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Old 08-12-2009, 10:08 PM
 
Location: Suburbs of Chicago
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This may seem ridiculous, but I really want to know.

If you had an $300K budget, could afford a reasonably priced car, and were looking for a place to live...would you move anywhere in South Chicagoland?

As a resident of the south suburbs, a very happy resident at that, I have read forums, asked friends, even my family why the south burbs are unappealing, but I can't seem to get any other answer besides white flight.

Someone, anyone out there have a real reason why they would or would not move here?


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Old 08-12-2009, 10:56 PM
 
Location: Winnetka, IL & Rolling Hills, CA
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This may seem ridiculous, but I really want to know.

If you had an $300K budget, could afford a reasonably priced car, and were looking for a place to live...would you move anywhere in South Chicagoland?

As a resident of the south suburbs, a very happy resident at that, I have read forums, asked friends, even my family why the south burbs are unappealing, but I can't seem to get any other answer besides white flight.

Someone, anyone out there have a real reason why they would or would not move here?

Serious replies only.
I would have a difficult time living in the southern suburbs. I also am restricted to living by a church of my faith that only exists on the North Shore and in the western suburbs.
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Old 08-12-2009, 10:58 PM
 
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I wonder did the northern and southern burbs evolve differently like the north and south sides of the city. The northside was the more residential area and the southside the more industrial area. Historically the northside of the city was usually a tad more expensive to live in that the Southside (depending on neighborhood).

I seem to see more heavy industry to the south of the city than to the north (perhaps due to the calumet).

I suspect that there are few houses to the south worth 300k because most the people who live in these places are not making enough to buy a 300k house.
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Old 08-12-2009, 11:48 PM
 
Location: Suburbs of Chicago
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I wonder did the northern and southern burbs evolve differently like the north and south sides of the city. The northside was the more residential area and the southside the more industrial area. Historically the northside of the city was usually a tad more expensive to live in that the Southside (depending on neighborhood).

I seem to see more heavy industry to the south of the city than to the north (perhaps due to the calumet).

I suspect that there are few houses to the south worth 300k because most the people who live in these places are not making enough to buy a 300k house.
I do believe that the north side developed better and faster than the south because (as I think you're trying to say) it was residential initially, and was never full of industrial and manufacturing sites....maybe I'm wrong? Someone here know anything about that?


You'd be surprised how expensive housing is around me. The taxes amaze me to no end.

There is definitely not a shortage of 300k homes in Country Club Hills, Matteson, Olympia Fields, Tinley Park, Orland Park...and so on.

I just never understood why no one takes advantage of them. I certainly enjoy living here, feel very safe, and love cruising down Cicero, Pulaski, and sometimes Harlem. There is the walking trail round these parts that still makes me smile every time I see it. I'm old enough to remember when almost all of the new homes built out in Matteson were formerly big patches of bright green grass or dirt.

Why does no one take advantage of these beautiful older homes and great new construction homes? They are in safe areas and have really nice lots to go with them. *puzzled*
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Old 08-13-2009, 07:40 AM
 
Location: 151st Street
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Homewood.

When I was growing up there, I had the all-too-common teen's lament of "Aww, man, this is sooo boring..." but now, looking back, I realize that Homewood is a pretty nicely set-up town. Great housing stock to choose from. Good public schools. Tons of available shopping. Great parks and recreation. All that jazz. I've also got a ton of hazy, nostalgic memories about the place, and that means something to me. I equate Homewood with friends, family, growing up, etc...and I'm glad I did it all there, basically.

After a few years moving around, I came back to the area and moved to Orland, which was a mistake, I feel. The traffic, oh my sweet Christ the traffic. There's no trees taller than thirty feet where I live. It's just got this underlying soullessness about it. It's one huge, interconnected strip-mall. Iunno.

So, yeah - Homewood.
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Old 08-13-2009, 08:02 AM
 
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Homewood.

When I was growing up there, I had the all-too-common teen's lament of "Aww, man, this is sooo boring..." but now, looking back, I realize that Homewood is a pretty nicely set-up town. Great housing stock to choose from. Good public schools. Tons of available shopping. Great parks and recreation. All that jazz. I've also got a ton of hazy, nostalgic memories about the place, and that means something to me. I equate Homewood with friends, family, growing up, etc...and I'm glad I did it all there, basically.

After a few years moving around, I came back to the area and moved to Orland, which was a mistake, I feel. The traffic, oh my sweet Christ the traffic. There's no trees taller than thirty feet where I live. It's just got this underlying soullessness about it. It's one huge, interconnected strip-mall. Iunno.

So, yeah - Homewood.

I agree Homewood has a lot going for it. It was a burb I considered moving to for a while, but it wasn't far enough away from Blue Island in distance and spirit to feel like it was move-worthy for us.
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Old 08-13-2009, 10:56 AM
 
Location: Berwyn, IL
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My girlfriend's sisters live off of 175th and Harlem in Tinley. We go there every so often to visit and I'm pretty indifferent about it. There're a few cool shops near the train station, but nothing else really catches my eye.

I've cruised up Crawford and Kedzie from Route 30 on numerous occasions and wasn't ever really wowed. Not that a place is supposed to do that, but I suppose I'd rather take my 300K and go elsewhere.

This isn't to say where I live is terribly exciting either. I happen to like Joliet because it has a very rich history and is a fairly large city (over 145,000 people). YMMV.
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Old 08-13-2009, 11:03 AM
 
Location: Suburbs of Chicago
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I see, I see.

I'm sure you weren't wowed by Crawford/Pulaski, but the homes that are off of that street are pretty nice.

Try cruising up and down Flossmoor Road. I love it. Maybe it's just me because I like trees. Then again, as they say, different strokes for different folks.
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Old 08-13-2009, 09:20 PM
 
Location: Phoenix metro
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I wouldnt give up the far Western 'burbs for nothin. Sorry!
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Old 08-14-2009, 01:50 AM
 
Location: Chicago
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Beverly, Mount Greenwood, maybe Evergreen Park or Oak Lawn. Not much interested in the rest of south Chicagoland, be it the older/grittier parts or the shiny new Orland-y parts. Maybe Flossmoor. Maybe. Relatively quick access to the Three Floyds brewery would be a nice perk I suppose.
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