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Old 11-01-2010, 11:39 AM
 
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May be moving to the area. How are the housing prices? No kids so not worried about being near a school.
We're into nature, rivers/water, woods/forests, birds.
would like a single fam home (we think) with room for grandkids (2) to visit - so probly 3 beds/2 bath with some decent sq footage.
Although we have wondered about a condo, lol.
Any ideas?
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Old 11-02-2010, 11:58 PM
 
Location: Bike to Surf!
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In town or out in the countryside?
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Old 11-11-2010, 11:50 AM
 
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both
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Old 11-13-2010, 08:12 PM
 
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Both towns have their ups and downs. Downtown Lafayette has some nice parks, coffee shops, and a little bit of shopping left that the twin walmarts, super target, and Meijer haven't completely killed off. The hills of the WBSH river valley give the town some character. Columbian park and environs are getting a little run-down, but they're still nice neighborhoods and a real positive part of the community with long-time local favorites like Frozen Custard and Arni's.

WLAF across the river has a vibrant entertainment area down by the river in the Levee/Chauncy hill area. It's full of students, but there's eating places, bookstores, and a movie theater catering to more grown-up tastes.

Out of town, there's cornfields. Lots of cornfields. Many of them now converted into cookie-cutter burbs like University Farms, Blackbird Farms, and a dozen clones of them on the East side as well. If you hunt around, paying attention to where the creeks and rivers (Wabash, Tippecanoe, Wildcat, Burnett's, etc.) flow, you can find some wooded areas and pretend you're not square in the middle of flat nowheresville.

Be aware that ice storms and blizzards can cut you off from the rest of civilization for weeks at a time if you are down some country road, so have a fireplace, stock of wood, and enough food/water medications for a few weeks with no power, cell phones, or help if you wanna do the Exurb or farm homestead thing. (Or be fit/equipped enough to horse/walk/ATV/snowmobile into town and hump supplies home if the roads are blocked with downed trees. It's not Kamchatka, but it's not downtown Chicago either.

Areas around Staleys (the 2 big smoke-pouring factories) get stinky, but not as bad as they used to. Battleground, Buck Creek, etc. are sleepy little backwaters just like they look. Property values are low and old leaky moldy houses can probably be found for cheap. Newer costs more, but might not be much better. Do your homework before buying.

If you want to spend in the realm of 500K to buy/build your own place in an upscale, pretty countryside set of large lots with lakes and forest PM me and I can put you in touch with the developers of one specific place near WLAF.
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Old 11-20-2010, 12:51 PM
 
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Thanks Sponger, that's some great info. No we aren't looking to wait and build. But we aren't in the market for stinky and moldy either, hehe.
As we're a bit older and the winter might be problematic, we're thinking a condo might be a good idea but not sure if we can get the sq. footage we'd like in one of those.
Hmmm.
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Old 11-20-2010, 10:37 PM
 
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I don't know where you can buy condos around Lafayette. There's tons of apartments out by Purdue with shuttle and bus service to campus. If you live on a bus line you'll be fine for winter as the city and county crews keep those roads clear on priority.

Really, countryside isn't a big problem so long as you stay stocked for a week or so. I don't think the countryside has been cut off for more than a few days since the big ice storm of 1989. Power was out for almost a month for the rural areas. It took us a few days worth of chainsawing to clear the road into town. No shortage of wood for the fireplace, but cooking over it, sleeping in parkas, and washing with buckets got old after the first week. It was kind of like a miracle when the lights and heat finally went back on after we replaced our transformer. The night of the storm, we watched out the window as blue flashes from exploding transformers lit up the night like lightning.

I was just up at 5 points near Murdock Park. That's a nice neighborhood and there's plenty of houses for sale. Big old mansions from when that was the place to live some 90 years ago.
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Old 12-29-2010, 02:14 PM
 
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Well, it's a fact now we are coming to Lafayette. We'd like to find a home in Lafayette, not W. Lafayette.
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