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Old 06-17-2008, 03:41 PM
 
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Hi everyone, my husband is transferring to New Orleans for the FBI. We are thinking Slidell is our best bet. I need as much info about the city as possible. I've heard above I-12 is the place to be...is this right? I've found several properties above I-12 next to I-11 in the $130k-$150k range. Does this seem like a good deal? We don't have kids, so the school issues aren't there. We are mainly concerned about finding a decent area with no crime. Also, any idea about typical home insurance rates? Thanks.
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Old 06-17-2008, 05:50 PM
 
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Even if you don't have kids, a good rule of thumb is that houses in good school districts sell better than houses in poor school districts - more buyers for them. Anything north of I-12 should be safe from flooding but you should check the FEMA maps and buy flood insurance (it's a national program and fairly cheap) anyway. Good luck!
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Old 06-18-2008, 10:52 AM
 
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Where will your husband be commuting to?

I mean... there are nice areas of Slidell, but over and above the Covington area is nicer if the commute is the same. Plenty of houses for sale above 12! And - in agreement w/ the above post, the schools there are v. good.
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Old 06-18-2008, 11:57 AM
 
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Where will your husband be commuting to?

I mean... there are nice areas of Slidell, but over and above the Covington area is nicer if the commute is the same. Plenty of houses for sale above 12! And - in agreement w/ the above post, the schools there are v. good.
Would be commuting to the far eastside of New Orleans. The commute isn't too big of an issue other than time...bureau will provide car and gas. Are all the areas above I-12 decent neighborhoods? Thanks for your replies.
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Old 06-18-2008, 02:52 PM
 
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Would be commuting to the far eastside of New Orleans. The commute isn't too big of an issue other than time...bureau will provide car and gas. Are all the areas above I-12 decent neighborhoods? Thanks for your replies.
Slidell would be about 15-20 min closer then if you are going over the twinspans. While Covington area is a little nicer overall - less crime, more amenities, etc., I am certain you can find something great in Slidell, north of 12.

Have you been over yet to check it out? You will figure it out when you do.
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Old 06-18-2008, 02:54 PM
 
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The FBI is over by UNO lakefront area so Slidell would be closer than Covington area. North of I12 is better area because of no flooding but neighborhoods very. Not sure which area off of Hwy 11 you are talking about but they definitely vary. Lots of on-line sites show pictures of the houses etc.
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Old 06-18-2008, 03:02 PM
 
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thanks for the responses. The area by HWY 11 that I was talking about consists of streets named Queens, King, Chess, you get the drift...haha. Prices range from $130k to $150k. All the pics look good online. I haven't been to the area, but am continuously hearing the same things...if you stay above I-12, you'll be ok with no flooding and no crime.
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Old 06-18-2008, 03:21 PM
 
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I looked up those street names and the entrance to that sub-division is off of Brownswitch Rd. That's a decent area although it is an older subdivision. I used to take my kids trick or treating in that area some years ago. There are some apartments near the entrance that have been redone since Katrina. It's fast access to the interstate and "downtown" Slidell is minutes away.
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Old 06-18-2008, 03:32 PM
 
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I looked up those street names and the entrance to that sub-division is off of Brownswitch Rd. That's a decent area although it is an older subdivision. I used to take my kids trick or treating in that area some years ago. There are some apartments near the entrance that have been redone since Katrina. It's fast access to the interstate and "downtown" Slidell is minutes away.
We don't care too much about it being older...we like to fix up houses! Do you know if there are a lot of apartments in that area. We want to buy and prefer that the neighborhood be mostly homeowners. We live in a very decent neighborhood right now in AR (40's and 50's dollhouses) but we've seen a lot of renters come through and not take care of the houses.
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Old 06-19-2008, 10:09 AM
 
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The only apartments that I know of are on the main street before you go into the subdivision. I am not sure if there are many rentail houses though. Also the new St Tammany Police complex is being built a little ways down that main road so I would think that is a plus.
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