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From where I'm at, Indiana seemed like a nice place to homestead.

Jobs, colleges, not too far from large cities......real estate seems reasonable compared to where I'm at now. (NJ)

Would anyone like to share their experience?

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Hey there neighbor! I am in a small town in the southernmost part(not eville). We are working slowly at getting this house done and sold sos we can get some land and "do it right". Land near us is real expensive, probably b/c of toyota, but were still looking. Theres an ad in the paper for a small cabin (14x24) and 11 some acres but its too much of a drive for dh. We need to be somewhat close to eville b/c thats where his job and our families are centered in. I like this small town tho, its a nice quiet mind your own business kind of place. If we could find land here it would be great, but another consideration would be the hunting, as that is dh's "thing". Ok Ive talked too long, nice meeting y'all.
 

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It really depends on what you need. Will you need work, schools? Do you want to be away from it all or close to the city? Go here: http://www.countyquest.com/ its just for gibson county, but the real estate section covers a huge part of indiana. Go to the left hand side and click on real estate, it will prompt you thru, find what kind of stuff we have out in the county.

Also try this one: http://www.in.gov/

Hope it helps.
 
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Almostthere, that toyota plant draws them in from far and wide, doesn't it. We are in Illinois, about 10 miles west of Vincennes and several folks I know of work there. Not sure if I would want that drive every day myself, but I guess you work where you find it. We do have some factories around this area that support the toyota plant, making seats and such, but they don't pay near as well.
 

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I would like to be about 1 to 1.5 hours away from Indianapolis, but like I said, I haven't even been there, just been looking around on the internet.
 
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Mike, I guess it depends on what you want. Lots of pretty open space between Terre Haute and Indy along Interstate 70. Flat farming area mostly. I think they are about 75 or so miles apart if you want to have good access to either city. Brown County is hilly and very pretty if you prefer a hilly environment. It is south and i believe a little west of Indy, but not too far. You will find Nashville in Brown County, a small place near Bloomington that draws a lot of touristy types because of the shops and folks go there to see the leaves in the fall.
 

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I live in Franklin, which is just south of Indy on I-65. I would say that land is pretty pricey here for Indiana terms. Tremendous growth in commercial and housing is causing property values to stay high.
Some other areas that are high priced: Plainfield, Avon, Greenwood, Fishers, Noblesville, Carmel. I am told that Bloomington proper and Mooresville is pretty high too.
There are a number of areas that are affordable however. My guess is that Southern Indiana will be the best bet. Still alot of affordable farms/houses. Sometimes I am shocked by what you can purchase in some areas of southern Indiana just because it is not located near a major city.
Looks like the I-69 expansion from Indy to Evansville will take place. I think that will eventually open up alot of areas for growth. It might also be a good reason to start looking around for a place now. Will be several years down the road, so I offer that info as food for thought.
Also, Indiana is a great place to live. Overall, good schools, government, communities and people. You will love it.
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Thank you for all of your responses!

Right now, we homeschool our 8 year old daughter. Any info on homeschooling laws in Indy would be helpful too.
 

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Indiana is listed on the Homeschool Legal Defence Assoc. web-site as one of the least restricted places to home-school. That's a positive.

The southern part of the state is absolutely beautiful, and Brown County is known for its artists; two more positives. Of course, the northern part of the state is beautiful too in its own way. I grew up in NH, and the flatness north of Indy really gets to me.

Direct-entry midwives are not allowed to practice here, which is a negative for me, but may not affect you at all. (I'm not a midwife, I just want to hire one...which I can't do here. grrr...)

It's illegal to hunt with a rifle in this state, because so much of it is so flat. Hunting really isn't all that big a thing here, though it certainly isn't discouraged that I have seen. Of course, my dh grew up in PA, and it's hard to find a state where hunting is bigger than PA, so that is his perspective.

Here's the HSLDA web-site that shows the restrictiveness of all the different state laws: http://www.hslda.org/laws/default.asp

This one tells about what's going on with the laws currently: http://www.hslda.org/hs/state/default.asp

Good luck!

~Elizabeth
 

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Thanks Elizabeth. The Brown county area sure looks nice....!

I'm a member of HSLDA, I just forget that they have a website! :)
 

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The hunting thing being popular is really a matter of where you live and the company you keep. Most of my dh's friends hunt, have land or something. There are several stores here, about a dozen or less I'd say within a reasonable drive(including small family-owned shops) where he can go to get gear, ammo, etc.
The homeschool laws here are pretty cool. There are also groups you can join if thats an interest to you. Holiday World(a theme park in the town of Santa Claus) also has discounts and special days for homeschoolers. IU has a high school homeschool program. I don't know much about Brown county tho, Im kinda centered down south. HTH
 

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Brown county is very beautiful. Very touristy area, and has Bloomington as a nearby 'big' town. I love both places. If I had to live in another Indiana 'big' city, Bloomington would be my first choice. I also like the Spencer area, but that would be pretty small town living.
You might find some pretty expensive land prices in Brown County because it is so popular, but I do believe alot of moderately priced homes/ground remains.
FWIW, you can hunt in IN with a rifle, like a .22 for small game and muzzle loader for deer, but high powered rifle is against the law.
 
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I live in the real Southern Indiana. Corydon is about as far south and still be in a decent sized little town. We are 20 minutes from Louisville Ky. It is nice here with lots of hills and great farm land. We sit right off of interstate 64 but it is still very much hometown. Land is not nearly as expensive here as in Brown Co, it is going up in value though very quickly. There are jobs here too, which is a real plus. I have lived here all my life except for a short period of time as a young person we lived in Bloomington for almost 2 years. The difference is like night and day! Bloomington is a real yuppie kind of place and Corydon is a real country atmosphere. We have Indiana University SE which is about 15 minutes away and way way cheaper than IU in Bloomington. The degree is exactly the same, both say Indiana University! We have lots of small downtown shops plus a Super Walmart. Shopping is easy and convenient and there is plenty of farmers to buy direct from as well. Good luck on your search and if you get to Corydon, come on over!!!
 

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I totally agree...Southern Indiana on the Ohio River is the place to be if you're interested in land prices and rural life. The Interestate runs right through that area from East to West and North to South making movement very easy. I lived very near Corydon (Leavenworth area) and loved the rural "climate."
 

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Homeschooling in INdiana is a breeze most of the time. No restrictions are present at this time. We never had any problems for the 13 years we HS'd here. There is no required testing; usually no home visits; no hassle unless you get in a school district where the superintendent has his undies in a wad for some reason.

Brown County is beautiful and fairly pricey because of the tourist trade and traffic and because of it's proximity to Indy. Owen, Morgan and Greene Counties are much the same. Actually, that whole area that is within driveable distance of Indy, on the south side is nice and expensive. All the city people want to be in the country but drive to work so they can afford to be in the country. If you don't need to work in the city, look a couple counties away from Indianapolis or Evansville. You are still close enough to Indianapolis, Bloomington, Evansville, Louisville or Cincinnati for recreational purposes and close to a slew of colleges, but out of the more desirable bedroom areas. You might think of Union or Franklin Counties, in the East. They're near Richmond (two colleges), Cincinnati and Louisville and not all that far from Indianapolis.

I think we're just becoming over populated in good ol' Hoosierland, so land is going up. You know, this isn't far south but the lowest proced land in Indiana is in Randolph County in East Central Indiana on the Ohio line. Fairly cheap but people there are not terribly friendly to newbies. Clannish. They're okay with homeschooling, tho. No hassle. Just do your own thing. And if you don't mind being the local entertainment, it's not a bad place to live. Close to Muncie, Richmond and Dayton, Ohio. Last I heard, Greensfork Township in Randolph County had no zoning, either. That can be a plus.
 

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I would stay away from Vanderburgh County for a couple of years, just b/c of the hschool.The Evansville paper had an article some time back whinning about the loss in K enrollment(that budget thing) and it said that the PTA sent an article out asking people whohad friends and neighbors with k (and grade 1, I think) aged children to contact the school, b/c they were doing a "push" for enrollment. So they are encouraging the neighbors to tattle. I am sooo glad I'm not in that county anymore.
 

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Mike Bunk said:
From where I'm at, Indiana seemed like a nice place to homestead.

Jobs, colleges, not too far from large cities......real estate seems reasonable compared to where I'm at now. (NJ)

Would anyone like to share their experience?

-Mike
You probably don't want Orange County, IN. Highest unemployment rate in the state and ?? site of a casino on a ditch dug between the French Lick Hotel and the West Baden Springs Hotel. Land is rather cheap and that is the reason -- no jobs. Martin County is about as poor unless you work at NWSC Crane (Naval installation). Orange and Martin are both hilly while Daviess to the west flattens out -- reclaimed strip mines and Amish country. Again, ok if you work at Crane, or drive a truck for the gypsum plants, but jobs are scarce and/or pay pitifully.

Land is more expensive and better in Daviess County than Martin or most of Orange. Lawrence County is closer to Bloomington , but also affected by the Bloomington sprawl, as are Greene and Brown counties. Jackson , the western part has some wilder areas, but I have no ideas of current prices.
 
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