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Old 12-03-2010, 08:04 PM
 
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Thank you everyone. I truly appreciate everything. Trust me the drive-time will not bother me. As I mentioned before I currently drive and hour to work right now for over two years. Prior to that I drove for 1hr 30mins for one full year after college. My main focus is the treatment of my daughters as they attend school.
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Old 12-03-2010, 09:00 PM
 
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Thank you everyone. I truly appreciate everything. Trust me the drive-time will not bother me. As I mentioned before I currently drive and hour to work right now for over two years. Prior to that I drove for 1hr 30mins for one full year after college. My main focus is the treatment of my daughters as they attend school.
I'll try one more time - just because I know how bad the drive can be and I want to be 100% sure I'm driving () my point home.

It's not just the length of the drive - traffic on I-80 is notoriously horrific with no rhyme, reason or pattern at times and construction is neverending. And we sit right under the lake - lake effect snow adds a whole 'nother level of craptastic to your commute. There have been several times over the years where my husband worked all day in Lake county in the sunshine and no precipitation and returned home to 18 inches of snow in Porter County.

Oh, and I believe the Skyway is $3.00 - each way. (Someone can correct me on that if I'm wrong - I'm too lazy to google.)

If I were you, I would most definitely sacrifice square footage to buy into Munster. One of the best school districts in the state, close to shopping, expressways & the South Shore. The time you'll save commuting to both Gary & Chgo can be spent instead watching your girls thrive in after school extracurricular activities.
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Old 09-24-2012, 12:02 PM
 
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It is always interesting to me when people tell me that they are afraid of NW Indiana b/c of Gary. These are the same people who live in their trendy lofts a block away from the ghettoes in the city, or living on the North Shore just one town away from North Chicago or Waukegan. Same thing. Gary keeps to itself; it is a tragedy, and too bad, but it generally keeps to itself. I recommend Munster; great place, close to everything, and great housing/schools. We have a kid in the schools. I was skeptical at first, thinking it was just boosterism when I heard everyone tell me what great schools they had. But, I am so happy with it; they keep us all involved and my child is thriving. He was at Forest Ridge for a bit, did not like it and sort of went into a shell. Just not for him. But the Munster schools have him going great.
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Old 09-30-2012, 02:07 PM
 
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I'm a Munster resident, and I've got to jump in here and try to save you the misery. My husband commutes to Lincoln Park Zoo, and on a bad day it can take him well over an hour +. And we live just off of Calumet and Ridge, which is about as close as you can get in NWI and still be in Indiana. If you move to Valpo or Chesterton, your commute will be MISERABLE. Crown Point will be a crappy commute, too. Unpredictably so, and it's not getting anything but worse.

I won't kid you, you aren't going to find the kind of diversity you'd find in Oak Park, Evanston, or good parts of Chicago in NWI. But any of the communities mentioned here will be welcoming and comfortable to your family. Munster has some diversity, and the folks that live here tend to be Chicago mid-upper class professionals, so they are educated and expect tolerance for diversity. And your resale values are pretty protected here due to the closeness to Chicago and the incredible schools.

RE Gary: I'm from Detroit, and I get you here: but everyone is right, spillover really isn't much of a problem in Munster, Dyer, Schererville, etc. Highland schools are a bit blah, so I'd avoid there, but I've never had a single problem in Gary. And trust me, I've seen the worst kind of urban blight you can imagine. I feel completely safe here, and it's a marvelous region for raising a family. Very kid-centered. We don't miss Chicago at ALL.

Good luck!
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