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Old 01-02-2010, 10:15 AM
 
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Default Recommended Communitiesfor Work in Michigan City?

It is very likely I will be looking at a job transfer from the Kansas City area(Overland Park, KS) to a job in Michigan City. I'd appreciate some recommendations for good communities nearby. Our children are of college age so schools are not critical. However, we do know quality of life and good schools go hand in hand. We want to be near excellent shopping and restaurants, movie theaters, etc.

My guess is that to have access to what we currently enjoy, we'll need to be closer to Chicago. For example, we love Costco. There seems to be only one of those in NW, Indiana. Odd as it may seem, this one establishment seems to provide a good locator that is supported by the recommendations of the nearby communities recommended in other posts.

I've read through the forums and read of some good areas for those commuting into Chicago, such as Crown Point, Chesterton, and Valpo. With the job in Michigan City, is there another set of communities I should be considering? What of Michigan City itself? Should the South Bend area be considered?



Any and all feedback is appreciated.
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Old 01-02-2010, 10:35 AM
 
Location: Turn Left at Greenland
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I'd suggest Chesterton.
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Old 01-02-2010, 10:53 AM
 
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I agree with Domergurl. With what you've described, Chesterton is probably the town that you'd want to look at. Valparaiso is also very nice, with a great downtown area. I would avoid living in Michigan City. For a town with so much potential and so close to the lake, it's really not very nice. And if you want easy access to Chicago, don't go further east than Michigan City.
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Old 01-03-2010, 08:59 AM
 
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OK, consensus is nice. I got two thumbs up for Chesterton. I appreciate the responses.

I'd like to invite anyone to point out good developments/neighborhoods in the Chesterton or Valpo areas, especially those with home in the $275-$325k price range.
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Old 01-03-2010, 09:00 AM
 
Location: Turn Left at Greenland
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OK, consensus is nice. I got two thumbs up for Chesterton. I appreciate the responses.

I'd like to invite anyone to point out good developments/neighborhoods in the Chesterton or Valpo areas, especially those with home in the $275-$325k price range.
you can go to Welcome to gniarlms.com - Search Results for "gniarlms.com" to see what's available in Chesterton.
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Old 01-03-2010, 09:04 AM
 
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OK, consensus is nice. I got two thumbs up for Chesterton. I appreciate the responses.

I'd like to invite anyone to point out good developments/neighborhoods in the Chesterton or Valpo areas, especially those with home in the $275-$325k price range.

There are literally tons of properties available in that price point in Chesterton & Valparaiso. You shouldn't have a problem finding something that suits you perfectly.

And domergurl is right, www.gniarlmls.com is the Realtor's public portal to NWI's MLS. In NWI, this should be the only site you use to search as it shows you exactly what the agents see - obviously with the exception of personal/private info of the seller.
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Old 01-03-2010, 07:17 PM
 
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Three thumbs up now. Chesterton is a really good place to live.
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Old 01-03-2010, 07:22 PM
 
Location: Fishers, IN
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Make that four for Chesterton -- close to Valpo for conveniences, and you have easy access to the South Shore to get into downtown Chicago.
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Old 01-13-2010, 10:55 PM
 
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IMO Michigan City is not a good place for job markets. I used to live there and hated it. I'll recommend Chesterton like everyone else.
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Old 01-15-2010, 08:12 AM
 
Location: Valparaiso, IN
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Another Vote for Chesterton; northern Valparaiso also a good choice. Both are in Porter County. (Michigan City is in LaPorte County.) Tons of real estate in your price range to choose from. Excellent buyer's market right now in Porter Co. I live near downtown Valparaiso, and it's one of the best downtowns you'll find anywhere. It's thriving, with plenty of excellent restaurants and shops, plus two community theatres. Downtown Chesterton has a couple of nice restaurants, but there's not much in C'ton in the way of shopping, and no movie theatre. You'd need to go to Valpo for that (15- to 25-minute drive, depending on what part of Chesterton you're in.) Michigan City has a fabulous outlet mall, Lighthouse Place. Also, Michigan City is just a stone's throw from SW Michigan - tons of fabulous restaurants and quaint towns to explore. I just wouldn't recommend taking up residence in Michigan City. It has some nice areas, but more not-so-nice. Another plus for Chesterton is that there's a South Shore train station there, with frequent trains into downtown Chicago.
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