugar Grove, and Montgomery. Aurora has some nice areas and some not so nice areas. For $700/month it might be tough but in this market you can get pretty lucky so who knows.
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