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Old 10-11-2012, 07:04 PM
 
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We are planning on moving from the Chicagoland area to some nice place in Indiana. I like the Granger area,
but just fell in love with a home in Elkhart built in 1920. The price and taxes look great but I don't know that much about the town. The house is on Jackson Blvd, and doesn't seem to be far from the river. Can anyone give me an honest, no holds barred assessment of the area? Crime and a declining neighborhood are tops on my list. Keep in mind we would like to stay well into our old age. Would you let your mom and dad move there?
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Old 10-11-2012, 08:49 PM
 
Location: Indianapolis
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im curious.
Did the taxes/cost of living help you decide to leave Chicago?
If so i would love to hear your story why you dont like Illinois/Chicago.
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Old 10-11-2012, 11:21 PM
 
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I was born and raised in Chicago as was my husband. We still have many friends and family here. Taxes are killing people here. They continue to go up while property values go down. My husband lived in Valparaiso for about 15 years and I have family in Grand Rapids Mi. I don't like Valpo, he doesn't like MI so we compromised on the Granger/Elkhart area. This would put us about half way between both families. Besides, Chicago is not really of interest to us other than family since we seldom go into the city. We live in the southwest suburbs.
Since we will be retiring we would like to live somewhere a little less fast paced and where are dollar will stretch a little further. Everyone I know here is paying upwards (some a LOT upwards) of $5000.00 a year in property taxes for homes about 220,000.00 dollars. We're expecting an increase next year. We don't want to retire too far from family.
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Old 10-12-2012, 01:27 PM
 
Location: Northwest Indiana
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You may want to move this thread to the main Indiana forum. Elkhart isn't in Northwest Indiana, so you won't get much in response. Good luck on your retirement!
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Old 10-12-2012, 04:52 PM
 
Location: Indianapolis
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I was born and raised in Chicago as was my husband. We still have many friends and family here. Taxes are killing people here. They continue to go up while property values go down. My husband lived in Valparaiso for about 15 years and I have family in Grand Rapids Mi. I don't like Valpo, he doesn't like MI so we compromised on the Granger/Elkhart area. This would put us about half way between both families. Besides, Chicago is not really of interest to us other than family since we seldom go into the city. We live in the southwest suburbs.
Since we will be retiring we would like to live somewhere a little less fast paced and where are dollar will stretch a little further. Everyone I know here is paying upwards (some a LOT upwards) of $5000.00 a year in property taxes for homes about 220,000.00 dollars. We're expecting an increase next year. We don't want to retire too far from family.
Well smart choice in picking Indiana we welcome you with open arms. Your family also interested in moving to Indiana?
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Old 10-12-2012, 08:26 PM
 
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Just to offer you a comparison to the southwest suburbs..

Granger is somewhat like the Mokena/Tinley area off of 191st except with little retail/office park areas.

Elkhart is more like a smaller, less vibrant, and more depressed version of Joliet.

As far as safety, Granger is a very safe, family-friendly area all around. The schools are also very good.

Elkhart isn't necessarily dangerous, but there are some seedy areas I would be careful of. Overall, a better investment would be Granger or even the area of South Bend that shares its northeastern border with Granger.

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Old 10-14-2012, 09:43 AM
 
Location: Fishers, IN
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Jackson Blvd area isn't bad. I lived for a couple years not too far south if there. I think the closer you get to CR 17 the better. Across the river along Bristol St and Beardsley Ave is even better. The worst area for the most part is south of downtown Elkhart. Granger would be a better overall option than Elkhart, but I never felt and problems with the Jackson Blvd area of Elkhart when I lived there.
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Old 10-17-2012, 03:20 PM
 
Location: Fort Wayne
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Elkhart is heavily dependent on the RV industry. Elkhart is in a lot better shape than it was 4 years ago (granted, we were at rock bottom). Ironically, a lot of people settle in this area because it serves as a middleground between bigger cities (i.e. Grand Rapids and Chicago). The South Bend-Mishawaka-Granger-Elkhart-Goshen metro area (commonly known as Michiana) is a great place to raise a family, but definitely has seen its fair share of hard times.

It is interesting note that Elkhart County's population has grown by over 80,000 in the last 50 years, making it the 7th largest county in the state of Indiana. They have to be something right to have that many people move or stay here.

That area of Jackson Blvd is mostly nice, because of its proximity to the river.
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Old 10-17-2012, 09:32 PM
 
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I can see why you would fall in love with a house in that area. There are some amazing homes. I live in Granger but relocated here from out of state. We escaped high taxes so I understand you wanting the change. Can't really provide much about Elkhart except that years ago before I even thought of moving to Indiana, I saw a news segment about how Elkhart was considered the capitol of meth use. I didnt even know where Elkhart was at that time. Of course I have no idea if this is true but it stuck in my mind when we moved to the area. Elkhart really didnt impress me all that much except for some of the homes like what you see. One realtor I met really pushed Elkhart county. Schools were a big factor in our decision so we went with Granger. So if you have questions about Granger I can provide more in depth answers.
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Old 10-29-2012, 12:00 PM
 
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Thanks to all of you for your replies. I've visited both areas over the last couple of weeks and Granger has won out. I visited the house in Elkhart on Jackson Blvd and if I could move it to Granger I would be in paradise! The comparison of Joliet, IL to Elkhart was right on target, likewise the Tinley Park - Granger comps. Now it will be down to finding something in Granger and selling my place here in Palos Heights. Anyone interested in a beautiful condo in a very nice area with very high taxes?
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