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Moving to Lexington -- End of June -- Advice?

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chicagogirl

Chicago, IL

#1 May 5, 2012
My husband and I are planning to move to Lexington at the end of June. We're moving from Chicago and we're just ready for a slower pace and more nature. We've been married for a year now, and are looking for somewhere to try and settle down. Our friend (from Versailles) told us that the areas to look at are on the south/south west part of the city, but I would like to get some other advice. Are there any other areas we should be looking in?

We're looking to rent or rent to own right now, and I've been looking all over online and can't seem to find very many options besides on CraigsList. I'm wondering if there are specific sites that just aren't coming up in my searches that I should be looking at? We'd like a townhouse if possible, and we're looking for something around 650 or less per month. Not sure if that's way off for in the area, but that's what we pay here in Chicago, and would like to not spend more than that. I feel like in Lexington is going to be more expensive though (from what I've looked at everywhere besides CL) but we want to be close enough to the city that it won't take too long to get there.(w/i 20 min or so)

Any advice would be greatly appreciated. We're really excited to be coming to Lexington!
canILiveAlil

United States

#2 May 5, 2012
chicagogirl wrote:
My husband and I are planning to move to Lexington at the end of June. We're moving from Chicago and we're just ready for a slower pace and more nature. We've been married for a year now, and are looking for somewhere to try and settle down. Our friend (from Versailles) told us that the areas to look at are on the south/south west part of the city, but I would like to get some other advice. Are there any other areas we should be looking in?

We're looking to rent or rent to own right now, and I've been looking all over online and can't seem to find very many options besides on CraigsList. I'm wondering if there are specific sites that just aren't coming up in my searches that I should be looking at? We'd like a townhouse if possible, and we're looking for something around 650 or less per month. Not sure if that's way off for in the area, but that's what we pay here in Chicago, and would like to not spend more than that. I feel like in Lexington is going to be more expensive though (from what I've looked at everywhere besides CL) but we want to be close enough to the city that it won't take too long to get there.(w/i 20 min or so)

Any advice would be greatly appreciated. We're really excited to be coming to Lexington!
im also from there, south end is probably the best area you can get as far as safe and nice areas! You can basically get anywhere in lex in 20 min! Are you in the 'burbs paying $650, because i know you cant even get a studio for less than that in the city? CL doesnt have a lot of options as far as housing goes, try the apartment guide, but people normally just stick a sign in their yard "for rent"! You can try some of the property management companies here as well, that might give you some better luck!
Bob

Ft Mitchell, KY

#3 May 5, 2012
You can also check lbar.com for rentals. Every side of town has its good and bad parts, but if you see something specific you're interested in, I'm sure other posters can give you some feedback.
chicagogirl

Chicago, IL

#4 May 6, 2012
canILiveAlil wrote:
<quoted text> im also from there, south end is probably the best area you can get as far as safe and nice areas! You can basically get anywhere in lex in 20 min! Are you in the 'burbs paying $650, because i know you cant even get a studio for less than that in the city? CL doesnt have a lot of options as far as housing goes, try the apartment guide, but people normally just stick a sign in their yard "for rent"! You can try some of the property management companies here as well, that might give you some better luck!
We live on the North side of the city in a basement level apartment. We got an Awesome deal on a place here. But also why we don't want to be paying much more than this when we move. We are coming for a trip this next weekend, so we were going to drive around and look for signs. Hopefully we'll find something...
Warning

Lexington, KY

#5 May 6, 2012
Do not rent from Maggard Property management no matter what you do.
my advice

United States

#6 May 6, 2012
Stay as far away as you can, lol. Jk. Don't move near campus unless you want your car flipped and/or burned. Also avoid centre parkway, winburn, east end, cardinal valley, and there's a few other bad spots. Im sure you're no stranger to bad areas being from chicago
killer

Henderson, KY

#7 May 7, 2012
your screwed sorry for you !!!!
downtowner

Winchester, KY

#8 May 7, 2012
A couple with no kids should live downtown! or in the Woodland park area. The 'burbs are lame. Park your car and get out and walk, you'll save enough doing that to pay the higher rents... and be happier for it. Best move I ever made 5 years ago.
Jitty

Lexington, KY

#9 May 7, 2012
chicagogirl wrote:
My husband and I are planning to move to Lexington at the end of June. We're moving from Chicago and we're just ready for a slower pace and more nature. We've been married for a year now, and are looking for somewhere to try and settle down. Our friend (from Versailles) told us that the areas to look at are on the south/south west part of the city, but I would like to get some other advice. Are there any other areas we should be looking in?
We're looking to rent or rent to own right now, and I've been looking all over online and can't seem to find very many options besides on CraigsList. I'm wondering if there are specific sites that just aren't coming up in my searches that I should be looking at? We'd like a townhouse if possible, and we're looking for something around 650 or less per month. Not sure if that's way off for in the area, but that's what we pay here in Chicago, and would like to not spend more than that. I feel like in Lexington is going to be more expensive though (from what I've looked at everywhere besides CL) but we want to be close enough to the city that it won't take too long to get there.(w/i 20 min or so)
Any advice would be greatly appreciated. We're really excited to be coming to Lexington!
I hate to ruin your happiness but Lexington would not be a good place for you to move to. When it boils down to it, Lexington is a sea of ignorant rednecks and college kids. The bar scene is almost as lame as the local music scene and thats saying a lot. There used to be decent bars but the city ripped them down to build a field of grass. The traffic is much much worse than other comparably sized cities. Standardized testing mania has taken over the public schools making them basically a joke. Most out of towners come here thinking it will be like any "keep it weird" college town and end up leaving after a couple of years when they find out Lexington is for old people and 19 year old college kids.25-42 need not apply. Trust me before its too late!!
Jitty

Lexington, KY

#10 May 7, 2012
Believe me, after the novelty wears off you will start to realize that you have made a horrible mistake by moving here.
Adelaide

Bowling Green, KY

#11 May 7, 2012
Jitty wrote:
<quoted text> I hate to ruin your happiness but Lexington would not be a good place for you to move to. When it boils down to it, Lexington is a sea of ignorant rednecks and college kids. The bar scene is almost as lame as the local music scene and thats saying a lot. There used to be decent bars but the city ripped them down to build a field of grass. The traffic is much much worse than other comparably sized cities. Standardized testing mania has taken over the public schools making them basically a joke. Most out of towners come here thinking it will be like any "keep it weird" college town and end up leaving after a couple of years when they find out Lexington is for old people and 19 year old college kids.25-42 need not apply. Trust me before its too late!!
I LOVE Lexington. Sorry Jitty, but you must be broke. You miss those gay bars. That really tells us a lot. No wonder you're so unhappy, you have us confused with a "keep it weird" town. Bummer.
Maybe you should call yourself "Shitty", instead of "Jitty".
ann

Lexington, KY

#12 May 7, 2012
I would look in Masterson Station area, somewhat cheaper than the south side but almost all newer construction in most neighborhoods off of Leestown Road. It's right near a big park(with a dog park too), and close to a grocery, drugsore, a few restaraunts and just 5-10 minutes to downtown/campus area which is great for unique dining options and things to do like the Saturday farmers market. Most areas off of clays mill road are nice but older construction. Richmond Road is decent, Hamburg area(but not Winchester Road side, just Man O War Blvd. side) is newer construction but kind of far to get anywhere else in Lexington from there. If you don't mind walking, I would suggest the downtown area but maybe not right on campus, maybe closer to richmond road/tates creek road. I lived on South Mill Street for years and I loved it there. I love Lexington and Chicago but Chicago is so spread out. If you are living downtown lexington, it will be easy to meet new people. I think you will like it here!
Krista

Lexington, KY

#13 May 7, 2012
I love it here. Great place... :)
Welcome to Lex

Dayton, OH

#14 May 8, 2012
Coming here, driving around, and looking for signs is a fantastic idea. I've been here since college and that's how I always found the best places to live. Maybe drive around, take down address/phone number, do some googling to narrow them down a bit, have dinner, then drive back to the narrowed choices around dusk. This will definitely give you more insight to the area, especially if done on a weekend evening.

I'm most familiar with the cost of house rentals as opposed to apartment, but I can at least give you some information to help get you started.

I agree if you're looking for peaceful nights, you probably want to avoid campus proper, Centre Parkway (though there are spots here and there around the area that would be fine), Winburn, East End, and Cardinal Valley. If you want to avoid heavy traffic, well, that's nearly impossible from 8 - 9:30 am and 4:30 - 6pm. However, Nicholasville Road, Winchester Road, and outward Richmond Road are going to be most heavy those times of day.

If you're social people, meaning you like to go out to bars and socialize, you might want to find rentals downtown or close to it. If you aren't willing to live close to campus (and this is possible without losing your mind if you luck up and get the right place), most places downtown are more expensive than what you're looking to spend, but it might be worth it if you will be working downtown. You can look on lbar and kentucky.com for these. I know there are basement apartments downtown as well, because I have acquaintances who live in them, but I'm not sure how they came to find their homes.

If you don't go out to bars often on weekends, and don't mind a yard-mowing/bbq/suburban kind of feel, I agree that Masterson Station might work. It's a know-your-neighbor kind of area, for the most part. There used to be little in that area in regards to shopping, but now there are enough grocery stores, banks, and fast food chains to make it a more practical place to live. Lots of people buy starter homes there. It's also not too far from downtown, so going out from time to time and taking a cab wouldn't break you. You would most likely get more space for your money compared to downtown. Keep in mind, traffic is heavier on that road at peak times, too.

If at all possible, you might want to consider raising your budget to $800 -$850 range. There are more possibilities that way. If you're looking for a townhouse, raising your budget $150 might mean the difference in living in a potentially shady area verses a certainly safe one.

And just ignore the couple of comments from Jitty. Sounds like personal issues to me. I came here from out of state to attend college and never left. Lexington is great. Here's a recent post I commented on about things to do:

http://www.topix.com/forum/city/lexington-ky/...

Welcome!
mitzi

Louisville, KY

#15 May 9, 2012
chicagogirl wrote:
My husband and I are planning to move to Lexington at the end of June. We're moving from Chicago and we're just ready for a slower pace and more nature. We've been married for a year now, and are looking for somewhere to try and settle down. Our friend (from Versailles) told us that the areas to look at are on the south/south west part of the city, but I would like to get some other advice. Are there any other areas we should be looking in?
We're looking to rent or rent to own right now, and I've been looking all over online and can't seem to find very many options besides on CraigsList. I'm wondering if there are specific sites that just aren't coming up in my searches that I should be looking at? We'd like a townhouse if possible, and we're looking for something around 650 or less per month. Not sure if that's way off for in the area, but that's what we pay here in Chicago, and would like to not spend more than that. I feel like in Lexington is going to be more expensive though (from what I've looked at everywhere besides CL) but we want to be close enough to the city that it won't take too long to get there.(w/i 20 min or so)
Any advice would be greatly appreciated. We're really excited to be coming to Lexington!
You will wish you had stayed away,Yhe people are rude,think they are better than every one else.
What???

Henderson, KY

#16 May 9, 2012
My advice would be I stay away!! This place us terrible, no good jobs, almost every area of town is becoming more and more ghetto. Everyone is obsessed with college basketball, majority of people are rude and think they are better than other people. There is never anything to do on the weekends, it is a dead town that thinks its a city. I enjoyed being here to go to college but in the years since I have found that it is not a good place to live. Apparently some people live it here as they have stated above, I can't understand why but that is their opinion and you may love it too but just giving my opinion too. I hope that you do love it if you make the choice to move but just know it looks better than it is from the outside.
Just a thought

Oklahoma City, OK

#17 May 9, 2012
To find a more affordable place to live just drive south another 25 miles and come to Richmond. More laid back and more affordable.
What???

United States

#18 May 9, 2012
Just a thought wrote:
To find a more affordable place to live just drive south another 25 miles and come to Richmond. More laid back and more affordable.
also more backward and redneck!
stfu

Oklahoma City, OK

#19 May 9, 2012
[QUOTE who="What???"]<qu oted text>
also more backward and redneck![/QUOTE]That's better than a bunch of thugs shooting each other every day. You wanna get killed, moved to Lexington.
What???

United States

#20 May 9, 2012
stfu wrote:
[QUOTE who="What???"]<qu oted text>
also more backward and redneck!"

That's better than a bunch of thugs shooting each other every day. You wanna get killed, moved to Lexington.
I agree that lexington is ghetto

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