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Old 07-03-2013, 01:23 PM
 
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So I'm moving to the Baton Rouge area...I'm also looking at Hammond and Covington... I am a single mom... I'll have my 11 year old with me...not sure if my 18 year old is coming with or not...we live in IL now. I'm not interested in schools because my youngest goes to school online... but I would like to live somewhere that he'll be able to meet other kids so he's not always stuck hanging out with me and my friends. I much rather live in a single family house or a townhouse that has a backyard, etc. Do y'all think it's better to live in like those complexes/communities that are like gated with pools, lakes, playground area etc... or are there certain neighborhoods where there would be kids around?? I honestly rather not live in an apartment...we would like to be able to have a backyard of some sort. I'm looking to hopefully stay under $1000...no more than $900 a month would be great...I could go to $1100...I just rather not... I already have a job...I work from home...so it doesn't matter about a commute or anything like that either... and honestly I don't care about traffic...I live in Chicago...so there isn't going to be any traffic in LA that will come close to Chicago traffic. Hoping to move by Sept 1st. Any suggestions would be GREATLY appreciated!! Thanks!
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Old 07-03-2013, 08:11 PM
 
Location: Denver
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Hammond and Covington are actually in New Orleans metro area. Both of those areas are family oriented suburbs of New Orleans (Hammond is much more independent). Is there a reason why you say you want to move near Baton Rouge but chose towns in netro New Orleans?
By the way, traffic in Baton Rouge is statistically one of the worst in the country, if not worse than Chicago itself.
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Old 07-03-2013, 10:35 PM
 
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I do know that Hammond and Covington are closer to New Orleans...I'm basically planning on moving somewhere between Baton Rouge and New Orleans... does that make sense? I've been in Baton Rouge quite a bit over the last few months...but it just honestly seemed like no big deal to me... but I've been dealing with Chicago traffic forever...so that's probably why it seemed like no big deal.
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Old 07-03-2013, 11:53 PM
 
Location: Phoenix
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I would highly recommend Prairieville. It's short commute to Baton Rouge and easy to get to New Orleans and the NO airport. Other possibilities are Denham Springs and Watson in Livingston Parish. I would recommend Covington over Hammond and would also suggest Mandeville which is near Covington and an easy commute to New Orleans.
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Old 07-04-2013, 12:16 AM
 
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Thanks! I'll look into Prairieville! I do have a good friend in Denham and have been looking at places there as well. I do have a friend in Mandeville who said the same thing about Covington over Hammond. Living in Chicago...my youngest can easily walk to the grocery store to pick something up if needed...is that possible in any of these places...being able to walk somewhere instead of always having to drive? And if he did walk to the store or gas station or whatever...not having to worry about him? Are there any places to look for rentals besides craigslist? I haven't moved in over 11 years so trying to find a place to live...especially in another state...is quite the task! lol
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Old 07-04-2013, 10:13 AM
 
Location: Denver
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There's no where to walk in these suburbs. If so, it'll be on major highways or you'll be lucky to be close enough to a store.
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Old 07-05-2013, 09:24 PM
 
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So no burbs out there have places close enough in the vicinity to walk to?
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Old 07-06-2013, 12:11 AM
 
Location: Denver
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It depends on where you live. There might be a store in walking distance but it's not going to be like being in a city. Is there a reason why you don't want to live in the city?
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Old 07-06-2013, 03:53 AM
 
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Well I suppose because I've lived in Chicago for so long...I'm so used to everything...at least the places where I've lived...where you can walk to a store, a gas station, restaurant, etc... I don't mind at all living in the city...I am looking in Baton Rouge...but I rather not live right in New Orleans for example. I suppose maybe I should concentrate more so on Baton Rouge? I just want to make sure my kid is able to meet other kids easily because he won't be attending a traditional school. Here it's harder to meet kids outside of school because we don't have a lot of kids in our neighborhood.
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Old 07-07-2013, 05:39 PM
 
Location: Denver
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You can do that in Baton Rouge and New Orleans but no so much in the burbs.
If you give me a price range, type of neighborhood, and amenities I can give you some areas to look into. New Orleans sounds like it would be a better place if you want urban.
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