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Old 02-10-2012, 11:49 PM
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Considering a relation to Cedar Rapids and I am wondering what neighborhoods might be ideal for me. My budget in a home would be $200,000 max. I would like to be close to Restaurants, shops, & shopping, maybe even walking distance. Also, I would prefer a single family home over a condo. Would downtown be the best area to find these things?
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Old 02-11-2012, 11:03 AM
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Avoid downtown Cedar Rapids, it's crime ridden with lots of poverty in the area. You might want to try West and Northeast part of the city or Marion. Also avoid southeast area, too. That's what I have read in other forum threads. West part area is pretty nice and near big parks from what I've seen.
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Old 02-11-2012, 06:01 PM
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Most of the shopping and restaurants would be along Collins Rd starting at 1st Ave. on the North side of town and along Edgewood Rd starting at HWY 30 and to the north of there.
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Old 03-17-2012, 08:17 PM
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I have to be an advocate for the SE side. It's interesting and diverse, there are a lot of very neighborhood-y neighborhoods, different personalities of those different neighborhoods, wonderful parks, and also some very fancy neighborhoods. (There are a few shabby ones, too, but not too many.) You can buy a pretty swish house in Cedar Rapids with that budget, too...but SE is close to downtown, plus it's historic, the houses are not all the same, and it's very green and pretty and not as close to factories as some of the other neighborhoods. Our neighbors have been wonderful and we have only heard that from other residents across the SE side.
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Old 03-30-2012, 11:14 PM
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200k will go pretty far in the Cedar Rapids area. We sold a 1600sq ft house on the NE side for 140k and bought a 2600 in marion for 160k. Have you thought about Marion? It's pretty close to CR, but it seems like there's less sketchy areas. We just moved there last month and our property taxes and water/trash bills are lower. If you move to the SE side be careful. Some of it is gorgeous and pretty safe and some parts you wouldn't really want to be walking around after dark. If you find a good realtor you'll be fine. If you need a recommendation I'm sure you could get one (I have one).
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Old 06-09-2012, 12:15 AM
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One suggestion I have is to input the street/streets, including those near the house, and see how much crime there is in the neighborhood

[url=http://apps.cedar-rapids.org/policelogs/calls_lookup.asp]City of Cedar Rapids, Iowa[/url]

Actually, a lot of the SE side of Cedar Rapids is very nice. There are some huge older homes in this area, and the most of the area is designated as historic. (This does put restrictions on what changes you can make to the outside of a home). Be careful though. There are some unbelievable deals on big houses, and there is always a reason for that in this area.

Avoid Bever Avenue SE, 4th Avenue, 5th Avenue, most especially from 14th Street to 19th Street. Above 19th Street should be fine.

As far as safety and access to everything, the NE side of town is probably the best. It can also be more expensive. Marion is a wonderful little town, as is Hiawatha, and they seem like part of Cedar Rapids. There is no gap where CR ends and these towns begin.

I don't know much about the SW and NW parts of town as far as living there.

If you find a place online and you'd like to know about the area, feel free to mail me and I'll do my best to help. Probably to use my gmail - [email]defdumbandblonde@gmail.com[/email].
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