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    Moving to Ames

    I am going to be moving to Ames in a month or so and am currently looking for places to live and trying to learn about the area. Does anybody have advice on property managers? Who to use or avoid? Good areas to live at? I'm not a student and am not looking to live in party central. It will be just me moving.

    Also, what can you tell me about Ames? I'm excited about this move and think I will fit in with the culture of the area.



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    Re: Moving to Ames

    Charley, let us know how old you are and where you will be working and how much you can handle for rent or payment and we can be more helpful. Ames is a great town and a really good place to live. There are very few places you do not want to live. It is more a matter of what are your tastes.



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    Re: Moving to Ames

    Quote Originally Posted by iowa_wildcat View Post
    Charley, let us know how old you are and where you will be working and how much you can handle for rent or payment and we can be more helpful. Ames is a great town and a really good place to live. There are very few places you do not want to live. It is more a matter of what are your tastes.


    Indeed, tell us a little more about you and what you want. Apartment/House/Trailer? Near campus? Near Main Street? Near shopping? Be around students or families? Where are you working in town? There are lots of great places and nothing is very far from anything else. The best deals are probably house rentals if you want that much space for yourself. As you visit Ames, tell us what catches your eye and we can tell you more about it.



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    Re: Moving to Ames

    Avoid anything being managed by Lad Grove. We had a horrible experience with him as a landlord. We rented from him because he allowed pets and we wanted a dog. Do not make the same mistake.

    We had a GREAT experience with Rainbow Properties on the north side of West Lincoln Way (across from the Hy-Vee grocery store). The apartments were in great shape when we moved in, and the landlords were super responsive to everything. I tried searching for them and couldn't find a website - I think they might have been bought out or changed their name. The address of our building was 302 Hickory Drive. I loved that apartment.


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    Re: Moving to Ames

    I'm 28 and single. I'll be working on campus. I still enjoy going out and having a good time, but I don't really want to be in the student slums all that much. I would prefer a house or duplex, but I've had a hard time finding anything that will be available for an end of June move in. I've started searching around apartment complexes to see what is available for those too.



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    Re: Moving to Ames

    Ever thought about surrounding communities such as Gilbert, Slater, Huxley, Story City, etc. Where are you moving from, larger or smaller town?



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    Re: Moving to Ames

    My wife and I had a good experience renting two different apartments in the Somerset area from Total Property Management when we were in grad school. Close to Cyride, The Cafe, Brewers, Black Market Pizza, El Azteca. When we decided to move back to Ames after being gone for 4 years, we bought a house in the same area and haven't been disappointed.

    If you like live music, the local bar scene, or some of the other cultural things going on downtown like the farmers market, you might want to check out the older neighborhoods within walking distance of downtown. I've been to some good live music shows at DG's Taphouse, for example. Cafe Diem is a good coffee house to hang out in.

    As others have said, everything is close to everything in Ames, so it's mostly a matter of personal preference, what kind of neighborhood you want and what you'd like to be closest to.



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    Re: Moving to Ames

    also avoid furman properties.



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    Re: Moving to Ames

    Quote Originally Posted by CharlieKelly View Post
    I'm 28 and single. I'll be working on campus. I still enjoy going out and having a good time, but I don't really want to be in the student slums all that much. I would prefer a house or duplex, but I've had a hard time finding anything that will be available for an end of June move in. I've started searching around apartment complexes to see what is available for those too.


    Welcome to Ames. Almost all of the apartments "turn over" at the end of July. I've never seen another town that has so little variation. You may want to grab something for a month and then move to what you really want after than month. I suspect that there are lots of folks who would sublet for a month.

    I would recommend looking at the houses north of Main Street known as "Roosevelt." Lots of bus service to campus if you need it. Close to downtown Main Street and not too far from Duff Avenue shopping and restaurants. And lots of ISU staff and faculty living in the area. Not as many UG students.

    You could also look at houses south of Lincoln Way near Campustown, but you will have much more of a student influence.

    I also like the area north of W. Lincoln Way mentioned above (across from the West Hyvee). Go north, not south or east of the West Hyvee. Fewer rentals and some nice neighborhoods.



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    Re: Moving to Ames

    Look in to Wessex. Really nice places, and it's a gated community.

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    Live at the grove!!! Haha me and missouri cyclone and i need a roomie



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    Re: Moving to Ames

    I would also recommend the Somerset area. It is close to the north side of campus, within walking distance of restaurants and a grocery store, and is a newer area. Lots of young professionals in that area of town



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    Re: Moving to Ames

    If you are sure your going to want a home or a duplex, then I would recommend living in a surrounding community in an Apt. till something comes open you want. I think its "way" easier to get out of your lease, or have a 6 month lease, if and when you find a home in Ames. I think you can get a shorter lease in Ames, but you end up paying for those months in higher rent during the school year.



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    Do not move in with cymate. He has bad gas.




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    Re: Moving to Ames

    So I'm finally starting to narrow some things down. I can move in right away to the Laverne Apartments which seems to be pretty nice, but I won't be able to have my grill which I use a lot year round. The other would be to get a sublease, which I think I can get taken care of pretty easily, until Aug. 1st when more units are going to open up.



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