Post # 1
Do you plan on staying in the city as you grow older and have kids (if you have kids)?
More and more of our friends are choosing to raise kids in urban neighborhoods (not highrises, but the smaller bungalows of the city), and that is our plan. Some are still moving to the suburbs, though it seems that fewer are moving really far out.
What are your plans? Is city living just for your childless days, or do you plan on staying?
Post # 3
FI and I lived in the city for a couple of years. We now live in an inner ring suburb which borders the city. We love our town and feel like we are close to the action of where we live and the city. We decided to move out of the city because we wanted to buy a house. Houses in the nighborhoods we liked (and that are safe) were way out of our price range. We were also able to buy in a place with great schools.
I would have loved to stay right in the city, but I do think we have the best of both worlds. We live in a great urban neighborhood that is diverse, has restaurants and shops within walking distance of our house, is safe and has great schools for when we decide to have a little bambino or two 🙂
Post # 4
we dont plan on having kids… so the selections dont really apply. however if we HAD kids, it would be ok to stay where we were because we are in good school districts….
Post # 5
I grew up in the middle-of-nowhere-Ohio and I loved it. It was 50+ acres – tons of room to be a kid without getting into mischief. I don’t know if we will have that much land, but as soon as we can (probably around the time we have our first child), we plan on moving into a more rural area. We live in the outskirt of a city right now because it’s convenient to school and work. It’s been 5 years in a populated area, and I’m ready to go back to about 10 or 20 acres.
Post # 6
Evabostonterrier- What part of ohio do you live in? I live right outside of Cleveland. I love it, but I can see your point of view as well. I have always been a city girl.
Post # 7
I live in Chicago and I LOOOVE it. The only reason I am considering the suburbs is because of the big back yards! Where I live in the city the yards are tiny, and I really want a big yard so I can have huge parties lol. I would love to stay in the city but only if I find a house with all my requirements.
Post # 8
@Jaylii9 – I’m about 10 minutes from Akron right now. I grew up in a rural-er part of Medina County though. I’ll miss the convenience of everything when we finally move though. I’ve gotten really accustomed to having stores nearby. Growing up, shopping required like a 30 minute car ride (just to get there)!
Post # 9
- Wedding: May 2011 - Bartram's Garden
We’re still undecided if we want to have kids, but if we do, we’ll probably move to the ‘burbs, only because Philly public schools kind of suck and we don’t have the money for private school.
I’ll be sad, though. I kind of hate the suburbs. I love the city and I love the middle of nowhere, but I am not a fan of most suburban towns.
Post # 10
We’re going to stay in the city, although we’ll have to find a new apartment (we’re in a one bedroom now). Our reasoning is that one the city is more culturally diverse (some suburbs are entirely one ethnicity) and two we’re close to museums, aquariums, theater, etc. Also there are more magnet/charter schools available and with CA’s current school problems we want to make sure we have options for a good/balanced education.
Post # 11
We find it much more environmentally friendly to stay in the city. We HATE the sprawl and waste of suburbs and enjoy being able to walk, bike and bus most places. I also want my kids to grow up around lots of unique people, which I think the city lends itself to very wel.
Post # 12
We definitely want out of the city and state as soon as possible. However we are unfortunately stuck in a lousy housing market for another couple of years.
Neither of us are fans of having houses so close to our own, we both grew up with lots of land around us. Plus we want to start our own business in a smaller town (within an hour or two of a decent sized city). Preferably in a state that borders ocean too.
@Eva- My husband grew up in Medina 🙂
Post # 13
Good question. I’m not sure we’ve figured this out. It depends on a lot of things – schools, finances, etc, etc. For now and until we have a little on to worry about – we’re all about city living!
Post # 14
@lemondrop – what a small world!
Post # 15
We both grew up in various suburbs and didn’t like it very much. We love living in cities and love the kind of childhoods our kids will be able to have here. We’re both not very into the idea of large houses or huge yards so moving to the suburbs really isn’t necessary. Of course, we live in Seattle and will either continue living here or move to Portland, OR…both cities are smallish and definitely great for kids.
Post # 16
I voted leave the city but it’s really only that we want to leave *this* city. We’ll probably end up in another major city somewhere… but we’re tired of LA.
and the other part of the question – I would hate to raise kids here. Everything is so fake/plastic/hollywood – not the kind of thing I need my child (especially if I had any girls) exposed to at young ages. I can’t imagine growing up and trying to live to these standards.
Also, it’d be nice to actually be able to afford to buy a house. Not an option here. (We constantly talk about our imaginary house in which we have a guest room and a garage… oh, the luxury.)
We’re looking at moving to denver in the next couple years – anyone from there?