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Old 10-15-2006, 05:17 PM
Location: Bloomington IN
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nicollew--don't listen to these complaints about taxes or traffic or even how expensive it is to live here. Most of these respondants have never lived in the Chicago suburbs and don't have a clue about what real traffic or real taxes or expensive housing is. We got out about 5 years ago. (recently figured out we've saved about $35,000 in real estate taxes over the past 5 years by moving. I don't live in Indy--did a long time ago--but have enough family and am close enough, and visit often enough, to know that the complaints you're seeing on here are laughable in comparison. Biggest problem with traffic is that everyone feels a need to slow down near the entrance/exit ramps on 465. In my opinion probably the worst area for traffic is around 69 and 465 connections or elsewhere on the north/northeast sides of Indy. While some suburbs around Indy have seen lots of growth, it's nothing like the south and western suburbs of Chicago have seen in the past 5-10 years. These areas of growth, ie Avon to Danville, weren't prepared for what the new houses would mean for traffic patterns. Good luck with your move.
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Old 10-18-2006, 08:33 AM
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It is always funny to me to read other's opinions of the same city. I live in downtown Indy so all the suburbs are equally distant or close, however you look at it. The more unusual or "expensive" stores are located on or north of 86th street which runs EW across the northern part of Marion County. The most exclusive mall is on 86th street and Keystone. Whole Foods is talking about building in the same area. There is a Penszy's Spice store on 86th and a variety of fitness options thruout the area. The majority (not all) the wealth and transplanted executives live north of that in Carmel or surrounding areas. The schools seem better probably due to more recent construction and money.

I was just in Utah and was amazed at the number of drivers not driving over the speed limit. I always feel like I am in a race here to see who can get home the fastest. If it says 55 on the interstate, the traffic is doing 70 or more. If it says 70, they are doing 90.

My house is $250,000 and my RE taxes are $1800. They can range from about $1500 to over $3000 depending on the township but this is nowhere near what you might pay in surrounding states or in NJ for instance.
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Old 10-18-2006, 09:03 AM
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New Palestine is a great place to live, its east of Indy about 15 min. from 465the town is growing, but at least its away from the hustle of Indy. Most houses there have farily large lots, plenty of room for the dogs. People are friendly, and you will make some great friends there. Hope this helps.
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Old 01-02-2007, 09:35 PM
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check out Carmel...a bit pricey but if you're coming from Chicago - probably not much of a sticker price and perhaps more for your $.....
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Old 02-07-2007, 05:26 PM
Location: Crawfordsville, Indiana
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My husband and I moved to Crawfordsville about a year and a half ago and he commutes to downtown Indy for work. It takes him 45 minutes via 74. The drive is not bad and we still get to live in a small community. I also like the Pittsboro area because it is small but has great access to 74. Plus it is close enough to shop at Brownsburg, which is growing all the time, Avon is nearby as well as Plainfield. Brownsburg is getting a new mall and growing around the 74 area. Might check into the West side.
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Old 02-19-2007, 05:24 PM
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Now I know why I must always realize when reading these boards it is very important to understand that people's perspectives can be extremely different. I mean I have lived in Indy 24 years (Fishers) and know quite a bit about it. Yet I read on here quotes like "traffic is bad 24 hours a day" and "taxes are exorbitant" - are you kidding me! You have no idea what traffic/taxes are like in most major cities if you make comments like these. Either that or you must never stray too far from Smalltown,Indiana. I always think it's funny when i go to smaller outlying areas around Indy and they refer to Indy as the "big city" - not even close folks. Lots to love about it but it is not even close to typical of "real" large cities (Chicago, Atlanta, Detroit, Denver etc)
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Old 02-24-2007, 10:18 AM
Location: Fredericksburg, Virginia
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Originally Posted by nicollew View Post
Seriously? Well, commute from Joliet to Chicago on the train is 3 hours r/t daily.

Can you beat that one?

Generally anywhere you commute in Chicago South to North suburbs near Chi will be about 1-3 hours one way every day...on a good day.

Gas in IL is about $3.50 a gallon mid grade when in Indiana it is $2.83. When your prices go lower, ours will too..but about .50 per gallon than yours are.

So again, what are the commutes like compared to mine?
I can beat you, we used to live in Seattle, and before we left my husband was commuting five hours a day. Indy does get traffic, but I have yet to see anything close to what we have experienced.
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Old 02-24-2007, 12:34 PM
Location: Turn Left at Greenland
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I hear you!!! Although my heart will always be in Chicago, I do not and will never miss the traffic and the high taxes on everything! I remember when we moved back to Indiana, during our closing, the title company person was explaining about taxes and then she said, "and without exemptions" ... we looked at each other and said "you mean the taxes will be even cheaper?" We about hit the floor!

Yep, people here don't have anything to complain about.
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Old 03-04-2007, 05:38 PM
Location: Des Moines Metro
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I have lived in a suburb of Columbus, OH (north of the OSU campus) for the past ten years. I will have an opportunity to transfer to Indy in several months, and I'm thinking about doing it.

I'm in my late 40s, single, no children. I would like to get away from the college atmosphere, which is a major part of this city. I do enjoy classical music and like going to concerts, but other than that, I don't attend college events.

Politically, I'm middle of the road. I avoid die-hard liberals and conservatives.

Hobbies: gardening, bicycling (on paved trails), reading, and remodeling the house.

Where might I fit in around Indy? Currently, I have a 15-minute commute to work (where there are no accidents on the freeway). Yeah, I know I'm spoiled.
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Old 03-06-2007, 09:45 AM
Location: Turn Left at Greenland
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Northside near the Monon Trail. Broad Ripple, Meridian Kessler ...
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