Post # 47
@cbee: Oh yeah, I used to live in one of those suburbs. Seattle proper is more expensive, but it’…grittier…it has more character, which I need. I also drive an older car (ours is old enough to have its own drivers license, lol) which is more common where we live now.
Post # 48
I’m not a huge fan of where we live right now… We’re in Central PA and it’s really beautiful with all the mountains and hiking (which is our #1 hobby). But our town just feels like a place that’s past it’s prime. It’s about 40,000 people but most of the houses are old and run-down looking. EVERYONE smokes here (no offense to any smokers) and it drives me nuts because they don’t have the courtesy to not smoke right next to you. Last weekend we wnt out for a fancy dinner and were sitting on this gorgeous patio, and 4 people came outside and started smoking right next to our table. They could have stepped outside the patio at least so we could enjoy our meal…
Anyway, there are also no rental codes in this town so most of the places we looked at were absolutely atrocious. I’m talking about ceilings so short Darling Husband couldn’t stand up (and he’s only 5’11), walls with cracks you could see through to the outside, etc. The place we ended up renting is alright, but the landlord painted over BUGS in the hallway, the light in the living room only works at half power, the sink only has boiling hot or freezing water (no water that’s just warm), and the windows are the original windows from when the house was built in 1916. It’s sooo DRAFTY!
And the price of rentals has just shot up and up and up since we’ve been here because of all the natural gas drilling. We moved to PA from CA where we had a 1 bedroom apartment that was 2 blocks from the beach… and the places here are almost as expensive and there’s no ocean! Haha, it’s just hard to justify paying so much for a crappy place in PA when we had a cute (smaller) place at the beach.
Needless to say, I can’t wait until May 4 when Darling Husband graduates and we are moving! Not sure where yet, but either back to MI or CA.
Post # 49
I live in the NW suburbs of Minneapolis and, aside from the brutal winters, I really love it up here. The cost of living is reasonable, we have nice parks and walking trails, low crime, and an overall high quality of life. We are only about a 20 minute drive from downtown Minneapolis where you can find a lot to do, but even in the burbs you’ll find family-owned restaurants, farmers markets, and lots of local culture.
What sort of budget are you working with in terms of renting/buying? I believe you can rent a townhouse in my neighborhood with 1800sqft, built in 2003, nice neighborhood, and lots of amenities for around $1,000 per month.
Post # 50
@paperumbrella: Haha! I feel like Madison has crazy traffic! I think you are right, I think we are learning we are NOT city people! I feel so crammed. Living in an apartment is not for me! I feel so… awkward 🙂 I too, love Boulder! Sigh. We have thought about CO. I think we need to be out by mountains, it is kind of in our blood. I miss feelin’ free. I am trying to make the most of it here. It can be hard to know when to stay and when to go! 🙂
@kswiftbride: That can be really hard! I think missing actually interacting with people that know you can be really hard! Sometimes I just feel sick of making new friends/ meeting new people. And being out in the middle of nowhere probably doesn’t help! That sounds really scary about the snakes. I hate how run down rentals get! I hope your SO moves up and it might all seem worth it… Being lonely can make you hate any place. It is almost like; it matters more who you are around than where you are.
@nutMeg13: Nothing like working 40 hours a week to barely be able to pay for an apartment :/ and (not) be able to make ends meet. I hear ya! I hope that will be a smooth transition for you. I know France has a teaching program, to live over there and teach, I know someone who did… but I know it can be complicated when we mix in a SO.
@iheartnerds: I know what you mean! Darling Husband had a house when we met and it was… interesting. At best 🙂
@Mrs.Camera: Yeah, I need character too! Darling Husband rocks an old Volvo, almost an antique and I love it 🙂 When I had a nice car, I was always getting bummed out, like, “Uh! How did this dent get here? Who scratched my door? Where did this chip come from?” And the like 🙂 My friends eventually moved and settled somewhere much less expensive, bought a house, have a family.
@lindseyrose: Oh my goodness, I cannot stand rude smokers! When I smoked casually in college, I would make a little trip out to a place no one had to suffer… like.. please just walk a little ways away people :/ Geeze, that town does sound rough for renting. Spooky, almost. I would love to live near the ocean. I feel like I “need” it, or mountains. Something. I am glad you get to move on soon!
@MrsCarnival: That does sounds nice. I would consider good ole’ MN. We’ll see where Darling Husband gets a job in his field… don’t you freeze in the winter? 🙂