Rachel Collette

A Real Estate Agent at Barnyard Group

Rachel Collette

Barnyard Group

A Real Estate Agent based in Jackson, MS

 
Local Guide
 

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Traffic & Commuting

Traffic & Commuting

Rachel Collette - Real Estate Agent

Interstate 55 runs through Ridgeland and shoots eleven miles south to Jackson, forming a direct route for commuters to take every day if they work in the city. Without traffic, the drive is around twelve minutes, but if you hit the morning or afternoon rush hour it may take a while longer. Still, the proximity is still very convenient. For leisure, Ridgeland is eight miles from Lake Hico, twelve miles from Lake Castle, and nine miles from Lefleur’s Bluff State Park. If you want to make a daytrip out of it, the Bienville National Forest is 40 miles away.

 
Weather

Weather

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Ridgeland’s nickname is “the place where snow is rare and the sun is always there.” Okay, so I made that up, but it’s true. The winters are very mild here, with temperatures usually staying in the 50s during those months, and occasionally dipping into the 40s on a cold day. The heat is staggering in the summer if you’re not used to it, as it usually hits 90 on the average summer day. I read recently that Ridgeland has a thunderstorm one out of every four days, and I have to admit that I’ve seen some pretty intense storms here. Heavy winds, hail, and even tornadoes sometimes hit the area, but don’t worry, everyone here knows what to do in those situations and is prepared. Overall, I’d say Ridgeland has a great climate if you can take the heat.

 
Recreation

Recreation

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Clinton has a fantastic Parks & Recreation department that does so much for the city. They maintain five parks, several miles of walking trails, 30 sports fields and courts, and over 200 acres altogether. With the sunny weather in Clinton showing its face year-round, you’re going to want to have something to do, and for your kids to do. The city has over 80 programs that it offers to residents of all ages, from children to parents. Also, the Shady Oaks Country Club and Lake Hiro are both within miles of Clinton.

 
Schools & Education

Schools & Education

Rachel Collette - Real Estate Agent

Every school year the State of Mississippi assigns each school a ranking from 1 to 5. In past years the Clinton district’s schools have mostly all scored 4s and 5s, with few exceptions. This year’s data hasn’t been released yet so I can’t provide you with the most recent findings, but these schools are some of the best in the state. Great Schools, an organization that rates schools based on test scores, gave the district a stellar 9 out of 10 score. I would definitely recommend enrolling your child here; you won’t be disappointed.

 
Traffic & Commuting

Traffic & Commuting

Rachel Collette - Real Estate Agent

Interstate 55 runs through Ridgeland and shoots eleven miles south to Jackson, forming a direct route for commuters to take every day if they work in the city. Without traffic, the drive is around twelve minutes, but if you hit the morning or afternoon rush hour it may take a while longer. Still, the proximity is still very convenient. For leisure, Ridgeland is eight miles from Lake Hico, twelve miles from Lake Castle, and nine miles from Lefleur’s Bluff State Park. If you want to make a daytrip out of it, the Bienville National Forest is 40 miles away.

 
Weather

Weather

Rachel Collette - Real Estate Agent

Ridgeland’s nickname is “the place where snow is rare and the sun is always there.” Okay, so I made that up, but it’s true. The winters are very mild here, with temperatures usually staying in the 50s during those months, and occasionally dipping into the 40s on a cold day. The heat is staggering in the summer if you’re not used to it, as it usually hits 90 on the average summer day. I read recently that Ridgeland has a thunderstorm one out of every four days, and I have to admit that I’ve seen some pretty intense storms here. Heavy winds, hail, and even tornadoes sometimes hit the area, but don’t worry, everyone here knows what to do in those situations and is prepared. Overall, I’d say Ridgeland has a great climate if you can take the heat.

 
Public Transportation

Public Transportation

Rachel Collette - Real Estate Agent

The public transportation system in Jackson leaves something to be desired. There is a bus service, which can be helpful, but it doesn’t operate on Sundays or during the evening. Amtrak provides routes to New Orleans with stops in between, and the northbound service from N.O. stops in Jackson and goes to Chicago. This is convenient if you want to travel far from the city, or live somewhere in the suburbs where the train stops, but as a means to get to work it’s not very practical. Almost all the residents in Jackson drive cars to their job every day.

 
Local Events

Local Events

Rachel Collette - Real Estate Agent

There isn’t a better time to be a Jacksonian than on days where there are awesome events going on. The community holds a lot of fun festivals and parades every year. Some of the events that celebrate the city’s diversity are the Irish CelticFest Mississippi, the Festival Latino, and OUTober, which is an event held by gays and lesbians in the area. Some of my other favorites are the Mississippi State Fair (who could hate an event that serves funnel cake?) and the Crossroads Film Festival. There is definitely a sense of community in Jackson that you will notice the moment you move into your place.

 
Crime & Safety

Crime & Safety

Rachel Collette - Real Estate Agent

Memphis has a reputation for being a city with high crime, as it has been ranked on the annual list of the most dangerous U.S. cities list in the past. However, crime fell from 2006 to 2009, and has maintained a steady downward trend. There is still a large crime problem, but hopefully the crime rate continues to drop in upcoming years. It’s important to look for properties with a real estate agent so they can tell you which neighborhoods are safer than others, and which areas to avoid.

 
Schools & Education

Schools & Education

Rachel Collette - Real Estate Agent

The public school system is currently undergoing authoritative change. The city’s education used to be run by Memphis City Schools, but that was recently disbanded, and the city’s schools will be merged with the Shelby County Schools district, which serves the suburbs, in the fall of 2013. This won’t be an easy task, as there are over 200 schools total in the Memphis City Schools district. As for post-secondary education, the city is home to around 30 colleges and universities, the most well-known being the University of Memphis.

 
Traffic & Commuting

Traffic & Commuting

Rachel Collette - Real Estate Agent

If you’re in Memphis, you’ll probably notice that the vast majority of residents drive vehicles, and only a minority of them take public transportation. If you observed this, the stats would back you up: 92% of residents drive a vehicle, and only 2.4% take public transit. Memphis has access to several interstates, such as 22, which connects the city to Birmingham, or 40 and 55, which bridge the city to Arkansas. The average one way commute to work for people who live here is 25 minutes, which is about the same as the state and nationwide rates.

 
Apartment Costs

Apartment Costs

Rachel Collette - Real Estate Agent

Memphis is the third largest city in the Southeast, and is also one of the most inexpensive cities of its size. Here are the median rents of some of the largest Southeast cities: Jacksonville~$925, Charlotte~$1,036, Memphis~$800, Atlanta~$1,056, Miami~$882, and Raleigh~$1,071. As you can see, Memphis is the cheapest in that list, and is one of the most inexpensive large Southern cities overall. Now is the perfect time to rent here: in addition to the prices, out of all the housing properties on the market in the city, 53% are for rent and only 19% are for sale.

 
Traffic & Commuting

Traffic & Commuting

Rachel Collette - Real Estate Agent

18 miles north of Horn Lake and across the Tennessee border is Memphis. The two cities are connected by Interstate 69. The city has one of the highest percentages of people who drive a vehicle to work every day, at a staggering 97%. Even though Memphis is only 18 miles away, it can take longer than you think to get there because of traffic during rush hour, especially with so many residents driving. The average commute time for residents is 30 minutes, which is higher than both state and national averages.

 
Apartment Costs

Apartment Costs

Rachel Collette - Real Estate Agent

Using the MyApartmentMap data, which takes all of the apartment listings in Horn Lake and finds the average price, a two bedroom apt here usually goes for around $770-800. Around the area you can find other communities in the same ballpark: Memphis (2 bdrm average: $761), Southaven ($783), Hernando ($799), and Olive Branch ($867).

 

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