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Old 03-29-2008, 02:09 PM
 
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I just accepted a job in far southwest Michigan that I'm due to start in July. I currently living in the south but grew up in metro Chicago so I'm a little bit familiar with the region. I'm also very glad to be returning home. My problem is this, I hated living on eastern time in the past and I want desparately to avoid living in Michigan or South Bend, IN for that reason. Also, I want to be as close to my family in south suburban Chicago as possible without having to spend more than an hour or so commuting to my new job in Michigan. Michigan City seems to be a great location for satifying all of the above desires, but being so far away at the present makes it hard for me to find the right location around Michigan City in which to live. Obviously, the web is limited in giving me a real feel for what's nice and what's not in the area. So please help if you can. I'm looking to rent a nice place that will keep me close to either I-94 or I-80 and my hope is to find this place somewhere between Michigan City and the Michigan state line. I'm interested in renting either a house, townhouse or a large three bedroom apartment. I have a 13 yo son so schools are very important to me, as well. Any ideas on where I can find the nicer parts of the area to find what I'm looking for? Any websites for specific rentals that may not be easily found on the web otherwise? Any realtors or rental services that can help me find what I'm looking for? I guess La Porte is also an option for me so if anything applies in that area, I'd like to know more, also. Are there any other nice niches in the boundaries of the area I've mentioned that I don't know about and if so, is there anywhere I can go to get more info? Any help I can get will be much appreciated as I truly fear blindly commiting to lease in an area that will cause me to fear for my family's safety, place us in a dump of a residence or cause me to spend most of my time and paycheck commuting to and from work everyday.
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Old 03-29-2008, 02:55 PM
 
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I just accepted a job in far southwest Michigan that I'm due to start in July. I currently living in the south but grew up in metro Chicago so I'm a little bit familiar with the region. I'm also very glad to be returning home. My problem is this, I hated living on eastern time in the past and I want desparately to avoid living in Michigan or South Bend, IN for that reason. Also, I want to be as close to my family in south suburban Chicago as possible without having to spend more than an hour or so commuting to my new job in Michigan. Michigan City seems to be a great location for satifying all of the above desires, but being so far away at the present makes it hard for me to find the right location around Michigan City in which to live. Obviously, the web is limited in giving me a real feel for what's nice and what's not in the area. So please help if you can. I'm looking to rent a nice place that will keep me close to either I-94 or I-80 and my hope is to find this place somewhere between Michigan City and the Michigan state line. I'm interested in renting either a house, townhouse or a large three bedroom apartment. I have a 13 yo son so schools are very important to me, as well. Any ideas on where I can find the nicer parts of the area to find what I'm looking for? Any websites for specific rentals that may not be easily found on the web otherwise? Any realtors or rental services that can help me find what I'm looking for? I guess La Porte is also an option for me so if anything applies in that area, I'd like to know more, also. Are there any other nice niches in the boundaries of the area I've mentioned that I don't know about and if so, is there anywhere I can go to get more info? Any help I can get will be much appreciated as I truly fear blindly commiting to lease in an area that will cause me to fear for my family's safety, place us in a dump of a residence or cause me to spend most of my time and paycheck commuting to and from work everyday.

Michigan City sounds reasonable to me since it will put you closer to work. (Rising gas prices) For trips back to Chicago, I-90 is the way to go. Straight West, and across the Skyway Bridge and you're there. 80-94 is subject to more traffic tie-ups and can become a parking lot at times.

LaPorte isn't as close as Michigan City, but worth a look.
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Old 04-26-2008, 08:57 AM
 
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Default Michigan City

Try using Craigslist for rentals in that community. You can search by city and prices.

Here's the link

craigslist classifieds: jobs, housing, personals, for sale, services, community, events, forums
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Old 05-19-2008, 07:26 PM
 
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Default michigan city pls help

hello, I'm a native of LaPorte county and have lived in Michigan City since jr. high school.

You maybe able to tell something from the prices of the homes for sale. Are you interested in a parochial school for your son? There are The Courts, apartment complex north of hwy 12 and about 1 mile from Lake Michigan. The rents might be high, but notre dame is right there. You didn't mention what grade he's in. You can check out home prices at [url=http://www.realtor.com]REALTOR.com - Real Estate Listings & Homes For Sale[/url] to try and get a feel for some areas.

If you could make a couple scouting trips up to check out the general upkeep of any given area.

michigan city has their own website at [url=http://www.emichigancity.com]eMichiganCity.com - The Official Web Site of the City of Michigan City, Indiana[/url] maybe find some useful information there.

let me know if I can help further.

ame
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Old 06-02-2008, 10:13 AM
 
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Hello there

I don't think Michigan City is that great of an idea to live if you're worried about crime. Though there is the lake, lighthouse mall, and plenty of stores, MC is quite run down and some areas are quite dangerous. IMHO, I think La Porte or even New Carlisle are your best bet. La Porte has plenty of stores (Wal Mart, etc.) with a small town feel. Of course you'd want to stay away from the far east side of town (run down factories). The La Porte School system is also FAR better than both MC and New Carlisle schools. The New Prairie School System (New Carlisle) just built a new JR. High, so your son would probably be going to that school, which is across the parking lot from New Prairie High School. I don't think there are many apartments in New Carlisle. But just about 3 minutes south east of Olive Elementary School, right off of Timothy Road, there are new apartments there. There are some little houses for sale on the roads behind the Dollar General and I think they are pretty cheap. If you live in La Porte, your son will either attend Boston or Kesling Middle School. Boston is located more in town (near the Laporte Library Main Branch), where Kesling is located farther outside of town, but still relatively close to town. Again, I'm not too sure if there are many apartments, but there are some new condos along the lake. Also, it's pretty easy to get on the 94 from laporte and new carlisle, as high way 2 and 20 almost lead a straight shot to it. New Carlisle also has a the South Shore train, which makes it even easier getting to Chicago.

If you need additional information about MC, NC, LP or anything close, send me a DM and I'll be glad to help
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Old 06-18-2008, 07:16 PM
 
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Default My vote's for LaPorte.

I'd seriously consider LaPorte over the other options. It's a good-sized town with a small town-like feel, with all of the stores and businesses you'll need most of the time. New Carlisle is charming and quaint, but your commute will be a nightmare in the winter (especially considering the fact that roads aren't salted most of the time, and you're gliding to work on a thick sheet of ice from January until March), and you'll likely need to travel to LaPorte or South Bend for most of your supplies. Also, housing is much more expensive in New Carlisle, and it's difficult to purchase (rentals are easier to find).
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Old 07-03-2008, 08:16 AM
 
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Thanks for the input everyone. I ended up succumbing to the realities of the day and moved to South Bend. Gas prices wouldn't allow for anything else except coming to terms with the fact that I won't be visiting Chicago as often as I originally planned. I am, however, relatively close to work now. Thanks again. Docmts2.
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Old 09-04-2008, 09:10 PM
 
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Default Michigan City was Your Best Bet

Congratulations on finding an apartment. Since you leased I am offering my opinion for when your current lease expires. I offer this advise as someone who lives in Chicago during the week and relaxes in Michigan City on the weekend. I found the Elston Grove neighborhood in Michigan City to be safer than any of the Chicago neighborhoods I have lived in (Near North, Ravenswood and now East Rogers Park) and just as friendly. It is a wonderful racially mixed neighborhood of good, working and struggling people. My Chicago friends refer to Elston Grove as Mayberry. Housing in M.C. is so affordable I purchased a house for myself to remodel, then a 2 unit and last a 3 unit building. I found the Elston Grove neighborhood to be ideally located near everything: the train to Chicago, the outlet mall, the casino and best of all the lake. I always have wonderful lake breezes of canadian air that comes across the lake and blow in the front of the house, and I am several blocks from the lake ! Further, the last 3 tenants moved from Valparaiso, LaPorte and South Bend. All moved for the reasons I stated above, and additionally those from LaPorte and South Bend stated the crime was lower. If you read the "Police Blotter", the crime in M.C. tends to be petty or domestic.... yep sounds like crime Andy Griffith and Barney used to handle. I will tell you though, my tenants have said there are a lot of unattractive apartments in the area, they had to persevere to find my apartments. Also, the public schools are not the best. Last there are less desirable parts of the City. I see Michigan City as a wonderful town today and based on the Lohan & Associates Economic Development Plan for the north side of the City, it is only becoming better. People who live in Michigan City have discovered the secret and those who overlook Michigan City are only cheating themselves.
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Old 12-02-2008, 09:37 AM
 
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Default Another Michigan City Resident

Obviously you live in a different Michigan City.

I would never suggest anyone live here. I was born here and have lived here my entire life.

I love going down to the lake and enjoy Washington Park. However, the bright spots in Michigan City are so few compared with the problems that will never be fixed because of the corruption.

If I could afford to move, I would.
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Old 12-07-2008, 04:22 PM
 
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Default The realitys of living in Michigan City, Indiana

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Obviously you live in a different Michigan City.

I would never suggest anyone live here. I was born here and have lived here my entire life.

I love going down to the lake and enjoy Washington Park. However, the bright spots in Michigan City are so few compared with the problems that will never be fixed because of the corruption.

If I could afford to move, I would.
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^ I totally agree with the above post. This is a prison town and many of the offenders, their family & friends live in the City. Do some research & look up the WatchDog site of violent / sex offenders.
The Elston Grove area has a number of large homes and some brick apartment buildings. At one time, (MANY YEARS AGO) this was a nice neighborhood. However, what the Apartment owner failed to mention is that there are HUD low income/ dwellings located at 6th Street & Michigan Blvd. Read the Police reports in The News-Dispatch and see that is the most heavily crime ridden area aside from Garden Estates. It'd give me the creeps to live in that area.
The City is corrupt, but has been a 'bit'
better with the new council being elected. There were two City Police, fired for their corruption, a few years ago. Investigation by Federal Officials, led to their arrests (Mark K & his half brother, Dickey) Among a lot of other things, they were being paid to be Security Guards at the Public Housing & had never even been there. (6th Street & Michigan Blvd). Mark is a real coward, sat in a local restaurant, drinking coffee, as other Police cars drove by, other Officer's were responding to a call from a large retailer. It's become a better place - without Mark K & his half brother Dickey, harrassing residents. Judge Chapala is now gone - which is a good thing.
Michigan City makes for a better retirement community, than for a family planning on living here year round who have children. The School system is one of the worst.
The major factors of residing in Michigan City, is the beautiful Lake front. I was there today. It's breath taking. The Festival of Lights at Christmas is great for people of all ages. It's spectacular for children to see. I go there on almost a daily basis. A drive down Lake Shore Drive is a great leisurely pleasant experience.

There are numerous homeless people who you can see day in & day out, walking the streets. You don't have to be a resident too long, before u can spot or recognize the same people on the streets. In addition there are certain organizations/agencies, namely, Swanson Center, Madison Center which cater to drug and/or alcohol addicted people. Many physicians practicing in Michigan City, from other countries supply these people with mind altering drugs. A tremendous burden for taxpayers in terms of 'mental disability' & 'food stamps'.
There is a lack of competent - qualified physcians in the MC area.
The downtown area is showing some signs of being revitalized. A new pharmacy has just opened near 7th street on the main downtown street. Unfortunately, just prior to it opening for business, the front door was kicked in. I notice it's been fixed and the store is open for business. This is not far from the current Police Station. Unless there is more Police presence in the downtown area, I'd not take a chance going to that location, walking from my car to the store. I just keep driving thru & watch what progress is taking place. The price of gas has gone down substantially, so if a car could cruise the area or set in the area where their presence is known, that could relieve some of the reluctance of going into that area. The Library & Police Buildings need to be relocated to a more appropriate location, aside from in the middle of Franklin Street. This was done during a period which there was immense crime in years past - and the total amount of corruption. There is need for a lot of improvement. The City is always calling for a study with plans being drawn up and never put to use. City Hall is filled with hundreds of blue prints costing millions of dollars.
Taxes have changed 3 times in the past 15 years. Most of the tax burden has shifted to lakefront occupants, and there are an abundance of homes on the market, along Lake Shore Drive. The tax rate is far less within the City, and much lower than Michigan.
Southwest Michigan, up along Lake Michigan, is a far more desirable region to live in. There are small Cities which are beautiful & have a much lower crime rate. Warren Dunes State Park, Weko Beach, Silver Beach & Lake Michigan Beach in the Cities of Bridgman, St. Joe & Coloma, are far better areas to live and raise a family.
Walmarts, Meijers & most all big stores can be found within close proximity, if u have the need for shopping in those type stores.

The Blue Chip Casino & new hotel are attracting/encouraging more undesireables. The 4 Winds Casino in New Buffalo, is said to be taking a lot of business & many people rather go to New Buffalo, Michigan.
I wouldn't suggest anyone moving to MC. There is no industry, a less than adequate school system, Lack of competent medical care, high crime rates & most neighborhoods are scary to live in.
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