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Relocating to Great Lakes Naval Base area, better neighborhoods on restricted budget, townhome versus apartment or house, large corporations in area hiring, public schools

 
Old 04-19-2007, 08:28 PM
 
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Default Moving and Need Help

Hello we are moving to the Great Lakes Naval Base area. My husband will be a civil service employee. I need help.

What are the better places to live but lower in cost? Our budget for the moment is to stay under 1600.00 in rent. We are really wanting a twnhm or house vs an apt. Push is coming to a shove and we may have to settle for an apt. We have been looking in the Gurnee, Glenview, Grayslake, Volo, Roundrock areas and a few others. I have two problems; one, I don't know how far these towns are from the Great Lakes Base. Two, many of them have interested parties already or rented. We currently live in GA (3mi frm Fl). We have never driven in snow before and until we get used to the driving we want to live as close to my husband's job as possible. We have had our fair share of hurricanes and tropical storms but never snow.

Second thing, what we want to drive our decision on where to live is the schools. We have small children and their education we take very serious. Since we do not have the income to support private school we want them to attend public school and one that has high success rates. Next year our children will be in 1st grade and 4th grade. Many people have warned us to stay out of the Waukegan area b/c of the school system.

Next I have been trying to find large corporations to work. I am currently a stay-at-home mom and unfortuntly b/c our living expenses are increases I will have to enter back into the work world. I DEFIANTLY CAN NOT drive in the snow so I have been trying to find large companies to start putting in my resume. I really do not want to do a 30-40min commute simply b/c not being from the area I want to stay close to my children and again I am afraid of driving in the snow.

Last thing, I read many post in which others said some areas are not diverse. Can someone explain what that mean?

Thank you
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Old 04-20-2007, 10:17 AM
 
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Hi there:
We have a possible move to Chicago as well and I have been researching the area, schools, housing, etc. I thought if might be helpful if I gave you some links to sites I have found informative including this forum. The first thing I do is search by the name of the city + IL , and a site usually comes up for example, as "Grayslake, IL detailed profile", this site shows crime stats, average house prices, population stats, racial makeup, etc. Then I use the site www.GreatSchools.net (broken link), put in the name of the school, and check test scores, etc. I have a High School age son so it is important to us as well.
Lastly, when people speak of a lack of "diversity" they mean the different types of people making up the area is not very mixed , mostly what different races make up the area and the age ranges the area has as well, so you might have an area with mainly Hispanics, or whites, etc. Many people prefer areas with a variety of races and ages.
Good luck to you.
Hope this helps.
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Old 04-20-2007, 05:23 PM
 
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Hello,

Thank you for the information. I will check that information. The sites I have pretty much have the same information listed on them especially about the rental houses.

That is what I was thinking the diversity meant when I read it but it shocked me b/c the neighborhood and area in which I live is really diversified. I am sure you can research which ethnic groups are classified as the majority and minority but in my research I never considered to research the diversity in the neighborhoods. I just want a place whereas I don't have to worry about my house being shot up or cars being broken into everynight and safe streets so that my children can play outside without fear.

Thank you again and if anyone wants to make suggestions on a real estate company that has a lot of rentals listed that would be helpful.

Thanks
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Old 05-06-2007, 05:45 PM
 
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Default Great Lakes best apartment.

The Lakes at Fountain Square is a great place to live in Waukegan and you get bus service to the Gurnee Schools. There is public transportation near by. I have lived here all my life and I am afraid to drie in the snow also. lol Just take it slow and easy and pray the streets are clean. Use Mapquest to put the distance of all the Apartment complexes. Welcome My complex is full of Great Lakes people.



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Hello we are moving to the Great Lakes Naval Base area. My husband will be a civil service employee. I need help.

What are the better places to live but lower in cost? Our budget for the moment is to stay under 1600.00 in rent. We are really wanting a twnhm or house vs an apt. Push is coming to a shove and we may have to settle for an apt. We have been looking in the Gurnee, Glenview, Grayslake, Volo, Roundrock areas and a few others. I have two problems; one, I don't know how far these towns are from the Great Lakes Base. Two, many of them have interested parties already or rented. We currently live in GA (3mi frm Fl). We have never driven in snow before and until we get used to the driving we want to live as close to my husband's job as possible. We have had our fair share of hurricanes and tropical storms but never snow.

Second thing, what we want to drive our decision on where to live is the schools. We have small children and their education we take very serious. Since we do not have the income to support private school we want them to attend public school and one that has high success rates. Next year our children will be in 1st grade and 4th grade. Many people have warned us to stay out of the Waukegan area b/c of the school system.

Next I have been trying to find large corporations to work. I am currently a stay-at-home mom and unfortuntly b/c our living expenses are increases I will have to enter back into the work world. I DEFIANTLY CAN NOT drive in the snow so I have been trying to find large companies to start putting in my resume. I really do not want to do a 30-40min commute simply b/c not being from the area I want to stay close to my children and again I am afraid of driving in the snow.

Last thing, I read many post in which others said some areas are not diverse. Can someone explain what that mean?

Thank you
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