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Link Posted: 3/10/2017 10:26:06 PM EDT
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Originally Posted By Kalahnikid:
I'm the husband, currently I work for the Illinois DNR as a state park maintainer. One of the biggest reasons we want to move is to stop having our income be dependent on the absolute shit show that is Illinois state government; also need to get away from the state pension system. I'll start job searching in that type of work and branch out from there.

We also need to give my book learned college educated wife a better opportunity for a career than the economically depressed area of western IL can offer.
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I wish I could tell you who is currently hiring but I would suggest desmoineshelpwanted.com and see what is out there. If you can pass a urine test you are halfway to a job as it seems many Americans cannot do that. I suggest you get a job and then look for the next job while you are working your current job. That is the best way I have found work. Don't miss a day and be dependable and you have a ton of options. Your best bet for your wife with the college education is with one of the insurance companies in down town Des Moines.

I have relatives who work in the Scott AFB area and they feel similar to you about Illinois but they are there for the duration because their kids and grand kids are there.

kwg
Link Posted: 3/11/2017 12:46:15 AM EDT
Kalahnikid, I kind of miss the Cessna in you old avator.

There are a ton of jobs in Des Moines. What do you want to do here?
Link Posted: 3/13/2017 2:11:46 PM EDT
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Originally Posted By kwg020:


I wish I could tell you who is currently hiring but I would suggest desmoineshelpwanted.com and see what is out there.
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Thank you for the website. I just spent the last couple hours applying to jobs that I found on there.
Link Posted: Yesterday 1:11:51 PM EDT
We took a quick trip into the metro area yesterday. I had a job interview in downtown. It went well.

We both absolutely loved the whole area. I was amazed at how quickly we went from downtown to Clive, to near the airport, then up to Ankeny and down around everything.

I can totally see us living around there somewhere, and being happy.

For now, we will need to live somewhere that is more...economical. I'm guessing by all of you saying not to live in the southern or eastern parts, that those areas might be a tad cheaper?
Link Posted: Yesterday 1:38:26 PM EDT
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Originally Posted By Compass:
We took a quick trip into the metro area yesterday. I had a job interview in downtown. It went well.

We both absolutely loved the whole area. I was amazed at how quickly we went from downtown to Clive, to near the airport, then up to Ankeny and down around everything.

I can totally see us living around there somewhere, and being happy.

For now, we will need to live somewhere that is more...economical. I'm guessing by all of you saying not to live in the southern or eastern parts, that those areas might be a tad cheaper?
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Most of the South and East sides are cheaper. There are areas within both that are fairly expensive.

For the most part, most of the Des Moines area is really pretty nice to live in. And the areas that aren't so nice are very easy to identify. If you aren't concerned about schools right away, there is nothing wrong with the South or East. If you have children that will be in school, you will have to do your homework because, while there are certainly some good schools that can be found in those areas, there are also a lot of schools that are below average.
Link Posted: Yesterday 1:48:04 PM EDT
No children to consider yet. We need to find something cheap to fit into our budget kinda quickly. The job starts May 1.

I've already noticed that a few of the cheaper apartments are subsidized housing, and already full. Gee...I wonder why.
Link Posted: Yesterday 1:52:52 PM EDT
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Originally Posted By Compass:
We took a quick trip into the metro area yesterday. I had a job interview in downtown. It went well.

We both absolutely loved the whole area. I was amazed at how quickly we went from downtown to Clive, to near the airport, then up to Ankeny and down around everything.

I can totally see us living around there somewhere, and being happy.

For now, we will need to live somewhere that is more...economical. I'm guessing by all of you saying not to live in the southern or eastern parts, that those areas might be a tad cheaper?
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Yes, largely.  But there are pretty affordable houses everywhere.  I live in Beaverdale, which is on the NW side.  Within a mile of my house, it looks like there are houses for sale from anywhere 100-300k. Its not a hard and fast rule for me, but generally I think I'd try to be in a less expensive house on the NW side than anywhere else.  You may not get as much house, but I think you would be happier on that side of town, and I'd think that it would be a lot easier to sell when that time comes too.  A lot of houses in my area are sold very quickly - they don't usually stay on the market for all that long.  Longest one that I can recall was my neighbor, but they didn't budge at all on their asking price.  Was on the market maybe 5 months IIRC.  

FYI, I saw a job on USA jobs the other day for a ranger at Saylorville.  IDK if its still open or not.
Link Posted: Yesterday 2:05:48 PM EDT
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Originally Posted By timthemedic:
 FYI, I saw a job on USA jobs the other day for a ranger at Saylorville.  IDK if its still open or not.
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@kalahnikid
Link Posted: Yesterday 2:07:14 PM EDT
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Originally Posted By timthemedic:
Yes, largely.  But there are pretty affordable houses everywhere.  I live in Beaverdale, which is on the NW side.  Within a mile of my house, it looks like there are houses for sale from anywhere 100-300k. Its not a hard and fast rule for me, but generally I think I'd try to be in a less expensive house on the NW side than anywhere else.  You may not get as much house, but I think you would be happier on that side of town, and I'd think that it would be a lot easier to sell when that time comes too.  A lot of houses in my area are sold very quickly - they don't usually stay on the market for all that long.  Longest one that I can recall was my neighbor, but they didn't budge at all on their asking price.  Was on the market maybe 5 months IIRC.  

FYI, I saw a job on USA jobs the other day for a ranger at Saylorville.  IDK if its still open or not.
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I would love to buy a house, but not ready to do that until he finds a job. I don't want to buy one then find out he got a job 45 minutes away and he has to live within 30 minutes commute. That would just suck.
Link Posted: Yesterday 2:48:51 PM EDT
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Originally Posted By Compass:
We took a quick trip into the metro area yesterday. I had a job interview in downtown. It went well.

We both absolutely loved the whole area. I was amazed at how quickly we went from downtown to Clive, to near the airport, then up to Ankeny and down around everything.

I can totally see us living around there somewhere, and being happy.

For now, we will need to live somewhere that is more...economical. I'm guessing by all of you saying not to live in the southern or eastern parts, that those areas might be a tad cheaper?
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re: red - congrats!


For @Kalahnikid might be worth your while to look at local Cities for employment (parks dept/ streets dept/ etc) Not a lot of turnover in DNR positions it seems.* (*Friend is an animal ecologist and struggling to find DNR openings in central IA) but Cities are a larger job pool. Ankeny is a great city to work for - plenty of $$ in their budget
Link Posted: Yesterday 4:19:41 PM EDT
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Another option for you if your working downtown. There are tons of new apartments/lofts right in downtown that are pretty cheap. They are not the biggest places but they could work for you until you get fully up and running. My daughter moved into a brand new loft downtown last year when she got out of college. She was there for six months while finding the right job. I believe her rent was $650 a month. It was a really nice place. They rent them on six month or 1 year leases. It is a younger crowd in most of them, but the few times I went down to her place the people I came across were nice people or just completely kept to themselves.

http://www.downtowndesmoines.com/for_rents
Link Posted: Yesterday 4:28:40 PM EDT
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Originally Posted By MacManus:


re: red - congrats!


For @Kalahnikid might be worth your while to look at local Cities for employment (parks dept/ streets dept/ etc) Not a lot of turnover in DNR positions it seems.* (*Friend is an animal ecologist and struggling to find DNR openings in central IA) but Cities are a larger job pool. Ankeny is a great city to work for - plenty of $ in their budget
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Thanks.
Link Posted: Yesterday 4:29:04 PM EDT
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Originally Posted By ZzGUMMOzZ:
Another option for you if your working downtown. There are tons of new apartments/lofts right in downtown that are pretty cheap. They are not the biggest places but they could work for you until you get fully up and running. My daughter moved into a brand new loft downtown last year when she got out of college. She was there for six months while finding the right job. I believe her rent was $650 a month. It was a really nice place. They rent them on six month or 1 year leases. It is a younger crowd in most of them, but the few times I went down to her place the people I came across were nice people or just completely kept to themselves.

http://www.downtowndesmoines.com/for_rents
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Excellent. Thank you.
Link Posted: Yesterday 5:12:57 PM EDT
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Originally Posted By ZzGUMMOzZ:
Another option for you if your working downtown. There are tons of new apartments/lofts right in downtown that are pretty cheap. They are not the biggest places but they could work for you until you get fully up and running. My daughter moved into a brand new loft downtown last year when she got out of college. She was there for six months while finding the right job. I believe her rent was $650 a month. It was a really nice place. They rent them on six month or 1 year leases. It is a younger crowd in most of them, but the few times I went down to her place the people I came across were nice people or just completely kept to themselves.

http://www.downtowndesmoines.com/for_rents
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Your idea of a really cheap apartment must be very different than mine. Studios/lofts downtown pretty much start at $650/mo. 1 and 2 bedroom apartments typically run between $1200-$1700/mo. Out in Ankeny, 1-2 bedroom apartments are in the $700-$1100 range.

I'm not sure what price range they are in, they are looking for apartments or houses, and their preference for smaller communities or not. You used to be able to find some pretty cheap apartments in Altoona. Not sure if that is still the case or not.
Link Posted: Yesterday 5:15:17 PM EDT
I've budgeted $750, but would prefer to stay below $650.

Community doesn't matter much as long as I don't feel like I need to keep a gun on me at all times.

We are looking to rent for now. Home or apartment doesn't matter. Apartment would be easier, though.
Link Posted: Yesterday 6:04:49 PM EDT
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Originally Posted By Compass:
I've budgeted $750, but would prefer to stay below $650.

Community doesn't matter much as long as I don't feel like I need to keep a gun on me at all times.

We are looking to rent for now. Home or apartment doesn't matter. Apartment would be easier, though.
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There are very few places in Des Moines that you will feel that you need to be armed all of the time. There are a few more that you will want to be armed after dark, but, overall, Des Moines is a pretty safe area. Your choice of community will, more than likely, be based on convenience. Some people like to be close to work. Some would prefer to see less people, or be closer to some of the things that they like to do (like be close to a range).

Are you looking for 2 bedrooms? More, or would a 1-bedroom apartment work? Are you looking for particular amenities (pool, gym, etc)?
Link Posted: Yesterday 6:23:54 PM EDT
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Originally Posted By IowaRenegade:


There are very few places in Des Moines that you will feel that you need to be armed all of the time. There are a few more that you will want to be armed after dark, but, overall, Des Moines is a pretty safe area. Your choice of community will, more than likely, be based on convenience. Some people like to be close to work. Some would prefer to see less people, or be closer to some of the things that they like to do (like be close to a range).

Are you looking for 2 bedrooms? More, or would a 1-bedroom apartment work? Are you looking for particular amenities (pool, gym, etc)?
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1 bedroom, at least. We live in a tiny apartment right now, and would like more sq footage. I think we have about 400sqft right now.

I would LOVE to have washer/dryer hookups, but I don't see many complexes so far that offer that.
Link Posted: Yesterday 10:45:09 PM EDT
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Originally Posted By IowaRenegade:


There are very few places in Des Moines that you will feel that you need to be armed all of the time. There are a few more that you will want to be armed after dark, but, overall, Des Moines is a pretty safe area. Your choice of community will, more than likely, be based on convenience. Some people like to be close to work. Some would prefer to see less people, or be closer to some of the things that they like to do (like be close to a range).

Are you looking for 2 bedrooms? More, or would a 1-bedroom apartment work? Are you looking for particular amenities (pool, gym, etc)?
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I think this post is pretty spot on.  Some neighborhoods are kind of run down, but there aren't too many I would say are straight up unsafe.  

I think you should be able to find either a place on your budget that fits your parameters (1 bedroom and more than 400 sqft) pretty easily.  


ETA: Congrats on the interview.
Link Posted: Today 12:11:27 AM EDT
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Originally Posted By Compass:


1 bedroom, at least. We live in a tiny apartment right now, and would like more sq footage. I think we have about 400sqft right now.

I would LOVE to have washer/dryer hookups, but I don't see many complexes so far that offer that.
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1 bedroom for under $750 should be pretty easy to find on any side of town. Washer/dryer hookups would be pretty rare in that price range. Perhaps in a duplex.
Link Posted: Today 7:44:32 PM EDT
Congrats Compass. I hope all works out for you two. We'll have to set up the Iowa hometown get together for sometime after the 1st of May.
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