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Old 10-23-2010, 06:37 AM
 
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I am looking at a job in Moline. We can spend up to $500,000 or so on the house, but want an area with walkable neighborhoods and great schools. I will have a chance to visit the area in a couple of weeks, but want to narrow down which city to focus on.

We like old houses, unique restaurants and stores, walking to libraries and schools, having nice and quiet neighbors, and living in a safe neighborhood. We generally love college towns. Iowa City seems like a better fit, but I'd prefer to be in Illinois to take advantage of a shorter commute and much lower income taxes -- Moline seems like the best fit in Illinois.

Can anyone help on how these cities "feel" different? Any advice on where else to look in the Quad Cities or in Iowa?

Thanks!
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Old 10-23-2010, 10:21 AM
 
Location: Davenport, Iowa
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Welcome to the area. With that kind of budget, I am pretty sure you could find something to your liking in the Illinois QC. The commute from Iowa City would get old really fast, I think, although you could be used to that kind of thing for all I know.

That said, I'd like to point out that Iowa's income tax rate looks worse than it is, because Iowa is one of the relatively few states with federal deductibility. So especially for people in the top federal income bracket, that knocks a big chunk out of the tax rate. Also, Illinois at some point is going to get the spine to fix their budget problems with an income tax hike, probably to 4.5%.

So I would suggest checking out the entire QC, including what I consider to be the area's best neighborhood, McClellan Heights. It has a lot of what you listed in your description of the perfect neighborhood, mostly because of its proximity to the East Village of Davenport. Also, you can get stuff like this (http://www.qcfsbo.com/listings/2010-Vol07/HTR30AD.html - broken link) (with a river view) for "only" $400,000. I don't know the Illinois neighborhoods as much as the Iowa side, so someone may be able to point out a similar neighborhood in Moline that would be even better for you.
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Old 10-24-2010, 11:52 AM
 
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So I would suggest checking out the entire QC, including what I consider to be the area's best neighborhood, McClellan Heights. It has a lot of what you listed in your description of the perfect neighborhood, mostly because of its proximity to the East Village of Davenport. Also, you can get stuff like this (http://www.qcfsbo.com/listings/2010-Vol07/HTR30AD.html - broken link) (with a river view) for "only" $400,000. I don't know the Illinois neighborhoods as much as the Iowa side, so someone may be able to point out a similar neighborhood in Moline that would be even better for you.
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Old 10-25-2010, 08:09 AM
 
Location: Coralville/Ames, IA
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I was born and raised in Iowa City, and I love it there, but I wouldn't make that commute if I got a job in the Quad Cities. You can always visit Iowa City on the weekends if you want to. I'd go with the suggestions above, there are definitely some nice areas in the Quad Cities as well.
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Old 10-26-2010, 08:31 AM
 
Location: Scott County, IA
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Welcome to the area. With that kind of budget, I am pretty sure you could find something to your liking in the Illinois QC. The commute from Iowa City would get old really fast, I think, although you could be used to that kind of thing for all I know.

That said, I'd like to point out that Iowa's income tax rate looks worse than it is, because Iowa is one of the relatively few states with federal deductibility. So especially for people in the top federal income bracket, that knocks a big chunk out of the tax rate. Also, Illinois at some point is going to get the spine to fix their budget problems with an income tax hike, probably to 4.5%.

So I would suggest checking out the entire QC, including what I consider to be the area's best neighborhood, McClellan Heights. It has a lot of what you listed in your description of the perfect neighborhood, mostly because of its proximity to the East Village of Davenport. Also, you can get stuff like this (http://www.qcfsbo.com/listings/2010-Vol07/HTR30AD.html - broken link) (with a river view) for "only" $400,000. I don't know the Illinois neighborhoods as much as the Iowa side, so someone may be able to point out a similar neighborhood in Moline that would be even better for you.
Wow, that is a nice house. There are some nice areas in Moline. When my family and I were moving back to the Quad City area we were considering Moline because I work over there, but overall we were able to find more of what we were looking for on the Iowa side.
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