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Old 04-27-2010, 02:12 PM
 
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I've read alot of great topics hear & seen alot of super responses from great people!! I hope I can get some good advice of my own.
My husband & I (37 & 35) are considering a move to Indiana & have never even been there. Thru an elimination process of states it looked like a great place to live & I narrowed down to the Lafayette area but would welcome any & all advice. Originally from upstate NY we have lived in SC/NC for 16 yrs now & are SSOOOO ready for a change (& cooler weather!). We have 3 kids (14,11 & 6) so great schools are a must & we have 6 dogs so prefer larger lots & NOT developments w/cramped neighbors. We're looking for like minded familes, w/kids & pets, nice, fun, hang out, tell jokes, not uptight....LOL We just enjoy going out to dinner every so often w/& w/o the kids, going to car shows, a fair, a dog park, riding motorcycles (when we get another) etc. I'm not stuck in the Lafayette area since we can go anywhere & don't want to be primarily in a 'college town'. My husband is an Auto Zone manager so would like to be close to a store but I know they're everywhere up there...We will most likely need to start renting since our credit has been worked over by the lying, drag their feet thru mud BANK OF AMERICA...... Any advice would be greatly appreciated, I look forward to your comments!!!
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Old 04-27-2010, 03:47 PM
 
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Come by; we'd be glad to have you! I think Lafayette would be a good choice, based on your criteria.

I am sorry about your issues with BoA. If it makes you feel better, Chase has screwed me over numerous times.
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Old 04-27-2010, 04:29 PM
 
Location: Turn Left at Greenland
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funny you mention dogs ... my back neighbors have their house for sale and they have 6 dogs too. We're in Columbus Indiana.
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Old 04-27-2010, 06:20 PM
 
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I saw another post about Columbus (rt below Indianapolis rt?) what is the area like? Close to stores/towns but not too busy, good schools? Thanks!!
PS do you have a link to their home? : )
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Old 04-27-2010, 07:29 PM
 
Location: Bike to Surf!
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What used to be nothing but cornfields encircling West Lafayette have turned into sprawling Exurbs with giant lawns. You need a pile of cash for those, though. Further out in the countryside you might find a few acres for sale in the thousands per acre, but they won't have any services and they'll probably be empty field. Schools are good (Harrison, West Lafayette-best in town-)

If you're willing to deal with a smaller lawn or town setting, the hills around downtown are nice and have some real bargain places.

The big-box store suburbs (also formerly cornfield) of outer Lafayette are cheaper but schools are a little worse and the area is pretty featureless. (Mcutcheon, Jefferson)
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Old 04-27-2010, 07:31 PM
 
Location: Bike to Surf!
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West Lafayette is a college town, but if you stay out of Purdue and the Chauncy Hill/ (and to a lesser extent) Levee area near the intersection of US 26 and US 43, you probably won't see many students. Purdue is an Engineering school and--except for the small population of moronic "Greeks" on campus--the students living off campus are quiet and studious.
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Old 05-27-2010, 08:04 PM
 
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Thanks for all the input!! So we are actively looking for a rental, I have a couple possibilities but still keeping options open to be sure we get the best for all of us. Most of the rental or lease 'companies' have their own dog limit regardless of each individual house. I've had much better luck w/private owners who are willing to listen & get to know us & will except the dogs in their rental
Most have been w/in the Lafayette city limits, sacrificing a little space & privacy for convenience & price to start out. If anyone is in the area, sees a rental, knows someone renting, leasing or rent to own a 3-4 bedroom please feel free to pass it here!!!!! (Providing they'll allow 6 adult, quiet dogs)
Thanks for everyones input, see you all soon!
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Old 06-10-2010, 12:32 PM
 
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Having dogs should keep you from living within city limits. Most cities have leash laws and make you pick up poop. Having a couple acres off a county road will allow you to let your dogs run around and poop where you don't pick it up. Plus, its always cheaper and so you won't need much financing.
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Old 06-10-2010, 02:07 PM
 
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Leash laws are no problem, all of mine stay on leash anyway (3 being sighthounds)... Poop is also no problem since we're used to picking up after ourselves & in the yard that's what kids are for, LOL
We are still looking for a pet friendly rental so if anyone knows of any feel free to pass them along!! 3-4 bedroom, prefer garage & fenced yard, 1300+ sq ft.
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