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Saint John, IN

#22 Oct 14, 2012
It SUCKS!!!! It's called the "haven or the hood". Take a drive thru will see. Some pple take real good care of thier yards and others look like the salvage yard. Kids walk the streets in the summer all night long. Alot of weed avaialble. Controlled by county police, Volunteer fire dept. Water sucks!

Saint John, IN

#23 Oct 14, 2012
ummmm Salt Creek commons not much better either.
South Haven since 1998

Valparaiso, IN

#24 Jan 2, 2013
We moved here from the South side of Chicago in Dec of 1998. Like all places it has it's problems but we have experienced none. I do have 2 300 watt flood lights in the front and back of my house for a deterrent but I did that in Chicago too! You have to be proactive and watch for your neighbors as well as yourself. We fell safe. We finally have sidewalks and the kids walk on them now instead of the street. Sewer bill is $76 & change every month which our Realtor didn't tell us. Bad surprise for us there after we purchased. Home Owners Association bill is $300 a year or $270 if you pay it all at once. Used them once in 14 years and they took care of the minor problem of a house not cutting their grass in the summer! Drive through in the a.m and p.m to check the house and foot traffic. Good schools and many places to eat right down Rt. 6 as well as Porter Hospital right down the road now instead of downtown Valpo!

Valparaiso, IN

#25 Mar 30, 2013
I've lived in South Haven for years now. The kids are a little obnoxious, and there are thefts (mostly vehicular). The drug users tend to keep to themselves. Other than that there isn't really any violent crime, and there are a ton of kids, because of the two elementary schools. All-in-all it's a better than average place to live. If you are looking for something with shopping, you might want to look elsewhere, as South Haven has very little commerce.
trying to get out

Valparaiso, IN

#26 Nov 14, 2013
i lived here since 1975 went to school here i grew up here in the 80's and everything was good people were nice now that i am a adult owning a house here i want the hell out kids are punk thugs now with no respect my wife got robbed outside going to work pcpd raiding the apartments on juniper rd during evening hours I WANT OUT!!!!!! and soon as my wife graduates with new degree bye selling house very very cheap

Valparaiso, IN

#27 Feb 8, 2014
I have lived in Gary, East Chicago, and Hammond, and South Haven, is NOT the hood! There are no gangbangers out here, or people selling drugs and I am sure there are, but they have not been blazen about it. I love hanging outside a lot. I have not had one person come up to me and I have been out here 3 years. I have seen teens, children, and pets around the neighborhood and the people are very sweet. I moved here to get away from the hood and if I thought I was in danger, I would be the first person out of the HAVE! We love it here and there are no issues, at least on my block. You can't judge a whole neighborhood by what ONE person does, or even ONE family! The houses are well kept and the lawns get mowed. Otherwise I would be leaving.

Valparaiso, IN

#28 Feb 8, 2014
Oh, and another good thing is even though we have had the roughest winter in years, they have always kept the streets plowed. I was always able to get out and get on Route 6. That is a plus.
20 years

Valparaiso, IN

#29 Apr 5, 2014
I have lived in South Haven for 20 years and have had very few problems. The taxes are low and the majority of people are nice. I recommend this town!!(Garbage is a bit expensive, but not a deal breaker for sure)

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