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post #1 of 32 (permalink) Old 04-25-2005, 08:49 PM Thread Starter
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Moving to Chicago help

So, I'm graduating from college this May and am taking a job at SBC at Hoffman Estates.

Now I gotta find a place to live, so... anyone have any recommendations? I want to live no further than 30 mins away from Hoffman Estates, not too expensive (I don't think I can afford more than $1000 a month, but I don't know how much rent is suppose to cost in Chicago), preferably fairly roomy 2 bedroom on the 1st floor apartment, and then I guess I need a storage unit for my motorcycles. And I don't wanna live in the slums or the ghettos

Or should I look more into buying a House or Condo? I have some money saved up and I'm sure that I could ask my parents for a loan to pick up the rest of the downpayment, but just not sure. Maybe it'd be a better idea to just find an apt for a couple of years first? It just seems like a huge waste of money just thrown away on rent.

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Buying your own place is a nice option. I would pursue that over renting if I were you. I know of at least one mortgage broker on this board that would help you get the best deal and good advice, and other financial gurus that can help you figure out what is best for ya. As far as where, I dunno where the hell is Hoffman Estates? lol

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I suggest a short term lease on an apartment to get a feel for the area. While doing that, cut down on expenses to save cash for a downpayment on a condo/house. You may want to look at selling one of the bikes just to cut down on storage costs and get some cash for a more permanent place. And see if you can find a roomate, makes housing expenses much easier.

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If you have the cash for a down payment get a condo or house. You should check what the percentage of growth a year is in the area that your looking to buy in. You can't go wrong with your own property.


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For a nice newer 2 bedroom apt, the range is usually 900-1100. Equity (equityapartments.com) and Amli (amli.com) are two of the larger management companies that have buildings in the suburbs.

Edit: I should mention that going w/ a larger management company is usually more expensive. It's worth it to check the classifields, although it takes more time and more searching.

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It's a minor haul, but to get the most out of your money I would suggest University Village in Chicago or China Town Area. Awesome lofts popping up everywhere. You will get a great return on your investment in 3-5 years and prices are good right now. It's a reverse commute so travel times should be 25-45 minutes to Hoffman Estates. If you have enough dough for a down payment you would be a fool to throw it away renting. I know a few people here have bought condos and townhomes around that area. My $.02, might be worth less to you.

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Good luck finding anything for that price within 30 minutes of Hoffman Estates.

Welcome to the suburbs; it's either pay out the nose for a house, or drive an hour to get to work

I have a great place for sale in Crystal Lake/Lake in the Hills, which is a 30-45 minute commute depending on traffic.

I'm assuming you're going to be at the main SBC campus just north of I90? My downstairs neighbor works for SBC, I'll have to ask him what the commute is like. Stuff out here is WAY cheaper; I just bought a brand new place in Cary for under $200, which is amazing.

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property value is growing and the sooner you will get into something of your own , the better ... Grover is right , get a short term lease ... then look around and see what and where you like/can afford.
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I have to believe you can get a good deal on real estate a 1/2 hour W of Hoffman Estates on I90. Thats Marengo area or so.

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I have to believe you can get a good deal on real estate a 1/2 hour W of Hoffman Estates on I90. Thats Marengo area or so.
dude, marengo????? 1/2 hour?????????? maybe on a busa!!!!!!

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a lady that works fome r lives in marengo and we met at the Hyatt on Golf in Woodfield and she said it took her 40 minutes.

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a lady that works fome r lives in marengo and we met at the Hyatt on Golf in Woodfield and she said it took her 40 minutes.
During rush hour, never.

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please accept my apologies guys I dont have an exact intersection in Marengo nor do I know where he'll be working in Hoffman Estates. I was ONLY a general description of the area and as Ive shown its RIGHT where I thought it was

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please accept my apologies guys I dont have an exact intersection in Marengo nor do I know where he'll be working in Hoffman Estates. I was ONLY a general description of the area and as Ive shown its RIGHT where I thought it was

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I am moving here at the end of the month. LINKY a seems like a good place.. you can get a garage for an extra charge.. i should be able to squeeze your bike in for a little cash

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I think renting for a while might be good, don't wanna buy something right away and then regret the decision whereas even if I got a 1 yr lease, no big deal.

I just don't know WTF I'm gonna do with all my vehicles, I've got 2 cars, 3 bikes, and a trailer... one of the cars is prolly gonna go, and if I convert my SV650 to a track bike, I might get rid of the GSXR, but that still leaves me with 2 bikes and a trailer, so no way around having to rent a storage unit.

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please accept my apologies guys I dont have an exact intersection in Marengo nor do I know where he'll be working in Hoffman Estates. I was ONLY a general description of the area and as Ive shown its RIGHT where I thought it was
Mike don't worry about.....Jim is just a slow driver

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I think renting for a while might be good, don't wanna buy something right away and then regret the decision whereas even if I got a 1 yr lease, no big deal.

I just don't know WTF I'm gonna do with all my vehicles, I've got 2 cars, 3 bikes, and a trailer... one of the cars is prolly gonna go, and if I convert my SV650 to a track bike, I might get rid of the GSXR, but that still leaves me with 2 bikes and a trailer, so no way around having to rent a storage unit.
Sell them Storage units will cost $$

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First off congrats on getting the job! Welcome to SBC

My advice would be to do the short-term rent thing until you can figure out where you want to be. I live in Naperville, and let me tell you the commute to Hoffman varies from 30 minutes to 1:15.

As for living downtown or Chinatown, I wouldn't really recommend it. I know people who make that commute daily to SBC and you are either looking at leaving at 6am or spending at least an hour daily in traffic (even with the reverse commute).
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So, I'm graduating from college this May and am taking a job at SBC at Hoffman Estates.

Now I gotta find a place to live, so... anyone have any recommendations? I want to live no further than 30 mins away from Hoffman Estates, not too expensive (I don't think I can afford more than $1000 a month,...

Chime in if ya got some experience or advice in these matters
damn, that's a lot of coin...hmm, maybe I'll have to rent you a room and some garage space for $999/mo

only 10 min from the SBC facility too....hmmm
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As for living downtown or Chinatown, I wouldn't really recommend it. I know people who make that commute daily to SBC and you are either looking at leaving at 6am or spending at least an hour daily in traffic (even with the reverse commute).
That's true, it all depends when you leave. My commute is from Old Town to Oak Brook, if I don't leave by 7am, I don't leave. I wait until 9am and just go in late and stay late. Most people don't have that option though.

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Hey.. I live in Rogers Park(NE part of chicago just before Evanston) and work in Hoffman Estates at prairie stone. The commute sucks ass! It can vary from 50 min to 1.5 hours everyday. The trip back sucks the worst as you WILL sit at the fucking toll booth and creep all the way to montrose. This commute is the source of all my gray hairs and shit. Don't do it. Live closer to H.E.
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dude, marengo????? 1/2 hour?????????? maybe on a busa!!!!!!
Actually i believe it, it takes me 45 min. to get from my home in belvidere to where i work, roughly barrington rd and irving park. believe it or not. thats doing 70-75 with light traffic.

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+1 on trying to find a place to rent first until you know the chicagoland area better and you have a better idea where you would like to own. Do plan on buying though at some point in the not too distant future if at all possible.
As far as the bikes and the trailer go, you should be able to rent an outdoor storage space for your trailer and you could potentially keep one or both of the bikes locked up inside. It would depend on how secure the storage site is, obviously.
I would suggest starting off by living close to where you work. I am 10-15 min from my work and would go a little more crazy than I already am if I had to deal with any more traffic.
I think that I will look into gettting a hellicopter as my next transportation option. I just have to figure out where you can land and park those things......other than an airport.

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Sounds good bmoney I'm prolly gonna end up doing that.... but why should I listen to a slum lord?

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+1 on the living closer to work.

I was doin a 45mi. commute from northside burbs to East Chicago, IN... not bad if traffic is light took me about 45-50 min. But comin home... YOWCH anywhere from 1:30 to 2:30

Said no thanks and moved to NW Indiana. Now i'm 30 mi from work (still dont wanna live in the ghetto) but it never takes me more than 35 min to get home.

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Sounds good bmoney I'm prolly gonna end up doing that.... but why should I listen to a slum lord?
If you are looking for a "nice" place to rent in the city, let me know!

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Actually i believe it, it takes me 45 min. to get from my home in belvidere to where i work, roughly barrington rd and irving park. believe it or not. thats doing 70-75 with light traffic.
so you live close to the entrance/exits to 90. and 45 minutes is not 30minutes. the only way you can get from marengo to hoffman estates in 30 minutes is if you live on the ramps, and there is light traffic. and if the poor guy gets off work at 5 let him know how long it takes to get through the randall road plaza toll!!

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