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post #1 of 20 (permalink) Old 04-10-2007, 11:01 PM Thread Starter
 
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Where to live in Chicago?

I'm graduating next year and have a connection to an insurance brokerage firm in Chicago where I will be getting a job. I was wondering where in the area is a good place to start looking for housing. Talking houses here, something I can start earning equity on. Just trying to get a feel for prices and preferred locations... Also, anything near the University of Chicago would be a plus as I will likely be working on a masters degree there.
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Oooooh this opens up soooo much debate

Single Family Home in the City?
Condo in a 3 Flat?
Condo in a Highrise?
Coach House?

How much you have to put down and how much you wanna spend? Is this a 3-5 yr deal for you or are you planting trees for your next of kin to watch grow? You wanna be close to the Water? I could go on and on

With these answers, you can start ruling out certain neighborhoods and focusing on ones that make sense

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There's also the question of commute: would you prefer to spend 1 hour or more one way every day and save on mortgage or would you rather live closer and work more? There's no valid answer, it's just a matter of preference.

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Hmmmm, shorter commute at the time being would be a definite plus. Move to the 'burbs' once the g/f and I decide to start popping out little ones. Condos are definitely an option, just wondering what kind of housing options are available. Any experience would rock!
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Don't live downtown if you wanna keep your bike at home... LOL!

Live near a METRA train route downtown. FAR easier!

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Don't live downtown if you wanna keep your bike at home... LOL!

Live near a METRA train route downtown. FAR easier!
I have had a bike DT for over 10 yr now with no problems at all - Just never park them on the street but that is just common sense and an overall concern for the well being of my babies

Burbs are for when you wanna get old and drive a mini van and watch your kids play soccer and discuss "the school systems"

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Don't live downtown if you wanna keep your bike at home... LOL!

Live near a METRA train route downtown. FAR easier!
I was just going to pay you a monthly fee for the 3x6 space I need in your garage, haha. Figure it'll be expensive with your limited room.
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Hmmmm, shorter commute at the time being would be a definite plus. Move to the 'burbs' once the g/f and I decide to start popping out little ones. Condos are definitely an option, just wondering what kind of housing options are available. Any experience would rock!
I recently moved into the city - about 7 miles from downtown. What can I say - if you don't have kids and can afford it, it's great. My commute to work is 35 minutes tops (if I use bus/train) and it's like 20 minutes if I drive. You can get anywhere within the city relatively cheap using CTA/taxis, makes going out and drinking easy. It's still not downtown, so not everything is within the walking distance, but I got a warm garage where I keep my toys - all for myself - that's why I didn't move into DT.

EDIT: also, during off-peak hours I can get to DT in less than 15 minutes... which is nice.

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I recently moved into the city - about 7 miles from downtown. What can I say - if you don't have kids and can afford it, it's great. My commute to work is 35 minutes tops (if I use bus/train) and it's like 20 minutes if I drive. You can get anywhere within the city relatively cheap using CTA/taxis, makes going out and drinking easy. It's still not downtown, so not everything is within the walking distance, but I got a warm garage where I keep my toys - all for myself - that's why I didn't move into DT.

EDIT: also, during off-peak hours I can get to DT in less than 15 minutes... which is nice.
Thats what I'm talking about! What kind of square footage? Price range if you don't mind me asking?
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Thats what I'm talking about! What kind of square footage? Price range if you don't mind me asking?
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I recently moved into the city - about 7 miles from downtown. What can I say - if you don't have kids and can afford it, it's great. My commute to work is 35 minutes tops (if I use bus/train) and it's like 20 minutes if I drive. You can get anywhere within the city relatively cheap using CTA/taxis, makes going out and drinking easy. It's still not downtown, so not everything is within the walking distance, but I got a warm garage where I keep my toys - all for myself - that's why I didn't move into DT.

EDIT: also, during off-peak hours I can get to DT in less than 15 minutes... which is nice.
See close AND a garage.... LOL! That's what ya need, Kyle.

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one other thing to keep in mind, University of Chicago's main campus isn't really in a great part of town. Actually last time I was down there it was down right dangerous. Around the school is fine, however it's probably prohibatively expensive

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I live in Indiana, take the South Shore train to work everyday and it takes me exactly 1 hour from the time i step out of my house until the time i sit down at my desk. Most everything in Indiana is cheaper and easier to deal with when it comes to real estate, goods/services, taxes, etc. Plus I don't have to deal with most of the laws that make IL such an unattractive place to live [imo].
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Fracker: Mind pming me that info as well? I'm shopping as well since my lease is up in a few months. Preemptive thanks!
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I have had a bike DT for over 10 yr now with no problems at all - Just never park them on the street but that is just common sense and an overall concern for the well being of my babies

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I recently moved into the city - about 7 miles from downtown. What can I say - if you don't have kids and can afford it, it's great. My commute to work is 35 minutes tops (if I use bus/train) and it's like 20 minutes if I drive. You can get anywhere within the city relatively cheap using CTA/taxis, makes going out and drinking easy. It's still not downtown, so not everything is within the walking distance, but I got a warm garage where I keep my toys - all for myself - that's why I didn't move into DT.

EDIT: also, during off-peak hours I can get to DT in less than 15 minutes... which is nice.
Good deal there if the price is right.

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If I come back, I'd be looking at the South Shore (Mich. City).
Northside is a great place to be if you want a condo. But be prepared for the prices. Living in the city you might already know, that public transportation is everywhere.

Southside is changing drastically! Before I left I couldn't believe the real estate value going up. Especially close to downtown (as in miles). So, don't bump it out because of past rep. I'm sure if you looked there you would get good value as well.
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Frakers place is really nice, especially the heated garage . If I were to move to the city I could totally see myself getting a place like his.




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Frakers place is really nice, especially the heated garage . If I were to move to the city I could totally see myself getting a place like his.
Thanks again, Tony . Yeah, heated garage is a blessing. What I found last weekend, the other great part is having a drain in your garage. The weather was not so good and decided to wash the bikes. So I ran a hose through the window and just washed & hosed both bikes right in the garage, then dried them with leaf blower... all that while wearing a t-shirt, smoking, drinking, staying warm and listening to nice music . Envy me .

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