So why on earth would anyone willingly choose to relocate to the Greater Lafayette, West Lafayette, Purdue University area? You might find yourself pleasantly surprised to know what all this area has to offer. A quick poll asking “what do you like best about Lafayette (area) offered some similarities along with a few differences. As usual, your personal interests and family make up have much to do with this.
Most everyone mentioned “The parks systems” as a top pick. For runners, bikers, families, those looking to escape everything, hiking, and more, the Lafayette area is full of great parks and trails. Happy Hollow Park in the beautiful New Chauncey area in West Lafayette is full of trails, dining shelters, playgrounds, and even a pool with a high dive! West Lafayette offers walking and biking trails that wind for miles. Check out the Celery Bog, the Wabash Heritage Trail, Creeks, rivers, and gorgeous fall colors or spring blooms. The Columbian Park in Lafayette has a petting zoo, a pond for fishing, playgrounds, butterfly garden, and even train rides. (The train ride is very inexpensive), but all other activities are FREE!
Purdue University is another top ranked pick. Growing up in the Lafayette area, we take for granted the vast cultural differences and great diversity that having a Big 10 University in your back yard provides. Arts, Culture, Foods, Sports, and more are just minutes away. Elliott Hall of music brings plays, operas, ballets, pop and country artists to our small (ish) town.
Food options- This ties in with Purdue, most likely. Indian, Italian, Greek, Japanese, Chinese, Mexican, and good old American Diner foods can all be found in and around our area. Our downtown has several locally owned bars and restaurants that feel as if they belong in a much bigger city. Don’t forget Arni’s pizza, Budges ice cream stand, and the Frozen Custard as popular “must visit” places.
School Systems- We here at Commercial Brokers have or had children in several school districts and have been quite pleased. West Lafayette continues to rank very highly on standardized tests. They also have the most diverse student population (again most likely due to Purdue University staff and students.)Tippecanoe School Corporation has 2 large high schools, several middle schools, and many elementary schools. Most are full or near capacity as our enrollment grows each year. Lafayette School Corporation is the largest and has the most options for extra curricular activities including a radio station and drama and music programs. There are also a few faith based options, and even some charter school options. More information can be found on our relocation page.
Lastly, our arts scene is alive and well here in Lafayette/West Lafayette. Many small local art galleries and Tippecanoe Arts Federation have so much to offer. Clay classes, singing classes, art galleries, small shops downtown, and much much more.
There really is so much to do here. Don’t be surprised if you find something new here even if you’ve lived here your whole life.
If you are thinking of relocating to Greater Lafayette, call or email Barry or Christy, or use our form below.