Post # 1
I have been giving a lot of thought to this:
Where do you live, do you love it, and why? AND, why do you live there? (Weather, family, friends, you are from there, job relocation, school location…you name it!)
What makes you like or dislike a place?
What do you like about yours? Dislike? Where would you like to live? Are you happy where you are?
Darling Husband and I are thinking about moving… Ideally we want to live somewhere liberal and warm. Ideally, a mountain town… that is affordable (we shoot for the stars!)
It is difficult for us to live around any family because they move alot (military and other reasons…) so the sky is the limit.
Our work can transfer almost anywhere…
What do you love about where you are?
Post # 3
We’re currently in Gladstone, QLD Australia and we HATE it. It’s right on the coast on the southern edge of the Great Barrier Reef so it should be a lovely place, but it’s not. Our little community of Tannum Sands has a nice beach but that’s about it.
Gladstone is an industrial town – it’s the main port city to ship out all the exports of the mining boom Australia is currently in. As a result, it is heavily industrial and despite money pouring into the town, nothing is being down to make it a nice place to live. There are virtually no restaurants, hardly any shops, and virtually nothing to do. Prices are also exorbitantly expensive because people have to live here for the mining work so the rental prices and food prices are outlandishly high, even for Australia.
Darling Husband is a civil engineer and wanted infrastructure experience, hence why his company moved us up here, but we’ve been here for 3 months and are over it already. We are looking to move back to Brisbane in May, just a month before our first baby is due!
We loved living in Brisbane and were there for more than a year before coming up here. Brisbane is a lovely city with all the amenities of a big city (pop: 1 million) but without any of the major hassles of a big city. Most communities are like small towns within themselves with lovely main streets filled with shops, cafes, and restaurants, not to mention parks everywhere and beautiful walking trails following the curvy Brisbane River. The CBD of Brisbane is gorgeous and there are lots of opportunities for cultural experiences. There are always festivals or markets going on somewhere and they are always a great way to spend a weekend morning. Prices in Brisbane are relatively reasonable as well; it is also a major travel hub for Australia so travelling to other places both in and out of Australia is fairly easy.
The weather in Brisbane is also ideal – summertime highs usually in the upper 20s (mid-80s F) and wintertime highs are usually in the low 20s (mid-70s F). We love the gorgeous beaches of the nearby Gold Coast and hiking in the mountains of the hinterland just west of Brisbane is also a favourite activity of ours.
I can’t rave enough about Brisbane and really hope we’ll get back there soon! We want to leave Australia sometime in the next year though – either to the UK to be close to DH’s family, or to the US to be close to my family. DH’s company is based in the UK and has just recently expanded into Canada (Montreal, which would be AMAZING!) so we’re hoping for one of those, but if not, we’ll look for a new job for him somewhere in the US and figure out where we want to live there. So many decisions…
ETA: Hello looooooooooong reply! They never look that long when I’m typing them out! Sorry…. verbosity is definitely a downfall of mine!
Post # 4
I live in Southern Illinois. I’m originally from Northern Illinois, and I can’t personally stand it down here! I am waiting for Fiance to finish school, and then we are moving, either into St. Louis or close to it.
I actually moved down here to take a job. I would love to live in Chicago, and I would really love to move to New Orleans, but taking the bar exam in Louisiana gives me fits
We actually talked about Portland too, so after he’s done with school, that may be an option!
Post # 5
We live in a suburb of Pittsburgh. I love the city, hate the suburb we live in. It’s a depressed area known for drugs and violence. It’s not an appropriate place for me to be raising my daughter. SO and I both went to high school here and I never wanted to come back — ever. But we inherited this house when there was a death in his family, and living here without a rent or house payment has been helping us immensely, so, for the time being, we’re staying. We’re moving before my daughter goes into the school system, because I do NOT want her going to school here. There are some wonderful neighborhoods about 30 minutes north and east of us. I would love to live in either of those places!
Moving out-of-state isn’t an option. Moving away from Pittsburgh isn’t, either. I’ll never get SO to move away from his family (all here in the ‘burbs), and my daughter’s father also lives in this state. If I could move anywhere, I’d probably head back east toward Philadelphia, or south — I’ve visited North Carolina a few times and LOVE it there.
Post # 6
I live about 40 minutes outside of Boston. My immediate family and most my maternal side is here and I just never left. I wanted to near my family when I had children. The weather is not the best, I hate winter and snow and freeeezing cold. I hate the cost of housing. =( I wouldnt be here if it werent for my family. We could have got twice the house for half the cost down south and cut years off our retirement plan.
Post # 7
I live on Lake Macqaurie, just south of Newcastle NSW Australia. I LOVE IT where we are. I grew up here. I love that we are 45 min to Newcastle, and while it was industrial it is becoming more tourist and having a total face change.
I LOVE that we are 1 hour north of Sydney. I commute to work, and for me its a great distance seeing as I HATE THAT CITY WITH A PASSION.
I think our area gives you a great lifestyle, because it has access to many different facilities and areas within NSW.
Although right now I am not liking the community I live in. it is becoming a low income housing area, because there are a lot of rentals in the area. People from Sydney unable to afford their holiday homes rent them out instead of selling. And the local High School has the worst rep in the area as well. I went to that school. and it is not even a shadow of the school I went to.
I want to stay on Lake Macquarie, but move to another area of it eventually.
Post # 8
I live in Indianapolis and I love it. Only thing I really don’t like is the winters, and I wish it was closer to the beach!
Other than that, it’s affordable, there’s a lot to do, it’s a very sports-heavy town which I love, the people are (mostly) nice, and it’s close enough to Chicago, Cincinnati, Louisville, St. Louis that you can do fun weekend trips.
And it’s especially awesome this week because of the Super Bowl! All the festivities started today and it is crazy. Makes me proud to be a Hoosier, they’ve done an AMAZING job here. I mean, seriously, there’s an 800 ft long zipline running thru the streets of Indy!
Post # 9
I live in Gainesville, FL and I adore it. I’ve always been a Florida girl and living in the sunshine and warm weather is great. I originally moved here for school 6 years ago and stayed after graduation for a postbac position. It’s such a great small town, perfect for young people because of the college and the great sense of community and safety. I will probably be moving away for graduate school in 6 mo and I will cry the whole way (even though I’m excited for new adventures!) because I love this place.
Post # 10
I live in a small town just outside of Harrisburg PA. We lived in both Philly and Pittsburgh, and where we’re living now is our favorite. We’ve both settled down a lot, and wanted a quieter, small-town where we would feel comfortable raising our kids (and a great school system) but still close enough to a city to hit up restaurants and attractions. We moved here for a job, but my very favorite sister-in-law and two nieces live here as well, my Mother-In-Law and Father-In-Law live about half an hour away, we’re a quick 2 hour drive to see our friends in Philly and about the same to see my BIL/SIL/nephews in Annapolis.
Post # 11
Denver! I love it. I’ve lived all over, but spent the greatest chunk of time in Colorado. I’m a fan of the weather, which is usually mild. The scenery is beautiful. It’s a pretty liberal place, people are generally warm and the lifestyle is very laid back/casual. Love it 🙂
Post # 12
I live just outside of Vancouver, BC, Canada. I really like it, although I have never lived anywhere else. I have traveled a lot though and am always happy to come home.
Things I love about it are that there are four distinct seasons (even if we do get made fun of for a lot of rain). That rain brings a lot of greenery; the coniferous forests around here are amazingly beautiful. I love the variety of activities. There are big city things like theatre, concerts, sporting events, clubbing, etc. but also so many outdoors activities. I love to snowshoe or snowboard the local mountains that take less than half an hour to get to, drive half an hour the other way and camp in what feels like total wilderness, or walk around the seawall next to the ocean/hang out on the beach in the summer. It’s really awesome.
There are truly only two things I dislike about it. One is the traffic; when they built the highway infrastructure they were not expecting it to become a big city. There is not even a highway that goes through downtown and there is constantly construction to make up for it. With the combination of ocean and rivers meeting the ocean, there are a lot of bridges which equal some traffic nightmares. The other thing is the real estate prices, which are seriously ridiculous. You could get a mansion in another province for the price of a small condo in Vancouver and I’m completely serious. Fiance and I have pretty much come to terms with the fact that we may never own a detached home.
Post # 13
I am currently living in Tallahassee, Florida. I HATE this place and cannot wait for the day that I can move back to my home town. It’s small, boring, and infested with college students. Don’t get me wrong, I am still in grad school, but I feel like there are little drunk 18 year olds all over the place. It’s juts not my scene.
Orlando, FL is where I grew up. I love Orlando even though it’s a big city. I love that the beach is only an hour or so away and that there are always things to do when you have friends in town. Yes, the attractions and tourists can be very annoying at times but I can see myself raising my children somewhere in the Orlando area because all of my family and friends are there! Definitely not the mountain town you guys are looking for though! Good luck with your search for a new place to call home! 🙂
Post # 14
@MademoiselleL: Vancouver is my favorite place out of anywhere I have ever visited! I spent 2 days there after an Alaskan cruise and I fell in love. I hope to be able to go back one day!
Post # 15
- Wedding: June 2011 - Sydney, Australia
We’ve just recently moved into our first home. It’s in a suburb about 40km west of Sydney city, and in a fairly recently developed area, which I love. I’m not a fan of city-living, so being in the ‘burbs is nice. We live at the top of a cul-de-sac, and it’s a pretty quiet street – though I’m not a fan of ONE set of neighbours that live next door.
We have a supermarket just a couple of streets away, and a batch of nice restaurants in the next suburb over – so everything is a fairly short drive away.
Mr. Jaguar catches a bus directly to his work in the city, and I drive the car to work, about 20 minutes further west. It’s a nice area. I love it here! Can’t wait to raise a family here.
Post # 16
@theredhead: That’s nice to hear 🙂 I hope you make it back here one day. I would love to visit Florida – I’ve never been! I love Disneyland and would love to go to Disneyworld, but Fiance hates amusement parks 🙁