Moving to Chicago

Discussion in 'Real Estate' started by tejasclone, Jan 13, 2017.

  1. Cycsk

    Cycsk Well-Known Member

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    There must have been some other factor if you property taxes went up 40%. Do you live near the Obama's or something?
     
  2. canker2323

    canker2323 Well-Known Member

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    Friend of mine had a similar increase in Glen Ellyn. My neighbors increased by similar %. Same with my cousin half mile south of me.
     
  3. boone7247

    boone7247 Well-Known Member

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    There is an other factor. The state of Illinois, County of Cook and City of Chicago are all broke as a joke. Not to mention some of the surrounding suburbs are also not flush with money.
     
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  4. SCNCY

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    I went to St. Charles schools, so I grew up in that area. You can't really go wrong with St. Charles, Geneva, or Batavia. Even South Elgin is a good place to live (some of those neighborhoods are in the St. Charles School District). If you want to go a little further out, you can live in Elburn, which has a Metra station. La Fox (where I lived), also has a Metra station.
     
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  5. Cycsk

    Cycsk Well-Known Member

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    This is what you do when you want a decent sized house, nice yard, good schools, and reasonable taxes. Prepare for one long commute. My wife used to say it was like I was going on a business trip every day. If something happened at home, I was several hours away depending upon the infrequent mid-day train schedule, especially for destinations that were farther out.

    That is one more thing to consider. Not all the trains always go all the way to the farthest terminal. Make sure to look at the actual train schedules, not just the routes, especially if you may need to commute at off-hours (mid-day, evenings, weekends).
     
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  6. isuno1fan

    isuno1fan Well-Known Member

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    Chicago is a cesspool. I am sorry to hear of your predicament.
     
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  7. JP4CY

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    Correct. Teacher's retirement accounts are a massive issue.
    Well, and the fact that it's a notoriously crooked city and State.
     
  8. boone7247

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    The problems are a plenty, and we don't have time to list them all, but yes you hit two of the biggest ones. Ultimately we are spiraling toward bankruptcy, both at the state and city levels.
     
  9. awd4cy

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    I was in Austin in December. Holy crap you aren't kidding. It was terrible at 5 in the evening. Everything was really crammed. That would wear me out.
     
  10. chiclones24

    chiclones24 New Member

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    Hi Everyone!

    I am not new to this site, but don't post often, and as a result had to get a new username. I am a realtor with @Properties in Chicago. If anyone has any questions about moving here, would like to buy/sell/rent or wants to know anything else, shoot me an email at jhosch@atproperties.com or call me at 773.573.6712. Would love to help out some Iowa State fans (as well as others)!!
     
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  11. Sigmapolis

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  12. KnappShack

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    I graduated from ISU and started work in Northbrook the following week. Stayed with relatives in Geneva and made that commute.

    A bit of a shock going from eating Doritos on the couch at 2:00 am to getting up at 5:00am to drive an hour and a half each way.

    I currently live in Orange County. Chicago traffic was much worse. Throw in some weather and it's ungodly
     
  13. NWICY

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    But if he is really brave he could be on the cutting edge of gentrification of one of those neighborhoods.
     
  14. Bryce7

    Bryce7 Well-Known Member

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    Chicago is one of the most bankrupt places in America. The govt workers have been promised a strong pension package.
     
  15. BikeSkiClone

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    Chicago people, what's the area around Loyola U like for a renter (summer internship)? Specifically the few blocks directly North of campus and near the Loyola red line stop.

    Safety, things to do, parking...whatever you got.
     
  16. cyclonedave25

    cyclonedave25 Well-Known Member

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    The area immediately around Loyola isn't bad. North of there a couple few blocks isn't bad either. Don't bring a car if you don't need it, street parking is horrible in that area. Unless you have a reserved spot, don't bring it. That Loyola redline stop is safe too. The area just south of Loyola is fine too.
     
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  17. BikeSkiClone

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    Thanks @cyclonedave25! The internship is based out of downtown (80% of my time) with some satellite work around the city, so I'll have my vehicle for those days. Found a decently priced sublease on craigslist in that area and figured CF could come through with info.

    Mainly looking at places around the red, purple and brown lines between downtown & Northwestern. Might branch out to look at the Blue line but that's a little less convenient for getting to base location near Magnificent Mile/Streeterville area
     
  18. cybychoice

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    I lived just off the Loyola campus, it was the Edgewater neighborhood(North Lakewood Ave/West Devon), very nice and relatively safe compared to other parts of the city. The red line to downtown from the Loyola stop will take you about 30 minutes in the morning and 40 minutes in the afternoon. It can be a bear if the cubs are playing as the red runs past wrigley. If you are a sushi person there is a place called Nori right by the campus and its BYOB. It was great. There are a couple beaches on the lake just north of the Loyola campus that are great to spend a weekend day at, not to crowded and the people are general college aged. Lived in chicago right after I graduated from ISU, its a fun city to be young in that is for sure!
     
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