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Old 03-12-2012, 08:49 AM
 
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Default Moving to East Lansing Area--suggestions?

My husband and I are moving from Chicago to the MSU area this year. I'll be a grad student at MSU so we know a general area where we would like to be...We're definitely not big city people (we can't wait to get out of Chicago), so it sounds like we're headed to a place that's more "our speed".

Having said that, we're hoping to rent at first and we definitely want a house. This doesn't seem too hard, as it the area seems rural. Does anyone have suggestions of services to use for finding a house?

Other questions:
What areas to consider? (Okemos we've heard is nice, but pricey)
What is the "feel" of surrounding areas?
Things to do?
Safety concerns of neighborhoods?
Best places to look for work (my husband is having a hard time finding anything) & reasonable commuting distances if we live near MSU


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We'd like to spend less than what we spend now on rent (>$850) this seems entirely possible.
We both have cars, and are used to driving. We have 2 dogs, so we'd like some space and to get out of this apartment-style residence.

Thank you!
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Old 03-12-2012, 02:21 PM
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I would suggest using the newspapers~Lansing State Journal, Towne Courier and the Michigan State~State News. Also, check Craigs List-Lansing and post your requests there as well.

There are a number of houses for sale in the area, you might consider approaching something that has been on the market for a number of months and offer to rent it (check zillow, trulia, homes.com etc.) You'll end up with a realtor, but they may be able to steer you in the right direction.

Towns that are not as pricey as Okemos would be Haslett, Bath, Williamston, Mason and Holt. They are all still within a short commute to MSU. The area of Lansing near Frandor shopping center is also nice, small houses, safe area for having/walking your dogs.
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Old 03-14-2012, 06:54 AM
 
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I would suggest using the newspapers~Lansing State Journal, Towne Courier and the Michigan State~State News. Also, check Craigs List-Lansing and post your requests there as well.

There are a number of houses for sale in the area, you might consider approaching something that has been on the market for a number of months and offer to rent it (check zillow, trulia, homes.com etc.) You'll end up with a realtor, but they may be able to steer you in the right direction.

Towns that are not as pricey as Okemos would be Haslett, Bath, Williamston, Mason and Holt. They are all still within a short commute to MSU. The area of Lansing near Frandor shopping center is also nice, small houses, safe area for having/walking your dogs.
^ This. Getting around the Lansing area isn't that bad. So, you could even expand your range to say Delta Township/Waverly area or say DeWitt too.
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Old 03-14-2012, 07:23 AM
 
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^ This. Getting around the Lansing area isn't that bad. So, you could even expand your range to say Delta Township/Waverly area or say DeWitt too.
I would agree with this.

If you've ever toyed with the idea of living in a small town or a more rural environment, the Lansing area is the perfect place to do it. DeWitt and Williamston are two of my favorite small towns around Lansing, but they are also still an easy drive to MSU.
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Old 03-14-2012, 08:18 AM
 
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I would agree with this.

If you've ever toyed with the idea of living in a small town or a more rural environment, the Lansing area is the perfect place to do it. DeWitt and Williamston are two of my favorite small towns around Lansing, but they are also still an easy drive to MSU.
I'd dare add Eaton Rapids or Grand Ledge too.
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Old 03-14-2012, 10:08 AM
 
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I'd dare add Eaton Rapids or Grand Ledge too.
Yes, both of those are great little towns too.
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