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I want to move our family from Royal Oak to Indian Village

Posted 09-10-2022 at 08:14 AM by Charlotte P.

[quote=Charlotte P.;61347589]
Originally Posted by usroute10 View Post
Well, thank you for giving Detroit a try, if we had more people like you Detroit would become a much better place. Thanks for giving the city a try. It didn't work out, but Detroit isn't for most UOTE]

Coldjensens-There will always be Detroit cheerleaders and boosters. Cheer on. That is fine by me. Please do not make the assumption that just because I am moving, somehow Detroit "didn't work out." I am just leaving INDIAN VILLAGE.

The poster gmc--- is absolutely correct about the issues that IV homeowners constantly have to deal with. Anyone moving here must be prepared to spend tens, if not hundreds of thousands of dollars in updates and upkeep. That is non-negotiable.

In modern times, Indian Village has never been a uniformly wealthy neighborhood. It remains firmly middle to upper middle class. That could be considered a positive, but the result is that not everybody keeps these wildly expensive to maintain houses up properly. The IVA makes a lot of noise and rattles their rusty saber, but there is little they can really do to enforce property upkeep. I do think that this problem is improving as houses pass the million dollar mark in sales. Gmc---was wrong about property values, though. There has never, ever, been a better time to sell than now. I'm not foolish enough to get emotionally attached to a house or a neighborhood, and even if I did love IV, I would never have a problem leaving.

As younger, more transient families move in, I have seen much more property turnover. Somebody gets an out of town transfer or promotion, or their kids reach school age, and off they go, sometimes in as little as six months. This transient generation FUNDAMENTALLY changes neighborhoods, and of course it's not exclusive to IV.

On a side note, IV really began to change around 2012, when a GHASTLY, troublemaking, and uniformly despised person moved in with their family. A vicious gossip, this person set about meddling in all aspects of the village, all under the guise of being "involved." It's been downhill in terms of neighborhood warmth and cohesiveness ever since. If they are determined enough, ONE person can ruin the entire vibe of a neighborhood.

There are downsides to living in every neighborhood. Unfortunately, most new homeowners do not discover the downsides of living in IV until AFTER they have bought and moved in. Wide, leafy streets and temptingly cheap, grand old houses can do that to you.

Positives? 1. Big, fancy, relatively cheap houses. There are a handful of spectacular showstoppers, (and a lot of mehh to butt ugly houses, too. Most fall somewhere in the middle.) 2. After years of paying way more than our fair share, property tax rates have come way down. (Unfortunately, home and auto insurance rates remain usuriously high.) 3. If you are a joiner who likes to get involved, there are all sorts of neighborhood clubs and organizations to join. If you are not, keep a low profile and don't list your contact info in the IVA directory. Just. Don't. 4. Proximity to downtown Detroit and The Pointes. A somewhat strong neighborhood association, that would be much stronger and result in a much safer neighborhood if EVERYONE paid their voluntary dues. IMO, that's about it for positives.
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