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Old 01-16-2010, 08:12 AM
 
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I appreciate all the great feedback!

Going off the original topic, I have a question. What is the best way to get from Midway to a South Shore Line station? I'm guessing the 57th St. station would be the connection and a taxi would get you there.
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Old 01-16-2010, 09:33 AM
 
Location: Turn Left at Greenland
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I'd take the orange line downtown to state & randolph and then go over to the southshore station at michigan and randolph ... no taxi necessary!
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Old 01-16-2010, 09:57 AM
 
Location: Fishers, IN
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Here's the CTA Bus route from Midway to the 57th Street station.

Chicago Midway International Airport, Chicago, IL 60638 to 55th - 56th - 57th St. Metra - Google Maps
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Old 01-17-2010, 04:08 PM
 
Location: Turn Left at Greenland
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looking at the station information, there isn't any ticket vending for the South Shore at 57th street, you'll have to purchase your ticket on the train. there are ticket agents at millenium station and Van Buren.
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Old 01-27-2010, 06:29 PM
 
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I live in michigan city and have for 27 years... I will agree the city area isn't great but its not horrible either, I mean its not like gary or the southside of chicago.

I wouldn't recommend the area at all though unless you want country type living, because there is really nothing here (once you take away the tourist things casino, dunes, outlet mall), you'll always end up driving at least 30 to 40 mins to get to stuff. If you want to maximize your housing per dollar you probably don't want to live in chesterton/valpo the housing there is very nice but very over priced. We get screwed in NWI with chicago priced housing with south bend type paychecks. I'd say consider living in the country vs in "downtown valpo or chesterton" boy i can't even say that with a stright face because downtown suggest that there is lots of activity... while valpo is growing by no means do they have LOTS of activity....there are no TRUE downtowns in NWI because there are not any true cities.

I am looking to get out of the area because this weather here is horrible...looking to go to the southwest...so i'm a little jaded on michigan city, valpo, chesterton...whatever....
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Old 01-27-2010, 06:44 PM
 
Location: NW Indiana
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I've lived in Valparaiso for 23 years, and find it to be a lovely city with a beautiful, thriving downtown and plenty of things to do. Shopping is great. People are great. City is growing. Some housing is actually very reasonable. I'm a single person who does not make tons of money, and I was able to buy a lovely small home near downtown. My house is older, but has lots of charm and works just fine for me. Valpo has homes in every price range, and it's definitely a buyer's market right now.
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Old 02-19-2010, 09:20 PM
 
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We are thinking of buying a house in Michigan City, and might need to rent it out til we can afford it. 4 bedrooms 2 baths near Motts Park and the Golf Course. Is this an good area? Can we get $900 a month plus utilities? How do I screen renters? Thanks
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Old 02-19-2010, 09:55 PM
 
Location: Hoosierville
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We are thinking of buying a house in Michigan City, and might need to rent it out til we can afford it. 4 bedrooms 2 baths near Motts Park and the Golf Course. Is this an good area? Can we get $900 a month plus utilities? How do I screen renters? Thanks
You might need to rent it out til we can afford it?

What exactly does that mean?

If you're thinking about purchasing a home as owner-occupied and instead renting it out, you should be aware that that is considered mortgage fraud.

Hopefully, I've misunderstood you.
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Old 03-07-2010, 08:01 PM
 
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No, we are buying it as a second home, does this qualify? Wouldn't want to cheat the tax man or the mortgage company. It's a house and a coach house, both rentable, but only if we need to. Not claiming as primary residence. I would love Obama's $8,000 or even the $6,500 but no can do. Thnks for your concern.
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