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Old 02-10-2010, 03:46 PM
 
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When I said linked I meant the closest South Shore stations to Whiting....I chose the wrong words I suppose....And I don't know why I forgot to mention the 93rd street station. OOPS! Thanks for adding that!
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Old 02-14-2010, 07:08 PM
 
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Keep in mind that taxes and insurance cost more in Lake County. When I moved from Lake to Porter, I got a big check back from my auto insurer. Also, my property tax in Valpo is much lower than that which my Lake County friends pay for similar real estate.
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Old 02-15-2010, 11:45 AM
 
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I actually do not know about how much you would pay in Griffith or Highland. However, I know that the quality of rentals vary greatly so there may be a big difference in rent within the same town.

In Highland, I do not know about the situation with Bike trails but I do know that the region is very serious with expanding bike trails. I believe there is some in Griffith though (please correct me if I am wrong).

As for the driving times to downtown Chicago, it depends. From Whiting to downtown, it may take 20 - 30 minutes if you take the skyway, HOWEVER, the toll is high so you may want to take a local route (although maybe not at night). From Highland to downtown, you are looking at roughly 40 minutes and from Griffith, about 45 minutes. Portage is about 50 minutes away. ALL of these times are usually with optimal weather and road conditions. During the winter or anytime with wet roads I would add about another 5 - 10 minutes to each respective travel time. Of course, depending on the time of day you may have to deal with rush hour too. Also, as our region is always having some sort of construction being done on the roads, this could affect travel times as well.

For reference, I live in Munster and it usually takes me (on average) 35 - 40 minutes to get downtown driving at about 70 mph.

Also, if you do not want to drive downtown, the south shore is usually an option. Here is a link to the website and system map.

NORTHERN INDIANA COMMUTER TRANSPORTATION DISTRICT (South Shore Line Passenger Service

The towns you listed as interested in are on the map so you can see the distance to the nearest station. Whiting is not listed but would most likely be linked to the Hammond or East Chicago station.
Thanks for all of the info! I'm re-visiting the Whiting idea and also considering Highland and Portage (which isn't much further). Thanks again.
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Old 02-15-2010, 11:49 AM
 
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Keep in mind that taxes and insurance cost more in Lake County. When I moved from Lake to Porter, I got a big check back from my auto insurer. Also, my property tax in Valpo is much lower than that which my Lake County friends pay for similar real estate.
I'm leaning toward renting at this point. Seems that rent in Whiting is actually LESS than other towns, but I still need to research the town a little bit more.
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Old 04-06-2010, 08:59 AM
 
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A little late here, but I was born and raised in Whiting, it is far from run down. It is a wonderful small town with great people where you don't have to be afraid to walk down the streets. Many older historical buildings and homes, great festivals in the uptown area and everything you need is in walking distance. Great stores, little shops and restaurants as well as wonderful schools, small parks scattered throughout, a huge main park and Whihala Beach. Lots of new construction going up in the area as well if you're looking to buy as opposed to rent.
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Old 04-08-2010, 09:59 AM
 
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A little late here, but I was born and raised in Whiting, it is far from run down. It is a wonderful small town with great people where you don't have to be afraid to walk down the streets. Many older historical buildings and homes, great festivals in the uptown area and everything you need is in walking distance. Great stores, little shops and restaurants as well as wonderful schools, small parks scattered throughout, a huge main park and Whihala Beach. Lots of new construction going up in the area as well if you're looking to buy as opposed to rent.
Thanks for your feedback! I was told that there is an "odor" in Whiting from the pollution. I haven't experienced it firsthand the few times that I've been in town but is there any truth in that? If not then feel free to correct me. Also where is the new construction? Do you know where they are listed? It seems like all of the houses advertised are really old. There's nothing wrong with that but I don't really have time to remodel. Another reason to rent I guess. Thanks again for the info

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