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Old 04-14-2013, 05:55 AM
 
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Fivefreis...we have a lottttt in common...I'm curious where u ended up?! We have a freshemn and twin sixth graders' so the school district is huge to us as well as the small town feel and everything you mentioned!?
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Old 04-15-2013, 05:49 PM
 
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Green Bay is older...not dirty just old...boring architecture....very spread out.....every business has to have their own 2 story building in the burbs....busses suck....zero walkability as far as having a lot of events/services in a dense area. Crime in Green Bay is having stuff stolen from unlocked cars and drunks causing problems downtown at night at the bars. No gangs,murders,violent beatings,etc. A few areas are sketchy but you can walk 2 blocks to the store at 9:30 in about 90% of the city.
Your kids can play outside,etc.

If GB I would 100% pick De Pere or Howard. Avoid Ashwaubenon and East Side.

Appleton has jobs but its a shopping,drinking eating town. Only been to Osh for Rock USA and to eat shop..know nothing about the neighborhoods.

Do not want to drive. HW is nuts. Bad in winter. Speeding nuts in summer. Live where you work.

EDIT...forgot weather. Osh seems to get hammered by summer storms....seems like the Valley really gets the brunt of storms. GB gets snow,can be very windy...a few intense summer storms but mostly fairly uneventful. Lived here 37 years and have had to go into a basement for a tornado once. GB gets bitterly cold but mostly nothing too stressful.
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Old 04-18-2013, 04:26 PM
 
Location: Verona, WI
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I'd never voluntarily sign up to commute on HWY 41 between Appleton and Green Bay. I'd recommend living closer to where you work and the folks on here have given you some good suggestions. I've experienced the worst drivers on 41, and driving it in the winter would be maddening. I agree with the other posters on here that MKE highways are a breeze compared to the dangers to be had on HWY 41. Why add that stress into your life?
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Old 04-19-2013, 03:37 AM
 
Location: Sunset Mountain
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We're up in Appleton right now. With us wanting to leave Milwaukee for a smaller town feel, Appleton is definitely not it. It comes off really touristy to us. I'm sure there are great neighborhoods around here and the people seem friendly enough, but all of College Ave is just insanely busy. I know Walmart is always a crazy store, so we purposely stop there whenever we're checking somewhere out. It was clean and everything, but it was insanely busy at 3pm on a Wednesday. Don't get me wrong, Appleton is a huge improvement over any of the Milwaukee suburbs, but it's just a little too busy for us. (Anyone reading this who might be considering relocating from Milwaukee, College Ave in Appleton is a lot like Bluemound Road in Brookfield, only even busier.)

We did like Oshkosh, but the 30 minute commute, while definitely not impossible, seems a little silly when there are cute towns like Neenah and Menasha nearby.

We still have a long way to go getting the job transfer settled, and then finding a house. But I will definitely post anything else I find out on here, just in case anyone else reads this looking for info.
I'm still learning about this area myself-we've been staying on Bluemound road in Waukesha for the last 3 weeks. If this is "busy traffic" I'm all set-Dallas/Plano/Frisco traffic where I just came from is like LA traffic to others-

I just don't know what it is like yet with snow/ice.

I figured 30 minutes commute isn't that bad to work-but that's me coming from a 20 mile commute that took an average 45-50 minutes because of Dallas traffic every morning and night.

We've finished tourning Middleton/Madison areas, now we're headed to Appleton/GB areas this weekend.

3 weeks and we still can't find a place to live.
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Old 04-19-2013, 03:39 AM
 
Location: Sunset Mountain
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I'd never voluntarily sign up to commute on HWY 41 between Appleton and Green Bay. I'd recommend living closer to where you work and the folks on here have given you some good suggestions. I've experienced the worst drivers on 41, and driving it in the winter would be maddening. I agree with the other posters on here that MKE highways are a breeze compared to the dangers to be had on HWY 41. Why add that stress into your life?
Thanks for the heads up!

We're touring that area this weekend. My agency office is located out of Appleton, but there is no telling where I will be placed before finding which neighborhood to choose, should we choose to go way up there.
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Old 04-19-2013, 03:42 AM
 
Location: Sunset Mountain
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I would give you a vote for working in Appleton, and living in Neenah. If you want family-friendly-let-your-kids-ride-their-bikes kind of neighborhood, I'd actually recommend looking into the Town-of-Menasha west of 41. It's actually a Neenah mailing address, has some of the lowest property taxes in the Fox Cities (Appleton has some of the highest) and it's very low-key. 10 minutes to downtown Neenah, 10 Minutes to the Fox River Mall, 10 minutes to the high school, etc.

Neenah has very good schools, and buses within the district are free. Or you can always drive your kiddos to whatever school you like.

I agree with your feelings on Green Bay. Always felt a bit old, dirty, and busy to me. You're right about downtown Appleton too. They have a huge Farmer's Market on Saturdays in the summer though. They shut down half of downtown for it. And yeah, Oshkosh is definitely a college town and not much else. Also might want to check out Greenville, starts to get a bit rural though.

I've lived in this area for 15 years or so and we're also a young family. Let me know if you have any other questions. I'll try to help. Good luck.
Are there areas up that way that are scenic to live in? We decided we wanted to have a little bit of country where we live. Some place to hike or walk without having to drive to get to nature.
Would you recommend Menasha for scenery? We're heading up that way Saturday.
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Old 04-25-2013, 07:44 PM
 
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If you are looking for somewhere to feel very safe with good schools and small town feel ... absolutely look in Little Chute! It is a small, friendly town and is very safe! Kids can play outside in the neighborhoods and just "be kids" there without parents having to worry. It is located off of HWY 41 between De Pere and Appleton -- sounds perfect for your job offers! My fiance's parents and family are from Little Chute, and it really sounds like it would fit what you are looking for!

Good Luck!
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Old 04-28-2013, 09:19 AM
 
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lived in Appleton for 5 years about 5 years ago, lived 30mins north of MKE for all my life otherwise and know MKE overall well.

your impressions of GB are spot on, east side the worst, and there is crime there despite what another said. of course not as bad as MKE but having watched the MKE area news all my life and then Fox Valley news there are times when I was just shocked at some of the crimes that occurred in GB watching FV local news and there was certainly more of it than I would've expected.

my favorite is Appleton by far. GB is older, more dirty, more industrial and everything in APL is just newer, fresher. Neenah is nice as well, Menasha is more blue-collar, working class and dirtier so to speak.

Menasha is more to GB what Neenah is to Appleton.

Oshkosh is o.k., but not really impressive IMO. I would have reservations being a college town with all the drunks etc. There can be nice amenities to go with the University but being within a commute is better than living there IMO.

The traffic in the valley, and this will be somewhat controversial to many on here, is worse, more aggressive and stressful than in MKE overall. I don't drive rush hour MKE traffic (usu. b/t 9 a.m. and 4 p.m.) but overall I actually find it less stressful in MKE than the Fox Valley. Lots of road rage, tailgating, super fast drivers and serious accidents that never change the way people drive up there. I used to commute APL to OSH and I found that very stressful and again I grew up driving in MKE.

college ave is busy but Wisconsin and Northland are better.

Sounds like Neenah or perhaps Menasha might be more your style.
Green Bay has equal crime East and West. The inner city is, like any city where these things happen. The city is making great efforst to to condemn and tear down some of the problem properties. There are many neighborhood associations which watch out for and work for neighborhood safety and continuity. It is the oldest city in Wisconsin, and much less pretentious than Appleton. Appleton to Oshkosh would be a pretty stressful commute.
Green Bay to Appletn and Appleton to Green Bay is pretty common.You need to drive around the cities, not just the shopping areas. Eat at a local restaurant and get the feel of the people.
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Old 04-28-2013, 09:21 AM
 
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Are there areas up that way that are scenic to live in? We decided we wanted to have a little bit of country where we live. Some place to hike or walk without having to drive to get to nature.
Would you recommend Menasha for scenery? We're heading up that way Saturday.
All areas will have some great scenery and trails, parks and nature preserves.

http://www.baybeachwildlife.com/
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http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bay_Beach_Amusement_Park
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Old 07-22-2013, 09:58 AM
 
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Folks, I am on the same boat, moving from Connecticut to WI (Green Bay is going to be my work location). Have two kids, middle school and elementary. Please can someone help confirm from school district perspective Howard or Menasha, is it the same School district?
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