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Old 05-08-2007, 05:09 PM
 
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Hello,

My wife, 20 month old daughter, and I will be moving to Hattiesburg in the very near future. My wife has received an amazing job offer and we are very excited! (nervous too!)

First I'd like to say that any random advice or comments are welcomed!

First a little background: I was born and raised in Jacksonville, FL and have lived in Tallahassee, FL for a short period. My wife grew up in the military so she has lived in Germany, Colorado, Nebraska, Arizona, and now Florida.

For nearly 8 years my wife and I have lived in and around Panama City, FL. For the first part of our stay here we lived right on the bay in a condo we rented. I just couldn't get enough of the fishing, fantastic location. We then bought 5 acres and now live in a doublewide in Fountain, FL, 30 mins North of P.C. We do not like living so far away from everything. It's not like we loved living in town, but being 30 minutes away from EVERYTHING has it's drawbacks. Especially now that gas is >$3.00 per gallon.


I do have some questions:


Are there many privately owned homes in good family-friendly neighborhoods available for rent? We would rather not live in an apartment complex.

How is the Medical and Dental Healthcare in Hattiesburg? Is it hard to find new patient appointments there? (very difficult here, waits of weeks or months for new patients)

What do you think about the amount of crime in Hattiesburg?

What is GREAT about Hattiesburg?

What STINKS about Hattiesburg?

Any other info would be greatly appreciated! Thanks!


P.S. - I keep reading about how Katrina ruined Jackson and other cities in MS with the increase in crime. Has Hattiesburg also been adversely affected by a spike in crime due to Katrina? If so, how bad is it?
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Old 05-09-2007, 08:26 AM
 
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Gottaget--search the forum because a lot of stuff has already been posted about specifics in H'burg including locations etc.
As far as your other questions: medical and dental care are topnotch and there should be no problem getting appts. You may have to ask about which doc is taking immediate appts--but there are lots of choices.
Rental should be no problem--work with a realtor and tell them exactly what you want--they will always try to steer you to the 'burbs but there are some nice intown areas--Petal is a nice small town just a mile or so away.
Katrina did change the demographics and crime started occurring where there had been almost none before--but it is still not a crime-ridden area-- there have been problems that needed addressing and the resignation of the police chief should help a lot. For me crime would not be an issue.
What is wonderful--it has a small town atmosphere but big city amenities--great dining choices--two universities and their arts and learning opportunties--medical center--golfing--canoeing--zoo--walking trails--Longgeaf Trace biking trail--state park--shopping--reasonably priced housing--near to beaches and casinos for day trips--fitness centers--arts community and downtown revitalization.
What stinks! The airport only has flights to Memphis not directly to Atlanta--and there is no dog park--things are real spread out and you will find yourself driving the points of the compass to get errands accomplished--drivers are pretty bad---and finally--there is too much animosity between the city and the surrounding 'burbs. They don't work together because the 'burbs don't want to be part of the city schools and the city limits remain stagnant. The 'burbs don't have leash laws or other niceties that living in a town affords. Some people like it that way(this final point is not something that should affect you directly now--but for long term consideration.)
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Old 05-09-2007, 01:00 PM
 
Location: Central Mississippi
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Hattiesburg is a nice town. I don't think you'll have much trouble finding places to rent. There are 2 good hospitals there. I lived in Laurel which is about 30 min. away and we always went to Hattiesburg to the doctor or to the hospital. The Hattiesburg clinic is a good place to find a doctor.
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Old 05-09-2007, 01:35 PM
 
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Hello,

My wife, 20 month old daughter, and I will be moving to Hattiesburg in the very near future. My wife has received an amazing job offer and we are very excited! (nervous too!)

First I'd like to say that any random advice or comments are welcomed!

First a little background: I was born and raised in Jacksonville, FL and have lived in Tallahassee, FL for a short period. My wife grew up in the military so she has lived in Germany, Colorado, Nebraska, Arizona, and now Florida.

For nearly 8 years my wife and I have lived in and around Panama City, FL. For the first part of our stay here we lived right on the bay in a condo we rented. I just couldn't get enough of the fishing, fantastic location. We then bought 5 acres and now live in a doublewide in Fountain, FL, 30 mins North of P.C. We do not like living so far away from everything. It's not like we loved living in town, but being 30 minutes away from EVERYTHING has it's drawbacks. Especially now that gas is >$3.00 per gallon.


I do have some questions:


Are there many privately owned homes in good family-friendly neighborhoods available for rent? We would rather not live in an apartment complex.

How is the Medical and Dental Healthcare in Hattiesburg? Is it hard to find new patient appointments there? (very difficult here, waits of weeks or months for new patients)

What do you think about the amount of crime in Hattiesburg?

What is GREAT about Hattiesburg?

What STINKS about Hattiesburg?

Any other info would be greatly appreciated! Thanks!


P.S. - I keep reading about how Katrina ruined Jackson and other cities in MS with the increase in crime. Has Hattiesburg also been adversely affected by a spike in crime due to Katrina? If so, how bad is it?
Hello Gottaget

I'm just responding to the "Katrina ruined Jackson" question. Well it has mostly certainly not! Jackson Metro is growing faster now than in more than 30 years, in fact, I describe Jackson as a BIG!!! thriving city of the USA. It has all the convenience you need. I also read that you love fishing. Well, we have the 2nd biggest Bass pro shop in the world. All evidenses of Katrina are now gone in Jackson, and I have heard nothing of it affecting the crime rate. I prefer Jackson over Hattiesburg but that is just my opinion. From what I have heard, it seems very nice as well.
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Old 05-09-2007, 06:32 PM
 
Location: Central Mississippi
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Katrina couldn't ruin Jackson. it was already ruined. The crime rate is awful and it just keeps getting worse. Some of the cities around Jackson, like Brandon, and Madison, are great. The Bass Pro Shop is in Pearl, not Jackson. You might check into the Oak Grove area of Hattiesburg. I don't know whether there are rentals there or not though.
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Old 05-10-2007, 11:07 AM
 
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I'm having trouble finding listings for home rentals in Hattiesburg online. Can anyone point me in the right direction?

Thanks!
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Old 05-21-2007, 09:44 PM
 
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Smile I live in Hattiesburg.

My husband and I own a house in the Oak Grove area of Hattiesburg. There are always houses for sale and some to rent. Moderator cut: no realtor advertising or referrals, please use direct message feature
The dental and medical care a great here. We have two really good hospitals here and many dentist offices. Infact, there is a brand new one near our house on Lincoln Rd. with a sign out front that says new patients welcome.

Hattiesburg is growing tremendously. Hwy 98 that turns into Hardy street has a nice mall and many restaurants, a Wal-mart (we have two), a huge new strip mall that has Petsmart, David's Bridal, a sushi restaurant that we love, Books A Million, Ahley Furniture, and more. Hwy 49 has lots of business on it as well like Wal-mart and restaurants and strip malls. Downtown Hattiesburg is nice too. There are many things to do there as well. There is a new place called the Bottling Co. where you can eat and they have a bar and very well known bands play there. Edwin McCain played a few weeks ago. We have quite a few very nice golf courses and lakes. We have many churches of all religions and the Oak Grove school district comes highly recommended.

Katrina really messed Hattiesburg up but it has been completely cleaned up. In fact when I graduated college, I worked for a Civil Engineering firm here and organized the clean up for them as far as computers go. I moved here 1 month before the storm and was here through it. The crime is not bad at all in Hattiesburg now; I'm not familiar with what it was like before Katrina.

University of Southern Mississippi is here and it is always fun to go to the games and go tailgating. My husband is a manager at Chili's here in Hattiesburg and it won the number one store in the nation of all the Chili's restaurants last year. There are about 1300. It is very popular. Robert St. John is a chef here at Mahogany, Purple Parrot, and Crecent city (three restaurants in one). He was on Food Network earlier this year. He didn't win his competition but the food is outstanding at his restaurants. Mahogany Bar is one of our favorite night spots. We just passed a smoking law that we think is great. There is no smoking inside any restaurant, bar, or building of any kind I guess. I guess that stinks if you smoke.

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Old 06-09-2007, 09:25 PM
 
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Well, the past weeks have been crazy to say the least, we got our property into shape and on the market. Then we lived in a hotel room in Tuscaloosa, AL for two weeks.

We just arrived in Hattiesburg tonight and after driving around the city for a while and looking at some of the neighborhoods, WOW this place seems so nice! We HATED Tuscaloosa, very dirty, we just did not like the place at all. We were worried that Hattiesburg might be similar but they are worlds apart.

So now the hunt for a house for rent! We saw SCADS of For Sale signs on lots of beautiful homes, but only saw a couple For Rent signs, one of which was behind the bushes of a house that had a For Sale sign in the front yard, lol.

If anyone can recommend a good realtor or company who deals with renting houses in decent neighborhoods, please let me know.Moderator cut: please do not make recommendations on the forum - realtor advertising and referrals are prohibited - thanks!

Thanks for the recommendation earlier, we will definitely check with her.

Very happy with our first night in Hattiesburg!

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Old 06-10-2007, 12:43 PM
 
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Gottaget--This is funny! That house where you saw the for rent sign in the bushes is a house I often walk past! Glad you are pleased. If you see a house for sale don't hesitate to check with the realtor is see if the owner will rent. If it is fairly long-term they may be glad to do so. There are very seldom for rent signs in residential neighborhoods.
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Old 10-02-2007, 03:40 PM
 
Location: south usa
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Hello,

My wife, 20 month old daughter, and I will be moving to Hattiesburg in the very near future. My wife has received an amazing job offer and we are very excited! (nervous too!)

First I'd like to say that any random advice or comments are welcomed!

First a little background: I was born and raised in Jacksonville, FL and have lived in Tallahassee, FL for a short period. My wife grew up in the military so she has lived in Germany, Colorado, Nebraska, Arizona, and now Florida.

For nearly 8 years my wife and I have lived in and around Panama City, FL. For the first part of our stay here we lived right on the bay in a condo we rented. I just couldn't get enough of the fishing, fantastic location. We then bought 5 acres and now live in a doublewide in Fountain, FL, 30 mins North of P.C. We do not like living so far away from everything. It's not like we loved living in town, but being 30 minutes away from EVERYTHING has it's drawbacks. Especially now that gas is >$3.00 per gallon.


I do have some questions:


Are there many privately owned homes in good family-friendly neighborhoods available for rent? We would rather not live in an apartment complex.

How is the Medical and Dental Healthcare in Hattiesburg? Is it hard to find new patient appointments there? (very difficult here, waits of weeks or months for new patients)

What do you think about the amount of crime in Hattiesburg?

What is GREAT about Hattiesburg?

What STINKS about Hattiesburg?

Any other info would be greatly appreciated! Thanks!


P.S. - I keep reading about how Katrina ruined Jackson and other cities in MS with the increase in crime. Has Hattiesburg also been adversely affected by a spike in crime due to Katrina? If so, how bad is it?
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Hi! My fiance and I have been living in Hattiesburg for a little over a year now. I am a northerner and he is a southerner(Texas). Everyone seems to have thier own opinion of this town/state. Mine is still undecided. There are many houses going up for rent right now. Lots in my nieghborhood. (Very nice and somewhat affordable neighborhood). This could have something to do with the current housing market! I have lived in 2 of the states your wife lived in and I am originally from one of the states.
The crime here doesnt seem to be bad at all compared to other cities. I feel pretty safe.

What is Great about Hattiesburg?
- Its not too big of a city and not too small.
-The coast is not too far away.

What "stinks" about Hattiesburg?
-making friends has been a bit of a problem for me. It was mentioned in another post about the "Close knit communities" and "People are all wrapped up in family and in friends that they've known all their lives, so they have little if any desire for new relationships." I have found this to be VERY true.
-A lot of the stores are not as well kept
-Education is ranked at the bottom

As far as the medical goes new patients seemed to be welcomed at many places. Of course there is always somewhat of a wait when your not 1st in line. I got into the dentist with about a 3-4 week wait.

Hope this helps any and feel free to let me know if you need any additional help!
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