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Need FReepers advice about move to Greenfield,Indiana

Posted on 12/26/2012 9:34:52 AM PST by TNoldman

My wife and I are thinking about moving from Knoxville,Tn to Greenfield,Indiana(20 miles east of Indianapolis). The main reason for the move is to be near family members who live in Greenfield and nearby Michigan. Most of the family is in or near Greenfield. We are 78 and 75 years old white married couple in good health and are physically active - Travel, Camping, Golf etc.

The questions we have are relative to the stability of the local economy, the crime statistics, availability of homes in good neighborhoods. We would like a 1500 sq ft - one level home - with an acre or so of land so we can have our Travel Trailer and tow vehicle under cover on our property as well as a two car garage attached to the house. We need a fenced yard for our two Golden Retrievers and an occasion visit of Grandchildren.

We understand the difference in climate and we have been spoiled the last 22 years living in Knoxville,Tn. We usually spend 2-3 months in Florida in January -February-March time period anyway. Being away from multiple Children and Grandchildren is prompting this consideration for moving. Being closer to Family will be helpful when we really get old.


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1 posted on 12/26/2012 9:34:58 AM PST by TNoldman
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A former co-worker of mine had to move away from Greenfield without leaving a forwarding address. Her husband was a cop there, and when he wouldn’t go along with some dirty illegal business they were doing they started a harrassment campaign against him and his family, including death threats. I would stay away if I were you.


2 posted on 12/26/2012 9:38:13 AM PST by Oberon (Big Brutha Be Watchin'.)
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To: TNoldman
You can find excellent insight, comments and relocation suggestions from locals anywhere by going to The City Data Forums.
3 posted on 12/26/2012 9:41:14 AM PST by Baynative
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To: TNoldman

Pick rural Kentucky near I-75.


4 posted on 12/26/2012 9:41:50 AM PST by eyedigress ((zOld storm chaser from the west)/?)
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To: TNoldman

Welcome to the neighborhood!


5 posted on 12/26/2012 9:42:51 AM PST by bagadonutz (knuckledragger)
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To: Oberon

I understand from reading ‘A View from the Porch’ that Tamara Keel thinks that Broad Ripple IN is rather a nice town. They have the problems with the IMPD (either Indianapolis Metro Police or ‘I must patrol drunk’...) but aside from that, the food scene is satisfying.

Zillow.com has a good selection of house values for research.


6 posted on 12/26/2012 9:43:20 AM PST by donmeaker (Blunderbuss: A short weapon, ... now superceded in civilized countries by more advanced weaponry.)
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To: TNoldman

Don’t know much about Greenfield. Live in Indy myself.
I wouldn’t move today, or tomorrow. Got 8” of snow blowing around.

Here’s a link to an interactive map that will give you detailed info on the different neighborhoods.
http://www.neighborhoodscout.com/in/greenfield/crime/#.UNs1bIbXgdU
Here’s another good link to get some more detailed info on the town.
http://www.city-data.com/city/Greenfield-Indiana.html

Greenfield, from what I hear, is not a bad little town. Maybe someone that lives there will contact you with some detailed info.
Good luck!


7 posted on 12/26/2012 9:43:29 AM PST by mark3681
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To: bagadonutz

Dammit Vinnie, your supposed to be out cleaning off the driveway!


8 posted on 12/26/2012 9:45:02 AM PST by eyedigress ((zOld storm chaser from the west)/?)
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To: TNoldman

TN, we moved from Michigan to north Indy area in 02 and love it. Our Daughter was tranferred so we sold everything and moved down. We are in the same age group (old Geezers) We love it in Indy area lot to do crime is very low but then it can happen anywhere. I don’t know if you are a believer in 2A but Indiana has lifetime permit to carry a Handgun. We have a friend in our corvette club that lives in Greenfield let me know if you want something specific that’s a concern,good luck.


9 posted on 12/26/2012 9:51:19 AM PST by Rappini (Veritas vos Liberabit)
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TN, we moved from Michigan to north Indy area in 02 and love it. Our Daughter was tranferred so we sold everything and moved down. We are in the same age group (old Geezers) We love it in Indy area lot to do crime is very low but then it can happen anywhere. I don’t know if you are a believer in 2A but Indiana has lifetime permit to carry a Handgun. We have a friend in our corvette club that lives in Greenfield let me know if you want something specific that’s a concern,good luck.


10 posted on 12/26/2012 9:51:19 AM PST by Rappini (Veritas vos Liberabit)
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To: donmeaker

Broad Ripple is nice but lots of libs from the university. Rural IN is pretty nice, many Patriots.


11 posted on 12/26/2012 9:54:13 AM PST by Pat4ever
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To: Oberon

Oberon, be serious.
That was a unique set of circumstances in which the vast majority of citizens would never find themselves.

Greenfield, Indiana, is a wonderful community (no, I don’t live there).
You’ll find typical Hoosier Hospitality, with nice neighbors and friendly faces.
It’s handy to Indianapolis, and the area near the intersection of I-70 and State Road 9 is booming with shopping and eateries.


12 posted on 12/26/2012 9:58:21 AM PST by Ignatz (Winner of a prestigious 1960 Y-chromosome award!)
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Oberon, be serious.

I am serious.

The take-away from my previous post isn't "this could happen to you." Rather, the lesson is "the cops are dirty in Greenfield."

I know they're dirty in lots of places, but as a matter of policy I won't willingly move to a jurisdiction where I know they're dirty for a fact.

13 posted on 12/26/2012 10:03:52 AM PST by Oberon (Big Brutha Be Watchin'.)
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I have family there and it’s a nice town. In fact I have family all over east-central Indiana. Typical Hoosier folk. Midwestern hospitality.


14 posted on 12/26/2012 10:33:57 AM PST by colorado tanker
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We moved our business and entire extended family from Brighton Michigan down to Martinsville Indiana, about 25 miles S. of Indianapolis, and never regretted it once. Greenfield is like most small Indiana towns, some petty problems like most other places but plenty of nice neighborhoods to choose from. Local real estate market is awash with homes that fit you need, and as far as the economy Indiana is doing just fine, especially for retired folks with fixed incomes. Property taxes are not bad compared to most surrounding states, plenty of local places for shopping and entertainment but it might be a little far to drive from there if you do it often. All in all if you like small town rural type living you could do far, far worse.


15 posted on 12/26/2012 10:34:20 AM PST by Abathar (Proudly posting without reading the article carefully since 2004)
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To: donmeaker

I grew up in Broad Ripple, it used to be a nice village. has restaurants and local pubs. Walked all over the place as a teen because I went to High School there.

Sorry to say it, but folks are moving out of there now. The thugs have taken over and some of the business people are pulling up stakes.

People are getting mugged all the time on the Monon Trail.

Kind of sad.


16 posted on 12/26/2012 10:41:41 AM PST by dforest
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Indiana now is a RTW state and has veto proof R majorities in both branches of the legislature. The incoming governor Mike Pence is also an excellent guy.

We’re probably one of the very best positioned northern states, but realize everyone will suffer as the Baraqqi Regime enforces its progressive agenda in the coming years.


17 posted on 12/26/2012 10:43:39 AM PST by nascarnation (Baraq's economic policy: trickle up poverty)
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Greenfield used to be home to Elanco, the animal products' subsidiary o Eli Lilly and Company. Elanco offices have located more east, though still in vicinity, and there's presumably still some tax base and influence there. I know a few people that live in the Greenfield and New Palestine areas, and commute to work in Indianapolis.

Greenfield is also home to Royal Hylands G C, an 18-hole mostly links-styled layout, with reasonably affordable green fees and a friendly staff.

18 posted on 12/26/2012 10:56:29 AM PST by Lou L (Health "insurance" is NOT the same as health "care")
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When we were researching our relocation TO Knoxville (Oak Ridge), we found good info on www.city-data.com and it’s by “real people” as opposed to advertisers, Chambers of Commerce, etc.


19 posted on 12/26/2012 12:17:40 PM PST by MayflowerMadam
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"People are getting mugged all the time on the Monon Trail."

It's still going on?

20 posted on 12/26/2012 1:16:21 PM PST by Yehuda
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To: TNoldman

If you’re a true southerner check it out first. People in the midwest can be unfriendly to outsiders and southerners. Believe the corruption it is real.


21 posted on 12/26/2012 1:23:56 PM PST by Carry me back
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To: dforest

Tam Keel isn’t the kind of person that a mugger hopes to encounter. She got her Blackwater hat from Blackwater, spent most of her employed years working in various gun stores, and takes part in various shooting competitions.

With more people like here, Broad Ripple would have fewer muggers (above ground).


22 posted on 12/26/2012 7:48:50 PM PST by donmeaker (Blunderbuss: A short weapon, ... now superceded in civilized countries by more advanced weaponry.)
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I think being in Indy puts you far enough away from that Toll Road that Governor Daniels sold off to the Spanish company, so you won’t get raked over the coals as the Spanish start turning the screws on that part of the state.

In other words, you’ll be fine there.


23 posted on 12/26/2012 8:38:13 PM PST by BobL (Agenda 21...Agenda 21...Agenda 21...Agenda 21...Agenda 21... (whatever the hell that is))
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To: TNoldman

My wife is from Greenfield and we attend church there. It’s a decent community, fairly small, still a lot of farmland in that area. You should have no problem finding a reasonably-priced house, however a house with more than a half-acre of land might be a tougher find unless you want a fixer-upper. Not much in the way of shopping within Greenfield itself (it does have a Walmart), but there’s plenty of shopping, golf, other entertainment closer to Indianapolis which isn’t far. I’ve lived in central Indiana since 1991 and I do like it, apart from the occasional cold winter.


24 posted on 12/27/2012 8:43:15 AM PST by opus86 (You get what you vote for, America. Enjoy.)
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Thank you fellow FReepers for the valuable information. My wife and I appreciate your time and effort.


25 posted on 12/27/2012 1:48:34 PM PST by TNoldman (AN AMERICAN FOR A MUSLIM/BHO FREE AMERICA.)
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