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Old 01-06-2012, 04:44 AM
 
Location: Crown Point
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Looking to move soon (6 months) and was wondering about the Joliet area. I know it is diverse just as Chicago is. Which neighborhoods are safer and cleaner? Its just that I drove thru downtown Joliet and what I saw cant be what Joliet has to offer. Just as Chicago, Joliet has to have its attributes. Any info would be helpful.
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Old 01-06-2012, 08:42 AM
 
Location: Oak Park
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The question is way too broad. Where will you be working, what's your budget, school situation, etc.
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Old 01-06-2012, 09:01 AM
 
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Joliet has been in bad shape for a long long long long time. The relatively nice area near the Cathederal is one of the few older residential areas that had not collapsed. There are some pockets of acceptable housing but even those areas are not exactly desirable due to the horrendous school situation. Too many years with no employment nearby has really left only pretty desperate people behind...

The surrounding areas from Romeoville to Lockport to Shorewood are all much more acceptable...
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Old 01-08-2012, 02:10 PM
 
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Look elsewhere. Joliet is really not good. What you saw downtown IS what Joliet has to offer.
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Old 01-08-2012, 03:24 PM
 
Location: Poway,CA
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Joliet is huge and I live in the west part of it and it is in great safe areas. Anything around Essington Rd. or Rt. 59 is good and has a lot of places to eat, I would say just stay away from East Joliet
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Old 01-08-2012, 05:20 PM
 
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Joliet is huge and I live in the west part of it and it is in great safe areas. Anything around Essington Rd. or Rt. 59 is good and has a lot of places to eat, I would say just stay away from East Joliet
I would agree that the area around Essington and/or Rt 59 would be your best bet as far as safety goes. Having said that Joliet in general is a fairly depressed area with less than desirable schools and high crime rates. You might want to think about the Plainfield area. Schools aren't great (maybe a couple) but they are improving and definitely better than the Joliet school system. Housing in Plainfield is extremely affordable right now as the housing market in this area has taken a huge hit. Great new downtown area, good parks and recreation. Commute can suck but I can't imagine it would be much worse than a commute from Joliet. Good luck!
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Old 01-11-2012, 05:20 AM
 
Location: Crown Point
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Thanks to all for the info!
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Old 01-11-2012, 09:30 PM
 
Location: Will County
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godzilla67: I've lived and worked in the Joliet area my entire life ... and yes, I'll be upfront. I'm a mortgage lender. The positive there is two-fold. First, I know the area and its' real estate. And secondly, I was a real estate appraiser for over 20 years. So I know the quality and construction of much of the real estate too. Depending on what you're interested in .. and your budget, you should be able to find something that will fit your taste and your budget. Joliet has its' strong points and its' negatives, just as any other area. It has made some strong strides in improvements in the last decade as a result of the monies coming in from the Riverboat gambling/casinos in the area now. The surrounding area and its towns have much to offer in diversity of housing, as well. The best I can suggest is that you contact me .. or another real estate professional, with your desires and budget-concerns for more specific information. I can be contacted here or through my website. Should you need a referral for a real estate professional to help you in finding housing (renting or buying) please let me know. With 35 yrs. in the business in the area, I can offer multiple names to help in almost any area. Best of luck to you, no matter your final decision. And welcome to the area ...
Gene
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