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Old 04-09-2014, 07:09 PM
 
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Hello Guys,

I will be moving to Iowa from New Jersey in about a month. Currently I am looking for housing options in cedar rapids. I have seen some apartments online but since I have no clue as to how Iowa is, I can't really tell. Can anyone tell me if the following apartments are in a safe area?

1716 D Ave NE, Cedar Rapids, IA 52402
2800 A Ave NE, Cedar Rapids, IA 52402
2750 1st Ave NE, Cedar Rapids, IA 52402


Also, I am trying to buy a car right now in New Jersey. Is it a good idea to come to Iowa and then buy it or should I buy it in NJ and have it shipped? How is the registration process in Iowa?

If you guys can help me out with anything else that I need to know before coming to Iowa, that would be helpful!!

Thanks in advance,

Pragnesh
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Old 04-10-2014, 07:16 AM
 
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I am not very familiar with these apartments and am hesitant to recommend them. The one on D Ave will probably be in a somewhat better area than the others becuase it is close to Franklin School. Last week, I pulled into a gas station on First Avenue close to where the other apartments you listed are and did not feel comfortable. Lots of police cars and the clientele looked "shady" to me. As a rule, the further you get to downtown from the addresses you listed, the more likelihood of problems.

Can't really help you with the car issue. Don't think registrating the vehicle would be a problem. Maybe someone else can help you out with that. Good luck!

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Old 04-11-2014, 06:00 PM
 
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the apartments on D ave, NE border a pretty bad area. Going just a block or so South is mostly student housing for Coe College and subsidized housing with lots of crime. The apartments at 2800 A ave might be a better bet for a safer area. 2750 1st Ave, NE is an office building, not apartments. It is a nice building though. My insurance agent has his offices there.

I don't know your budget for an apartment so can't give you any recommendations there. There are all kinds of large and small car lots in CR so I don't think you'll have any problem finding one that meets your requirements. Like anywhere else you just have to be careful at the small car lots that cater to the "Bad Credit- No Problem here !" types as they usually are priced to cover themselves.

Good luck on your move.
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Old 04-12-2014, 03:40 AM
 
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I am not very familiar with these apartments and am hesitant to recommend them. The one on D Ave will probably be in a somewhat better area than the others becuase it is close to Franklin School. Last week, I pulled into a gas station on First Avenue close to where the other apartments you listed are and did not feel comfortable.
Oops, my bad. Please disregard this statement. Big miscalculation I made from quickly looking at Google maps


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the apartments on D ave, NE border a pretty bad area. Going just a block or so South is mostly student housing for Coe College and subsidized housing with lots of crime. The apartments at 2800 A ave might be a better bet for a safer area. 2750 1st Ave, NE is an office building, not apartments. It is a nice building though. My insurance agent has his offices there. .
This is accurate. Thanks for the correction.
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Old 04-12-2014, 08:40 PM
 
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Thank you guys for your input.
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Old 04-13-2014, 09:52 AM
 
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Looking at the apartment buildings on google maps street view, the cars around the buildings on A ave and D ave look like they are in decent shape. That would indicate to me that the people are employed. Usually a good sign.

I agree with JYHD1's opinion of the area to the south of the D ave apartments. The 1700 blocks of A ave and B ave are getting close to trouble spots, but Cedar Rapids isn't a town with a lot of violent crime. You would probably be fine.

All the apartments you mentioned are fairly close together. Is there a reason you want to live in this area?
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Old 04-14-2014, 03:05 PM
 
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Yes, I want to live close to 2nd avenue where I will be working. If that's not safe, then I can look somewhere else. Can anyone give me some good areas to search apartments around 2nd Avenue? I don't mind driving 45 minutes to work if I live in a safe place.
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Old 04-14-2014, 03:41 PM
 
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map made by Mustang84:

Cedar Rapids Neighborhood Maps
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Old 05-05-2014, 04:58 PM
 
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Any good websites to find roommates who are looking for someone to live with?

And coming from NJ, I have Bank of america, capital one, chase bank here. These are not near anywhere within 100+ miles from where I will be working. What's a good bank in Cedar Rapids or in Iowa in general? Wells Fargo?
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Old 05-05-2014, 07:39 PM
 
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CR is not that huge of a city, and based on where the apartments you mentioned are located, you'll be commuting to a fairly central location - to have a 45 minute commute, you'd pretty much have to live outside of the city. Commuting to downtown from Marion (northeast "suburb") usually only took me about 20 minutes, even given "rush hour" traffic. I would say that if you're not unwilling to drive some, decide what's most important to you (living in a nice neighborhood, being close to work, being close to other things, etc) and look for somewhere based on that - it's unlikely that you'll have an issue with it being too far from work. As far as specific areas that are nice but not too far from where you spoke of, the neighborhoods near Bever Park and Mt. Mercy College are both reasonably nice. Both are located fairly close to less-desirable areas, though, so you'll want to make sure that you're in the area you think you are. (When I say that they're close, I'm not talking about neighborhood creep so much as that you can get a very unpleasant surprise if you discover that you're six blocks further west/south/east/north than you thought you were going to be)

Um, well, we have craigslist?

CR has Wells Fargo, yes, as well as US Bank if you're looking for national banks; for good local banks, we have Guaranty Bank, Hills Bank, Cedar Rapids Bank & Trust, Farmers State Bank, as well as several other; in that area you'll also find at least a few of our bigger credit unions, like Collins Community and Dupaco.
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