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Old 10-30-2011, 05:32 PM
 
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We are possibly moving from Houston to Jackson for my husbands job. We have a 5 month old son and are trying to figure out the best neighborhoods to buy a house. Our price range is $200,000-$300,000.

We currently live in an upscale, but eclectic neighborhood, that is very much in the heart of Houston. I would love to find something similar in Jackson. So far, I am most attracted to the Belhaven neighborhood. However, I keep reading about the "rampant" crime that seems to be everywhere inside the Jackson city limits. Is this a tad blown out of proportion? Living near downtown Houston, you definitely have to be smart about safety, but I still feel very safe in our neighborhood. Is this a similar feeling that I should have about Belhaven?

I keep hearing about Madison for families. I'm sure it is lovely, but I have never been terribly fond of cookie cutter suburbs. Is this an accurate representation of Madison?

I just want to find the best place for our family. Any help would be greatly appreciated.
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Old 10-30-2011, 07:38 PM
 
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Madison, MS is your best bet. It is definitely a cookie cutter type neighborhood, but the houses are well kept-up and will maintain their value. Also, the public schools are among the top performing in the state.

The exact opposite can be said for Bellhaven. There is no question, Bellhaven has more character than Madison, but the crime rivals Mogadishu or Khartoum. Also, the caliber of neighbor you find inside the Jackson city limits leaves much to be desired...unless you appreciate being in close proximity to gentlemen's clubs. Also, the Jackson Public Schools have produced some of the most heralded drug dealers, pimps and prostitutes since the prohibition era of the 1920s!
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Old 10-30-2011, 08:33 PM
 
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Belhaven is fabulous and safe, Jackson's inside the loop neighborhood. The Eastover area and adjacent neighborhoods are similar to Houston's Memorial area. Madison is similar to the Woodlands. The Northshore of the Reservoir in Rankin County is perhaps Jackson's Clear Lake.
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Old 10-31-2011, 09:44 AM
 
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Brickpatio always gives good info. Spot on. I personally live in Madison and love it. Great homes, great schools, good goverment. But it is a more modern town with developments being very similar in architecture. It's hard to stand out for sure.
As for Belhaven, it's a safe area. It's just everything around it that hurts it's reputation.

Good luck with the move.
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Old 10-31-2011, 10:38 AM
 
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We currently live in the Houston area and will be moving to Madison next summer. We are very excited it!
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Old 10-31-2011, 05:10 PM
 
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I really appreciate the very helpful information from everyone. And thank you brickpatio for speaking in terms that I completely understand. In Houston, we live in the Heights and love the hodge podge of charming Arts and Crafts bungalows, Victorian mansions, local businesses, galleries, etc. This is why Belhaven looks so familiar and welcoming to me. We will definitely be looking there.

In Houston, I grew up in Memorial, and so your comment comparing it to the Eastover area has peaked my interest. However, it seems that Eastover proper may be out of our price range. Specifically, what are the names of other "Memorial-like" neighborhoods that you mentioned are adjacent to Eastover?

Thanks in advance for any help.
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Old 10-31-2011, 06:51 PM
 
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Eastover is pricey but check out the adjacent neighborhoods. Basically anything along Ridgewood Rd from Lakeland Drive up to Jackson Academy which is at the corner of Ridgewood and Sheffield.

For example if you take Northside Drive exit and go east until it ends backing up to the Pearl River, this is a great area with plenty of affordable homes built in the 60s and 70s and 80s. It's hilly and wooded back in there, feels very established.

Belhaven is full of doctors, lawyers, professors, med students and everything in between. It's surrounded by Millsaps College, the University Medical Center, downtown, and neighboring Fondren with it's unique bars, coffee shops, and restaurants.

Another cool area is near the Jackson Yacht Club. There are very nice, mostly newer neighborhoods in that general vicinity along Rice Rd in Ridgeland and where Rice Rd curves northward under the Natchez Trace into Madison, with some homes in your price range. A big plus in this area is being near the water and the great bike and walking trails near the Trace and convenient to high end shopping in Ridgeland and Madison near I-55
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Old 10-31-2011, 08:43 PM
 
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Another cool area is near the Jackson Yacht Club. There are very nice, mostly newer neighborhoods in that general vicinity along Rice Rd in Ridgeland and where Rice Rd curves northward under the Natchez Trace into Madison, with some homes in your price range. A big plus in this area is being near the water and the great bike and walking trails near the Trace and convenient to high end shopping in Ridgeland and Madison near I-55
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Old 11-07-2011, 10:41 PM
 
Location: Jackson, MS
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Fondren is another area similar to Belhaven (and just north of Belhaven) - the big difference being that Fondren has its own small "downtown" district with a grocery, restaurants, coffee shops, retail, etc. You can easily find a house in your price range there. $150k on the low end up to $1M+.
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Old 11-09-2011, 09:01 AM
 
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Just me, but with a family first approach, I would look at the Brandon area. I prefer the reservoir Brandon area as opposed to old Brandon. I currently live in Madison. There are things I like about it and also dislikes. If we decide to move in the near future, we would definitely head to the Brandon-reservoir area or Gluckstadt (unicorporated area of Madison County just north of the Madison city limits). If you want crime info on Jackson, you can search crime stats below by precinct and map. I lived inside the Jackson city limits about 5-6 years ago, but wouldn't now, in part due to the crime, but also due to the poor infrasctructure, city leadership, and taxes.

Official City of Jackson, Mississippi Website - <font color=#AAC4E5>Crime Reports</font>
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