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will be moving back to alabama (finally), and i am up against a tough decision. looking to buy a home either in old cloverdale, or in Pike Road. Any insight? is the new Pike Road school going to get built? when?
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The Pike Road school system is years away. Will happen but they don't have near the population to get the funding. Cloverdale area was beautiful but the homes tended to be old money pits. Unless they have done anything recently you'd be pretty close to some high crime areas.
The Montgomery public School system is improving but is still light years away from what it was in the 60's and 70's and early 80's. The Feds have seen to that. If there ever was a reason for charter schools Montgomery would be the poster child. If your kids excell in the class room thay can qualify for the lantern program and that is outstanding. Actually out performs the so called superior B'ham schools. But, sadly I think private school is still the order of the day. The up side to that is just about all of them give a superior education. At least the big 3 do.
I live in Sylacauga today but I'm from Montgomery and I keep up with it as best I can. I still love the place in spite of what some think. I hope to move back there one day if the retiring in Auburn thing doesn't work out.
It depends how old are the kid(s)? Dalraida Elementary is by far the best school for its age group.I live in the back of Dalraida close to Gunter and i love it.
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I just bought in Pike Road about a year ago (no kids yet). I would suggest looking in the Woodland Creek area. Intersection of Pike Road and Vaughn. Still very close to Eastchase/I-85 but in Pike Road for schools/resale value...
and, most importantly you are about 36 minutes from the stadium.
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Pike Road just passed a property tax at the same rate as Auburn. K-8 will open in Fall 2015. High school will be a couple years later. Funding is not the issue I can assure you.
The Waters is a very nice community-oriented development. Lots of community activity and neighborliness. If you want the most house for the money, look at Stone Park just off the Waugh exit - 4-5 brms and bonus rooms from the 230's to 270's range. Won't see that in Cloverdale.
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From area and I would choose either the outside area (Prattville) or Pike Road. Personally if I moved back to the area and decide on Montgomery, I would probably have to look hard at the Waters and Pike road area over Cloverdale.
We live in The Waters and are familiar with the neighborhoods of Pike Road. It was the right choice for us! Good luck and you can e mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org if you want specifics. I will be glad to show you around, buy you a cup of coffee!
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If you have children of school age and you can afford private school, I would recommend Pike Road. There are some nice areas in old Cloverdale. However, any homes south of I-85 (includes parts of Cloverdale and Pike Road) may have foundation problems based on the soil in that area so find out who the builder was and what type foundation the home is built on. The Redland area of Elmore county has a new state-of-the art elementary school with some of the areas best teachers and very good parent participation. This would be a great choice, especially if private school is not an option. The drive is just as close to Montgomery as most of Pike Road would be--shorter to many areas of town--and there are several nice subdivisions in the area. (High school for this area is in Wetumpka.) Our kids are products of Elmore County schools and excelled, scoring equal to their private school friends on the ACT and are now successful young professionals and AU grads!
Thanks for the link. We are looking hard at the waters area, but have some reservations. It looks like (from the listings) that it is a very close knit community? we like what we see, but all of the listings seem to be cottage types. Is that the case? What is the community like? age range of kids, if any? We have an 8 year old, and a 2 year old chocolate lab.
Thanks for the info, and the offer for coffee! Might take you up on that.
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both bad choices if public school is a concern, move to Autauga, Elmore or preferrably Lee County if you can, good luck and as always WDE
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