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Old 04-26-2010, 06:47 AM
 
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I found a job in Metairie. I live in Michigan and have been job hunting any place where it won't snow. I am heading to Charleston, SC today for a job interview but really want to pursue the Metairie job as well.

I have a 12 year old daughter and am married. Knowing that what can you all tell me about his town? Crime? Schools? Weather? Housing?

Thanks in advance!
Donna
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Old 04-26-2010, 10:41 AM
 
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Wow, that's a lot of info. For the most part, Metairie is a safe place to live. Are you looking to rent or buy? The public school system in the area is not the best, you might want to look into private schools. Weather is usually hot and humid, very rarely does it ever snow. If you are more specific with your questions, we can probably help you even more.
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Old 04-26-2010, 04:52 PM
 
Location: Baton Rouge
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Do you know how much you will be able to spend?
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Old 04-27-2010, 11:07 AM
 
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Well we would not buy until our home in Michigan sold. I was looking up to about $225k and found tons of homes with some land (1+ acres) and an inground pool ( a must) I am not picky really. I want to live in an area that is SAFE and my child can go to school and be safe and accepted as the new kid. We are looking in to online schooling as well if anyone knows about that and the legalities in the state.

Is manufacturing something available in this area?
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Old 04-27-2010, 02:31 PM
 
Location: New Orleans, LA
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Definitely don't go without a good realtor. Homes we had picked out online often turned out to be gorgeous yet surrounded by a trashy neighborhood. Others that looked nice online were sinking and in order for us to move in, we would've had to pay to raise it. Not good. Our realtor still let us look then let us know what was wrong. We even "knew" driving through some neighborhoods that no matter how nice the house was, we weren't moving there. If you want her name, let me know and I'll message it to you.

One thing you'll hear often is that bad and good vary by the block you live on, not by the neighborhood. When I tell people I live in the **** Park subdivision, I have to specify which end of it I'm on because I tend to get some interesting looks. Haha!

I would not send my child to public school in the area. The education is less than sub par and the population of the schools is not exactly stellar. I'm not familiar with anything below high school, but I do know of several places friends send their younger ones (also private). There are wonderful private high schools in the area.
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Old 04-27-2010, 02:35 PM
 
Location: New Orleans, LA
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Oh, if you don't mind commuting into the area, St. Charles Parish has some decent public schools, especially Hahnville. Destrehan isn't so bad either. My husband actually commutes to Destrehan for work and it's not a long drive at all. You can get more house for your money out there too. Not saying where we are is bad :-) Just throwing out options!
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Old 04-28-2010, 08:18 AM
 
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I would highly recommend the Mandeville area, just across the causeway bridge from Metairie. There is virtually no crime, lots of trees, and the public schools are the best in the state. The commute time to Metairie about 30 minutes.

I used to live in Mandeville and commuted to Metairie everyday.
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Old 04-29-2010, 11:43 AM
 
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Great information and I would love the name of a realtor so in case the move happens I have an honest one! I also received an offer from a business in Charleston SC so I am going between the 2 places!

Is online schooling an option in Lousiana?
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Old 04-29-2010, 02:36 PM
 
Location: New Orleans, United States
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Great information and I would love the name of a realtor so in case the move happens I have an honest one! I also received an offer from a business in Charleston SC so I am going between the 2 places!

Is online schooling an option in Lousiana?
If you're talking about online school on the college level there's University of New Orleans, Tulane, Loyola, Delgado Community College, and University of Phoenix. Those are the ones that I know have Distance Learning for sure.
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Old 04-29-2010, 03:49 PM
 
Location: Baton Rouge
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I think you would be happy in either place, honestly. Charleston will feel a bit smaller than the New Orleans area. Not sure what the crime is like in the actual city of Charleston, but I'm sure they have their fare share, just like all cities in the south.

Either city will be a culture shock.

Both have good food and culture galore.

With Charleston, you would be closer to a nice beach, if the beach is your thing.

But if you just like to lay out, and not get in the water, Gulfport-Biloxi will be good enough for you.

I imagine schools in Charleston are probably better than the schools in Metairie, but I'm not sure. This would be a good question for google.

You have risk of hurricane force winds and flooding in both places.

There are more universities in the New Orleans area.

Hope some of this helps you some more.
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