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Old 09-08-2013, 08:44 PM
 
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My husbands employer is trying to convince him to take a new position in East Chicage, In. Being from CA I have no idea what this area is like. I am really looking for some input as to where would be good locations to look for housing within a 40 min drive of there. We prefer a more rural feel than city. We are homebodies that like to putter in the yard and have animals than people who like the night life. We also have a young child so schools are a factor.
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Old 09-08-2013, 10:48 PM
 
Location: Ocala
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East Chicago is a rough area, definitely not where you'd wanna raise a kid. I'd look at Crown Point or Dyer for housing. Neither should take more than 40 minutes to drive to EC from.
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Old 09-09-2013, 06:56 AM
 
Location: City of North Las Vegas, NV
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Yes, I would stay on the Indiana side. It fits your criteria and is more affordable. Chicago's southern suburbs near E. Chicago are mostly ghetto and not that nice Stay away from E. Chicago, Gary and almost all of Hammond. Whiting is nicer but pollution is a problem. So, I would head straight south to find a home and the further down/south/out you go the more rural it gets. Munster is considered to have the best schools around but its pricey and the closest to your work. Further down in order going south try Dyer, Schererville and St. John. These all have good schools also. Highland is middle of the road. This all depends on your budget and whether you wanna rent or not but I am sure its cheaper than California real estate prices.
If you want to head east then using the Southshore train is an option but I am not familiar if they stop near E. Chicago or not. There are some nice areas east of Gary.
This area is very different from California so get ready for a big change. Nice place to raise a family but for weekend fun and activities Chicago is less than an hour away.
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Old 09-09-2013, 04:19 PM
 
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If you want the more rural feel, I'd go with Porter County. That would include Chesteron & Valpariso.
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