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Old 03-22-2008, 07:54 AM
 
Location: Turn Left at Greenland
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Lots of trains in the Dyer area ... so it's hit or miss during the day, but rush hours are usually bad.

What stores are you specifically interested in? I think you have the impression that there's just vast expanses on cornfields with little towns interspersed ... it's not that way at all in NWI. It's very urban/suburban, especially in Lake County, where Schererville and Dyer are and it's getting more and more suburban in Porter county, where Chesterton and Valpo are. All the big box retailers are represented, Target, Wal-Mart, Lowe's Menards Home Depot ... you'll be introduced to a great midwest big box called Meijers. There are also Sam's and a Costco ... I'm still in NWI here. The big mall in Merrillville/Hobart has the Bed Bath & Beyonds, Barnes & Nobles .. but they are in Valpo too ... get my drift?
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Old 03-22-2008, 07:58 AM
 
Location: (WNY)
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Yes, I did have the cornfield image and was concerned. I don't mind it BEHIND my house-as a great view... but not between towns or houses... if that makes any sense. You seem to have the big box stores we do- and that is great. Traffic, I don't know if it is any different. I think it sounds the same actually. So, I might not be as concerned about that.
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Old 03-22-2008, 08:20 AM
 
Location: Turn Left at Greenland
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Ok, you sound like you are starting to relax now. You'll be fine.

Have you looked on the NWI realtor website yet? It's really good.
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Old 03-22-2008, 09:08 AM
 
Location: (WNY)
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I have several realtors sending me home listings, I have looked at the page you suggested, also looked at each towns website- it seems Valpo has a cute town with cafes and much to do... Is this the case or is the site deceptive? It seems to me that MOST people would pick Valpo...
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Old 03-22-2008, 09:13 AM
 
Location: Hoosierville
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I have several realtors sending me home listings, I have looked at the page you suggested, also looked at each towns website- it seems Valpo has a cute town with cafes and much to do... Is this the case or is the site deceptive? It seems to me that MOST people would pick Valpo...
I live in Valpo - and nope, it's not deceptive.

We moved here years ago from Chicago and wouldn't change a thing. Low property taxes, great community, great parental involvement, not super far to Chicago but far enough, blah blah blah.
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Old 03-22-2008, 09:31 AM
 
Location: (WNY)
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I live in Valpo - and nope, it's not deceptive.

We moved here years ago from Chicago and wouldn't change a thing. Low property taxes, great community, great parental involvement, not super far to Chicago but far enough, blah blah blah.
Thanks so much for your input... moving brings many tough decisions and this is very helpful.
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Old 03-22-2008, 10:24 AM
 
Location: Turn Left at Greenland
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Don't I know it! We'll be here to help you. Chickity is right! If we ever get the chance to move back north, we'll live in Valpo. It has a good University ... Valparaiso University ... used to teach at the law school there. There's 2 Catholic parishes. A great parks system and a Gymboree if your kids are young enough. Most of the schools are 4 star, including the high school (which just won the girl's state gymnastics title). Get ready to be basketballed too. It's a good thing! You'd also be within reasonable distance to Notre Dame.

If you want any non-realtorIwanttosellyouahouse advice on neighborhoods or specific homes or builders, let us know ok?
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Old 03-24-2008, 07:40 AM
 
Location: Whiteville Tennessee
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But there ARE cornfields between towns!!
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Old 03-24-2008, 11:00 AM
 
Location: Crown Point
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I recently moved to Indiana from Chicago. My Husband and I live in Crown Point and we love it! There are a ton of new houses being built all over crown point.

My husband grew up in Crown Point and says the school systems are very good, in fact many of his friends went back there to teach after college.

I work in Chicago and take the south shore train line everyday, its very nice to never have to worry about traffic! Indiana is definitely different from the Windy City however I am adjusting and I surprisingly enjoy living in a small quaint town!!! Now my only goal is trying to meet friends!
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Old 03-24-2008, 05:26 PM
 
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But there ARE cornfields between towns!!
The cornfields are disappearing Dan. Slowly but surely the area is being built up.
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