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Old 05-16-2010, 12:44 PM
 
Location: Vancouver, WA
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I am doing research in the case of possibly relocating to work at the Stennis Space Center and have no idea where would be the smartest place to choose to live, either smaller town in LA or smaller towns in MS?

I love smaller towns, but am open to safe, economical with good schools. I have two school-age children (Kindergarten & Middle-schooler), so good schools would be a definite must. I don't care about night-life, shopping, etc. They're all close enough.

I have been considering Slidell & Picayune, but not sure if some of the coastal cities in MS would be practical as well? Can anyone tell me some pros and cons of the two states in comparison? (Housing, taxes, auto-insurance) any of these differ much with each state? Offer other suggestions of cities/towns within relatively short commute to Stennis?

Any suggestions would be great and much appreciated!

ESPECIALLY since I've never even visited either state!
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Old 05-16-2010, 06:17 PM
 
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You should consider Diamondhead, MS, which is right next to Stennis. It's a golf course community just north of I-10 on the north side of the Bay of St. Louis. Very safe, nice schools, no commute, moderately priced. Another consideration is Pass Christian, MS on the beach. Schooldigger.com rated Pass Christian schools number 1 in the state based on test scores. While the beachfront homes are mostly historic mansions, the second street in from the beach, which runs parallel to the beach highway for several miles, has a variety of homes of different sizes and styles.

Bay St. Louis, MS, just across the bridge from Pass Christian, is also an absolutely wonderful place to live, extremely safe and nice schools. This community was hit pretty hard by hurricane Katrina but the downtown area has just begun to come back. There are some subdivisions in town that are doing fine, such as right around the school.

Picayune has the feel of a more traditional small town, but with a variety of contemporary homes and subdivisions just north of town in the Carriere area. There is also plenty of land around town if you prefer acreage.
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Old 05-19-2010, 10:00 AM
 
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I would take Slidell over Picayune. I was raised in Poplarville, MS. Just north of Picayune.
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Old 05-19-2010, 06:46 PM
 
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I thought about DiamondHead, and wondered if it was a good place to look into (same for some of the other coastal towns near there as well). I suppose I don't know much about Southern beach living, as I've only lived on the beaches of Santa Cruz, CA and didn't have any known problems from proximity to the beach (other than the large swell of tourists every summer!!) My biggest fear really is the aftermath of Katrina. I'm not sure if it's all fiction in my head, or any real threat, however I'm greatly concerned about any contamination of the soil from decomposition, raw sewage, chemicals, oils, gases, and everything else the coastal towns were blasted with during Katrina. Like I said, my fear may be totally baseless, but it's definitely something I worry about, especially with two children who will grow up wherever we finally do settle. Also, do you all know about the abandoned and condemned houses & buildings and the correlation to higher crime in those areas? I only know what you see on t.v., so this may not be an issue in these particular towns or areas, and may be more localized with the New Orleans areas. Any more comments or help in this subject is VERY highly appreciated! Thank you everyone!
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Old 05-19-2010, 11:17 PM
 
Location: New Orleans, United States
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Mississippi towns will be peaceful and quieter.
Louisiana towns will be busier and congested.
That part of Louisiana has the best schools in the state.
Vehicle registration will be much cheaper in Louisiana.
Car insurance will be much cheaper in Mississippi
Grocery and medicine taxes are lower in LA (3.5% vs 7%)
Taxes on misc. items are lower in MS (7% vs 8.75-9%)
State sales tax: 4% + local in LA, 7% in MS
Land and home prices are 50% cheaper in MS
Louisiana cities have more amenities compared to Mississippi (unless you go to Biloxi area)
LA = NOLA, Lake Pontchartrain, MS = Beaches, Casinos
Crime is low in both areas
Both areas have two distinct cultures. Food will be different too.
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Old 05-20-2010, 12:50 AM
 
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I've not heard anything about problems with chemicals etc. There are no condemned buildings in Diamondhead, Pass Christian, and Bay St. Louis (not that I've seen anyway). The main evidence of the hurricane is the grassy lots along the beach that once had houses on them. But there are many new and very pricey homes going up in that area (on stilts if by the beach etc). When you refer to pictures, I think you are probably referring to parts of New Orleans that are still sitting there untouched and not cleaned up. In MS, the Yacht Clubs along the Coast are all rebuilt and shiny new, hotels redone, Wal-Mart brand new, etc. There is no comparison between MS Gulf Coast and urban New Orleans.
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Old 05-20-2010, 01:36 AM
 
Location: New Orleans, United States
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In MS, the Yacht Clubs along the Coast are all rebuilt and shiny new, hotels redone, Wal-Mart brand new, etc. There is no comparison between MS Gulf Coast and urban New Orleans.
Yet there is a comparison between the Northshore (where the OP is considering) and the MS Gulf Coast. Anything Katrina related in the media is grossly exaggerated, you also have to look at the damages... Flooded vs. Washed away, which leaves building shells vs. empty lots. Actually there is a comparison with NOLA if you consider the entire coast of MS

Most new construction on the MS Gulf Coast is north of the I-10. D'Iberville has seen a lot of development recently. The waterfront areas remain basically empty grass lots and a few abandoned structures with the exception of a couple of new condo towers and refurbished casinos.

As far as being convient to Stennis, Picayune and Slidell would be the closest with Bay St. Louis, Diamondhead, Mandeville and Covington. As far as I know, these areas all have the best schools in their respective states and with the exception of Bay St Louis suffered minimally from the storm.

The question all comes down to whether the OP wants to live in the Exurbs of New Orleans or Coastal Mississippi
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Old 05-20-2010, 08:17 PM
 
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Actually there are quite a few new and mostly very upscale homes being built along the beach and within a block or so, starting in Waveland, Bay St. Louis, Pass Christian and Long Beach. You don't see them in Gulfport and Biloxi, and I suspect it's because those are zoned for condos, although along the Back Bay of Biloxi and Bernard Bayou in Gulfport there are very upscale new homes being built. In Ocean Springs new homes are going up and even in Pascagoula along its beach front, there are very impressive homes going up there.
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Old 05-20-2010, 09:10 PM
 
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Actually there are quite a few new and mostly very upscale homes being built along the beach and within a block or so, starting in Waveland, Bay St. Louis, Pass Christian and Long Beach. You don't see them in Gulfport and Biloxi, and I suspect it's because those are zoned for condos, although along the Back Bay of Biloxi and Bernard Bayou in Gulfport there are very upscale new homes being built. In Ocean Springs new homes are going up and even in Pascagoula along its beach front, there are very impressive homes going up there.
You know I totally skipped over those areas. Sorry, if I came off the wrong way. Still, the same development is occuring on both sides of the Pearl River. With that I basically would recommend the OP visit both states if possible and see what they like better. It's completely different on both sides of the river. Housing styles, development patterns, culture, etc. changes instantly. The OP might want to see which one they fit into better.

Me personally, I'd move to the Southshore and do a reverse commute out, but I don't think that it's an option.
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Old 05-21-2010, 10:12 AM
 
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You know I totally skipped over those areas. Sorry, if I came off the wrong way. Still, the same development is occuring on both sides of the Pearl River. With that I basically would recommend the OP visit both states if possible and see what they like better. It's completely different on both sides of the river. Housing styles, development patterns, culture, etc. changes instantly. The OP might want to see which one they fit into better.

Me personally, I'd move to the Southshore and do a reverse commute out, but I don't think that it's an option.
I love the area on by the lake off I-10 in Slidell.
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