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Old 06-22-2010, 09:17 PM
 
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My husband just started a new job at Chrysler and the children and I are following him soon. I have a 14-month baby and a 3-month baby, so I can't work for a while (yeah, I know... 11 months apart... no fun!). Anyway, we are looking for a place that is safe and nice, but also cheap. We do not know how long we're going to stay in the area, the company told him he can transfer in about 18 months if he wants, and to be honest, being from Brazil the weather there does not attract me AT ALL, but I am willing to give it a try (I lived in Chicago with him for 2 years, so I know how bad it is). I would like to go back to school to finish my Masters eventually and if I like the area I was considering U of M. I read some threads about Farmington Hills area saying it is a nice area, but it goes from 8 mile to 14 and I read somewhere to stay away from 8 mile. Is it true? Even for Farmington?
Right now the most important thing for me is that we are close to his job because the sooner he gets home after work the more time I have for myself (having 2 babies is definitely A LOT of work).
Any other options? I want safety, since I will be home alone with two kids all day long and have no friends or family in the area. And because of that I would also like to be where I could see people (not in the middle of nowhere), so I can keep my sanity...
Thanks, I really appreciate your help!
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Old 06-22-2010, 09:20 PM
 
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Where is he working? Auburn Hills?

Farmington between Inkster and Drake 12 Mile and 14 Mile are your better areas.
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Old 06-22-2010, 09:25 PM
 
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yes, he is at the big office building there somewhere (I am in Brazil right now, so I don't know where that is...)
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Old 06-22-2010, 10:34 PM
 
Location: north of Windsor, ON
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Farmington to Auburn Hills is often a terrible commute. Oakland University is close to the Chrysler building in Auburn Hills. They have Masters' programs but are not renowned as UM.
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Old 06-23-2010, 06:03 AM
 
Location: Waterford & Sterling Heights, Michigan
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Farmington to Auburn Hills is often a terrible commute. Oakland University is close to the Chrysler building in Auburn Hills. They have Masters' programs but are not renowned as UM.

I agree with this and also the commute to UoM can get hairy from Farmington. OU is not as renowned but its still pretty good and they offer their graduate classes often in the afternoon and evenings which would work better for you if you want to save in day care. Check out Rochester Hills too, I find it much nicer and quieter and the commute to both Auburn Hills and OU is a breeze.
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Old 06-23-2010, 06:13 AM
 
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Rochester is a fantastic, safe town. It has somewhat of a small town feel but is still close to Chrysler headquarters and also things like shopping (The Somerset Collection in Troy is the best mall in the Metro Detroit area, very upscale and very safe), dining, etc. Here is a link, although it focuses primarily on the downtown area. They have an awesome Christmas lights display that people drive from all over the area to see too. If either me or my hubby worked at the Chrysler headquarters, I would definitely consider Rochester.

Downtown Rochester
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Old 06-23-2010, 08:43 AM
 
Location: Grosse Ile Michigan
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Second hte vote for Rochester for you, but it is a ridiculous commute to Ann Arbor. If you want to try to split the difference bewtween Chrysler and Ann Arbor, you might look at Milford or South Lyon.
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Old 06-23-2010, 11:55 AM
 
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Be warned. A masters at Michigan is very rigorous, and very tough to do with a family and a long commute. I graduated from UofM, so I knew many who went through the various graduate school programs there. Exceptionally bright people who spent all-nighters studying as a norm. Also, if your husband has possible plans of transferring, are you sure you want to start a masters program?
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Old 06-23-2010, 12:11 PM
 
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we are actually looking at both Rochester and Farmington, but I haven't decided about going back to school yet. I have a Law degree from Brazil and I would have to go back to Law school to be able to work in the US (it does not transfer). I was considering doing that and cost and time is why I went for a Masters (in Accounting) first, faster and cheaper. I wanted to go to UM but I know it is difficult to get in, and expensive.
I am in doubt because of all we hear about the Detroit area. I know MI is a beautiful state and I think it is a shame what happened all over, but specially there, so it is difficult to decide what and where to buy in this situation. There are a lot of foreclosures and I think the banks are holding some houses back so not to flood the market with houses that would lose even more value... good for buyers, but still scary. I heard Chrysler would by the house from us for what we paid for it in case they transfer my husband but there's a cap on this value and my husband thinks it is at around 100k. We are trying to stay close to this value so we won't lose too much money in case we do transfer and have to sell in about 12 months. I know it is not a lot, but we did see a nice house in Rochester for 93. It does need A LOT of work though...
Anyway, how nice is Milford and the commute from there to Auburn Hills and Ann Arbor? I have never heard of Milford before.
In case I don't go to school, what other areas should I consider? Any thoughts on Waterford? Independence?
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Old 06-23-2010, 12:31 PM
 
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Thomas:
I have already started a Masters in Accounting, at Purdue (I think one more year and I would be done), and had to stop for a while when my husband lost his job and I had to come back to Brazil. I found out I was pregnant the week before I left - I was 2 months pregnant with a 4 month baby in my arms. So I came to Brazil and 2 and a half months after that my father had a stroke and passed away 4 months later (3 and a half months ago). And that is why I am still here...
I do not have a problem with studying. I have never had a problem with it... i am a straight A student (even in the US, and English is my second language), graduated top 5 of my class here (Law School), but I know it is hard work. I just really enjoy studying... I have more trouble being a housewife...
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