La Porte is a city located in northwestern Indiana and serves as the county seat. Located right on the border of the state, it shares a close relationship with Michigan City, Michigan. Conveniently located near the large cities of South Bend and Gary, it is also just a short drive away from Chicago. When you want to live near the excitement and action while still enjoying the peace and quiet, find out why so many apartment renters choose neighborhoods here.
La Porte was one of the first settlements established in northwestern Indiana. The government quickly established an office in the region that gave settlers the rights to buy plots of land, which helped the town grow at a fast rate. In 1835, just three years later, it became an official town.
Though the city now has all the modern amenities that apartment renters might want, the city retains its small-town charm. Its 22,000 residents work hard to preserve the historic buildings in town.
Those historic structures and sites are a popular draw for both tourists and locals. Some of the top attractions in the downtown neighborhood include the late 19th-century courthouse, city hall and the county historical society. The historical society obtained the Kesling Automobile Collection and has those vintage and antique cars out on display.
Some residents also enjoy taking a tour of the city and seeing some of the sites and locations featured in different movies. The Sam Elliot film Prancer filmed several scenes in the city, and A Piece of Eden, which starred Tynne Daly, also filmed in the city.
Those hoping for some more excitement might take a trip closer to Chicago to visit the Blue Chip Casino. In addition to casino games, slot machines and card games, the casino also has a large spa and an attached hotel and hosts live shows.
When you rent in La Porte, plan a trip to the Lubeznik Center for the Arts. Not only can you see live performances and view artwork on display, but you can also take a wide range of classes to improve your artistic abilities.
The city offers a unique public transportation option for those who don't want to own a car. Called TransPorte, it's an on demand system open to all residents. You make a simple call, schedule a pick up time and the city will send someone to pick you up and drop you off. As this system does not go to the surrounding cities, some still own a vehicle.
Not many apartment renters settle in the city for school because there are no colleges in the city. If you have access to transportation, you might look at a neighborhood with places to rent on the outskirts of town that are closer to colleges located in other cities. Located in Westville, Purdue University North Central is around 10 minutes from La Porte, and Brown Mackie College in Michigan City is only 11 miles away. Some students also commute to Valparaiso University, which is around 20 miles from the city.
Before you rent an apartment in the city, take a look at the job opportunities open to you. The top employers in the area now include La Porte Hospital and Health Services, Indiana University Health and La Porte county itself.