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Old 11-28-2007, 11:14 PM
 
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Aurora, Il is a great place to live. We are at the end of the Burlington line so there is easy access to Chicago as well as access via I-88. Property and rental is lower than Chicago. We are a college town, home of Aurora University as well as Waubonsee Community College. Shopping, shopping, shopping, yay! We are home to one of Illinois' largest enclosed malls, Fox Valley Mall as well a huge discount Mall, right off I-88 on Farnsworth. Shopping Centers galore. We are ethnically diverse. We are new in housing as well as histori9c in our well kept older neighborhoods. We are a city of Churches! Please come ans visit us!


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Old 11-29-2007, 08:21 AM
 
Location: Phoenix metro
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But be warned, alot of Aurora is a craphole. The far north, far east and far west sections are ok, but the central parts and near east sides are bonafide ghettos with high crime and gang problems. Fox Valley Mall is frequented by gangbangers all the time, although Ive never felt unsafe there. Schools in Aurora are not good, but there are a few private schools to choose from (ie Aurora Christian, etc). Downtown Aurora has been revitalizing lately and there are some neat things like the Hollywood Casino, Walter Paytons Roundhouse, SciTech Museum, etc, but even still most of the downtown area is quite shady, even with some homeless folks who like to panhandle me every time I try and go to the casino.
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Old 11-29-2007, 02:17 PM
 
Location: The rolling fields of Central Illinois
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If you are interested in Aurora stay on the extreme west side as it is newer and far less ghetto. I think the best place in the Aurora area would be the large White Eagle subdivision as it is in Aurora, but has immediate access to everything Naperville and Aurora. I have friends that used to live there, and now reside in Naperville, and they would give almost anything to move back. Traffic that far out from downtown Chicago is going to be a nightmare at times of the day! Don't expect to pay anything less than 400K to live in this area though. I personally love Downers Grove and lived there for almost ten years. It is much smaller tha Aurora, with better schools, far less crime, and beautiful established neighborhoods. It is far enough away from the big cookie cutter, strip mall suburbs, that you don't tend to get their traffic or crime. But, then again, if you aren't looking to spend very much money for a home than you had better look into CERTAIN PARTS of Bolingbrook and Plainfield. Stay away from Joliet. They make even Aurora look good.
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Old 11-29-2007, 02:45 PM
 
Location: Chicago's burbs
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Stay away from Joliet. They make even Aurora look good.
Actually, the far West side of Joliet is very nice, west of route 59. Tons of new very nice subdivisions going up, growing like crazy, and most of this area is not in Joliet schools. East Joliet is the side of town to stay away from.
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Old 11-29-2007, 04:18 PM
 
Location: The rolling fields of Central Illinois
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Actually, the far West side of Joliet is very nice, west of route 59. Tons of new very nice subdivisions going up, growing like crazy, and most of this area is not in Joliet schools. East Joliet is the side of town to stay away from.
Yes, but overall it just can't compare to others. Joliet tends to have a bad reputation throughout the state, and I can't imagine the growth on one side of the town to influence the rest. You can go ahead and buy on of those new houses on the west side, but if you go to sell it in ten years, you might not get the return you are looking for. Just a thought.
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