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Old 11-11-2008, 10:31 AM
 
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I've been researching and reading this forum since we decided to relocate to the area from Atlanta and love the advice you seem to give. My husband grew up in DeMotte and has family in Highland and Hobart/Valpo as well so we know we want to be relatively close to them. Right now, the best choices seem to be Crown Point, St. John, or Schereville (although we're still open to all ideas especially since we aren't ready to actually move there yet). My question for all of you is more specific to neighborhoods in those areas. We have two children (ages 3 and 1) and I've been a teacher for 18 years so good schools are important. I like an active, friendly neighborhood that has a good "community" feel to it. I really don't care much what my house looks like-I'm more interested in the area/neighborhood. I'm not sure of our budget but I would say low 200's. I've lived in metro Atlanta for 19 years so I'm used to convenience but frankly, I'm tired of the congestion/traffic and wouldn't mind something a little further out. We don't want to be too far, though, because there is a good chance my husband will end up commuting to Chicago. We are also very active in our church. My husband grew up in the CRC but we've been attending a non-denominational "mega" church for years now. My preference is for a "contemporary" style church-size is not a big factor but I do tend to feel more comfortable in a larger church. Are there any that might fit that description in the towns mentioned above? Nearby? I'm certainly not expecting to find Utopia up there but if we're going to make this big of a move, I'd like to gather as much info. as I can about the area before going there. Thanks so much for your input and ideas! I really appreciate it!
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Old 11-11-2008, 11:29 AM
 
Location: Hoosierville
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Have you looked at Munster?

Good schools, not too bad of a Chicago commute.

Here's a link to a church that friends of ours attend - they love it: FCC-2008 (It's in Munster too.)

To look at homes, use the Realtor's public access portal of the MLS at: www.gniarmls.com

Good luck!
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Old 11-11-2008, 06:30 PM
 
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There's a CRC on Greenwood Ave near the Nine Mile Stretch (Indiana Street) in Crown Point. I don't know much about it, as I've never attended that church. Crown Point has a good school system, and you would be near enough that you could work in the Lake Central Schools, Merrillville or Lowell.

I think there is still a CRC in Highland, which has a large Dutch population. Highland would be a lot closer for your husband if he is going to commute into Chicago, and there are many nice neighborhoods there as well.

Hope this helps.
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Old 11-12-2008, 08:09 AM
 
Location: Turn Left at Greenland
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I second Crown Point.
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Old 11-12-2008, 12:51 PM
 
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I've been researching and reading this forum since we decided to relocate to the area from Atlanta and love the advice you seem to give. My husband grew up in DeMotte and has family in Highland and Hobart/Valpo as well so we know we want to be relatively close to them. Right now, the best choices seem to be Crown Point, St. John, or Schereville (although we're still open to all ideas especially since we aren't ready to actually move there yet). My question for all of you is more specific to neighborhoods in those areas. We have two children (ages 3 and 1) and I've been a teacher for 18 years so good schools are important. I like an active, friendly neighborhood that has a good "community" feel to it. I really don't care much what my house looks like-I'm more interested in the area/neighborhood. I'm not sure of our budget but I would say low 200's. I've lived in metro Atlanta for 19 years so I'm used to convenience but frankly, I'm tired of the congestion/traffic and wouldn't mind something a little further out. We don't want to be too far, though, because there is a good chance my husband will end up commuting to Chicago. We are also very active in our church. My husband grew up in the CRC but we've been attending a non-denominational "mega" church for years now. My preference is for a "contemporary" style church-size is not a big factor but I do tend to feel more comfortable in a larger church. Are there any that might fit that description in the towns mentioned above? Nearby? I'm certainly not expecting to find Utopia up there but if we're going to make this big of a move, I'd like to gather as much info. as I can about the area before going there. Thanks so much for your input and ideas! I really appreciate it!
I am a local Realtor in the area <mod cut advertising> Also, if you are looking for convenience with a small town feel, Crown Point, is a great town with lots of character and history and they are really working towards making it Greener. There are many churches in the community as well. It is a quick commute to the City by I-65 and I80/94. Home prices will fit your range as well. If you want to get closer look at Northwest Indiana you may do so as well on my website. At the top of the page I have links to community info and near the bottom is a link to Northwest Indiana. Hope this helps.

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Old 11-16-2008, 10:12 AM
 
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You must consider Portage or Valparaiso. They are both areas that are expanding in many ways!
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Old 11-16-2008, 02:30 PM
 
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You must consider Portage or Valparaiso. They are both areas that are expanding in many ways!

I don't think either one of them have a CRC.
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Old 11-16-2008, 06:35 PM
 
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We're not looking for a CRC church, actually. The preference is for a non-denominational church (Bible based). The one we attend here is sort of like Willow Creek in Chicago but a lot smaller.
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Old 11-16-2008, 06:36 PM
 
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Thank you to everybody who has responded so far. Hopefully my husband and I can explore some of these areas when we visit at Christmastime.
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Old 02-12-2009, 11:05 AM
 
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Hello, Crown point schools are wonderful and there are many churches to choose from. Bethel Church on Broadway is very large church I have a few friends that go there. I go to Crown Point Assembly of God not so big but everyone is very nice and we are trying to get the church to grow. So if your looking for a great pastor and the most inspiring music check us out!!
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