Post # 1
We live in a very urban area. Our city is not compact like Chicago or other big cities, it’s a spread out metro area, but we live in what was part of the original downtown, and we are 2 miles from what is the official downtown now. And our city is very large. We can see all the tallest buildings from our driveway (and that means we put up with all the traffic and street closures every time there is a festival or big event downtown)…
This was always what I wanted. To be close to “everything”. So we bought this house here 4 years ago. I had lived “in the sticks” as I called it when I was younger and I HATED it but now I am thinking that is because I was younger…?
We are thinking of a move out of state and I have been thinking that the next house we buy, I would like it to be on at least 2 acres and somewhat isolated, if not exactly “out in the country”. I am just sick to death of throngs of people, traffic, and noise. I only know ONE of my neighbors. I mean, I know who the others are but none are friendly, but there is always SOMEONE outside/nearby, making noise, playing music, honking the horn, whatever. And so whenever I go outside to do anything I feel like I have an audience, if that makes sense.
Plus there is always someone walking by or riding a bike or the guys selling ice cream from their bikes, or an ice cream truck (we must have 4 a day!).. or some big bass thump thump thump car going by. I just feel like ENOUGH already I suppose. I can’t tell you how many times a day I am glaring towards a window and thinking “Geez!! STFU!”
I think we’d enjoy the quiet of living somewhat “out there” but who knows. I can’t think of anything I would miss aside from having a convenient store open 24/7 for when I have a chocolate craving or something.
Has anyone gotten “out of town” and not ended up feeling like you are someone’s grandma? 😉
Post # 3
I have lived in town and out of town, but I prefer the country. I lived on 8 acres on a lake and I hate the fact now that we live in the city. 3 more years and we are moving back to the lake and I can’t wait. I actually feel younger living in the country, I am so much more active and I much prefer sitting on the deck overlooking the water, and having a beer with friends. Sitting around a fire, shoot, there is so much more to do, IMO.
Post # 4
I currently live in a city/suburbs … there are like 10 malls within 20 miles… I’m moving to a small college town with FI, nearest mall is 30 miles away … I’m a bit excited and terrified. I’ve lived in the Bronx & Baltimore City … i’ve also lived in WV and i’m kind of looking forward to NO rush hour traffic, no neighbors that I have to talk to every single time i walk outside my house for fear they think i’m rude …
2acres sounds like heaven … and you’re right it could be cause we’re all older now and appreciate our space.
Post # 5
Thanks y’all. We still will be stuck for a while living around people. 😉 Until we finish school. But who knows, maybe we can find a place just on the edge of town so we won’t have to drive a ton but still with some privacy. I joke with the kids that I would have a moat full of piranahs if I could get away with it. There is always someone coming to see if we want our trees trimmed, gas mowed, or do we want to convert to their religion. Go away already! I feel like such a crochety old woman, lol.
Post # 6
You can take the girl outta the country, but ya can’t take the country outta the girl. (country=honky tonk, Brooks and Dunn, anyone??) I grew up in ‘the sticks’ too, and I now live in the city, and while I loooooove the convenience of all things citified, I hate the feeling of always having an audience too. And the noise. I much prefer the country. More peaceful, and I used to be able to sit out on the front porch in my skivvies if I wanted to in the boonies. Not so much in the concrete jungle. Plus, I just feel more ‘alive’ in the middle of nowhere. Beer, bonfire, tailgates and friends equals a paaaartay in my book. (But I still love gettin’ all dressed up to the nines and goin’ for drinks and dancin’ w/ my girls) *Sigh, I’m so conflicted, lol!
I suppose all that rambling means that if given a choice to only live my life in one place or the other FOREVER, it’d be the country. (But I’d live vicariously through SATC reruns ad nauseum)
Post # 7
I have a lot of friends that went to NYC after college, and some have stayed there. I used to be a bit envious. Now, I can’t believe people actually want to live there! Well, maybe if I were a millionaire it might not be so bad. I really understand the whole “concrete jungle” thing now lol. It feels so claustrophobic or something.
I still live in a metro area that has traffic, but it is close enough to some pretty rural areas. and there are a few state parks within a 10 minute drive. If I could afford it and work was available, I would definitely choose the country over the city or suburbs.
Post # 8
Yeah a big worry for me is commuting. DW and I are the “late type”. I mean, we are late for just about everything. She is never late for work but that’s because she works evenings! And we aren’t late for classes IF we make sure not to take anything before 10am, lol.
So I do worry about living farther out and having to drive to work and be there early… but then again when I was younger I lived 45 minutes from the nearest city and I managed to get to work at 8 am back then. Of course I only had to worry about myself back then too, no kids to get up and get ready or pets to feed or any of that. So that’s where I am torn, because I know I can choose to live within five minutes or so of places I might have to be (school, work), but that means putting up with the concentration of people living nearby.
Post # 9
I had lived in the city all my life until 11 years ago when we moved to the country. I am ready to go back to the city living. But what I hate the most about city living sometimes is that some things can be so spread out that even if you are still in the same city, it can still take 30 minutes to get to. But I like being in close proximity to everything. So in the next couple years, I will be going back to big city living. No more small towns for this girl unless it is very close to wherever it is that I will be working in.