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    OT: Cedar Rapids

    Thinking of a move to Cedar Rapids -- I used one of those cost-of-living sites and it estimates an 8% increase over St. Louis. This surprised me. Anyone have any thoughts on this?? Also, where in CR is it best to look for homes?? -- Thanks in advance.



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    Re: OT: Cedar Rapids

    Quote Originally Posted by rebecacy View Post
    Thinking of a move to Cedar Rapids -- I used one of those cost-of-living sites and it estimates an 8% increase over St. Louis. This surprised me. Anyone have any thoughts on this?? Also, where in CR is it best to look for homes?? -- Thanks in advance.
    I'd avoid a home near the river. You just might have some water damage.



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    Re: OT: Cedar Rapids

    as far as homes: in general stick to the NE & NW sides or Hiawathia / Marion areas.



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    Re: OT: Cedar Rapids

    Quote Originally Posted by rebecacy View Post
    Thinking of a move to Cedar Rapids -- I used one of those cost-of-living sites and it estimates an 8% increase over St. Louis. This surprised me. Anyone have any thoughts on this?? Also, where in CR is it best to look for homes?? -- Thanks in advance.
    Does it allow for comparison from zip code to zip code?

    Housing is generally less expensive in Missouri compared to Iowa. One example, more slab construction in Missouri, so that would scew the general housing cost down as slab homes are less expensive than basement homes. What specifically was the area of greater expense? i.e. did that site break down the expense categories, or just say it was 8% more expensive?


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    Re: OT: Cedar Rapids

    You can get a lot more for your money in the surrounding communities...Fairfax, Ely, Swisher...

    If you want to live in the city...NE, NW and parts of the SW side are most desirable!



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    Re: OT: Cedar Rapids

    North edge of Marion there is an east-west road (partially paved), but there are some sweet newer large houses with large yards. I don't know if it is inside city limits or not, but is currently more of a rural setting.



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    Re: OT: Cedar Rapids

    Quote Originally Posted by rebecacy View Post
    Thinking of a move to Cedar Rapids -- I used one of those cost-of-living sites and it estimates an 8% increase over St. Louis. This surprised me. Anyone have any thoughts on this?? Also, where in CR is it best to look for homes?? -- Thanks in advance.
    Funny, I actually moved from Cedar Rapids to St Louis last year. I used to own a home in NE Cedar Rapids.


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    Re: OT: Cedar Rapids

    Quote Originally Posted by clones_jer View Post
    as far as homes: in general stick to the NE & NW sides or Hiawathia / Marion areas.
    Agree. I grew up on the NW side, currently live in Marion, and will be moving to the NE side in my next move. The SE side has some wonderful old homes but you have to be very careful about the neighborhood or nearby neighborhoods. If you are into those type of homes do extensive research before pulling the trigger.



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    Re: OT: Cedar Rapids

    Quote Originally Posted by Cydkar View Post
    Agree. I grew up on the NW side, currently live in Marion, and will be moving to the NE side in my next move. The SE side has some wonderful old homes but you have to be very careful about the neighborhood or nearby neighborhoods. If you are into those type of homes do extensive research before pulling the trigger.
    Can you be more specific -- what should we look out for???? Wife likes remodeled older homes -- she said something about bever or beaver park area???



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    Re: OT: Cedar Rapids

    NE side, Hiawatha, Marion or Robins.



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    Re: OT: Cedar Rapids

    Quote Originally Posted by rebecacy View Post
    Can you be more specific -- what should we look out for???? Wife likes remodeled older homes -- she said something about bever or beaver park area???
    Some really cool homes in that area. But the closer you get to downtown from Beaver Park, the shadier the neighborhoods get. I wouldn't worry too much about it if your immediate neighborhood is nice.



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    Re: OT: Cedar Rapids

    Quote Originally Posted by rebecacy View Post
    Can you be more specific -- what should we look out for???? Wife likes remodeled older homes -- she said something about bever or beaver park area???
    The bever park/ brucemore neighbor hood is great. very nice older homes with character.

    The fear/concern over the "bad parts of town" are way overblown to me. I live in that part of town and have never had any problems whatsoever.



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    Re: OT: Cedar Rapids

    Cost of living comparisons are not very accurate when there is a large metro area involved (St Louis). You are far better off looking at real estate websites in CR. That is the true market. If you are interested in 5 acres with remodeled house and lots of buildings on a hard surfaced road 34 miles from CR feel free to PM me.



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    Re: OT: Cedar Rapids

    Quote Originally Posted by rebecacy View Post
    Can you be more specific -- what should we look out for???? Wife likes remodeled older homes -- she said something about bever or beaver park area???
    Basically avoid near the flood areas or near Coe college. The "classic" line-up of Mr Money/Liquor Store/Payday loans, should give it away.

    They recently have added a new police station to the area on the SE side where there have been multiple violent crimes.

    and its spelled "Bever", pronounced "Beaver"

    I live in Marion, the big drawback to that is that it takes 2 weeks to drive from Marion to anywhere. If I goto an ISU game the first 30 mins of my drive is getting from Marion to "out of Cedar Rapids". I've heard good things about the Fairfax / Walford area ... basically attached to the SW corner of CR.



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    Re: OT: Cedar Rapids

    Quote Originally Posted by rebecacy View Post
    Thinking of a move to Cedar Rapids -- I used one of those cost-of-living sites and it estimates an 8% increase over St. Louis. This surprised me. Anyone have any thoughts on this?? Also, where in CR is it best to look for homes?? -- Thanks in advance.
    CR is pretty affordable. As for location, depends on what you like. NE side is nice for the most part, a lot of newer construction out by Boyson/C Ave. and adjacent to Robins. There are older neighborhoods off of C Ave. as well that are technically NE side. Nice areas as well, but homes are older and usually smaller. If you have young kids NE has great neighborhoods in and around Bowman Woods area.

    SE side is nice as well, but mostly older homes and more "mature" neighborhoods. If you're into big old homes with character that might need some work, SE is for you. Overall, very nice tree-lined streets, especially in the Beaver Park area and as you head from the park away from downtown. There are some sketchy areas as you head towards downtown from Beaver Park.

    I like the NE and SE sides the best. SW side has never been that attractive to me, but different strokes. I'd say NW is better than SW, but I prefer NE and SE.



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