What's your favorite thing about living in a downtown/inner-city area? (POLL)

posted 2 years ago in The Lounge
  • poll: Where do you prefer to live?``
    Downtown : (30 votes)
    53 %
    Suburbs : (18 votes)
    32 %
    Wilderness/Country : (7 votes)
    12 %
    Other : (2 votes)
    4 %
  • Post # 2
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    Honey Beekeeper
    • Wedding: November 1999

    gingerkitten:  I love living downtown because we can walk everywhere. Our doctor, dentist, grocery store, florist, butcher, produce store, several liquor stores, craft brewery, restaurants galore, movie theatres, shopping mall etc are all within walking distance.

    I use my car to drive to and from work. Other than that it sits in the garage, unless I am going to pick up something large or heavy.

    There is also always something free going on downtown for entertainment- various festivals, craft fairs, art gallery openings and showings, fireworks displays etc.

    Because of our walking lifestyle, both of us have lost weight since we moved downtown.

    Post # 3
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    3340 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: October 2013

    I absolutely love living downtown! We can literally walk anywhere and have so many bars/restaurants to choose from. We also like going through runs through the city and along the waterfront. We know it’s not forever, but for the 5 or so years we plan to live here we are enjoying the hell out of it!

    edit: we also bought a place in more of an up and coming area and are renovating some of it, so when we do move to the burbs hopefully we will make some $$ off of it to put towards a bigger house. 

    Post # 4
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    479 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: August 2014

    We don’t live right downtown, but still within city limits (Boston).  We love it.  With public transportation and walkability having only 1 car isn’t difficult.  It’s so much easier to get out and do things in the city since we are right here.  I feel like it would be a huge hassle to come in from the ‘burbs on the weekends, and since we both work in the city I think we also wouldn’t want to come in on a Saturday or something after commuting in all week.  I don’t know what we will do when we have kids, but I know a lot of young families are now choosing to raise their kids in the city and I’m definitely not opposed to doing that if the school system improves in time or if we could afford private school.  

    Our only cons are just that living in such close proximity to people means you’re never really alone and you have to either rely on your neighbors to cooperate with you or just do things yourself.  You can hear neighbors through the walls sometimes, and you need to deal with them to sort out common area maintenance (i.e. we are trying to get our exterior painted which involves us and our downstairs neighbor as well as the neighboring condo association.  It’s only 5 units all together, but good lord is it taking forever to get it taken care of!).  Things you could just choose to take care of how you want need to basically go to a committee haha.  We end up taking out the trash every week because otherwise it wouldn’t get done (we share the big bins with the neighbors).  Stupid stuff like this gets on our nerves, but for now it’s nowhere near annoying enough for us to want to sell our place and move!

    Post # 5
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    9531 posts
    Buzzing Beekeeper
    • Wedding: August 2013

    I prefer downtown or the neighborhoods right around downtown before the modern suburbs (old neighborhoods that were the suburbs of 100 years ago). But that will be my prefernce now or when we have a child. But if you’re only looking to be there for a few years, I’d recommend renting.

    Post # 7
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    1441 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: September 2014

    We love being downtown. Walkable to restaurants, baseball, hockey, parks, museums…..would never live anywhere else. 

    Post # 8
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    9531 posts
    Buzzing Beekeeper
    • Wedding: August 2013

    gingerkitten:  Gotcha. You probably wouldn’t really make any money on a house in 3-5 yeas (as an investment) but if it makes a signficant difference in your taxes, that could make sense. Renting just has the nice bonus of not needing to worry about repairs/remodeling! But maybe a recently renovated condo?

    I grew up in the city and I thought it was a great place to grow up!

    Post # 9
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    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: July 2013

    gingerkitten:  When DH and I bought a house, I put a ridiculous list of requirements on him. I did not want suburbia, but wanted a house (as in a front door and a back door and no doorman). I wanted to be able to never use my car and have an urban lifestyle. And that was with kids and a dog. We ended up moving to a residential part of a very urban suburb (Arlington VA– part of the original Washington, DC). I can walk to a grocery store, 2 dog parks, 3 schools, and several bars/restaurants. It is a fantastic location.

    DH loves the location too– we are close to highways, but have a villiage lifestyle. We are no where near as isolated as we would be in suburbia and we can get home a lot earlier)

    Post # 10
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    8720 posts
    Bumble Beekeeper
    • Wedding: September 2013

    I like living downtown but I wouldnt BUY in a downtown area. I would rent. If I were buying I would buy in a suburb right outside of a downtown area. 

    Post # 13
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    4805 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: May 2014

    gingerkitten:  I don’t live right downtown, but I’m a 5 minute drive and I loooove it! I used to live in the burbs and it was always a 45 minute drive to anywhere cool. And to good pizza. Now it’s a 5 minute drive. Mmmmmm!

    Post # 14
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    8720 posts
    Bumble Beekeeper
    • Wedding: September 2013

    gingerkitten:  Well…..I live in NYC so “downtown” for me is the heart of Manhattan which is wayyyy too busy. Parking my car is $350/month and everything is just expensive. It isnt where I want to settle forever.

    Post # 15
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    Buzzing Beekeeper
    • Wedding: August 2013

    gingerkitten:  Turning it into a rental property is a great solution! Then I side with you even more!

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